How to Get Started Creating With Dell Canvas

It’s big. It looks cool. It makes me want to be an artist instead of a wordsmith. I’m talking about the Dell Canvas which practically begs you to design something awesome.

“For the uninitiated, the Dell Canvas 27 is essentially a big, 27-inch LCD display that the more artistic among us can use in content creation,” Slashgear said.

Dell Canvas and XPS 27 on a desktop

Similar to how we listen to customer reviews and work with industry experts to inform our design, we also talked with real-world users to develop Canvas.

“The Canvas itself is a 2560×1440 display with purposefully huge bezels that Dell implemented after artists told the company that they preferred having a place to rest their palms while drawing,” ExtremeTech noted.

If you’re one of those content creators who has already added what PC Magazine called a “cool, natural evolution of the artist’s workspace” to your own setup, a team of creators inside Dell has a new series of videos to help you get it set up.

Through Windows 10, Canvas is paired with your existing PC and monitor, so the videos include helpful tips for your display settings — such as how you should extend your desktop rather than duplicate it.

The Canvas’ 27″ QHD Adobe RGB LCD panel is directly bonded to anti-glare Corning Gorilla Glass, eliminating the lag between pen and screen. It’s said to be as close to sketching on paper as possible, but when you’re getting started you need to know how to access and set those pen settings through the Canvas pen driver:

And even if you’re familiar with pens, the Canvas totem is a completely new way of interacting. It allows you to do things like quickly selecting different colors in a sketching app, or scrubbing back and forth in a video editor. This video can show you more about how it works:

Those are just a sample of the many videos you’ll find in our Canvas playlist on YouTube.

Want a third-party opinion on Dell Canvas? Check out the series of videos freelance illustrator and concept artist Lawrence Mann has put together on his LAWRENCEcanDRAW channel on YouTube.

About the Author: Laura Pevehouse

Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.