NVIDIA announces a new app that can turn landscape drawings into realistic photos

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NVIDIA has launched Canvas, a new app that turns doodles and sketches of landscapes into realistic photos.

The app “allows creators to paint by material rather than color, using AI to transform brushstrokes into realistic images,” NVIDIA said in a statement. declaration posted on the company’s website.

Users don’t have to wait to see their sketches turn into photorealistic content because Canvas does it “right away,” according to the release.

Canvas is available as a free beta at the time of publication and can be used by those with the NVIDIA RTX GPU. It’s part of NVIDIA Studio, the company’s program that provides artists with hardware and software to help them with their work.

NVIDIA Canvas: How It Works


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NVIDIA uses artificial intelligence (AI) in its new application to “transform brushstrokes into realistic images”, according to the company.

To create an image, users can start by drawing simple shapes that represent an element of the desired landscape. For example, it can be a drawing of a mountain, clouds or even a tree. The AI ​​then uses the doodle to fill the canvas with photorealistic content.

The final product can even be saved as a PSD file to further work on their images in Adobe Photoshop.

How exactly is NVIDIA Canvas able to generate realistic images from the simplest sketches? The app is powered by the company’s GauGAN real-time paint tool.

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GauGAN: what is it?

GauGAN is a painting tool that NVIDIA launched in 2019 and is described as a “smart paintbrush” by Bryan Catanzaro, vice president of applied deep learning at the company.

It’s also described as a “powerful tool” that can help artists and anyone who uses it create virtual worlds from simple drawings. According to an article by EngadgetGauGAN was developed by NVIDIA Research using 5 million images.

New NVIDIA Studio Updates

The Canvas app isn’t the only new announcement from NVIDIA Studio.

New updates were created for Adobe Substance 3D Collection, which includes a new application called Substance 3D Stager and new versions of Substance 3D Painter, Designer, and Sampler. These applications help users create state-of-the-art 3D images.

The update also adds a new library of models, parametric materials, and lighting to the Adobe Substance 3D collection.

NVIDIA also announced that Lenovo has released three new NVIDIA Studio laptops. One of them is the ThinkPad P1 Gen 4. Ultra-slim and featuring a 16-inch panel, the laptop also has an improved thermal design that allows the device to support the latest GPUs NVIDIA RTX for laptop.

It is joined by the ThinkPad P15 and the ThinkPad P17 Gen 2. The ThinkPad P15 comes with a 15.6-inch UHD OLED color calibrated display, while the ThinkPad P17 Gen 2 display is at 17.3 inches.

All three laptops are part of Lenovo’s ThinkPad P series.

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