The NVIDIA Canvas app, now available as a free beta, brings the real-time painting tool GauGAN to anyone with an NVIDIA RTX GPU. The new NVIDIA Canvas app uses AI to help artists quickly paint beautiful, realistic artwork.
Developed by the NVIDIA Research team, GauGAN has wowed creative communities at trade shows around the world by using deep learning models to turn rough sketches into stunning scenes.
Building on this work, NVIDIA Canvas lets creators paint by material rather than color, using AI to turn brushstrokes into lifelike images. The app displays the photographic result as people paint, so they don’t need to wait to see the form of their vision — they see it right away.
NVIDIA Canvas is part of NVIDIA Studio, a program that provides creators with hardware and software tools to assist in realizing their creative visions.
Users start by sketching simple shapes and lines with a palette of real-world materials, like grass or clouds. The AI model then immediately fills the screen with show-stopping results. Four quick shapes and a stunning mountain range appears. A few more lines produce a beautiful field.
Draw in a pond and nearby elements like trees and rocks appear as reflections in the water. Swap a material, changing snow to grass, and the entire image changes from a winter wonderland to a tropical paradise.
The tool allows artists to use style filters, changing a generated image to adopt the style of a particular painter. NVIDIA Canvas isn’t just stitching together pieces of other images, or cutting and pasting textures, but creating brand new images, just like an artist would.
NVIDIA Canvas has nine styles that modify the look and feel of a painting and 15 different materials, ranging from sky and mountains to river and stone. Paint on different layers to keep elements separate. Start from scratch, or launch and modify one of the app’s premade scenes for a fresh hint of inspiration.