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

The app “lets creators paint by material rather than color, using AI to turn brushstrokes into lifelike images,” NVIDIA said in a statement posted on the company website. 

Users don’t have to wait to see their sketches turn into photorealistic content as Canvas makes it happen “right away,” according to the statement. 

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

NVIDIA Canvas: How It Works


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NVIDIA makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) in its new app to “turn brushstrokes into lifelike images,” according to the company. 

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

The end product can even be saved as a PSD file to work on their images even more on Adobe Photoshop.

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

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GauGAN: What It Is

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

It is also described as a “powerful tool” that can help artists and anyone who uses it create virtual worlds out of simple drawings. According to an article by Engadget, GauGAN was developed by NVIDIA Research using 5 million images.

New NVIDIA Studio Updates

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

New updates have been made for the 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 likewise adds a new library of models, parametric materials, and lighting to the Adobe Substance 3D Collection.

NVIDIA has also announced that Lenovo has launched three new NVIDIA Studio laptops. One of which is the ThinkPad P1 Gen 4. Ultra-thin and featuring a 16-inch panel, the laptop also has an enhanced thermal design that lets the device support the latest NVIDIA RTX Laptop GPUs.  

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

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

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