Nvidia Canvas is an exciting software for graphics hobbyists. As a free download, the tool from the popular graphics card manufacturer wants to enable even amateurs to conjure up realistic landscapes on the screen. The linchpin is supposed to be a sophisticated artificial intelligence. This is supposed to be able to conjure up fancy graphics landscapes even from rudimentary drawings. Nvidia now offers the beta of Canvas for free download. We take a closer look at the software.
First trailers already in January
Nvidia did not drop the bombshell abruptly. Already in January this year, the company presented a trailer for the graphics software. Now the time has finally come and interested consumers can dare a first practical look at the software. A download of the beta is now possible on Nvidia’s official website. In order to be able to use the cool feature, however, you have to meet the corresponding requirements. The focus is on the hardware and software of the PC setup. Besides Windows 10 as the operating system, you also need a suitable RTX GPU. In particular, Nvidia refers to the GeForce RTX 2000, GeForce RTX 3000, GeForce Titan RTX and GeForce Quadro RTX models.
The Power of AI
At the heart of Nvidia Canvas is the sophisticated artificial intelligence that is used. This makes it possible to conjure up handsome landscapes from simple brush strokes. Even if the sketch you create may look poor in detail, the AI is supposed to make sure that the final result looks like a lot of graphic work. However, this doesn’t mean that the AI will single-handedly lead to the final result. It also depends to a certain extent on your input.
You can use different brushes to tell Nvidia Canvas which elements belong where. Important examples are elements like forest, sky or grass. However, the software takes you by the hand like few others. After all, it can exploit its own room for interpretation in order to arrive at the final result. For example, if you want to create a forest, you don’t have to design tree by tree. Instead, the graphics application provides a nice intermixing with different types of trees.
3 GB VRAM is already enough
Although some of the final results come across as really impressive, this by no means means means that you need a monster of a graphics card to be able to use Canvas. Nvidia relies on a low utilization of your GPU here. Just 3 GB should be enough to conjure up chic landscapes. Thus, a GeForce RTX 3050 should be enough. If you want to create pictures with the program, you should also be able to edit them in other programs like Photoshop, according to Nvidia.