Designer Karen X. Cheng Brings Artificial Intelligence to Design “In the NVIDIA Studio”

Designer Karen X. Cheng Brings Artificial Intelligence to Design “In the NVIDIA Studio”

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our weekly In the NVIDIA Studio series, which celebrates star artists, offers creative tips and tricks, and shows how NVIDIA Studio technology accelerates creative workflows.

The future of content creation is in AI. This week In the NVIDIA studiodiscover how AI-assisted painting is bringing a new level of inspiration to the next generation of artists.

San Francisco-based designer Karen X.Cheng is at the forefront of using AI to design stunning visuals. His innovative work produces eye-catching effects on social media videos for brands like Adobe, Beats by Dre and Instagram.

Cheng’s work bridges the gap between emerging technologies and creative imagery, and his inspiration can come from anywhere. “I usually get ideas when I observe things — whether it’s walking around or scrolling through my feed and seeing something cool,” she said. “Then I will start jotting down ideas and sketching them out. I have a messy notebook full of ideas.

When inspiration strikes, it’s important to have the right tools. by Cheng ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo – a NVIDIA Studio Laptop which is equipped with a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card – gives her the power she needs to create anywhere.

Paired with the NVIDIA Canvas app, a free download available to anyone with an NVIDIA RTX or GeForce RTX GPU, Cheng can easily create and share photorealistic images. Canvas is powered by the GauGAN2 AI model and accelerated by Tensor Cores found exclusively on RTX GPUs.

“I never had a lot of drawing skills before, so I feel like I have artistic superpowers.”

The app uses AI to interpret basic lines and shapes, translating them into realistic landscape images and textures. Artists of all skill levels can use this advanced AI to quickly transform simple brushstrokes into realistic images, accelerating concept exploration and allowing for increased iteration, while freeing up valuable time to visualize ideas.

“I’m excited to use NVIDIA Canvas to be able to sketch the exact landscapes I’m looking for,” Cheng said. “It’s the perfect sketch to communicate your vision to an art director or location scout. I had never had a lot of drawing skills before, so I feel like I got some artistic superpowers with this thing.

Powered by GauGAN2, Canvas turns Cheng’s scribbles into beautiful landscapes.

Cheng plans to put those superpowers to the test in an Instagram live stream on Thursday, May 12, where she and she AI sketchbook collaborater Don Allen Stevenson III will run to paint spectator challenges using Canvas.

The free Canvas app is updated regularly, adding new materials, styles, and more.

Log in to contribute, and To download NVIDIA Canvas to see how easy AI painting is.

With AI, anything is possible

Empowering scribble-tower-van Gogh painting capabilities is just one way NVIDIA Studio is transforming creative technology with AI.

NVIDIA Broadcast uses AI running on RTX GPUs to improve audio and video for broadcasters and live streamers. The latest version can run multiple neural networks to apply background removal, blur and auto frame for webcams, and remove noise from incoming and outgoing sound.

3D artists can take advantage of AI denoising in Autodesk Maya and Blender software, fine-tune color detail on high-resolution RAW images with Lightroom Improve details tool, enable smooth slow motion with retained b-frames using DaVinci Resolve Rapid deformation and more.

NVIDIA AI researchers are working on new models and methods to fuel the next generation of creativity. At GTC this year, NVIDIA debuted Instant NeRF technology, which uses AI models to turn 2D images into high-resolution 3D scenes almost instantly.

Instant NeRF is an emerging artificial intelligence technology that Cheng is already planning to implement. She and her collaborators began experimenting with bringing 2D scenes to life in 3D.

More AI tools In the NVIDIA studio

AI is used to solve complex and incredibly difficult problems. Creators can benefit from the same AI technology applied to healthcare, automotive, robotics and countless other fields.

the NVIDIA Studio YouTube offers a wide range of tips and tricks, tutorials and sessions for beginners to advanced users.

CGMatter hosts Speedhack Studio tutorials for beginners, showing how to use AI Viewport Denoising and AI Render Denoising in Blender.

Many of Adobe’s most popular creative apps have AI-powered features to speed up and improve the creative process.

Neural filters in Photoshop, Auto Crop and Scene change detection in Premiere Pro, and Image to material in Substance 3D, it all makes creation faster and easier with the power of AI.

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