Microsoft's "Project Gustav", paint pictures on your PC with a brush

Microsoft has unveiled a new realistic painting-system prototype this week at the employee only TechFest conference.

Dubbed "Project Gustav", the new prototype allows users to take advantage of modern GPUs, multitouch hardware and tablet input technology to allow hobbyists and professional artists a new way to create digital art. Microsoft has created natural media-modeling and brush-simulation algorithms to map the way a brush reacts with paint. The application also works with your fingers to The result is an impressive prototype application that allows artists to create digital works of art.

Microsoft originally demonstrated similar, but basic, functionality at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in November 2009. The company showed off Windows 7 touch combined with the popular ArtRage application. Project Gustav takes this concept a little further and introduces some impressive new features. Check out the video below.

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