Microsoft Fresh Paint

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Fresh Paint
Fresh Paint Logo.png
Developer(s) Microsoft[1]
Operating system Microsoft Windows 8
Type Windows 8 Application

Fresh Paint is a Windows 8 painting application developed by Microsoft and released with the launch of Windows 8 in October 2012.


Fresh Paint originated from a Microsoft Research project known as Project Gustav,[2] an endeavor to reproduce the behavior of physical oil paint on a digital medium. To push the boundaries of simulating oil on a digital medium the research team created a physics model that precisely replicated on a screen what would happen in the real world if you combined oil, a surface and a tool such as a paint brush. Two publications, Detail-Preserving Paint Modeling for 3D Brushes and Simple Data-Driven Modeling of Brushes,[3][4] were released as a result of the team’s findings.

After a variety of internal testing Project Gustav was codenamed Digital Art.[5] Partnering with The Museum of Modern Art, Digital Art was tested for a year by 60,000 people. With feedback culled from MoMA, developers expanded the existing physics model, experimenting with how real oil paint blended and reacted to the texture of a canvas. After final adjustments were made Digital Art was rebranded as Fresh Paint and released to the public with Windows 8 in October 2012.


Major Milestones

  • Project Gustav Research Unveiling March 2010
  • Digital Art public release with MoMA March 2011
  • Fresh Paint consumer preview June 2012
  • Fresh Paint release review August 2012
  • Fresh Paint final public release October 2012

Ongoing monthly updates

  • Disney content added December 2012

Technical details[edit]

System requirements

Supported processors

x86, x64, ARM


English (United States), Chinese (China), Arabic (Saudi Arabia), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), Japanese (Japan), French (France), Russian (Russia), French (Canada), Danish (Denmark), Finnish (Finland), Chinese (Hong Kong SAR), Hebrew (Israel), Italian (Italy), Korean (Korea), Dutch (Netherlands), Norwegian (Bokmål) (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Swedish (Sweden), Chinese (Taiwan), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine), English (United Kingdom), Catalan (Spain), Filipino (Philippines), Indonesian (Indonesia), Malay (Malaysia)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clayton, Steve (ed.). "Behind the scenes of Fresh Paint on Windows 8". TechNet Blogs. 
  2. ^ "Project Gustav: Immersive Digital Painting". Microsoft Research. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Chu, Nelson; Baxter, William; Wei, Li-Yi; Govindaraju, Naga (7 June 2010). "Detail-Preserving Paint Modeling for 3D Brushes". Microsoft Research (Association for Computing Machinery, Inc). Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Baxter, William; Govindaraju, Naga (February 2010). "Simple Data-Driven Modeling of Brushes". Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 
  5. ^ Catton, Pia. "Culture City Online: MoMA Goes Hands On With Microsoft Art App". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

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