Microsoft Fresh Paint

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Fresh Paint
Fresh Paint Logo.png
Developer(s) Microsoft[1]
Operating system Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Holographic
Platform IA-32, x64, ARM
Available in 29 languages[citation needed]
Type Universal Windows Platform

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. In 2016, the app was remade for Windows 10 computers.


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
  • Fresh Paint for Windows 10 preview released May 2015
  • Fresh paint for Windows 10 releases April 2016

Ongoing monthly updates

  • Disney content added December 2012

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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