Graphics

Windowed Nyan Cat

Windowed Nyan Cat

Remember Nyan Cat, the ridiculous pixel art kitty meme from 2011? Digital artist Raven Kwok decided to revamp the Pop Tart cat by breaking up each part of its body and rainbow emissions into separate windows, resulting in a totally different Nyan experience. Raven, we need this running on our computer now. With music.

Flurry

Flurry

Artist Mike Pelletier’s experimental short film is an incredibly trippy visual created by tossing together a bunch of digital human models, removing their skeletal structures, and then dipping them in virtual paint. If it sounds weird, that’s because it is. We can’t help but think of the part of Terminator 2 where the T-1000 melts.

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Photoshop Object Selection

Photoshop Object Selection

Adobe shows off a slick new feature coming soon to Photoshop. The Object Selection tool uses machine learning tech to automatically identify objects, people, and animals to quickly select and separate them from backgrounds. We can’t tell you how many hours this would have saved us over the years.

Bicycle

Bicycle

While computer graphics are becoming more and more realistic, we appreciate when artists use the medium to create things that are simply outlandish and impossible in the real world. Take, for example, this ridiculously-long and flexible bicycle-built-for-five from Cool3DWorld.

Destructible Environment Demo

Destructible Environment Demo

Game developer Dennis Gustafsson is working on a voxel-based engine that features incredible environmental destruction physics. While the video posted by Bluedrake42 is lacking in gameplay, to see how the world reacts to damage is one of the holy grails of gaming we’ve been promised and has yet to be delivered.

mClassic Game Enhancer

mClassic Game Enhancer

While implying that the mClassic is a graphics card upgrade is a reach, Marseille’s HDMI dongle does an impressive job smoothing out the jaggies of last-gen gaming systems, upscaling them better than most TVs can, and giving images a crisper look overall. It even improves the image quality on some newer games.

Nvidia GauGAN

Nvidia GauGAN

This amazing software uses deep learning tech to create photorealistic nature scenes by sketching fields of color which represent objects and materials. The results are impressively convincing, complete with reflections. Learn more on Nvidia’s blog.

AI Generated Faces

AI Generated Faces

Researchers from NVIDIA demonstrate “A Style-Based Generator Architecture for Generative Adversarial Networks,” which is a fancy way of describing artificial intelligence that’s capable of creating human face variants and other objects that never actually existed in real life.

Emergence: Preview

Emergence: Preview

A look at Universal Everything’s latest interactive visual experiment, in which you control a character standing in the midst of thousands, each of whom reacts to your movements while you remain an individual. We’re dying to try a real-time version of this.

AI Image Restoration

AI Image Restoration

Two Minute Papers presents a look at an amazing bit of image enhancement tech from Nvidia, Aalto University, and MIT which uses machine learning algorithms to identify noise in an image, and dramatically reduce it, recovering details that were thought to be lost.

NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing Demo

NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing Demo

Turing is the latest tech from GPU experts NVIDIA. It represents a breakthrough in real-time ray tracing – long thought of as the holy grail of CGI due to its ability to replicate reflections. The tech is currently pricey, but we hope to see it in gaming systems someday.

Interactive Grooming with Maya

Interactive Grooming with Maya

A look at one of the slick 3D graphics workflows in the latest version of Autodesk Maya, the ability to no only model realistic hair, but to sculpt, paint, and groom a hairdo like a virtual hair stylist. Even individual strands of hair can be manipulated if you so choose.

Evolution of Game Graphics

Evolution of Game Graphics

Data Radar look back at the incredible progress made in video game graphics in the last five decades – from the rudimentary black and white pixels of the ’70s, to the near-photorealistic imagery of today. Next time you gripeabout a game’s graphics, watch this.

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Waking up in the Universe: VR

Waking up in the Universe: VR

Ideally, you’ll strap on a VR headset for this, but if you don’t have one, you can still appreciate the ethereal fractal journey that Julius Horsthuis has laid before you, accompanied by excerpts from one of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkinsmost profound lectures.

2017 Unreal Engine Student Reel

2017 Unreal Engine Student Reel

A brief look at some of the fantastic, vibrant, otherworldly, and whimsical environments created by CGI and game development students using the Unreal graphics and gaming engine. Lord of Horticulture is particularly wonderful and charming.

Unity “ADAM” Graphics Demo

Unity “ADAM” Graphics Demo

A visually stunning short film created entirely using the Unity Engine. The surreal science fiction short has amazing volumetric light and shadow effects, tearing fabrics, motion blur and more. Apparently, it can run in real time on a GeForce GTX980 card at 1440p resolution.

Realistic Star Wars Battlefront

Realistic Star Wars Battlefront

3D graphics modder Martin Bergman shows what you can do by tweaking the renderers and textures for Star Wars: Battlefront, then running the game on a powerful gaming rig with an GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card and an Intel Core i7 6700K CPU. More on Imgur.

Star Citizen: Procedural Planets

Star Citizen: Procedural Planets

Awe-inspiring footage from the upcoming space epic Star Citizen, showing off real-time footage of its incredibly robust procedurally-generated planets, which can be viewed from up close or afar, with astounding realism. Guess it’s time to upgrade our graphics cards.

Superheroes: Past/Present

Superheroes: Past/Present

California-based graphic designer Khoa Ho created this striking series of silhouettes that capture both the incredible strength and humble origins of some of our greatest imagined heroes.

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