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TangiPaint: A Tangible Digital Painting System

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TangiPaint is a digital painting application that provides the experience of working with real materials such as canvas and oil paint. Using fingers on the touchscreen of an iPad or iPhone, users can lay down strokes of thick, three-dimensional paint on a simulated canvas. Then using the Tangible Display technology introduced by Darling and Ferwerda [1], users can tilt the display screen to see the gloss and relief or “impasto” of the simulated surface, and modify it until they get the appearance they desire. Scene lighting can also be controlled through direct gesture-based interaction. A variety of “paints” with different color and gloss properties and substrates with different textures are available and new ones can be created or imported. The tangiPaint system represents a first step toward developing digital art media that look and behave like real materials.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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