Adobe Launches 'Fresco' Painting and Drawing App for iPad

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Adobe today announced the launch of Fresco, its new painting and drawing app designed for the iPad.

Adobe Fresco (formerly Project Gemini) is designed to allow artists to create professional quality drawings, but the interface has been created with simplicity in mind so anyone can use it.


Adobe Fresco features infinitely scalable vector brushes, adaptable Photoshop brushes, and Live Brushes that are powered by Adobe's machine learning and artificial intelligence engine, Adobe Sensei.

The Adobe Sensei-powered brushes are meant to recreate the experience of painting with oils or watercolors right on the display of the ‌iPad‌, so it's like painting with real-life materials.


There are thousands of brushes to play with in Adobe Fresco, and Adobe has built in intuitive tools for selections, masking, and more.

Adobe's blog has a series of examples of the kids of artwork that can be created using Fresco's range of brushes, including oil brushes, watercolor brushes, photoshop brushes mimicking crayons, ink pens, foliage, acrylic paint and tons more, and vector brushes for creating infinitely scaleable art.

Adobe says that in celebration of the 2019 Big Draw Festival, Apple retail stores are offering free art sessions where participants can try Fresco for themselves and take part in fun drawing activities.


Adobe Fresco creations are compatible with Photoshop, which means files can be transferred back and forth seamlessly between Fresco and Photoshop, plus for Creative Cloud subscribers, all files, brushes, colors, and content libraries are integrated.

Creative Cloud users can download Fresco for free, and it is included in all Adobe Creative Cloud plans and the Adobe Photoshop-only plan, but it is not included in the CC Photography Plan that includes Photoshop and Lightroom.

A freemium version of Adobe Fresco is available for non-Creative Cloud users with many of the same features, but access to brushes is limited and high-resolution files can't be exported.

A standalone $9.99 per month plan is available for those who don't have a Creative Cloud subscription but want to unlock all of the Adobe Fresco features. More information is available on Adobe's website.

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12 months ago
I’m so sick of subscription models. Why in the hell would I pay $120 a year for this?!!
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12 months ago


I’m so sick of subscription models. Why I’m the hell would I pay $120 a year for this?!!

Probably best to use Procreate. I hate how most software is becoming pay forever.
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12 months ago
Ok cool. And where’s Photoshop?
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12 months ago
Adobe really needs to get their act together on their pricing model. There are already so many amazing sketching/drawing apps for the iPad, I can't imagine why anyone would pay a subscription fee for this, let alone an exorbitant one. Personally I'll stick with Procreate and Tayasui Sketches, not to mention Affinity Photo, all of which together cost substantially less than this subscription.
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12 months ago
Procreate 5 is a one time fee, launching soon and adds the same features that directly competes with this.
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12 months ago
10 dollars a month? This cant be correct! I heard it was a 1 time payment of 10 bucks to unlock the premium features. If it is really a sub then its DOA.
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