First Look At Adobe Fresco: A New Drawing And Painting App For iPad


– [Narrator] Adobe
Fresco is a new painting and sketching app for tablets
that aims to lure artists and illustrators away
from their workstations. I got early access to the new
Creative Cloud app on iOS, which Adobe plans to officially
launch later this year and one thing is obvious;
this app might be as big a game-changer for the
iPad as it is for Adobe. (upbeat music) The iPad started life
as an oversized iPhone, but with the introduction
of the Apple Pencil and professional-grade design
and photo-editing apps, the iPad has evolved into a
powerful tool for creators and Adobe Fresco represents
another huge leap in that direction. While it’s not the first drawing or painting app for the iPad, Fresco is unique because
it seamlessly integrates with Adobe’s desktop tools,
like Photoshop and Illustrator, by supporting both pixel and vector-based brushes
in the same document. Projects created in Adobe’s desktop apps can also be opened and edited in Fresco and then exported back without
any file conversions needed. Compared to other drawing apps that have been available
for iOS for years, the pre-release version
of Adobe Fresco I tested was light on features and customizability, but thanks to Adobe’s
Creative Cloud service, it does provide access to thousands of different brush designs. Adobe Fresco also introduces an innovative new feature
called Live Brushes that mimic the experience of
working with actual paints. Brush strokes and colors flow, mix, and interact with previous strokes the same way they would
on a physical canvas. However, the most interesting
thing about Adobe Fresco is that it gives us a sneak peek at how fully featured versions
of Adobe’s flagship apps will work when they eventually come to the iPad and other tablets. Photoshop and Illustrator users will find Fresco’s interface familiar, with tools that can be
repositioned on screen, a layers stack that can be reordered, and even access to complex masking tools. Adobe Fresco also takes advantage of the iPad’s hardware in useful ways. You can use multi-touch
gestures to quickly undo your last brush stroke or
double tap the Apple Pencil to quickly change paint colors. I’ve been using apps like
Photoshop for over 20 years now and adapting my old methods to the iPad’s touchscreen
took some effort. The early version of Adobe
Fresco I tested didn’t support keyboard shortcuts yet, which can be a crucial part
of an artist’s workflow, but being able to hold, reposition, and even spin the iPad
around while drawing is a big improvement over
an immovable desktop screen. What’s most exciting about Adobe Fresco is that it’s a glimpse into
the future of what creatives can do with an iPad and tablet devices. Adobe expects to release a
full version of Photoshop for the iPad this fall, as well as Fresco, and that means I might be able to ditch my desktop setup completely and do all of my creative work on the go. It’s taken a while, but
with these new tools, the iPad might finally set us free. (upbeat music)

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