Adobe Fresco

“As Above So Below” created in Fresco with adjustments and gradients added later in Photoshop (desktop).

In digital drawing apps, I might be one of the few that prefers Adobe Fresco over Procreate. While I enjoy Procreate, I find myself using Fresco more for its simplicity. Fresco was initially called “Project Gemini” and combined the concepts of Adobe Draw and Adobe Sketch, two apps that I was using in abundance before Fresco’s release. When Fresco was in Beta mode, I got on the list and tested its last stage of development.

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Flatting and finishing up the line art #wip

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One of my main reasons for using Fresco over Procreate was the ability to import all my favorite Photoshop brushes. Another was the ability to import it into Photoshop and finish the project there. With the addition of Photoshop cloud documents, this is now pretty instantaneous. While I love the live brushes, I haven’t used them as much as I’d like. They’re a little intimidating. I want to challenge myself to get over this fear and master those brushes soon.

Adding Fresco files into Photoshop for iPad. Being able to add gradients has elevates my Fresco artwork.

Using Fresco close to a year now, the program has had some significant updates. Some of the best features are Photoshop’s integrations from the iPad app and the Photoshop cloud file format. Many of my recent digital projects were created solely on the iPad drawing the illustration on Fresco and using Photoshop for iPad to add gradients and other color adjustments.

Switching between Fresco and Photoshop can sometimes create layers that can’t be edited later.

Other features that I enjoyed were the vector brush improvements, such as Vector trim, which I have only seen in Clip Studio Paint. It’s hard to go back to pixel brushes when vector brushes get the most beautiful and sharp inked lines. The multi-eye dropper sample has many possibilities, including creating custom brushes on the fly by clone stamping/eye dropping a small painted object. Being able to import shapes like in Adobe Draw is also a huge boon.

Along with smooth, buttery vector lines, Fresco can now livestream into Behance.net

I’m still waiting on crucial features to be added to Fresco. It’s annoying that I cannot warp/skew objects when transforming layers. Sending the file to Photoshop can mitigate this, but until they improve syncing the files between apps, it can cause a lot of file conflicts. Most of these features are on the waiting list, at least. Fresco holds potential, so I remain faithful to the app.

A list of the upcoming features in development for Fresco.

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