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Adobe Fresco: Review of Adobe’s new painting app

September 5, 2019

my first impressions were wow this is
impressive I need to show my friends especially the watercolor brushes I’m
Hazel Mead I’m a freelance illustrator and people know me best for my period
positive sex positive and body positive illustration so as I trained as an oil
painter when I made the switch to digital illustration and the tangibility
of real paints was something I was really lacking and I never managed to
get that and so when fresco came around that really excited me the live brushes
especially because you can build up layers textures and they interact just
how oil paints and watercolors would work and so you get great bleeding
effects and that’s something as a painter that really excites me fresco is
being marketed as an app that sits somewhere between Photoshop and
illustrator but whereas Photoshop you can only use raster and illustrator you
can only use vector fresco combines the two and that’s something that’s really
exciting as well I went to this jazz club and they were doing a Lesk life
drawing so while I was there there’s great music great atmosphere
I drew lots of sexy ladies and then I came away thinking I want to recreate
that atmosphere so that was the inspiration for this piece frescoes user
interface is modeled quite closely on photo shops user interface so for me
someone that uses Photoshop already I found it really easy to get to grips
with it feels quite natural when you’re applying the pen to the screen
especially because you can stop use it on its side the paint and brush options
are fairly similar between fresco and procreate
however procreate does allow a couple more options for example tapering the
brush feels much more natural when I’m using
fresco for example if you use the pen a kind of diagonal that’s less pain being
use or if it’s more direct there’s more paint being used you can build up the
layers and they almost take on a three-dimensional quality if you notice
there’s this sort of 3d effect happening the way the paint’s bleed and dry on
fresco is really magical is something everyone’s going to want to see I think
and you can see the lines of the brushstrokes if you’re going with a
lighter color it can blend or if you have reload color on each stroke has
that same color of paint again and just how real water colors lead you get
something similar in fresco and you can control it which is what’s quite nice
about working digitally you can have as much or as little control as you want so
you can control the amount of water the amount of paint and then just kind of
see what happens and then you can also there’s a really nice feature which
allows you to dry the layer and then work in over the top so that’s much more
handy and versatile than real paints in fact a really nice aspect of fresco is
the palette option which remembers all the colors that you’ve used in the
demonstration which is so handy if you don’t have to refined the colors and you
just have them all there one thing I love about fresco is that
they’ve included time-lapse as one of their features which for a digital
artist is so important especially in the world of Instagram and social media once
you’ve finished your image you can export it as a time-lapse so you just go
to this button here publish an export and then time-lapse export and it shows
all your steps and process I’m using the latest Apple pencil which has this great
technology which allows you to double tap and fresco has got it set up so you
can zoom in and out of your artwork which is cool I think the only
limitation of Adobe fresco is the editing capabilities so for example if a
client wanted me to edit a color slightly I wouldn’t be able to do that
in fresco I’d have to exploit it into another program adobe captures this
really neat tool that you should look at anyway even if you’re not going to get
Adobe fresco you can customize your own brushes so you can take a picture and
then turn that into a brush and because it’s part of the Adobe suite it’s
compatible with fresco in fact here I’m using Adobe capture right now so I
photographed my kisses in Adobe capture and then edited out the background and
turned it into a brush which I can then import it into fresco and I can use it
as a brush in the background now that I have fresco I do think I will
make more digital oil pieces even if it’s just for pleasure and we’ll see if
the clients wish to use more digital oil but for me especially yeah that’s
something that I’ve been missing in my personal work the interface is very
intuitive and I’d be quite comfortable giving it to a complete novice and maybe
even my granny will see


  • Reply Digital Arts August 17, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Check out a timelapse of Hazel making her Adobe Fresco piece via her channel:

  • Reply Justin A August 19, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Still waiting on something on the iPad that is as powerful and accurate to traditional media as Corel Painter.

  • Reply AK August 28, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Please don't call a slickly produced advertisment a "review"

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