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

November 1, 2019


– [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)

42 Comments

  • Reply Shamsulazhar August 12, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    For some reason, this review made me hungry

  • Reply John Gullo August 12, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Looks pretty good to me.
    We’ll have to wait and see.
    And yeah that donut does look tempting!

  • Reply Kylo Ren August 12, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Adobe Photoshop they demonstrated on iPad Pro launch event is no where to be found even today.

  • Reply g3nito August 12, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    With this video i could poop properly

  • Reply Nipa's Art Gallery August 13, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Looks pretty

  • Reply ben designs August 13, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    So…did Adobe require you to not mention Procreate in your video but instead say "other drawing apps that have been available for years"? Fresco might be cool, but people who have been using Procreate or Affinity have already "finally been set free" by the iPad.

  • Reply Juliane Kac August 13, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    this is just for tablets ??

  • Reply Tim Kaminski August 14, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Fresco is going to have to do a lot to compete with the single purchase $10 Procreate.

  • Reply Daniel Williams August 15, 2019 at 9:44 am

    So basically, now ios have abode and procreate, what next

  • Reply Mares Darski August 15, 2019 at 9:46 am

    It's funny how you rotate the whole iPad to draw in a circle, when you can easily rotate the whole canvas with two fingers on the iPad. 😉

  • Reply Daniel Williams August 15, 2019 at 9:46 am

    I really hate APPLE!!!!!

  • Reply scoobidie bop August 19, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Is this gizmodo, the same gizmodo as the website?

  • Reply Paul Gray August 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Adobe needs to drop prices and the subscription model. They lost my loyalty.

  • Reply AK August 28, 2019 at 11:32 am

    New apple pencil with barrel rotation please. If you are going to have an app that imitates physical media it's absolutely essential

  • Reply AK August 28, 2019 at 11:36 am

    By the way, why would you want to do all your creative work on the go? It's nice to have the option, but why would anyone make it a goal in itself? Nothing beats having a quite studio where you can work undisturbed for hours on end.

  • Reply Crystal August 29, 2019 at 1:56 am

    I'm sorry, but even with live brushes this won't replace Procreate. And not just because it's a single purchase. I went from Adobe to Procreate and Affinity Designer and in the short time I've been using both programs I've been able to take advantage of more of the features. I used Adobe for years and still didn't know all the things the programs could do. Even when I researched it. And it's not because the programs are more powerful, it's because they aren't as intuitive in their design and they aren't as user friendly either. I'm canceling my Adobe subscription this month. But, I wanted to check this out beforehand just in case. But, nope. Not worth it.

  • Reply Symen Jager August 31, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Adobe Art Rage? I am quiting my Adobe subscription by the end of this year, because of Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, ProCreate, Art Rage and Lumafusion on iPad. Finally a free man!

  • Reply Ollie Playz September 1, 2019 at 11:06 am

    sponsored by Adobe!

  • Reply Matteo Borghi September 3, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    P R O C R E A T E <3

  • Reply MarkWithAC September 3, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Everyone mentioning procreate as if they've never heard of Artstudio Pro, now THATS the app Fresco is competing with since it offers unlimited layers, all adjustment layers found in photoshop, and the fact that you can import all of your photoshop brushes into it to work with virtually no lag on VERY demanding brushes (looking at you kyle webster), procreate is good and all for sketching, but its lack of unlimited layers and adjustment layers as well as its limited brush engine when it comes to textures really puts it at a disadvantage when you consider actual industry level work. I'm curious if Fresco will offer anything more than what Artstudio Pro already offers for 10 bucks

  • Reply Kiwikick238 September 10, 2019 at 12:11 am

    My uni gives us creative cloud subscriptions so I guess I’ll try it out but otherwise I’m good with Procreate

  • Reply hypurban September 13, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Blender Guru thumbnail much?

  • Reply Diego September 16, 2019 at 4:57 am

    lol, artstudio pro did all this and more with even PS brush import for ages xd

  • Reply vishnu Shon September 16, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Can i use it on ipad pro 10.5

  • Reply Adam Twardowski September 21, 2019 at 8:01 am

    When? ……………

  • Reply Heals Draws September 23, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I'm very curious.. but did they finally manage to have undo/redo be two and three finger taps and – literally unused by any artist – can you simply rotate the canvas with your fingers?

  • Reply Joe Seven September 24, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Other apps like Procreate been doing this stuff for years. Fresco looks cool, and I plan to try it out, but I'm not convinced it will be as game changing as this reviewer suggests.

  • Reply OpenDGuitar September 24, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Tried it. Clunky interface, but cool tools. Procreate has them beat on UI.

  • Reply L O O S E R September 24, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Sad because its for ios only

  • Reply Cami Rivera September 25, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Is it only available for the Ipad or can it be used in other tablets? I have a surface pro

  • Reply ash G. September 25, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Ehh iOS only and subscription based…. No thanks

  • Reply Photohack Lovers September 25, 2019 at 5:10 am

    this will be a a procreate killer if it can import adobe photoshop brushes, because im not sold on procreate.

  • Reply Ion Portraits September 26, 2019 at 8:05 am

    I don't like CC subscriptions. Plus, the most inspiring painting app out there either, still, is neither this nor Procreate.

  • Reply ds nd September 30, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    This is all just fancy talk, Procreate can offer almost every feature Fresco has (minus the live brushes, which seems cool and gimmicky but to me seems hard to actually use when you're painting) and even more. The biggest reason Fresco flopped is because of the price, honestly it is ridiculous. You'd be better off paying a small price to have Procreate FOREVER, a drawing app that is amazing and just continue to get better and better.

  • Reply Shahany Ramos October 1, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    When is it going to come out for iPhone?

  • Reply Rudianto Cahyadi October 4, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Yes its very splendid app, but unfortunately this app cant show the grids, i want to use this to make an instagram feeds, but before create it i have to make a guide line using grid, but this app wont show any grid 🙁

  • Reply Grace Deng October 5, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Procreate is still better

  • Reply vanshark October 11, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    There is thing called "alpha lock" or something in Procreate and i cant find it in Adobe Fresco. Can someone help me please? 🙏 sorry about my eng.

  • Reply Ted Bragg October 12, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I’m just worried for the unlucky ones who rely on Fresco and then Adobe YANKS the app and kills support for it. And then the next iOS update breaks existing installs….

  • Reply Al St October 13, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Tell me why I should spend time learning another new app only for it to be dropped a few years later?

  • Reply Nidhi Singh October 18, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Now I know procreate has a competition

  • Reply Pablo Schreiterer October 31, 2019 at 11:51 am

    hello you know if fresco have esfumino brush?

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