Adobe Fresco for IPad Review 2019

Adobe Fresco 2019

  • Platforms: iOS 12.2 or later
  • Version: 2019
  • Price: Free or $9.99
  • FixThePhoto Editors' Rating
     
    (3.5/5)
 

Adobe Fresco is a product designed by Adobe Co., an advanced drawing and painting application for iPad. Adobe Fresco app has many watercolor and oil brushes, can work both in raster and vector mode, as well as offer some functions borrowed from Photoshop desktop version.

If you are fond of drawing on your iPad and the capabilities of Illustrator Draw aren’t enough for you, then download the Fresco app that will open up even greater opportunities. Should you delete all your favorite apps and download Adobe Fresco straight away? I tested it and am ready to give you an answer.

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What Is Adobe Fresco?

Platforms: iOS 12.2 or later
Price: Free or $9.99

adobe fresco interface
Pros+
  • Wide range of tools
  • Work with layers
  • Supports PSD files and Ps brushes 
  • Work with masks 
  • Smart imitation of watercolor
Cons-
  • More than half of the brushes are not available in the free version
  • You can’t save work in good quality in the free version
  • No history
  • You can’t export files in PNG/PSD in the free version
 

VERDICT: Adobe Fresco app combines the favorite features of Adobe Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch for iPad, as well as several innovations. But the main problem in that Adobe claims that this application is free.

The free version of this Adobe drawing program is absolutely useless for almost everyone and works only for users to get acquainted with it. If you spend money on the subscription, you will get almost an ideal drawing application for iPad.

Adobe Fresco 2019 Review

Adobe recently released a new drawing application. The application is named after the Italian painting technique, which means applying water-based pigments to wet plaster. Later you will see why the program got such a name.

I was quite surprised to find out that Adobe created the third application for mobile devices for drawing, because there are already Illustrator Draw and Adobe Photoshop Sketch, which have good tools and a big fan community. Nevertheless, Fresco was created solely to demonstrate how real paints “behave”.

Adobe Fresco Interface

adobe fresco drawing software

You can start the work in several ways, by opening the application, you can immediately create the file of the necessary size (just like in Photoshop), download the file from Creative Cloud Storage, or open the PSD file.

If you do not use Cloud Storage, then you can download the PSD from the file catalog on your iPad. Once you start using this Adobe new app, you will immediately notice the convenient and familiar interface of all Photoshop-like programs – tools on the left, layers and the rest on the right.

The program is very simple, although at first, it seems that in Fresco, everything is organized as in other Adobe softwares - you see only a small part of the tools, and the rest is hidden from you in the depths of the program. Here, fortunately, only a couple of functions are hidden, the rest is on the surface, so the learning curve is absolutely elementary.

watercolor adobe fresco brushes

You have 3 types of brushes at your disposal: Pixel, Vector and Watercolor Live Brush. If everything is clear with the first two brushes, you may have some questions about the third one. But there will be no confusion left as soon as you try to make a couple of strokes with this brush.

This brush is the main feature of Adobe Fresco; it imitates how the paint is mixed in real life. Live Brushes use the Adobe Sensei AI platform to accurately recreate how oils and watercolors affect each other.

An interesting feature is the ability to download brushes from Photoshop and then use them with ease in Fresco drawing app. But this, as I understood, is available only in the Premium version (as well as most of useful features here).

You will not find any other interesting tools like Eraser, Highlighting with the Lasso tool or Quick Highlighting, Fill and Eyedropper.

adobe fresco brush settings

Setting brushes you have a great variety of parameters to tweak. This can be done with all kinds of brushes. You can also overlay several PSD files on top of each other if you use them often or even combine several pictures into one.

Download Free Photoshop Brushes adobe fresco layer actions

The layers area is classically on the right side and working with it is quite simple. Create a layer and start working. Layers will help you create more complex drawings. You can also change the blend mode of the layer or create a mask.

Additional Fresco Features and Capabilities

adobe fresco free drawing software

Despite Fresco app has a simple interface and functionality, it allows artists to create real masterpieces of vector and raster drawing.

You will see small guides from Adobe, as soon as you start Fresco. They describe the main features of the app. I like that learning takes place directly during you work with the test pattern.

There are also Live recordings of the work of professional artists in this application. This will help you understand all the features of Adobe Fresco.

export settings adobe fresco
adobe fresco export settings
 

Exporting in the free version raises a lot of questions. I don’t really understand why Adobe made Fresco drawing app free, if in this version you can’t save the document even in medium quality, and in the Low quality, it looks just awful. Besides, there is no possibility to save the results of your work in PSD and PDF.

Work with Creative Cloud. Everything you do in the applications is synchronized through Creative Cloud, so you can continue drawing on another device and even in another app/program.

Adobe Fresco Prices

Adobe Fresco is positioned as a free app and you can use its basic features. But if you want to save your drawings, work with them in other applications or just not be limited in the app’s capabilities, you need to get the premium version that costs $9.99.

In the free version, only some brushes are available in each category. Your works can be exported only in iPad resolution.

In addition, only those who have paid for the application will be able to use all the new features. That’s why, I think that $9.99 is not such a great price for an application of this level.

Freebies for Adobe Fresco

As I said earlier - Adobe Fresco app supports downloading Ps brushes, but you can only do this after purchasing the premium version. I have compiled several sets of drawing freebies that can help you to make creative process faster.

Plant

plant brushes for adobe fresco

If you often have to draw plants, especially if you work with vector drawing, then you will surely like these Ps plant brushes.

Free Download Grass Brush Photoshop

grass brush for adobe fresco

Agree, drawing grass by hand is a rather time-consuming task, because you have to make a huge number of small lines. Besides, you can quickly get bored and do it as perfectly as you intended. With these brushes, you can cope with the task in a few clicks and get an ideal result.

Flower Brushes Photoshop

flower brushes for adobe fresco

If you in a casual style, with simple lines and elements, then you will like these brushes that aimed at creating elementary flowers without effort.


Ann Young

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