Clip Studio Paint vs Adobe Fresco

By Ann Young 8 days ago, Apps and Software

Need help with choosing a professional editor for creating digital illustrations? Want a program with multiple brushes and extensive customization features? Check out my review of Clip Studio Paint vs Adobe Fresco and choose the most fitting option for your work.

Clip Studio Paint is an electronic illustration software application developed by Japanese visual software firm Celsys, for Mac, PC, iOS/ iPad, and Android. With the wide range of functions and the ease of use, it is becoming one of the best tools for artists of all skill levels.

Adobe Fresco is an outstanding new drawing program, which emulates some of the features of many other high quality professional art software programs (we are talking about you, Photoshop) for iPad.

Final Verdict:

One of the best features of this application is that it allows the user to blend multiple pictures together, which allows you to create a collage painting.

Adobe Fresco is the winner >

Adobe Fresco Features:

  • Multi-page projects
  • More Exporting options
  • Convert 3D animations into lines
  • Reference layers
  • Wacom tablet support

What is Clip Studio Paint?

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Clip Studio Paint features a powerful graphics tool set including brush drawing, grid layouts, icon set, clipping path, shape finder, merge tool, color palette, image map, background fill, background flatten, overlay, spot light, and a lot more. You can even animate, add in text, logos, adjust color, shadows, spots, borders, or flip displays and many more.

The best feature of this software is its ability to update in real time, whenever new artwork or changes are made to the media. When a new pencil layer is added, the old one is updated in the background.

You can make the best of this by combining the different effects of the various effects - from dark to light, bright to dark, natural to unnatural. This makes it possible to have a complete array of options open at the same time, which makes your workflow much easier and creative when working on your clip studio paint projects.

What is Adobe Fresco?

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One of the best features of Adobe Fresco, perhaps the most impressive and feature-rich tool included with the program, is its Intellisense drawing engine. This innovative technology allows you to draw almost any object just by "gesturing" to it, by tapping on the screen or holding down on the option button. Once you've created your desired object, you can edit or modify its attributes with the several touch and tap commands found inside the Intellisense menu.

Another major feature of Adobe Fresco that takes away some of the limitations of pen-based drawing apps, is the inclusion of both raster and pixel brushes. The application offers a huge library of brushes as well as the ability to install third-party plugins.

Another feature of the software is that it can export your artwork as a JPEG file, which can be used in a number of different applications. The only drawback to this application is that there are times that the JPEG format does not decode correctly, which leads to some people losing their work when they try to upload it to a computer.


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Clip Studio Paint & Adobe Fresco Features:

  • AI selections
  • 90+ raster, live, and vector brushes
  • Work with masks
  • Extensive color palette options
  • Realistic painting and watercolor on tablet
  • Gesture control
  • True-to-life effects
  • Has a smudging tool
  • Integration with Creative Cloud apps
  • Cloud storage

Clip Studio Paint and Adobe Fresco Price:

STARTING PRICE $49.99 $9.99/month
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FixThePhoto Choice:

Clip Studio Paint boasts EX version support for multipage documents and extensive animation capabilities.

Adobe Fresco is equipped with masks, 90+ bitmap, live and vector brushes, and extensive color palette options.