Adobe Fresco is finally out – find out here how the drawing and painting app feels to use on the iPad as artist Hazel Mead takes you through her experiences drawing and painting on an exclusive pre-release version of the app, including how it measures up against the industry standard, Procreate.
As a digital artist who originally trained as an oil painter I was intrigued by Adobe’s new Fresco app from the outset. I’ve long been lamenting the loss of working with traditional materials but the fast turnarounds and a necessity for ease of editing pieces for clients – as well as practicalities of lugging around a toolbox of paints – has meant that a Photoshop/Wacom tablet combo is my most convenient working method. I can’t be waiting all week for the paint to dry, after all.
Adobe Fresco may be the program to bridge the gap, though, and I was delighted to grab the pre-release for a hands-on review in the video above, which sees me creating a brand new piece with the latest iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
You can also read my review below.Volume 90%
What is Adobe Fresco?
Adobe has been working on a new solution specifically designed with illustrators and digital painters in mind. Whereas Photoshop or Illustrator is currently the digital artist’s Adobe tool of choice for drawing, Fresco is being marketed as a program which sits in between the two, providing the option to work in both vector and/or raster alongside new drawing features, something not previously offered by Adobe software.
It’s also being aimed at the iPad user market, with this first version of Fresco only available as an app for the Apple tablet. While Adobe is currently working on a Photoshop app for the iPad, that will naturally be more focused on photo editing and compositing, making Fresco Adobe’s first attempt at a Procreate rival.
A beta version has been doing the rounds for a good while now, with invited illustrators like Jing Wei regularly sharing their creations on the likes of Instagram back when the app used to be known as Project Gemini. Digital Arts also got a hands-on with the beta at last year’s Adobe MAX convention, but for this feature I’m specifically reviewing a pre-release identical to what’ll be hitting online stores during autumn 2019.
Adobe Fresco review: like a Photoshop-Lite
The first thing that leapt out about Adobe Fresco was how intuitive the user interface was. I am not particularly techy,