Adobe Fresco is a free drawing and painting app built especially for Apple Pencil and iPad, and designed for artists who draw professionally or paint for passion. Want to take your artwork to the next level? Upgrade to the premium version through the App Store and you'll also get Photoshop on iPad, plus all the premium features of Adobe Fresco, including thousands of exclusive brushes that get updated seasonally.
Adobe Fresco combines the power of your favorite Photoshop brushes with the precision of vector brushes and the revolutionary technology of Live Brushes, for unlimited expression. Paint with watercolors and oils that blossom, blend, smear, and smudge just like the real thing. Work with infinitely scalable vector brushes to create crisp lines, ready to print at any size. With the premium version, you can also easily import all your Photoshop brushes, or choose from over a thousand natural brushes created by celebrated master Kyle T. Webster.
Adobe Fresco reimagines essential tools for illustrators, including modernized selection and masking, and a flexible UI so you can draw faster and without distractions. Premium features add Photoshop integration with automatic cloud syncing. Brushes and projects follow you across devices, so you can work wherever inspiration strikes.
• 50+ Photoshop brushes, vector brushes, and exclusive new Live Brushes
• Access to your custom brushes from Adobe Capture and other libraries
• Powerful tools for creation, including selections, masking, layers, and layer groups
• Automatic migration of Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Adobe Illustrator Draw projects
• Time-lapse video that you can export to replay your creation
• Easy export of your files as PNG or JPEG
• Step-by-step learning content
PREMIUM ONLY FEATURES
• Access to Photoshop on iPad
• An expanded library of 1,000+ brushes
• Roundtripping with Photoshop on desktop (requires Creative Cloud plan with Photoshop)
• 100GB of cloud storage
• New quarterly brushes by Illustration evangelist Kyle T. Webster
• Ability to import brushes (ABR files)
FRESCO ON iPHONE: To put it as simply as possible… Fresco is on the screen you keep in your pocket. See how we've redesigned the app for the dimensions and real estate of a smaller canvas.
TEXT SUPPORT: A picture is worth a thousand of them but sometimes combining images and words can tell a better story. And, now, with text support in Fresco they can be added when they’re needed. There are sliders for sizing, leading, and tracking, and access to thousands of Adobe Fonts typefaces.
SMUDGE BRUSHES: Fresco's new Smudge brushes soften strokes, blend edges, and blur linework. To use them just tap the downward-pointing-finger icon (just below the Eraser) in the toolbar.
PRESSURE SENSITIVITY ADJUSTMENT: Mimic the way you draw on paper by controlling how Pencil responds to changes in pressure. Make changes and test them in App Settings > Input > Adjust pressure sensitivity.
HIGH-RESOLUTION TIMELAPSE: From the moment of the first mark to the final line that completes the drawing, timelapse video records every stroke placed on a canvas. Now there's more control over the quality and dimensions of that final video. Make those adjustments before you draw in App Settings > General > Timelapse settings.
VERSION HISTORY: Previous versions of documents are now available from the More actions menu in Fresco Recent and Cloud Documents. To access the progression of any saved/synced file just tap the ellipses icon (...) under the drawing thumbnail and choose View version history.
COMMENTING: Send your work out for client review without ever leaving Fresco. Just tap the Share icon choose Share link and send that link to your client. To review and respond to comments just tap the Chat icon in the taskbar.
LIVESTREAMING: It's easier than ever to share your drawing techniques with Behance's global online audience. Just open Fresco. Create a new document. Then tap Livestream from the Share menu in the upper navigation to let an audience look over your shoulder as you draw.
ADOBE CAPTURE RIBBON BRUSHES: The unique and personalized brushes created in Adobe Capture are now available in Adobe Fresco. Look for those libraries in the Pixel brushes menu.
SEND TO DESKTOP ILLUSTRATOR: Now Fresco better supports vector artists with Send to Illustrator functionality. Just tap the Share icon.
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The best painting experience ( free version )
I am a student and learning painting as a hobby. I have been painting when I was 3 years old, I am not professional however drawing/painting has been part of my life for nearly 4 decades. I am trying to move to digital painting for sometime now and used different softwares like photoshop with stylus, procreate etc. I wanted an app which can provide real painting/drawing experience and adobe fresco fulfills that dream. The live brushes are just amazing. There are reviews which talk about not having many tools but I don’t think we really need them unless you are working on a time constraint production. Real painting is not about having multiple tools, it’s about the experience. I am glad that there is a eraser option as in real media you don’t even have that luxury. I used procreate it’s a great app for digital artists but does not mimic the experience of real painting. So don’t go by the bad reviews and try out this app. I really really don’t want adobe to kill this app just for bad reviews. Also there has been a lot of feedback on high prices, however I think they are just for professionals who are mostly already paying for creative cloud. I just have the free app ( didn’t register for 6 months ) and I have access to all the tools I need to learn and practice. I believe adobe did a great job here and should be appreciated.
Another amazing Adobe app, that will become the standard.
I’m an amateur artist. Have been drawing/sketching since I was a kid. I got an iPad Pro a little a year ago, because I had become temporarily disabled, and needed something to keep me busy, for I would be confined to a bed for a long time. I of course got an Apple Pencil, and started doing the “paint by numbers” apps on here. Then of course, I downloaded the the Adobe Sketch app. It was okay. I literally have no idea what was/am doing, so I was very limited. Then Fresco was released. At first it still felt like the Sketch app, just a bit more customizable. Then when you guys finally released the big update after the 6 month trial, it opened a whole new world for me. Everything became more streamlined, and super easy to understand. Adding Brushes from PS super easy, but still limited. But over time, with more updates, it has become something special and unique. I bought and tried Procreate, several times, but I always end up going back to Fresco. Watching, and experiencing this app evolve, while I’m learning and evolving with it, has been amazing, and with so much time in the future to refine it, and better integrate PS with it, it will become the new standard. I’m so excited to see it happen, knowing I started from the very beginning. Thank you to the whole team over there!
A Work in Progress
After hearing much talk about Fresco, I wanted to try it as an alternative to Procreate and was pleasantly surprised. The most attractive feature to me is the pencil brush and how real it feels by default. I have not been able to find something as natural with the perfect amount of noise yet for PC even though I’ve been using it for years. Yes, the default pencil is beautiful so I have been using this for ideation.
I am only giving Fresco 3 stars, however, because in 2 days of using this app it has already crashed 10 times. That makes it really difficult to keep a steady workflow. The files aren’t particularly big, which makes me raise my eyebrows.
Also, the lack of being able to distort or warp images in perspective, which is essential in both Photoshop and Procreate, makes it difficult for me to use this professionally. I am subscribed to CC so this comes with the bundle, but unless these very basic essentials are fixed, it will be hard to compete with Procreate 5 in my opinion.
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- Graphics & Design
Requires iOS 13.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad (6th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch), iPad Pro (11‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (11‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (4th generation), iPad Air (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (8th generation), iPad (8th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (7th generation).
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.