The newest addition to the Creative Cloud family is finally (almost) here! Adobe Fresco is a digital art app for stylus and touch devices, and the iPad version is available to preorder now, with release planned on 24 September.
Fresco was first announced in November 2018 and looks to be Adobe's answer to the popular Procreate. We thought we'd have to wait until Adobe MAX 2019 in early November for an official release, but it looks like we're getting some early gifts this year. You can now preorder Adobe Fresco on the App Store, where it's currently listed as free.
Could Fresco join the rankings of our best iPad apps for designers or the best digital art software? Well, let's take a look at what we know so far. Originally codenamed Project Gemini, the app aims to recreate the feeling of drawing and painting with traditional tools.
That starts with the brush library – Fresco claims to offer the world's largest brush collection. As well as options mimicking different traditional art tools, from watercolour to oils, users have the option to combine vector and raster brushes together on the same canvas.
One intriguing feature is the inclusion of Sensei – Adobe's AI and machine learning platform. Adobe promises this will make the digital paint on your brushes act just like the real thing. That means watercolours that bloom and bleed like real watercolour, and oil paints you can smudge and blend like real oils.
That's all well and good, but how does it work as an art tool? Adobe says Fresco is designed specifically with touch and stylus in mind, including the ability to customise your UI for left- or right-handed use, and a fullscreen mode for when you want to clear your canvas of distractions.
The app was first developed for iPad, with the plan being that versions for other stylus and touch devices would follow (explore our guide to the best tablets with a stylus for drawing here). We've been waiting for Photoshop for iPad for approximately 87 years now, so we're not sure quite how quickly those other Fresco options will arrive. There is some good news here though: apparently Fresco works with regular Photoshop, so you'll be able to switch between the two while working on the same files.
Read more about Fresco on the Adobe website, and we'll update this article with all the news on this app as we hear it.