Adobe’s new painting and drawing app, Fresco, is launching an iPad today. The next-generation tool offers illustration experience with an unprecedented level of fidelity to traditional oil and aquarelle paintings. Alongside Fresco’s launch, Adobe has teamed up with Apple and The Big Draw for a month of Apple meetings at every Apple store in the globe.
The last time we checked in on Adobe Fresco in August, tested the app while in beta, and brought you a thorough hand-on look. Now, Adobe is prepared to release Fresco into the globe.
Fresco’s Live Brushes functionality is powered by Adobe Sensei. These advanced tools move beyond traditional pixel or vector-based brushes, simulating the physical and chemical interactions of true paints. The app borrows interface aspects and interaction models from Photoshop on iPad, Adobe’s next iPad app.
Adobe claims that Fresco is intended for professional-quality job, but simple enough for anyone to use. To demonstrate that everyone has the capacity to create a wonderful thing, Apple and Adobe are partnering with The Big Draw in the month of October.
The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity based in the United Kingdom. The Big Draw Festival celebrates drawing around the globe every year. From October 1-31, every Apple Store will give free art workshops to help you get hands-on with your iPad, Apple Pencil, and Fresco. Last year, only eight shops provided special sessions.
Adaptations to three of Apple’s current Art & Design sessions will be provided. Previous Today in Apple sessions, the Procreate app was used to teach illustration, but Apple is offering Fresco a opportunity in the spotlight. Look for these activities in the calendar of your local store:
In addition to these conferences, in celebration of The Big Draw Festival, several high-profile shops around the world will give exclusive artist-led events. Locations participating include:
- Apple Michigan Avenue, Chicago
- Apple Union Square, San Francisco
- Apple Fifth Avenue, New York
- Apple Williamsburg, New York
- Apple Aventura, Aventura
- Apple Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
- Apple Carnegie Library, Washington, D.C.
- Apple Regent Street, London
- Apple Covent Garden, London
- Apple Piazza Liberty, Milan
- Apple Champs-Élysées, Paris
- Apple Dubai Mall, Dubai
- Apple Orchard Road, Singapore
- Apple Iconsiam, Bangkok
- Apple Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
- Apple Marunouchi, Tokyo
With a Creative Cloud subscription, Adobe Fresco will be available for download and use today at no additional charge or as a distinct buy without a subscription. There is a six-month trial. With a lighter collection of tools, Adobe also offers a free version of Fresco. Fresco needs iOS 12.2 or higher and iPad Pro, iPad Air 3, iPad mini 5 or 5th, 6th and 7th generation iPad. There is no need for an Apple Pencil but it is highly recommended.