Adobe Fresco brings realistic painting to the iPad

Adobe has a second major app release for designers coming this year. Sure, Photoshop for the iPad is going to get most of the attention, but for illustrators and designers who dabble in digital drawing or painting, Adobe Fresco could be the real game-changer.

In addition to syncing with your Creative Cloud workflow across desktop versions of Photoshop, Illustrator and more, Fresco’s marquee feature makes digital painting with watercolors and oils a lot more realistic. Gone are the days when hardness, opacity and a few other parameters were the only variables you could control when painting in Photoshop. Now you can select an oil or watercolor brush and watch in awe as your strokes blend with the wet paint already on your (digital) canvas.

Adobe is no stranger to mobile apps. The company has built dozens over the years and its existing lineup currently tallies 13. They help with tasks like drawing, video editing, photo editing and turning the things you see every day into production-ready assets.

If you also count the apps that allow access to your Creative Cloud account or your Adobe-hosted portfolio, that number goes up to 17. They all tap into the company’s cloud-based workflow that houses files, fonts, assets and more in one spot. And to varying degrees, these apps allow you to send what you’ve been working on while you’re on the go to full-powered desktop software for further refinement.

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