Microsoft announced that Adobe Fresco (previously also known under its codename Project Gemini), the long-awaited next-generation drawing and painting app, will now be available for the Microsoft Surface Pro X as well. If you’re a Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscriber, you should be able to download it, but unlike some of Adobe’s other products, Fresco will also come in a free version that has some limitations, but should still give you access to the overall experience of using the app. You’ll also be able to purchase Fresco as a standalone app. Microsoft announced the addition of Adobe Fresco to the Surface Pro X at the Microsoft Surface event.The sketching and painting app will combine the power of the new Surface Pro X and the new Surface Slim Pen.
What is Adobe Fresco?
Adobe Fresco re-creates the feeling of painting and drawing with natural materials and reproduces the actual behavior of oil and paints like blending and smearing.Adobe Fresco mixes the tools and familiar interfaces of apps like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator with brushes and tools that behave like the real thing. From mixing colors together with the brush to integrating texture, Fresco uses dynamic brushes crafted to look like traditional tools, assisted by compatibility with Photoshop brushes. As Adobe’s Kyle Webster notes, one of the areas the team really focused on was the variety of brushes that are available in the app, including all of user’s favorite Photoshop brushes. Given that Webster sold his company Kyles Brushes to Adobe in 2017, that doesn’t come as a surprise. Similarly, the fact that Fresco makes good use of the Apple Pencil is very much expected. The iPad app is already in market, now Microsoft surface is facilitated.However the Android users have to wait a little bit more.
The highlight of Fresco, though, is Adobe’s Live Brushes, which can recreate the feeling of painting with oils and watercolors. These brushes and the way they interact with the virtual paper — are powered by some of the company AI smarts, courtesy of its Sensei platform. In addition to oil and watercolor, Fresco also features vector brushes. Because Adobe already offers a vector drawing app in the form of Adobe Illustrator, you’ll also be able to use Fresco to create a first draft of your drawing and then take it to Illustrator to finish it up.
Microsoft Surface Pro X– special new Pen (Surface Slim Pen)
Other parts of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, like Adobe Photoshop, will be added to the Surface Pro devices as well. The tool works with the new pen, Surface Slim Pen, that is built into the Microsoft Surface Pro X in a “pencil pouch.” The pen, which has 496,000 points of pressure, now has its own storage space built right into the type cover for easy access and constant charging. Many people had issues with losing the Surface Pen. So Microsoft had designed the the new built-in, and is meant to keep the pen handy at all times.The Surface Pen’s pressure responsiveness means you can use Adobe’s tools to create artwork that mimics that produced with real-life tools. In fact, just like a real pencil, you can turn the Surface Pen upside-down and use its top end as an eraser. Other useful tools include being able to lay the Surface Pen on its side and applying light pressure to add more faint shading to an artwork. Adobe Fresco is powerful enough for creative professionals and will be added to the Surface Pro X “very soon.” The app was recently released on the iPad as well.
How much it cost and when it is available
The Surface Pro X is up for pre-order now starting at $999. It will start shipping on November 5, 2019.