Better Together: Photoshop on the iPad and Adobe Fresco Premium

Introducing the ultimate bundle for drawing and painting

Like peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, or sand and surf, some things are just better together. Today, we’re proud to announce you can get Adobe Photoshop on the iPad and Adobe Fresco premium — two great apps that work even better together – at one great price. The offer is available to customers who buy Photoshop on iPad or upgrade to Adobe Fresco premium through the App Store, as well as to Creative Cloud customers who buy the Photoshop Single App or All Apps plan on Early adopters who already have a Creative Cloud membership are eligible too. Sweet deal.

Made in both Photoshop and Fresco on iPad

With Photoshop on the iPad, you can harness the power of Photoshop to create anything you can imagine, wherever inspiration strikes. The app delivers core compositing and retouching tools reimagined for Apple Pencil and touch. Photoshop on the iPad introduces new features every month, including Adobe Fonts auto-activation, which automatically finds and updates missing Adobe Fonts in your PSD files.

With Adobe Fresco premium, you get access to more than a thousand additional brushes, plus you can import your own brushes. Be sure to download both apps to get the most creative mileage out of your iPad.

How can you use these two apps together? We’ve got a few ideas to jumpstart your creativity. Keep reading to learn some suggested workflows.

Photoshop and Adobe Fresco inspiration

To get started, first make sure you’re connected to the internet. We recommend you connect to follow these tutorials for two reasons:

Transform your photo into a painting

Beginner skills required

You can make any photo look like an oil painting with live brushes in Adobe Fresco.

Start with a photograph or design — or any project from Photoshop on the iPad that you want to make into a painting. Your projects show up automatically in the Cloud documents tab of Adobe Fresco and Photoshop (if you don’t see the image, you might have to scroll down through your cloud documents).

You can also start with a photo from your camera roll and edit it first in Photoshop on the iPad. Here we have an image of a bird where we used Select Subject in Photoshop on the iPad to remove the sky.

Start with a photograph you want to paint

In order to achieve a painted effect, start with the live brushes in Adobe Fresco. We chose the filbert oil brush, which is included in the free version of Adobe Fresco.

Select Oil under the Live brush menu

Open the Colour panel and turn the opacity to zero. This lets you paint “transparently,” using the colours of the photo with the texture of the oil brush without having to colour pick directly from the image.

Make your colour “transparent” using this slider in the Colour module

Change the size of the brush to get larger or smaller strokes, which increases or decreases the level of detail of the painting. You can also use the colour mix slider to blend colours with your brush. Another tip is to turn reload colour off and on in the brush options, which lets you choose to continue using one colour from the painting in another area. Then play around to get that perfectly painted look.

If you’re feeling really creative, you can also add a new layer or add your own detail to the painting, such as highlights or splashes of colour outside of what’s present in the photo.

Experiment to find the look you desire

Add watercolour splashes to a design

Some design skills needed

Watercolour splashes are a hot trend. You’ll find places all over the web where you can buy them as assets to put in your designs. But with Adobe Fresco, you can make your own watercolour splashes and customise them exactly how you want. Here’s how to add a watercolour splash to anything you create in Photoshop on the iPad:

Start with a design, like this flyer for a Jazz Collective.

A design started in Photoshop on iPad

Since it was made with Photoshop on the iPad, it automatically shows up in Adobe Fresco cloud documents. Again, you might have to scroll to find it if you have a lot of documents.

To create some watercolour splashes behind the text, first make a new layer under the text. Next, open up the live brushes and select watercolour.

Use the Watercolour brushes under the Live brush menu

Play around with the different brushes and colours, varying from the flat wash to the spatter brush. For example, you can start out with the flat wash in a variety of complementary colours to create a watercolour base, and then use the spatter brush to create some texture.

Choose colours under the colour menu. Adobe Fresco saves your colours under the ‘Recents’ tab

If you want to dry the painting, tap the layer once and choose “dry layer.” Just like in a real painting, the watercolour will dry so you can build up colour (but unlike a real painting, you won’t have to wait).

Let the watercolour splashes blend your colours naturally

Play around with it until you have the perfect watercolour splash. Reuse your new watercolour splash in other artwork or create exciting new splashes.

Watercolours can be used for graphic design, accenting your text

Add type in Photoshop to an illustration or design

Design skills required

Take your artwork from Adobe Fresco to the next level by adding type in Photoshop on the iPad. These two apps give you the freedom to create anything together —whether you’re working on a comic strip, a poster, or a card design like our example.

Starting from an Adobe Fresco project, find your artwork in the Cloud documents tab of Photoshop and open it. All your layers, including any artwork, watercolours, or oils, will show up exactly how you arranged them in Adobe Fresco. To add type, select the Type tool in the toolbar on the right.

Add type by selecting the the text tool on the right – it’s highlighted in blue

Your text appears on a new layer. Notice your type layer has special options under the Layer Properties menu to the right. This is where you can customise size, font, scale, and other text properties.

Use the Layer Properties panel on your text layer to customise font, size, and more

If you don’t see your favourite font on your iPad, you can download thousands from Adobe Fonts to use in your design with the Adobe Creative Cloud app. If you open a project created on a different device with fonts you haven’t added to your iPad yet, don’t worry. Photoshop on the iPad has a brand-new feature that auto-activates and downloads any missing fonts for you and anyone else who opens your document. No more missing font errors! Learn more about Adobe Fonts auto-activation here.

Better together: Photoshop & Fresco make your iPad a powerful creation too

We hope these ideas inspire you to create using Photoshop on the iPad and Adobe Fresco together.

Tag us online on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook at @Photoshop and @Adobedrawing. We can’t wait to see what you create.