Adobe Fresco Review & Quick Sketch Tutorial for #Inktober2019


hey everybody what’s going on my name is
Derrick Mitchell and in this video we’re gonna take a look at the brand new Adobe
fresco app on the iPad I’m gonna show you how to bring in some artwork trace
over the top of it sketch it out paint it with oil color and watercolor brushes
which are amazing by the way it’s gonna be a ton of fun and it’s meant to be
kind of an introductory review of the app but also a tutorial on how to get in
and get sketching rather than just showing you every Bell and whistle so
we’re not going to go into every key feature of the application we’re just
gonna dive in and get you get your feet wet and let’s just start having fun with
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alright let’s go ahead and dive in so first things first
this original artwork actually came from somebody else here at the inktober if
you got instagram.com 4 slash inktober you can find this sketch here I thought
it was a ton of fun and I wanted to use it for this lesson so special shout out
to Jake Parker I believe is his name the original artist and right here Jake
Parker the creator of the inktober challenge which has been a ton of fun so
we’re gonna do today is I’m gonna grab this photo I’m just gonna go ahead and
click on the volume up button and this other side button here to take a screen
grab will click on that and just gonna crop it in real quick and once I get
that where I want it I’m gonna go ahead and click up here in this top right for
the share button and I’m going to down here we’re gonna scroll down and I’m
going to save it to files I’m just gonna save it to will just throw it on my iPad
right now and I’m gonna click up here to make a new folder I’m just going to call
this fresco because I have a feeling that this won’t be the first time that I
do this so we’ll click done we’ve got a new folder in my ipad called fresco so
we’re just gonna click on that and hit save to throw this full this photo down
in there now I’m gonna go ahead and swap our so I switch over to fresco here and
first things first since this is a brand new app so go and take a look at the
home screen real quick so by default it’s going to look like this and it’s
got the light theme and if you’re familiar with procreate at
all you probably prefer the dark theme I know that everything that I do on my Mac
and using the Adobe Creative Suite I like the dark theme as well so I’m gonna
go ahead and change that real quick first so we’ll click up here on the gear
on the top right and it’s the first thing we see in there general is the
interface I’m gonna change the color scheme to dark just because I like how
it looks better and then the other thing you might want to change if I come down
here to input by default it’s gonna say show color picker so picker so if you’ve
got an Apple pencil and I like to hold mine with the flat spot right here so I
just double tap with my finger to switch between the pen or the eraser so in the
fresco app though that’s going to default to the color picker so what
we’re gonna do under input we’re going to come down to switch to eraser so that
way I need to erase things I just double click real quick and erase as I’m
working so those are the settings that I found as I’ve been using this app that
had been a lot of help for me to get going and then the next thing that I
would do is I’m going to create a new document so whatever size you want um if
you’re gonna be posting Instagram maybe you want to go square I’ve just been
playing with the my size which makes it the same size as the iPad that I’m
currently using alright so first thing we need to do is go ahead and grab that
photo that screen grab that we just did and down the left hand side we can see
our tools and almost halfway we’ve got the little photo icon there’s a lot of
different ways that we can bring in different layers whether it’s a PSD file
from the Creative Cloud or in this case I’m going to jump into my files and I’m
gonna click up here on the top left to go back to locations and switch from
what’s on my iCloud drive down to what is on my iPad and now we can see a new
fresco folder that I made and I’ll go ahead and click on that PNG image and
it’ll throw it right on my canvas you’ll notice over here on the side I’ve got my
layers and it threw it right on the top stack but before I can do anything
you’ll notice the tools are gone and I’ve got these transform controls so if
I wanted to now is the time where you can scale it up using your fingers using
the Apple pencil whatever you want to do to get it or you want to be and then
when it’s all said and done come up here on the top right we’ll click done to
apply that transformation and I want to go ahead and start drawing on this but
before I can start all I’m gonna do up here I’m going to click on this little
menu item here for the layer it’s basically a layer properties window and
we can change the blen and do a lot of other fun stuff but what
I want to do right now is just scrub this opacity down just a little bit just
to kind of barely see it but just enough to work as a guide as I’m drawing so
we’ll go ahead and close that window we’ll tap once on the layer you can tap
there or you can tap down here on these three dots to get to the same thing but
what we want to do is actually lock that layer so we’ll come down here and I’ll
click on lock layer and now there’ll be a lock icon so that way I’m not drawing
on this layer and we had the original blank layer that we started with I can
just click and drag to move this up above or I could click the little plus
in the box here to add a new layer above that as well
so now this is the fun part right this is the stuff we’re about to get into
that is really cool and what separates the Adobe fresco app from everything
else so we’ve got these three brushes up here we’ve got a pixel brush we’ve got
our live brush and then we have our vector brushes but really the
bread-and-butter right now is the most fun this is all new and exciting if we
click and hold we’ve got our live brushes so what I’m gonna do is go ahead
and click the watercolor brush and then we have four different choices by
default and depending on how much you use the app and what you find are your
favorites be sure to tap this favorite the star so that way as you’re working
it’s easier to switch back and forth between brushes so for the sake of
showing you the new fun features I’m just gonna grab some color here and
we’ll change our brush size we’ve got our flow and then how much water so
right now I’m going to crank the water flow way up just to show you this
feature as I scribble on here and let’s switch to something much more obvious a
darker color as I color you’ll notice that this behaves a lot like a
watercolor and then I’ve got this button down here it’s been kind of hiding but
what that does is it switches from now painting with the brush color to just
painting with water so I’m basically adding water to the canvas as I do that
I can double tap to lock that on our double tap to move it or click and drag
to move it to other parts of the canvas if I want to so this is going to be a
ton of fun this is going to come in handy down the road as we get going on
this project I’m gonna go ahead and tap once on this layer and I’m going to
delete the layer we’ll add a new one on top just to start clean and we want to
switch from the watercolor brush to a pixel brush and there are a lot of
great options in here and you can add even more brushes in Photoshop brushes
that’s gonna be beyond the scope of this video today if you want to see some of
that be sure to comment below in the video if you want me to create more
lessons around Adobe fresco but let’s go and stay focused here so I don’t get off
on a tangent what I’m gonna do under the pixel brush is we’re gonna come right
down to the basic brushes and this hard round variable brush is a great place to
start there’s obviously a lot of other great places as well but what I’m trying
to do is create the outlines for this sketch so I don’t really want the
opacity to be variable I just want the size to be variable so I’ll tap on that
tap outside here and with the brush selected these are our options to modify
that brush so we’ve got our color we’ve got our size we’ve got our flow our
smoothness and then down here some more brush settings and you can actually draw
in this window to its sample to see if it’s going to fit your needs so one
thing that I noticed right away is if I want to do some really fine
fine lining in here it doesn’t get small enough for me so I’m gonna come down
here to shape dynamics and my size jitter is set to 0% but it’s set with
the pressure control here my minimum diameter is 57% of the brush width so if
I push really hard it’ll get thicker but it won’t get any smaller than 50% of
that so if I crunch this down a little bit now be able to have really fine
lines but push harder to get those thicker lines if I want to so it just as
a personal preference whatever you want to work with but that’s how you would
modify that we come down to this menu and modify the shape dynamics and then
that minimum diameter that’s how that changed so just something to be aware of
all right now we can get after it and start having fun so what we’re gonna do
is just pick anywhere you want to start and we’re just gonna start outlining and
I’m gonna go ahead and pause this video because you get the point for this
alright so for the sake of speeding up this tutorial what I’m going to do is
actually clone one of these that I’ve already sketched out completely but one
thing I want to point out is when you’re on the home screen you don’t have a
secondary menu or at least not one that I see yet to clone or even delete these
documents so what you need to do is come down here under the your work tab
and click on the cloud documents and then you’ll get these little three dots
next to your drawing and from there you can duplicate you can export these you
can make them available offline and you can even delete the file if you don’t
long if you don’t want to on your iPad anymore so what I’m going to do is go
ahead and click on duplicate to create a copy of this artwork here and I’m going
to open it back up so that way you can just kind of see my workflow basically
what I did is we we kept the outline layer let’s go ahead and turn that on
and off we’ll just toggle this visibility so you can see we kept the
outlines on top and then just paint it underneath it so what I’m gonna do is
let’s go ahead and just delete these layers real quick and now we’re ready to
color this so what I’m gonna do is add a new layer and making sure that this new
layer is below my outline file here and we’re gonna grab any color it doesn’t
really matter but you can grab using the color wheel here to really dial in the
exact hill you want to work with and then as far as brushes go for the
coloring part just to kind of show this off I’m gonna go back to the watercolor
brush just because a lot of fun to work with and the other one to the oil brush
is also a ton of fun and again a little bit beyond the scope of this lesson
right now but we’re gonna play with it for just a second so you can see as I
work with different colors and the oil it really blends and looks amazing so
the oil brush is another way that we might want to use to color this as well
the other thing I’d point out with the oil brush down here under the settings
is reload color so every time you tap off of the campus it reloads to that
fresh color you’re working with otherwise what happens if you turn that
off and we start coloring in here the ink from wherever you’re tapping your
brush gets loaded into your brush and blends just like if it was really an oil
painting which is really cool and definitely a lot of fun to play with so
I’m gonna do now that I’ve made a mess of this I’m gonna go ahead and delete
this layer again we’ll start fresh and you know what I might actually just
paint with oil on this it could be a lot of fun so let’s change our brush size
here and we’re gonna brighten this up just a
little bit and now comes the fun part where you just get to color coloring is
honestly one of my favorite things to do sketching is fun too but I don’t know
coloring is a nice way to let my mind wander here alright so now we got the
base color down what we’re gonna do is actually create a new layer just above
the one we were working with and I’m gonna switch to a different pixel brush
to kind of burn the edges here just to kind of add some depth and the reason
why I’m doing this instead of painting on the same layer what I was gonna do
originally was paint on the same layer with a darker color and it would be fun
it would be cool because you get to play with the way that the oil brushes work
together and I’ve got it set right now to reload color every time I pick it up
so every time I pick up my brush and tap again it comes back with this dark color
if I leave it down then it starts to blend with the color around it and it’s
a ton of fun it’s a lot of fun actually and it’s really amazing how well it
works but the problem I’m going to run into is
that it’s gonna take a ton of work to get this the shade the way that I want
it to so what I’m gonna do I’m just tapping with two fingers to undo there
I’m gonna come back to this layer above and I’m gonna switch to a pixel brush
and let’s go ahead and do hard round opacity so what that’s gonna do is it’s
gonna stay around just gonna stay the same size but depending on how hard I
push it’ll become more opaque or transparent so now what I can do with
that brush selected let’s just kind of see size-wise it’s pretty big so now if
I gently push you’re not can see hardly anything but if I push harder you’ll see
you know what it’s doing here I’m gonna come back and let’s go ahead and turn on
so we’ve got the shape dynamics I’m gonna turn on the size jitter as well
I’m going to change it from none to pin pressure
so both the pen pressure for the size as well as the opacity so that way I can
kind of color in smaller if I want to or come in thicker so we’ll see how this
works for us here the other thing I’m going to do is actually turn my flow
down so down to 20% let’s go down to 15 and now
I can just kind of start playing here and as I’m using this I’ve I think that
it’s gonna be more difficult to control it with that size jitter on so I’m going
to turn that back off let’s come back into shape dynamics size jitter I’m
going to turn that off and that way it’ll just be the opacity that’s fading
in and out so one last change here I’m just gonna save this I bring the size
down a little bit and now we can get to work all right so basically what I’m
trying to do is just tint or shade any of the spots that would be in shadow so
we’ll go ahead and fast-forward this a little bit but you get the idea so now
I’m going to do working on this layer that’s above our color layer I’m just
gonna start adding some shadow to everything here all right that’s pretty much it for our
shading so now what I want to do is go ahead and add the little white here to
the suction cup so I’m going to add another layer above it I’m gonna switch
our brush to a white brush oops there we go white and let’s go ahead and check
out our other settings here turn our flow all the way up we’ll come down to
our transfer and the opacity jitter we’re gonna turn off the pin pressure
will turn it to none and now I can come in here and it’s actually we’re gonna
need to change one more thing your shape dynamics size jitter we’ll put that back
on pin pressure so now we can color real finely or make it larger I’m gonna put
the minimum diameter up a little bit and that should get us pretty close and
I forgot to make a new layer so we’re gonna step back make sure we’re painting
on top of our shadow layer just in case we need to make some changes in this
case I made a little bit of mistake I went a little too too far out so I’m
gonna double tap on my eraser here and just kind of clean that up a little bit
so I’m actually erasing white from this layer and you know obviously I made a
lot of other mistakes here too were bleeding past some things I’m just
trying to go fast let’s see how that’s looking that looks pretty good that’s
fun awesome so we’re gonna go ahead and speed things up even faster here so now
you get a good idea of how to work with the brushes how to bring something in
and color over the top of it but what if you want to get this out of the box and
share it with somebody else up here in the top we’ve got this little share icon
so I’m going to tap on that and we have a few different ways that we can publish
this and export it so the first is publish an export so if I click on this
it’s going to give us a few more options and one that’s a lot of fun is
this time-lapse export so if I tap on that it’s gonna give me a play button
where I can play it and preview back the work that I did to see what it looks
like and then if I like it I can click on the export button here and I can
either send it to somebody else or I can save the video right here down to my
commands in my computer save it down to my iPad and that’ll be in my photo roll
or I can click export as and there’s a few different formats here we’ve got a
PNG a jpg Photoshop PSD file or a PDF you can also control the quality now
again this is actually something I didn’t say before but this is dependent
on the fact that you actually have a Creative Cloud subscription and you have
Photoshop and all the other tools or you’re gonna have to subscribe at the
time of this recording I think you get six months for free and then after that
it’s ten bucks a month for the app so that being said depending on the
subscription level you’re on you might see some different export options here
but that’s essentially how you would get this out just click up here we also do a
quick export where you share a snapshot and you can save the image as well down
to your photo gallery or share with a friend so that’s pretty much it for the
new Adobe frescoe app I hope you enjoyed that I hope that gives you some ideas as
well as other ways that you can work beyond just sketching in here I hope
that tip as far as bringing other photos to paint over the top of helps you think
of some creative ways to use this and again special thank you to Jake for
letting me borrow slash steal his artwork to bring this end to show you
guys that was a ton of fun and I think it’s a really cool piece that he did and
I hope you guys learned a ton all right guys this teaching style is brand new
for me I’ve never done an iPad screen grab and it was a little bit weird to
get started trying to get the angles right with the camera so there wasn’t
reflections and stuff like that so give me some grace let me know if you like it
though if it’s something I should keep doing and get better at I had a ton of
fun and I’ve really enjoyed getting to give you guys some tips on how to use
Adobe fresco as well as just drawing is something that I’ve always loved and I
just don’t get to do enough of it so definitely looking forward to making
more of these videos so comment below what you want to see next and stay tuned
for more I publish new videos every Wednesday and Friday so we’ll see you
next time

One comment

  • Jai Sequoia

    Fun. You’re convincing me further to get an iPad Pro. You’re style and voice are so relaxed. I really like that.

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