Adobe Fresco brings raster, vector, and live brushes to Windows

Adobe Fresco on Windows
Adobe Fresco on Windows (Image credit: Adobe)

What you need to know

  • Adobe Fresco launched for Windows.
  • The app includes a large library of raster, vector, and Live Brushes.
  • At launch, the app only works on select Windows devices.

Adobe announced the availability of Adobe Fresco on Windows devices at Adobe MAX 2019. The drawing and painting app first launched on the iPad in September but is now available for select Windows devices. Adobe Fresco is free for the first six months, after which it costs $9.99 per month (opens in new tab).

At launch, Adobe Fresco only works on a select set of Windows devices. A help document from Adobe (opens in new tab) lists each compatible device.

  • Surface Pro 4
  • Surface Pro 5
  • Surface Pro 6
  • Surface Book 1
  • Surface Book 2
  • Surface Studio 1
  • Surface Studio 2
  • Surface Go
  • Wacom Mobile Studio Pro

An Adobe blog post (opens in new tab) states that more devices will gain compatibility with Adobe Fresco as Adobe works with Windows hardware partners. The blog post also hints at Adobe Fresco running on the Surface Pro X. The post points people to this video (opens in new tab) to see Adobe Fresco on the Surface Pro X. The actual demonstration of Adobe Fresco starts at the 54:00 mark.

While Adobe Fresco on Windows is similar to Adobe Fresco on the iPad, the feature sets are not identical at this point. Adobe states that the company plans to close this gap, but at launch some features from the iPad version won't be on the Windows version.

In addition to the release of Adobe Fresco on Windows, Adobe also announced upgrades to Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and InDesign. Creative Cloud Desktop has also been redesigned, including a new native search engine that allows people to search across all of their Creative Cloud assets.

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  • It's not in the Windows Store?
  • Adobe's pricing/licensing/subscription is probably fine if these are tools you are using to do your job, or making money with. For an individual hobbyist, they are just nuts. Creative types must be making money hand over fist to afford these. The exception is student and teacher pricing. Good plan to hook them while they are learning, to make them familiar and indispensable once they are on the job. It's the pusher plan.
  • I agree. Adobe XD was previously available only through subscription then they made it free. I hope fresco could be a free app with Ads or limited features.
  • Will not run on the X...The X will be an Epic Fail. ARM is not ready...Period!
  • Did you read the blog? Surface Pro X is next on the list and was already demonstrated running on the X. Currently Fresco is only supported on like 9 devices!
    Besides why are you even assuming that each Pro X owner needs to run Fresco?