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Adobe's Fresco creative app is coming to Surface Pro X

What you need to know

  • Fresco is Adobe's first painting and drawing app optimized for Surface Pro X.
  • Fresco recreates a natural feel by mimicking real tools and materials.
  • It's expected to launch on Surface Pro X "very soon," with more Creative Cloud apps on the way.

Adobe's Fresco creative app, previously only available for the iPad, is coming to Surface Pro X. The power of Fresco was shown off by an Adobe illustrator who, on stage at the October 2 Surface Event, quickly sketched a woman's portrait using the Surface Slim Pen in tandem with the new ARM-powered Pro. Quite impressive.

Fresco was designed by Adobe to be powerful enough for professionals who crave natural-feeling tools and materials and deep features, yet easy enough for just about anyone to pick up and sketch. Not only that, it also relies on Adobe's Sensei AI that recreates oil and watercolor in a natural way. This should mix well with the Pro X's ultimate portability, allowing anyone to whip out their laptop and start drawing at a professional level.

There's no definitive release date for Fresco yet, and we'll have to go with "very soon" until we hear more.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

  • I MUST have this phone!
  • Sadly, this is not the article that I meant for my above comment to be posted on. Oh well. My granddaughter is going to love this app, though.
  • I'm not sure why anyone would pay a premium to subscribe t this when a $300 iPad with Affinity would do fine. Plus, apps like Corel Painter and Krita do this more than fine on x86.
  • How does Fresco fair to Fresh Paint?
  • Looking at the edition for iOS, its a full featured trial with option to only use basic tools for free. The pro is a monthly subscription fee in the typical Adobe (overpriced) price-range.
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