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An Intro to iPad Art: Part 2 - Adobe Fresco

teacher avatar Amy Bradley, Surface Pattern Designer & Artist

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Class Project Introduction

    • 3. Getting Started

    • 4. Workspace Tour

    • 5. Pixel Brushes

    • 6. Live Brushes

    • 7. Vector Brushes

    • 8. Text Tool

    • 9. Masks

    • 10. Exporting

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

This class is Part 2 of a series which introduces students to creating art digitally on the iPad. In this series, students will learn about three drawing apps: Procreate (Part 1), Adobe Fresco (Part 2), and Adobe Illustrator for the iPad (Part 3). In this series, we will talk about the similarities and the differences, including which apps allow you to work in raster (Procreate), vector (Adobe Illustrator) and both raster and vector (Adobe Fresco). We will look at how similar tools work differently in each app: layers and masks, the type tool, blend modes, symmetry tools, color palettes, etc.

In this class, we will focus on Adobe Fresco. We will start with a tour of the workspace and then jump right in to working through all the tools you’ll need to go from sketch to final design in Fresco. If you are a complete beginner to Fresco you will have a full introduction to the app, but even if you’ve used Fresco before I’m confident you’ll learn a few tricks in this class. 

We will go over the basics:

  • The layout
  • Starting a new project
  • Pixel Brushes and Sketching
  • Live Brushes and Color Palettes
  • Vector Brushes and Vector Trimming
  • Transform and Selection Tools
  • Working in layers
  • Quick gestures and Touch Shortcuts for a faster workflow
  • Exporting/sharing your final piece¬†¬†

This class is for anyone who is curious about getting started on the iPad. No prior knowledge is required. Whether you are new to creating art and are interested in digital art, or if you have been making art for years with pencil & paper or canvas & brush but want to convert to working digitally, you will be able to follow this class. 

Why is the class useful?

The iPad and Apple Pencil combined with apps like Adobe Fresco, make a powerful tool for creating art. No matter what project you are working on it can make your workflow faster and give you more flexibility to create. When I moved from drawing in sketchbooks and painting on canvas to working on the iPad it completely changed my art practice. You can go from sketching to a finished piece of art on a single device, and it can go everywhere with you so you are always ready to create. With these apps, you can create anything from logos to hand-lettering projects, from digital oil paintings to seamless repeating patterns. 




For this class, you will need an iPad and Apple Pencil (various newer iPad models offer Apple Pencil capabilities) and Adobe Fresco.

With an Adobe CC account you will have access to both Adobe Fresco and Adobe Illustrator with one subscription. Adobe offers free trials of its apps so you can also start with the free trial if you don’t want to commit to paying for the app immediately but it won’t offer all of the premium features. 

In the Projects & Resources section, you will find:

  1. One PDF file with ideas for card themes and elements in case you are stuck getting started.
  2. Several JPEGs of card layout templates that can help you get started with your compositions.

These resources are meant to help you get started, but feel free to come up with your own theme and layout. 

Why join the class?

  1. I have been using the iPad and Apple pencil since early 2016 (shortly after its initial launch). I have tried several drawing apps and tools over the years and I have a lot of experience working on the iPad. 
  2. I started drawing when I was very young and went on to get my Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in oil painting. I have technical drawing and painting skills under my belt and I learned with pencil and paper. I have transitioned to working digitally to create my art so I know first hand how intimidating the switch from traditional media to digital media can be at first. I also know the benefits of working on the iPad when it comes to time, resources and productivity.
  3. I have a passion for sharing¬†knowledge with¬†others. I am someone who loves to learn and being a good student makes me a good teacher.¬† I am patient and can put myself in my students‚Äô shoes. I try to explain the ‚Äúwhy‚ÄĚ behind what I am doing, not just how to do it. I think this helps others understand the skill in a larger context for themselves.


Adobe, Adobe Fresco, and Adobe Illustrator for the iPad are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe in the United States and/or other countries.

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Amy Bradley

Surface Pattern Designer & Artist


Hello there! 

I’m Amy, the artist behind amy e.b. designs! I love coffee, traveling, people who make me laugh and everything creative. For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to draw. I have a B.A. in Fine Art but it took me a while to discover how to make my biggest dreams come true. While I have a background in oil painting, I'm a consummate student and never tire of trying new things (especially when it comes to art). Discovering my love of surface pattern design was a revelation and after years of hard work, I’m happy to be doing what I love and sharing it with the world. I hope that I can inspire you to try something new!

I’d love to hear from you! You can see more of my work and sign up for my newsletter by v... See full profile

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1. Class Introduction: Hi. I'm Amy. I'm a surface pattern designer and illustrator. I began drawing at a very young age, and I went on to study fine art in school where I focused on oil painting. The moment after graduating, I found it difficult to keep up a painting practice due to limits on my space. Discovering the iPad Pro and Apple pencil completely changed my workflow. It's a portable sketchbook, canvas, and every tool or brush that I could want, all rolled into one. Over the last five years, I've developed a workflow on the iPad that has increased my productivity tremendously. Now, you've probably heard a lot of people talk about the iPad Pro and Apple pencil, along with some of the most popular drawing apps. If you're itching to get started but you have no idea where to begin, or which apps will suit your project, I'm here to help. In this class, we will focus on learning Adobe Fresco. This class is part 2 of the three-part series, where I will be teaching Procreate, Adobe Fresco, and Adobe Illustrator for the iPad from start to finish. I use all three of these apps in my workflow, and I want to help you get started on your journey to creating beautiful works of art on the iPad. Whether you're hand lettering, designing a logo, painting a digital portrait, or creating a repeating pattern, you will learn tips and tricks to make your project shine. We will go over the basic tools and features, and go over some quick gestures and shortcuts to make your workflow faster. We will go step-by-step through Adobe Fresco, starting with a sketch and finishing with a final piece. At the end of the class, you will have completed a greeting card that you can share. If you're ready to get started, I'll see you in the first lesson. 2. Class Project Introduction: For the class project, we're going to be working on a greeting card. At the end, you can print it out or share it digitally. This could be a thank you card, a birthday card, or a holiday greeting. It's your choice. I encourage you to work on the project as you go along through the course. We're going to start with a sketch and work through all the tools necessary to complete your project. At the end, you can export it and upload it to the project gallery. But working on the project as you go along, you'll have hands-on practice to get familiar with the tools and get comfortable working on the iPad. This course will walk you through the step-by-step process to create your project, starting with a sketch. It's always good to start with a sketch because it's the time when you can be loose with your pencil, play around with your composition, and try out ideas. We'll be learning how to import images to be used as a reference source. If you don't feel confident in your technical drawing skills, you could bring in an image to trace over. I'll show you how to use masks and blend modes to add effects to your work. We will discuss how to add a clipping mask and a layer mask. To add text to your card, you can either hand letter or use the type tool. Finally, we'll walk through how to export your project in various formats for your use. You can export it as a PNG to upload to the project gallery. At the end, you'll have a finished product that you can share with your loved ones. I can't wait to see what you create. 3. Getting Started: First things first we'll open the app, and the first thing you're going to see down here at the bottom is your most recent work. If you tap on the three ellipses next to any document name, you open up a fly-out menu of additional options. You can rename your work. You can export it as a PSD, which is a Photoshop file. You can duplicate your work and you have the option to make it available offline. If you don't have an Internet connection, you'll still be able to work on your projects. Now, these little green circles with the arrows pointing down, they indicate that the document is available offline. If you work on a project while you're offline, the next time you have an Internet connection, it will automatically sync to the Cloud. I can also delete the work, share a link, and view version history. If I tap on "Version History", it'll pull up my document with a list of versions. Version history only lasts for 30 days and then it expires. If you want to save a version history permanently, you'll simply tap on this little mark icon, and when your document is marked, it's listed under marked versions and will not be erased after 30 days. If you tap on the three little ellipses here, you'll be able to rename the version, and if it's not the current version, then you can also have the option to revert to that older version. You can exit out of the version history by tapping the X. Up here in this section, you can also view the new features that Adobe Fresco has just pushed out and see a list of upcoming features. To view those, just tap "View". Up here, this little Cloud icon will tell you whether or not you're currently synced to the Cloud. If you tap on it, you'll see that your work is synced or is not. This icon is for the app settings and you can set certain preferences here. You also have access to this app settings feature in the document itself. Up here, you can start a new document and it'll give you a list of your most recently used documents sizes. You can also create a custom size, which we'll talk about in a second. Over here to the left, is a little sub-menu. We're currently on the home menu, and you can also view your work, and this is where you can organize them into folders. You can see I have a single document here, and I have several folders where I've organized my work into categories. If I want to drop this document into a folder, I simply drag and drop and it will be added to this folder. Now up here, I can organize these by name, date created, or date modified. I can also change ascending or descending order. I can tap this folder to get to my Cloud documents again. Over here, I can create a new folder and I can change the view from list to icons. Also currently I'm in my Cloud documents tab. But I can also view documents that are shared with me and anything that I've recently deleted. To come back out to the Cloud documents, I'll just tap the "Cloud", and I'm back to my main Cloud documents folder set up. Down here, you can also create new or import and open. If you tap import and open, you'll see that you have the option to import a Photoshop file. If you took Part 1 of this series, the class on Procreate. You also can export a Procreate file as a PSD and open it up in Fresco to continue working. There are a couple of places where I can start a new document. I can create new by tapping the "Create New" button down here. I can also start by tapping "Custom Size" and either way I get this little panel that comes up. The first category is the most recent document sizes that I've used. Next, I can see any of my saved documents. I also have options for standard digital sizes and print sizes. Over here, I can set up a new document. If I tap on the name, I can edit it, and I can use the scribble feature to delete the name and then write in greeting card project. Or I can come down here and tap the keyboard icon and type that in. If you need to make some additional edits, you can tap on the suggestions or use the keyboard to type it in. Just hit "Okay", and I've renamed my document. Up here we have a drop-down menu where we can select the units. We have the options for pixels, inches, centimeters, and millimeters. I'm going to select inches. I'm going to be working on a five by seven card. I can come up here and tap on the number and actually type in the amount for the width. Tap on the "Height', and again, I'll select seven, and then I can lock the ratio by tapping on the little lock symbol. If I come in here and I change the height to nine, it's automatically going to change my width because I've locked the proportions. Let's change that back to seven, and I can also change my orientation from portrait to landscape, and you'll see that it changes my width and height. Next up I can change the pixel size. Right now it's set at 72 PPI, which is pretty low resolution. I'm going to change this to 300. Now, remember that Fresco is both a raster and a vector app. If you use any of the pixel-based brushes, it's going to be really important that you set up your document size and resolution appropriately because when you resize a raster project, it loses clarity. Next up, I have the option to select a white background or a transparent background, and lastly, I can choose to save the size. That'll end up here in my saved sections, and I can rename that size to something specific, and now I've renamed my document size, and I'll hit "Create Document". Now that we've set up our document. We're ready to get started on our project. To recap, we learned about the home screen and how to organize our documents. We also learned about making our work available offline and how to mark a document version to save in our version history. We also learned how to set up a new document and save a custom document size. Next up, we'll take a tour of the workspace in Adobe Fresco. 4. Workspace Tour: Now that we started our first document, let's take a tour of the workspace. First up over here to our left is our toolbar. The top three tools are the pixel brushes, our live brushes, and our vector brushes. We'll go in depth on the different types of brushes in a future lesson. Next up, we have our eraser and our smudge tool. We have our transform tool and our selection tool. We have our paint bucket fill tool and our shapes tool. We can add text to a document with the text tool and select colors with our eyedropper tool. Lastly, we have our place menu, which allows us to import images and files into our document. At the bottom here we have our color chip where we can select colors. Then we have our tool editor, which changes based on the tool you currently have selected. Any tool with a little gray arrow at the bottom right, means that there are additional options that you can select. If I hold, it will open up a panel of additional options for that tool. I can select any of the tools and I have additional libraries down here. If there's a little plus symbol at the bottom, that means that you can add new tools or find new features. This little gray bar here, if I grab it and I move it, I can actually keep the additional options open while I work. Let's say I want to move it right here. I then can work on my canvas and select different options without having to come back here and long hold and open up my options again. To minimize this window, I simply tap on the x. On the right side we have our taskbar. This top option is the layers, so I can reveal and hide my layers. I also have a few additional options like adding a new layer, making a layer visible. This will create a clipping mask, which we'll discuss in a future lesson. If I tap on the three ellipses, I have my layers action panel, which will give me additional options. Next up, I have this little icon which is the layer properties. I can rename my layer and adjust the blend mode and the opacity. This last icon is for comments. If you shared a link to your work with someone, they can make comments and give you feedback. Last up, we have this little icon down here which will bring up a ruler. It will allow us to draw straight lines. You'll also notice that as I draw, it is actually telling me the length of my line in pixels. It actually measures as well as helps me draw straight lines. You'll see that it has a little gray arrow at the bottom. If I hold down, I also have options for additional shapes. We're going to talk about this in a future lesson in more detail. If I want to turn off my ruler, I simply tap the button. Next up we have our touch shortcut. This little icon here is the touch shortcut. I can move it around anywhere in my canvas to make it convenient. I like it over here because I'm right-handed and I like to be able to use my left hand to use the touch shortcut in conjunction with drawing with my Apple pencil. The touch shortcut expands most tools capabilities and it has a primary and a secondary option. If I hold down, let me do with my Apple pencil so you can see a little better. If I hold down, you'll see that it turns white on the inner circle. If I slide out, it expands that white area to the entire circle. My inner circle is my primary and my outer circle is my secondary. Depending on which one you have selected, it will change up what a tool does. As I draw my Apple pencil, I can hold this down and slide out using this finger. I can also lock it by double tapping. You'll see that when it's locked in the primary position, it is a solid blue color. I can tap one more time and now the outer ring is blue, which means it's in the secondary position. If I double tap, it'll turn it off. Now we will go over how the touch shortcut modifies each tool as we'll learn about them in the upcoming lessons. In addition to the touch shortcuts, you also have a few quick gestures. If you tap on the screen with two fingers, you'll undo your last action. A three-finger tap will redo. You can use two fingers to resize your canvas. You can also use two fingers to rotate your canvas. A quick two-finger pinch will fit it to screen. Last step, we'll talk about the title bar. You have the name of your project here. This little drop-down menu shows the last time it was saved. If you'd like to save a version that will end up in your version history list, you can hit save now. Next up we have our zoom. If you tap and type in a number, you'll manually change the zoom level. You can also tap and slide across your screen and you'll see that it zooms in and out. You can quickly zoom in or out to a specific area. We have our undo and our redo buttons. We have our help menu. This is where you can actually find, for instance, the list of touch shortcuts, if you can't remember them all. You can invite someone to edit. You can also share and export your work. This is your settings menu where you can change the size, flip the canvas, rotate it. Down here we get to our app settings. If you'll remember, out on our home screen, there was a little button up in the top left. This is also where you can change your app settings if you're in a document. Lastly, we can come here and tap to go full screen. Now in full screen mode, you'll see you still have your touch shortcuts and you still have the current tool you're using. If you tap on that, you actually have a flyout of the tools. You can switch between tools and stay in full screen mode. You also have your layers out here, so you can switch between your layers and open up your layer options. All are working in full screen. Just tap the little icon to view your user interface again. To recap, we learned about the tools in the toolbar and how to find additional tool options. We learned about the taskbar and all the layer options. We also learned about a few quick gestures and the touch shortcut tool. Lastly, we learned about the title bar options where we can update the document settings, get help, and share our work. Next up, we'll look at the pixel brushes in adobe fresco. 5. Pixel Brushes: Now that we've taken a workspace tour at Fresco, let's talk about our pixel brushes. Up in the top-left, you'll find your pixel brushes, and if you tap on the blue square, a fly out menu will open up with your various brush options. As you can see, they're organized into categories. You have your sketch brushes, painting, lettering, dry media, and so on. If you tap into any one of these categories, you'll find the various brushes inside. You also have your library brushes, and to add to these, you simply tap this plus symbol and you have a couple of options for importing. You have import from files. For instance, you can create brushes in Adobe Capture and import them right into Adobe Fresco. You can also discover new brushes, and you can see there are several brush sets that are free for you to use. You simply tap follow and you'll see that you are now following that brush. If you hit "Done", and you come up to your pixel brush category, you'll find it in your libraries. Now, everything that you have downloaded for free from Fresco will have this little icon next to the name that lets you know that it's one of the free brush sets. If we come up to the three ellipses at the top and tap "Manage pixel brushes", we can turn on and off our brush set and only show the ones we are interested in using. On top of the pixel brushes, we also have our eraser brushes. These are pixel-based erasers, and they have variations of texture and opacity, so you can erase using all of the qualities of these brushes. We also have our smudge brushes, and much like our pixel brushes at the top, they're organized into various categories, and when you pick one, they'll have a smudge effect using the quality of these brushes as well. If I come up here to my pixel brush, and I select my charcoal brushes, I'll select this buying charcoal, and I can modify the brush using this tool editor down here. The first thing that I can do is change the size of my brush by using this slider. Next up, we have our flow, which is like the amount of paint on the brush or the opacity. We also have smoothing. By using the smooth tool, Adobe Fresco will help you smooth out those imperfections in your line. I can also adjust additional brush settings using this flyout menu, and you can play around and change up, for instance, the spacing and the angle, and then you can use this space up here to try out your brush. You can play around and modify your brush to your liking. If I start drawing with this brush and I double-tap the touch shortcut, I'll lock it in the primary position, and when it isn't the primary position, the brush becomes an eraser brush. It'll use the same brush that I'm currently using and use it as an eraser. I can double-tap to come out. I can also hold down with one finger and it will use it as an eraser brush as well. I'll come over here and I'll tap and I'm going to clear that layer. Now that we've looked at our pixel brushes, let's start designing our card. We'll need to pick a theme for our card, and in the resources section of the class, I have included a PDF of card theme and element ideas. You can come up with your own theme or use this if you're having trouble coming up with ideas. I've also included several card layouts templates to help you get started designing the layout. These are just optional tools and they're there to aid you if you don't know where to start. I could just start sketching out my design. I can also bring in one of the card layout templates to help me get started. To do that, I can tap on this little picture icon, which is the place menu, and I have a few different options. I can take a photo with my camera, I can also open up a photo from my photo roll, I can add from files, and I can also add from my Creative Cloud assets. My card layout templates are saved to my file, so I'll tap "Files" and I'll bring up the set of card templates. Now, I think I'm going to use a landscape card layout. The first thing I'm going to do is cancel. I'll come up here to my settings, and I'll rotate my canvas so that now it's a landscape orientation. I'll come over here to my place menu again and tap files and I'll select my card layout. The first thing it does is brings me to my Transform menu. From here, I can do a few things. I can resize by dragging any one of the little nodes at the end or one of the corners, I can also resize from the top or the bottom, and from each side. I can rotate using this little handle by tapping here and rotating, and you'll see that it snaps to every 30 degree angle. I can move my image around my canvas. I can also flip both vertical and horizontal. Then this little tool here is my nudge tool. If I tap on these little two lines, I can move my nudge tool around, and each of these arrows nudges and in different directions. If I zoom in, you'll see that I can nudge it, pixel by pixel, up or down and side to side. Now, I can turn this Nudge tool on and off. I'm going to resize. If I double tap and activate my primary touch shortcut, it's going to modify each of these functions in a different way. Now, if I resize, it resizes from the center. That also works from the sides and the top or bottom. If I rotate, now, it will snap to every 15 degree angle. If I nudge, it will actually nudge 10 pixels at a time and If I move, it will lock it to the x and y-axis. If I start to move up and down, it'll lock it on the y-axis, and if I move it side to side, it will constrain it to the x-axis. I'm going to undo each of these transformations and lock it in the center. When I'm done, I'll hit "Done" and it brings me back to my user interface. Now, because this is just a guide, I'm going to come up to my layer properties and I'm going to take the opacity down to about 25 percent so that I can see my guide underneath, but also see my stroke on the layer over it. Now, the great thing about working digitally is being able to work in layers. I'm going to come up here and I'm going to tap the plus symbol, and I'm going to add a new layer that I can draw over my guide and build up my design. As you'll see, it does not have a little icon here, it's just a blank layer and if I long press over the plus symbol, I will get options. I can actually add a pixel layer or a vector layer. Because Adobe Fresco has both vector and pixel brushes, it actually identifies the type of layer with a little icon so you can tell what kind of layer you're working on. You can also start drawing with a pixel brush, and you'll notice that it automatically designate this as a pixel layer. You also have image layers that have the little icon, that's the same over here as your place menu. I can group layers by dragging and hovering over and dropping, and you'll see that they are now grouped by this little blue outline and these two lines that show you there's a stacked set of layers underneath. I can also tap and ungroup my layers. If I want to select multiple layers at a time, I simply double-tap and engage the primary touch shortcut, and if I tap on another layer, you can see that I've selected both, and the ones that are selected, will be outlined in blue, and you'll see the number of layers you have selected right here in this little top box. To exit multi-select, simply hit the X button. You can also toggle layer visibility on and off with a double-tap while you're in the primary touch shortcut. Simply double-tap to disengage the touch shortcut. I will tap and clear this layer, and then I'm going to come up here and pick a sketch brush and I'll start sketching out my card. I'm done with my sketching, and as you can see, it's just a real quick and loose idea of some elements that I want to include for my happy birthday card. To recap, we discussed the pixel brush options, we placed an image and a file into our document, we learned how to use the transform tool, as well as a few touch shortcuts, and we also discussed working in layers, in the layer types in Fresco. Now that we're done with our sketch, next up, we'll talk about the live brushes in Fresco. 6. Live Brushes : Now that we've learned about our pixel brushes and we've sketched out our design, let's talk about the live brushes in Fresco. The second option here is our live brushes, and if you tap, you'll bring out the fly-out menu of options. As you can see, you have two types of brushes, you have your oil brushes, and your watercolor brushes. Now live brushes are something unique to Adobe Fresco. In essence, it's as if the paint is always wet. So if I tap here on a watercolor brush, and I'll select this watercolor wash soft, I'm going to turn off all my layers so you can see this. If I come in and I paint with this brush, it's like nice wet watercolor. If I keep adding to this layer, it's as if I'm adding two wet paint on the canvas, and it just keep building up in layers, and it's like it's always wet paint. Now I can make adjustments to my brush, I can of course adjust the size of my brush, and I can adjust the flow, which is like how much paint you have on your paintbrush. I can also, in the watercolor brushes, change the water flow. If I take this down, and I'm going to clear this layer so you can see what I'm doing. I have no water flow, and it won't blend as if there's water in it. But if I take the water flow up, when I press down, it's as if I've got lots of water on my brush. I can also make additional adjustments like the shape dynamics. I can change from pin pressure to pin tilt. I can change the size or the angle of the jitter, and then when I brush again, it's going to have slightly different qualities. You can make fine adjustments to each brush to your liking. Now if I double tap and engage the primary touch shortcut, it'll be as if I've added water to the canvas, so as I come in, I'll just paint like I've got water on my brush. I can double-tap, and disengage that, and start painting like normal again. Now I can tap on the layer, and with watercolors I have the option to dry the layer, and if I dry the layer it's no longer wet, and when I come over and paint over it, it's as if I'm painting wet watercolor over dry. Let's clear this layer out. Next up we'll talk about our oil paints. We'll pick this oil paint chunky, and I'm going to take the brush up a little bit so you can see it better, and we'll paint with our oil brush. Now, similarly, you can change the flow, which will be like how much paint is on your brush. Down here, instead of water flow, we have paint mix. If I take the paint mix down and I come in here and I select a different color, when I paint over it it's as if I'm painting with very little mixing. If I take the paint mix up, it'll really blend nicely. Now each time that I put my pen down, it's like I've dipped it in paint again and I've reloaded color onto the brush. I can come down here to brush settings, and I can change this Reload color, by tapping it off. Now when I come in I don't have new paint on my brush, I'm just going to pick up the paint that's currently on the canvas and keep blending it. I'll clear this layer. Now that we've taken a look at live brushes, let's talk about color. If I tap the little color chip, you can see I have a few different options. I have the color wheel at the top, and this outer ring lets you select the hue, the inner ring lets you select the saturation and the value. You have three quick options. You have transparent, pure black, and pure white. You can change the transparency using this slider here. You also have some sliders down at the bottom. The first one is your HSB sliders, so I can change the hue with the top slider, I can change the saturation with the middle slider, and I can change the value or brightness with this bottom slider. I can also manually tap and type in a certain value for the color. If I tap these three ellipses, I can bring on my RGB sliders and enter specific red, green, and blue values. I'll minimize this so you can see this bottom section a little easier. Over here I have my Recents. Anytime that I select a new color and use it, it'll end up in my Recents tab. I can also add to these colors by selecting a color, and then tapping the plus symbol and it'll add it to my Recents. The All category shows all of my Adobe brush libraries. Now I have a few options for creating a color palette. I can just start selecting a color using these sliders, and moving it around, and adding it to my swatch. I can also select colors from a photograph. I can come over here and can use the place function, or I can slide up from the bottom, slowly, and if I take my photos, I'll bring them up and place them into this picture in picture view. I can drag and drop one of the photos into my canvas, and then I can pull up from this little white line and slide up to minimize the window. Now I could transform this picture, or hit "Done". From here I can select my eyedropper tool, by tapping eyedropper, and you'll see that I get a little ring with this little target, and I can move it around my canvas and select my color. Now my current color selection is on the bottom half of the ring, and my new color selection is on the top. You can also see the color that you're selecting in your little color chip here. Up here on this bar, it'll show you the RGB value. Once I've selected a color, I'll simply tap the plus symbol and add it to my swatch. The eyedropper tool has a couple of tool editor options. First you have your solid color selection, and next you have your multicolor selection. If I tap on the multicolor, you will see that it actually selects multiple colors in my color chip. As I move it around, you're actually sampling different areas of the image. You can pick one, and if you tap and hit "Plus", it'll add that multiple color selection to your swatch. Now if I come here and I hide my layer, you can actually come up, and with one of your oil paints, for instance, if I select the multicolor swatch, it'll actually paint with all of those colors in my brush. So you can create some pretty interesting effects with this multicolor swatch. I'll clear this layer. It's come back up to our photograph. If I long press on the screen with one finger, you'll see that it engages the eyedropper tool. I can move it around and make my selection. I can also double-tap and engage the primary touch shortcut. Now when I long-press with my finger, it'll bring up the multicolor eye drop tool. Simply double-tap to disengage. I'm going to go through and pick my color palette. Now that I've finished picking my color palette, I'm going to come up here and I'm going to turn off my image layer. I'll turn on my sketch layer, and I'll come up here and I'll select my watercolor brush. I think I'm going to pick this pink color here. I was going to do a watercolor wash along this bottom section. I'm going to pick my pixel layer up at the top. Just paint on a nice watercolor wash. Now another great feature of Fresco is the ability to recolor my watercolor layer. If I take the fill bucket and I select the little fill settings, I can actually keep Preserve transparency on, and take the color margin up, to the full max. Let's say that I want to change this to a brighter red, I can simply come in and tap, and it'll fill my entire color and yet keep that transparent quality of the watercolor layer underneath. I can keep recoloring this as many times as I like until I find a color that I want. To recap, we learned about our two live brush options, we talked about the color chip and how to create a color palette using the eyedropper tool, as well as the multicolor swatch option. We also learned how to recolor our watercolor layers using the fill bucket. Next up, we'll talk about vector brushes in Adobe Fresco. 7. Vector Brushes: Now that we've talked about pixel brushes and live brushes, we'll learn about the vector brushes in Adobe Fresco. This third option here is for our vector brushes. If we tap, it'll bring up a menu, and as you can see, you just have a handful of options for the vector brushes. We can adjust the size of our brush here, as well as the smoothing, and we have additional brush settings like our taper at the end, our roundness, and our angle and so on that we can adjust in our vector brushes. If I come here and I zoom in, I'm going to use the vector brush to draw these hearts. I'll select a color, and I could just start drawing my hearts out. Another cool feature in Adobe Fresco is vector trimming. If I have some lines and they crossover and all I want is the section in the center, I can double-tap and tap one more time to bring up my secondary touch shortcut, and if I draw across a line, you'll see this blue line comes up, and that's how I know my vector trimming is turned on. It will actually delete that segment, and you'll end up with a clean edge where those two lines meet, I could continue trimming lines. I can also scratch three times and it'll actually delete the entire line segment. We'll double-tap to get out of the touch shortcut. If I wanted to come in and draw my heart, and I could turn on the touch shortcut, and I could trim the edges and have a clean point where they meet. Let's say I wanted to adjust one heart and leave the other one where it was. I could come up to my selection tool and I have a few options to select. The first option is the lasso tool, the second option is to paint in my area of selection with my Apple Pencil, and then last two are square and ellipsis. With the lasso tool, I could draw around my heart, and it'll bring up a set of options for my selection tool at the bottom. The first thing I can do is I can transform that selection, if I tap that, you'll see that it opens up my transform menu, and I can rotate, I could resize, and I can do all the other transform options that we learned about earlier. I can hit "Done", and I still come back with my area selected. I can also erase just that hearts. I had the mask option. But if I select "Mask", you'll notice that it tells me that I'll need to convert this to a pixel layer. If I'm okay with converting that to use a mask on it, I can hit "Convert", otherwise I'll tap "Cancel". I can deselect that section, and this more tab gives me a few additional options like I can transform the selection area so I can actually expand the area that the selection covers. Now I have both hearts inside my selection area. I can also change from marching ants, which are these little moving lines, to a selection overlay, and so the area that's outside of my selection is shown by these gray lines, and the area of my selection is in white. I'll deselect that. If I come up to my selection tool, I can actually load the last selection. I also have the ability to draw shapes using the drawing aids. If I come down here to the ruler and I tap, I can select my vector brush, and I could start drawing a straight line, and it will measure my line that I'm drawing over here in this little box. I can also use two fingers to turn and rotate my ruler. You'll see that it snaps to every 30 degree angle, and then I could draw another line. I can also long hold and I have a few additional options of shapes that I can use. I can select a circle, a square, a polygon, and over here in the polygon section, you'll see that you have a minus and a plus sign. Now, right now, the polygon is an octagon, so currently, it's at the max number of sides. If I hit the minus symbol, you'll see that it slowly decreases the number of sides to my polygon, and my final option is a triangle. I'm going to come up here and I'm going to clear my layer so that you can see this area a little bit easier. The first thing I can do is I can resize my shape. I can resize it from the side, I can rotate it, and you'll see it snaps to that 30-degree angle. I can also move it around the document and I can choose to hide the nudge tool by tapping this little icon. Now I have my shape. I can come in here, and with my vector brush selected, I can use this to draw out the outline of my shape. When I move over, you'll see that it is outlined. Now, if I turn my nudge icon back on and I double-tap my primary touch shortcut, I will be able to move. Using the constraints to the x, y-axis, I can rotate and snap to every 15 degrees, and I can resize from the center. I'll turn off my primary touch shortcut, I'll hide my nudge tool. I can also come in here with my fill bucket and I can fill my shape. If I move it around, you'll see that you know how the filled-in triangle. I can also turn on the primary touch shortcut and instead of filling, I'll erase my shape. Using this feature, you can actually create some complex shapes. I'll come turn off that's primary touch shortcut and I'll clear my layer, and for instance, if I turn on the circle and I use the fill bucket to fill my shape, I could turn on the primary touch shortcut to constrain the movement and I can turn on and delete my fill. Now you can see that I have this little half-moon crescent shape. Another thing that I can do is I can turn it off, so my shape, turn it back on to constrain the movement, turn it back off, and I can actually come in and choose my little transparency chip. I can use the transparency fill to essentially erase the shape. If I come here and I turn off the shape, you'll see again, I have that crescent moon. That's two options to essentially use fill and erase to create a complex shape. Now, the other thing you'll notice is that if you come up to your erasers, you'll notice that if you're on a vector layer, you'll see that the vector eraser options will come up. Now, if I use my eraser tool, I'm erasing with a vector eraser. I'm going to finish drawing out some of my motifs with a vector brush. Now I finished drawing out all the elements that I want to be in vector. To recap, we reviewed the vector brush options, learned how to use the vector trimming feature, learned about the selection tool and the drawing aids, and how to use the fill bucket to create complex shapes. Next up, we'll add text to hour card with the type tool. 8. Text Tool: Now that we've gone over each type of brush in Fresco, let's add text to our card. You could use one of the brushes and you could hand letter your message. But you can also add text using the type tool. With our type tool selected, we can either tap on the screen to bring up a textbox or we can tap and drag to add a textbox and size it to the area that we need it to be. Erase that one and pull this one down and we'll work on our happy birthday message. You can see that when the textbox comes up, it opens up the layer properties panel and you'll see some additional options for editing our text. The first option is to change the font. We can change the style, the font size, the leading, and the tracking, as well as capitalization, and our alignment. I can also edit the text by tapping on this little keyboard icon, and then because I have my Apple Pencil up, I'll tap this, open up the keyboard and I can type my message. I'll simply tap out and bring back up my layer properties panel. Now, I'm going to shrink this so you can see this a little easier. I can adjust the size of my font by simply dragging one of the nodes on either end of the box. I can also rotate my text, and I can also come over here and I can adjust the font size by tapping on this little box, and I can either type out a specific size or I can use this little slider to adjust the size. I also have these little plus and minus symbols, and I can increase one increment at a time. The same thing goes for your leading and for your tracking. Now, with the tracking, because you can actually have a negative number, you can select a number and tap negative and it will actually create a negative five. If I want to change the font, I can come up here to the Font menu, and you'll see that I have quite a few Adobe fonts. I can also go to "More Fonts" by tapping here, and you can see that they are organized into categories. I could pick a font category and I'll choose Lust Sans Black and I'll be able to resize if I go back out to my layer properties, and I can either adjust here or I can resize my textbox. I'll finish typing out the rest of my text. Now that I'm done adding all my text, I have a couple of other options. As you can see, this current layer type is text, but I can tap and have the option to convert it to a vector layer or to a pixel layer. Now, if I choose to convert it to either a vector or a pixel layer, it will no longer be editable text, and I won't be able to change things like the font or font size or style. If I convert it to a vector layer, you'll now see that the symbol changes to the Vector Layer symbol. To recap, we learned how to use the type tool and to edit the type using our layers property panel, and we also learned how to convert a text layer to a pixel or vector layer. Next up, we'll finish up our design by adding some effects with masks. 9. Masks: Now that we've added our text, let's finish our design by adding some masking effects to our project. If I come up here and I tap this layer, you'll see that I have a Mask Layer Contents option and this will create an opacity mask. If I tap on it, my first option is to convert the layer. Now that's because I am currently on a vector layer and it needs to be a pixel layer for the mask to work. I'm going to tap "Convert" and you'll see that my layer mask is created. Now I'll know that it's a masked layer because there will be this little gray dot over to the left and my layer area will either be black or white. Now, a black area of my layer is the part that is hidden by the mask and anything that is white in the mask will be revealed. You can just barely tell there's a little bit of white and that's actually the shape of this text on the layer. Now if I swipe left, you'll see that my layer is visible again. But I can also tell it's masked because there's a little gray dot, and now it's on the right side. Now if I come up here and I pick a watercolor brush, I could start painting this layer and washing a green area right over it with my watercolor brush. Now if you look up here on the layer, you'll see this big swash of watercolor wash in green. But the only area that you're seeing is the area with the text. That's because the mask is only revealing the area of the text. If I swipe over, I can add to my mask by coming down here and tapping "Reveal". If I start painting in, it'll actually add to the area that is revealed on my mask. You'll see that the white area increases to the shape of this brushwork that I've added. I can also come in and choose Hide. Now when I paint with my brush, I am hiding areas of my layer with my mask. Now you'll see that all that white area is gone and I can't see that text anymore because I've covered it up by the layer mask. If I swipe across you'll see I still have that green area of watercolor wash underneath. I just can't see it because the mask is not revealing it. I'm going to undo that because I want to be able to see my nice green text again. If I like the way that this looks, I could come in here and I could flatten the mask. It's now back to a pixel layer. I can also choose a clipping mask. I'm going to use a clipping mask on this happy birthday text layer. If I come up here and I add a layer above it and tap the Clipping Mask, I will create a clipping mask on top of this text layer. You'll see that it's a clipping mask because this little arrow pops up that points down and lets you know that this is the parent layer and this is the masked layer. Again, I could come in and I could take a watercolor brush. I could pick this gold color. I could start washing in an area of my text and then come in with some water. It'll actually blend and create this nice ombre effect. We could pick another color, maybe that same bright pink. That's water. I could come in and I can wash back in some of that color, and add to that ombre effect. Now again, you'll see that the rainbow colored wash is on the clipped layer. But it's only being shown through the area of the parent layer, which is this happy birthday message. If I unclip the layer, you'll see that I have my nice big wash area revealed. If I turn the clipping mask back on, you'll see that it's only showing through the text. Now this works on any layer. If I drag this clipping layer down, it will actually show through on the layer underneath it, which right now is the one with the hearts and the lines. I can take my Transform Tool and I can adjust my clipping mask down so that it fits in the area around my little hearts. I'll hit "Done". Now I've transformed this layer over the area of my hearts. Again, I can release the clipping mask and you'll see that I've moved that little watercolor wash down and it's still there. It's just was clipped to this layer. Now this is a nondestructive way to make alterations to your various layers and the shapes on them without permanently altering them. I'm going to clip that back because I like that. I'm going to continue to create some effects on my card. Now I'm done adding some effects to my card, and I'm ready to share it. To recap, we learned how to use an opacity mask to reveal and hide areas of our layer, and how to use a clipping mask to add effects to the parent layer beneath it. Next up, we'll learn how to export our work in Fresco. 10. Exporting: Now that we finished our design, we're ready to share it. If you go up to the share tool in the title bar, you have a few options. This "Quick export" option, will share a snapshot of your work. If you tap on "Quick Export", you can choose where to save it like to your files or to save an image in your photo room. You can even AirDrop it to a computer or to another device. If you go up to your "Settings" tab and go to "App settings", under quick export settings, you can change the file format that it exports as. You have four options. You have PNG, JPEG, PSD, and PDF. The PNG and JPEG files will export flat images, the PSD file will export all of your layers, and the PDF file will export a flattened image as a single-page PDF. I've got PNG selected. When I come up here and I tap ''Quick Export,'' it'll export as a PNG to wherever I choose. Next up, you have the option to send it to Illustrator on the desktop. If you're signed into the Creative Cloud desktop app, Illustrator will open up automatically for the document you sent from Fresco. You can edit Fresco vector layers in Illustrator, but you can't edit pixel layers. When you merge vector and pixel layers together, vector layers are converted to pixel layers. You also have the option to share a link or to live stream. Then up here in "Publish and export", we'll have a few additional options. You have your "Quick Export" option again. You can choose ''Export as'', rename your file, and you have the same four options. You can also export it as a behance project or a capture pattern. Then you can do a time-lapse export. It'll open up, you can play it. There'll be a time-lapse of all of your work. You can choose "Export" and select where to go and AirDrop it, share to files, or save the video, cancel. When you're done selecting where to export, you can hit ''Done.'' Now, it's important to note, that any work that you have saved in Adobe Fresco is automatically saved to the Cloud and available when you open up in Photoshop. In Adobe Fresco, all your artworks live in the Cloud. You can start a piece in Adobe Fresco and then continue working on it in Photoshop and vice versa. No need to export it as a PSD and open it up in Photoshop, it'll automatically be there when you open up Photoshop the next time. Right now, I encourage you to choose "Export as," export as a PNG. You can upload your project to the class project page. I'd love to see your work. Next up, we'll wrap up the class and talk about final steps. 11. Final Thoughts: Thank you for joining my class. Today you learned all you needed to know, to get started working on the iPad with Adobe Fresco. You can start with a sketch, bringing in an image for reference, and use the many tools and brushes to create a beautiful design. You also learned some tips for a faster workflow, and how to export your work. I hope you'll take what you've learned and explore more on your own. This class is part 2 in a series focused on getting you started creating on, on the iPad. If you enjoyed this class, please be sure to check out the rest of the series, to round out your skills, and learn additional tools. I'd love for you to share your work, so I can see what you've created. Don't forget to export it as a PNG, and upload it to the project gallery. It can be hard to put yourself out there. Be sure to check out what other students have shared, and give them some encouragement. It's been an honor to teach you. I hope I'll see you in my next lesson.