Learn how to draw and paint with pixel brushes in Adobe Fresco.

With Adobe Fresco, you get a large collection of brushes, both raster and vector. And you can use them on the same canvas. Use the Pixel Brushes  and Live Brushes  icons in the toolbar to access the collection of brushes for raster drawing, painting, and sketching. You can also import your favorite Photoshop brushes or get more brushes from Kyle T. Webster's ever-growing collection.

Adobe Fresco comes with thousands of pixel brushes
Discover the joy of painting with thousands of pixel brushes

How to choose and fine-tune a pixel brush

Adobe Fresco shows a live preview of the changes you make
Live-preview changes as you tune brush settings

Follow these steps to choose a pixel brush and customize its settings:

  1. Double-tap the Pixel Brushes icon.
  2. From the list of brushes in different categories, choose the brush you like.
  3. Change the brush size, flow, and smoothing as required.
  4. From the Color panel, adjust the color and opacity.
  5. Tap the Brush Settings  icon and tune the brush settings.

When you start drawing with the pixel brush, you will notice that the  icon on the layer thumbnail indicates that it's a pixel layer.

Tips to make a pixel brush right for you

Types of pixel brushes

Brush type When to use
Basic Make use of the standard round brushes to create basic drawings. 
Comics Draw comics using Cross Hatch and Halftone brushes.
Dry Media Blend sketches with paintings using Pencil, Pastel, Graphite, Crayon, and Chalk  brushes. 
FX Create artwork with special effects using Clouds, Dusty, Foliage, and Ink brushes.
Ink Create calligraphic artwork using Comics, Brush, Blake and Fountain pens, Belgian and Classic comics brushes. 
Lettering Make sign paintings, calligraphic, blueprints, and posters using Chisel, Chunk, Comics letterer, Gritty, and Letter Rake brushes. 
Marker Render your ideas with realistic digital markers using Marker Brush and Chisel brushes. 
Painting Make various types of paintings using Canvas, Cezanne, Bristle, and Blair brushes. 
Rakes Create multi-line strokes on canvas using Grit, Short, Textured, Tilt, and Pressure  brushes. 
Sketching Make sketches before painting using Pencil and Pen sketching brushes.

Pixel brush settings

Hardness

Brush strokes can have different hardness values
Brush strokes look different with different hardness values

Use the slider to adjust the size of the hard center of your brush.

Blend mode

Control how colors blend
Control how colors blend

Choose an option to set how two colors blend.

Shape Dynamics

Set the size, angle, and roundness of the brush.

Scattering

Scatter creates a spraylike stroke

Choose how you want the brush tip to scatter along the axes to create a spraylike stroke.

Transfer

Choose an option to control how the paint changes over the course of a stroke.

How to import Photoshop pixel brushes

Photoshop pixel brushes are the industry-standard brushes. We have a huge library of the best brushes by celebrated brushmaker Kyle T. Webster for all Creative Cloud members. You can import these additional Photoshop brushes into Adobe Fresco by clicking the + icon at the bottom of the Pixel Brushes panel. 

Import Ps brushes
Import Photoshop brushes
  1. Tap on Get more brushes and sign in to download brushes from Kyle T. Webster's ever-growing set of Photoshop brushes. 
  2. Tap on Import from Files to navigate to the downloaded file and tap on the file to import your favorite brushes. 

You can access the imported brushes from Pixel Brushes panel. 

Have a question or an idea?

We've got you started with pixel brushes in Adobe Fresco. The interface of Adobe Fresco is intuitive; we hope you will find it easy to unleash your creativity with pixel brushes, live brushes, vector brushescolors, and more.

If you have a question to ask or an idea to share, come and participate in Adobe Fresco Community. We would love to hear from you and see your creations.

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