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Vector brushes

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

Use vector brushes to create graphics in Fresco that resemble hand-drawn paintings and artwork that can scale infinitely without losing fidelity. You can even export artwork from Fresco to Illustrator and take advantage of the improved vector editing capabilities in Illustrator to make your designs stand out.

Read on to learn how to pick a vector brush that is best suited for you.

Create infinitely scalable artwork with vector brushes.
Create infinitely scalable artwork with vector brushes.

How to choose and fine-tune a vector brush

Follow these steps to choose a vector brush and customize the brush settings to get the brush you want:

  1. Double-tap the Vector Brushes  icon.
  2. From the list of brushes, choose the brush you like.
  3. Change the brush size  and smoothing  if needed.
  4. Select the Brush Settings  icon and fine-tune the brush settings.

When you start drawing with the vector brush, you'll notice that the  icon appears as the layer's thumbnail, indicating that it's a vector layer.

As you change the vector brush settings, you can see how the brush stroke changes.
Live-preview changes as you fine-tune brush settings.

Tips for choosing the right vector brush

The brush you choose from the list of brushes, the brush size, the level of smoothing, and the settings in the Brush Settings panel help customize the brush to your preference.

Types of vector brushes

Brush type

Brush

Use this to...

Basic

Round

Create natural and fluid brush strokes.

Taper

Control the thickness of the brush stroke with tapered edges. 

Flat

Cover large areas of the canvas quickly. 

Chisel

Get a sharp chisel effect while drawing mountains or stones. 

Terminal

Get precision in machine and equipment drawings. 

Begin taper

Draw strokes that begin with a taper but end without one.

End taper

Draw strokes that end with a taper but start without one.

Velocity taper

Control the amount of beginning and end taper using velocity.

Jitter

Light jitter

Lightly vary the shape of the brush while drawing.

Medium jitter

Moderately vary the shape of the brush while drawing.

Heavy jitter

Heavily vary the shape of the brush while drawing.

Manga

G-pen

Draw the main lines of any character with accuracy.

Mapping pen

Draw thinner lines, facial features, and complex objects with ease.

Drawing pen

Create even lines, frame lines, and backgrounds with utmost precision.  

Outline

Light outline

Draw strokes with a light outline for calligraphy and lettering projects.  

Medium outline

Draw strokes with a medium outline for calligraphy and lettering projects.  

Heavy outline

Draw strokes with a heavy outline for calligraphy and lettering projects.  

Light pressure outline

Create outline strokes with a light pressure effect.

Medium pressure outline

Create outline strokes with a medium pressure effect.

Heavy pressure outline

Create outline strokes with a heavy pressure effect.

Begin taper outline

Draw outline strokes that begin with a taper but end without one.

End taper outline

Draw outline strokes that end with a taper but start without one.

Light jitter outline

Lightly vary the shape of the brush while drawing outline strokes.

Heavy jitter outline

Heavily vary the shape of the brush while drawing outline strokes.

Chisel fixed outline

Get a sharp chisel outline effect while drawing any strokes. 

Chisel tilt outline

Get a sharp tilt effect while drawing any chisel outline strokes. 

Chisel pressure outline

Get a heavy pressure effect while drawing any chisel outline strokes.

Smoothing

Use the Smoothing option to get smooth strokes with your brush.

Vector brush settings

As you change a setting, you'll be able to draw and preview the effect live in the Brush Settings panel.

Roundness

Use the slider to set the shape of your brush tip. If you take the slider to 100%, you'll get a fully round brush tip. At 0%, your brush tip is sharp and linear.

Roundness controls the shape of your brush tip.
Set the shape of your brush tip.

Angle

Use the slider to tweak the angle of your brush so you can draw chiseled strokes. The roundness of your brush tip should be a smaller value for getting brush strokes with sharper angles.

Set the angle of your brush to get chiseled strokes.
Set the angle of your brush.

begin and end Taper

Use the slider to adjust the thickness of the ends of your brush strokes. Use the begin and end taper controls to taper the beginning or the end of your stroke.  Maximum taper is achieved by moving the slider to 100%. At 0% taper, the stroke remains at its default thickness.

Begin Taper

Use the Begin Taper to adjust thickness at the beginning of the brush stroke. 

End Taper

Use the End Taper to adjust thickness at the end of the brush stroke. 

Adjust the thickness of your brush stroke ends
Set the thickness of brush stroke ends.

shape dynamics

Use the sliders to control the outline thickness, shape dynamics of size, and the jitter distance sensitivity of your selection.

Pressure Dynamics

Use the slider to control the pressure sensitivity of your stylus.

Velocity Dynamics

Use the slider to control the speed sensitivity of your stylus.

tilt & rotation

Select the check box to enable the tilt and rotation for your vector brush.

Using rotating, you can turn an object clockwise or counterclockwise. You can also tilt an image slightly to one side or the other.

Velocity Taper

You can now get a tapered effect at both sides of a stroke by simultaneously using velocity and pressure control. Customize your brush settings to get a sharp stroke ending, then draw a quick stroke.

Trim a vector stroke

Use the vector trimmer to quickly remove intersecting vector strokes.

To trim your vector strokes, activate the secondary state in Touch shortcut, then swipe once over the vector segment you want to remove. To completely remove a stroke, swipe three times over the stroke. The entire stroke is removed when you lift your finger or stylus off the canvas.

Trim a segment or an entire stroke
Trim a segment or an entire stroke.

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