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Vector brushes

Learn how to draw and paint with vector 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.

When you want to create an artwork that must scale well to different sizes, use vector brushes. You can even export the artwork from Adobe Fresco and work in Adobe Illustrator, which is one of the most sophisticated tools for vector graphics design. 

Vector brushes in Adobe Fresco give you a natural drawing and painting experience and outcome. 

Create scalable graphics 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  property if required.
  4. Tap the Brush Settings  icon and tune the brush settings.

When you start drawing with the vector brush, you will notice that the  icon on the layer thumbnail will indicate 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 to choose 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 make the right brush for you.

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.  

Smoothing

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

Vector brush settings

As you change a setting, you will 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 will 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

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.

shape dynamics

Use the sliders to control the shape dynamics of size and the jitter distance 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 ends of a stroke by using velocity and pressure control simultaneously. To get a sharp stroke ending, customize your brush settings, 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. When you lift your finger or stylus off the canvas, the entire stroke is removed.

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

Have a question or an idea?

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