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Fresco on the iPhone

Learn all about the Adobe Fresco workspace on the iPhone.

You can create magic on the canvas with Fresco on your iPhone. Use your favorite drawing tools to create, modify, and easily export your designs across devices and platforms while on the move.

Before you start your creative journey, check the supported iPhone versions that let you be creative on the go.

Read on to discover the features and functionalities of Fresco on the iPhone.

Fresco on the iPhone
Fresco on the iPhone

Fresco workspace on the iPhone

You can start creating your designs from the Home screen and proceed to the editing workspace. In the workspace, you can find your favorite Fresco tools and other options to help you create and retouch your artwork.

Fresco on iPhone-home screen

A - App Settings: Configures the options for the Interface, Quick export settings, restore, and timelapse settings.

B - File Sync: Displays the sync status of your cloud documents. When you're offline, the icon changes to .

C - Create New: Create a cloud document.

D - Import and Open: Import and open Photoshop files, Sketch projects or Draw projects.

E - Your files: Displays the list of all cloud documents that you've created and saved to Creative Cloud.

F - Learn: Explore the many possibilities of using Fresco on the iPhone through these tutorials.

G - Discover: Browse creations on Behance. Follow creators and watch professionals in the creative industry livestream their creative process.


Workspace and layers

An intuitive workspace lets you focus on your creative work. The Editor screen is a gateway to your drawing tools and their controls.

Fresco on the iPhone- Home screen

A - Tool bar: Access tools to create and modify your designs.
B - Selection tool: Toggles between the selected tool and the options for that tool.
C - Top panel: Options to undo, redo, and export.
D - Layer stack: Access layer stack. Don't see them? Tap the layer preview icon.

Fresco on the iPhone- Working with layers

A - Add layer: Create a new layer.
B - Key layer actions: Tap on a layer twice to access a pop-up menu of highly used layer actions.
C - All layer actions: Displays a list of all the layer actions.
D - Layer preview- Toggles the layer stack on/off.

E - Bottom bar: View available Layer actions (add, hide, clear, delete layers, and more) and Layer properties (blend, opacity). To view contextually available layer actions, select the layer preview icon.

Minimize layer stack for an expanded workspace

Need a flexible workspace to edit and enhance your artwork? Tap on the Layer preview icon to hide or show the layer stack. You can also rearrange layers and move some elements of your artwork to the foreground or background.

Hide Layer Stack

Tap on the layer preview icon to hide the layer stack.

preview layer - view layer stack

Tap on the layer preview icon to unhide the layer stack.

Brushes, erasers, and smudge tools

With a virtual smorgasbord of powerful brushes, you can create natural-looking digital paintings that reproduce gorgeous watercolors and creamy oil paint textures.

The Eraser does more than fix mistakes in Fresco; it works more like a brush. You can also remove lines and color from your drawing and watch your designs come alive!

Fresco on the iPhone- Brushes, eraser, and smudge tool options and settings

A - Pixel brushes: Access built-in Pixel brushes and Library brushes.

B - Live brushes: Access watercolor and oil brushes.

C - Vector brushes: Access vector brushes.

D - Eraser: Choose an eraser.

E - Smudge: Choose a smudge brush.

F - Selection tool: Indicates which tool is currently selected.

G - Color: Select a color.

H - Brush size: Choose a suitable brush size.

I - Flow: Change the flow of the pigments to your brush.

J - Smoothening: Controls the smoothing of your brush.

K - Brush Settings: Control the spacing and blend mode of your strokes.

L - Reset: Change back to default settings.


Finding your way around the tools within Fresco will be key to how efficiently you design your artwork. From mixing colors with the brush to integrating texture, Fresco contains brushes crafted to look and feel like traditional ones.

Fresco on the iPhone- Other tools and tool options

A - Transform: Achieve precise transformations of layers or selections.

B - Selection tools: Select an area to edit.

C - Paintbucket: Fill the selected area with color.

D - Eye dropper: Pick a color from the canvas.

E - Import:  Import images into the current artwork.

F - Color: Open the color panel.

G - Selection tool: Toggles between the selected tool and the options for that tool.

H - Selection actions: Prompt to close or cancel the lasso selection.

I - Selection: Select a part of the active layer.

J - Selection actions: Choose from any available actions while a selection is active on the canvas.

text tool

Add text layers to your artwork, pick fonts from Adobe Fonts, or add custom fonts. You can further modify the font style using typography settings.

Add text to your artwork in Fresco on the iPhone

A - Text tool: Add text to the canvas.

B - Handles: Resize or rotate the text.

C - Selection tool: Toggles between the Text tool and the options for the text.

D - Layer properties: Click the back arrow to adjust the layer properties like opacity and blend mode.

E - Text options: Keyboard, Fonts, and Text properties are displayed in this area when the text is active on the canvas.

F - Keyboard: Displays a keyboard using which you can edit text.

G - Fonts: Choose a font from Adobe Fonts, browse font categories, or add custom fonts.

H - Text properties: Change font size, spacing, and alignment.

Full screen mode

Tap between normal and full screen modes and hide or unhide your tools and layers for maximum space and unhindered creativity.

Fresco on the iPhone in full screen mode

A - Full Screen: Switches to full screen mode.

B - Normal Screen: Switches back to normal screen mode.

C - Displays layers.

D - Displays the toolbar and its settings.

Publish, export, and help

Export your saved documents in your preferred format or publish them as a Behance project. Share a timelapse video of your work. Need more help? Tap Fresco Online help to access learn and support content, report an issue, share your ideas, or upvote the ideas of others.

Fresco on iPhone share, publish and export

Quick export: Exports your document in JPEG format. 

Export as: Exports your saved artwork in formats other than the default cloud document format.

Behance project: Exports your artwork as a Behance project.

Timelapse: Exports your artwork as timelapse videos.

Fresco on iPhone settings

Settings: Set app preferences.

Take the tour: Takes you to Document settings where you can change the document size, rotate, or flip the canvas.

View gestures: Displays the touch gestures associated with Fresco.

Touch shortcut: Access alternate actions of a selected tool. 

Touch shortcuts and learn gestures

Use touch shortcuts to access alternate actions of a selected tool on your device. You can quickly perform common actions using gestures to interact with the touch-based user interface.

Fresco on iPhone touch shortcuts

Tap and drag the touch shortcut to move it across your canvas. 

Fresco on iPhone gestures

To access a list of touch gestures, tap More options   and select View Gestures.

Related resources

We've got you started with the Adobe Fresco workspace on the iPhone. Now, take a step forward and learn how to get started with the user interface in Adobe Fresco.

Talk to us

If you have a question to ask or an idea to share, we would love to hear from you. Share your thoughts with the Adobe Fresco Community.


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