Aside from introducing the next generation Creative Cloud family and launching new apps like Premiere Rush CC, Adobe also previewed some cool new apps at its Adobe MAX creativity conference. One such app is Project Gemini, a next-generation drawing and painting touch-first app that’s built with the illustration community.
Adobe has ventured into touch-enabled drawing apps before. In 2010, on the day Apple launched the iPad, Adobe Ideas for the iPad was born. Adobe Ideas was unlike any other at the time, offering vector brushes that could be scaled infinitely without any loss of quality.
Years later, when Apple introduced the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, Adobe showcased Adobe Photoshop Sketch on-stage at the launch. Since then, Adobe rolled out Adobe Illustrator Draw, an app based on the original Adobe Ideas vector brushes.
The iPad Pro, a purpose-built tablet for the pros, propelled hardware into new territory. With its compute and graphics processing power, amazing screen and Apple Pencil, the tablet has enabled Adobe apps to deliver even more professional features.
Adobe realised there were many more features and capabilities that could be incorporated in its apps – like selection and masking tools, combined raster and vector drawing.
Sure, many features like Photoshop brushes, time-lapse recording, and print-ready canvas sizes were already in Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Draw.
But, Adobe realised it was time to expand the mobile drawing and painting experience.
So, the company went back to the drawing board.
The team talked to hundreds of illustrators to better understand their existing workflows on the desktop and their needs on mobile.
Gemini combines powerful Photoshop brushes, precise and scalable vector brushes, and a new category of groundbreaking Live oil and watercolour brushes. These new brushes are amazing.
Additionally, layers, selections, and masks enable modern non-destructive drawing and editing workflows.
The UI is simple and intuitive, and tool panels are context-aware.
Gemini was built with the help of Kyle Webster, of KyleBrush.com, who joined Adobe in 2017. He’s also acts as an ambassador and advocate for the illustration community. Kyle, a renowned award-winning illustrator, designer, and author whose brushes are officially licensed by Adobe for inclusion in Adobe’s library of tools for Photoshop and Photoshop Sketch.
Project Gemini isn’t officially out yet, but you can be part of its iOS pre-release program. Just complete this short survey to let Adobe know of your interest.
Want to see cool stuff done with Gemini as well as updates, news and tutorials? Follow the Adobe Drawing Instagram channel.
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Adobe MAX 2018 conference happens at Los Angeles Convention Center from 15-17 October 2018.
Disclaimer: I’m an invited guest at Adobe MAX. Conference tickets, travel and accommodation are sponsored by Adobe. My opinions are my own.
Source: Adobe Blog