import PDF or Ai file into Adobe Fresco

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how can you import a pdf or ai file from macbook (illustrator) to ipad adobe fresco? Since I want to make adjustment on my vector file on my ipad with adobe fresco.

 

 

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Adobe Employee , Jan 28, 2020
Ashutosh_Mishra Adobe Employee , Jan 28, 2020
Hi there,   Thanks for reaching out. Adobe Fresco can only import .PSD (Photoshop native file format) and your projects created on Adobe Sketch or Draw projects.You may click on https://helpx.adobe.com/in/fresco/faq.html#CanIworkwithmyAdobeFrescoartworkinotherapplications to know more about it.   This is a great suggestion though. You may post your request on adobefresco.uservoice.com and share the link here, so other users can upvote as well. This is the best way of communicating with the Engin...

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Adobe Employee ,
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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. Adobe Fresco can only import .PSD (Photoshop native file format) and your projects created on Adobe Sketch or Draw projects.
You may click on https://helpx.adobe.com/in/fresco/faq.html#CanIworkwithmyAdobeFrescoartworkinotherapplications to know more about it.

 

This is a great suggestion though. You may post your request on adobefresco.uservoice.com and share the link here, so other users can upvote as well. This is the best way of communicating with the Engineering and Product Management teams regarding issues and suggestions so they can be implemented in future releases.

 

Regards,

Ashutosh

 

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New Here ,
May 06, 2020

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So, is there now any way to import a pdf from my Acrobat files into ANY Adobe mobile/ipad drawing app and draw over it, preferably with vectors? I feel like this used to be possible, maybe in Draw? 

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New Here ,
May 26, 2020

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I relied on that feature all the time in Draw. The only thing I used it for was marking up PDFs from CAD or producing illustrative overlays. Same functionality in Fresco would be a real improvement. One convoluted workaround I've used is to create a new doc in Draw, import your PDF, then import that Draw file into Fresco... not ideal...

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New Here ,
Aug 25, 2020

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That is actually a pointless work around as the PDF does not remain a vector when you import it-- and you can do the same thing with Fresco-- as Sue explains below.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 26, 2020

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Hi Mechanical.

 

It was possible in Draw. And it's actually possible to import a PDF into an Image Layer in Fresco too.

 

To do that:
First make sure that the PDF you want to import is in your Creative Cloud Files folder
Then, from an open canvas, tap the Image icon in the toolbar and from the dropdown menu tap Creative Cloud
On the next screen select Files from the dropdown menu
Tap on your PDF then Open (in the lower right corner) to place the PDF on the canvas.

Then just add a layer above that and draw on that with the Vector brushes. 

 

Is that what you were hoping to be able to do?

 

Sue.

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New Here ,
May 18, 2020

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It would be nice to import into Fresco a PDF, or at least a converted SVG file with all strokes outlined and even shapes merged, if needed.

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Community Beginner ,
May 25, 2020

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Yeah, this seems like a pretty necessary feature to complete an adobe suite workflow between the tablet and the desktop. Otherwise, I'll just draw in illustrator using sidecar, but fresco UI is so much simpler.

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Adobe Employee ,
May 26, 2020

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Hi Pete.

 

Just posted this above and wanted to make sure you saw it.  It is possible to bring a PDF into a Fresco Image Layer. It won't be an editable file but you can draw on top of it.

 

To do that:
First make sure that the PDF you want to import is in your Creative Cloud Files folder
Then, from an open canvas, tap the Image icon in the toolbar and from the dropdown menu tap Creative Cloud
On the next screen select Files from the dropdown menu
Tap on your PDF then Open (in the lower right corner) to place the PDF on the canvas.

Then just add a layer above that and draw on that with the Vector brushes. 

 

Is that what you were hoping to be able to do?

 

Sue.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 23, 2020

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Thanks for your reply! This is nice, but obviously maintaining editable layers would be really nice (as well as maintaining vector information). Does the pdf get rasterized? If so this doesn't actually address the issue, as the idea is that you could be using frescos vector tools to make infinitely scalable artworks that you could pass back and forth between illustrator and fresco. I hope this helps clarify! 

 

Thanks!

Pete

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 23, 2020

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Hi Pete. 

 

We know that back-and-forth with Illustrator is something vector artists need (require) and we're working on it.

 

Sue.

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New Here ,
Jul 07, 2020

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Please update this. I see post replies from Adobe employees in other community posts from November of 2019 regarding this issue, so this is something our community has been asking for. Adobe employees suggest making it a voting issue on adobefresco.uservoice.com, but why do that when it's already something that seems intuitive to the app. I used to use Adobe Draw app, and you could bring editable layers in Illustrator. But since Adobe said it was losing support and suggested switching to Adobe Fresco, I did switch over but found out this can't be done. It seems like a significant oversight on Adobe, and not something the community should be creating voting systems to remedy. Just my two-cents. I would love to see this happen soon.

 

-Thanks

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New Here ,
Aug 25, 2020

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Agreed. Please make this happen. I also switched from Draw to Fresco per the urging of Adobe... I also would like to see this happen soon. I lost a file that was in Fresco (and not yet saved in Creative Cloud because of the switch from Draw). I have an older iteration that I can update but I DO NOT want to draw the entire thing over again as it was hours of work.

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New Here ,
Jun 30, 2020

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Well unless something drastic has changed in the last month....

I've managed to bring an ai. file (from Windows 10 laptop)  into fresco (iPad), via Creative Cloud Files Folder.

I wasn't sure how to -- and stumbled my way to this page -- as I rarely use the app (which i love by the way), but followed the same steps Sue gave below for bringing in PDFs using the 'image' icon on toolbar. 

 

Its a relief because I really needed the vector lines without the white background a PDF brings.

 

Has there been an update then -- so what files will it accept now?

 

Thanks

Charlilu

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 30, 2020

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Hi Charlilu. 

 

It is possible to import .ai files into an Image Layer in Fresco but there isn't that same back-and-forth capability, that Fresco and Photoshop share, with Illustrator files. 

 

We're working  on it. For now, ,psds are the only files that have round-trip capability with Fresco. 

 

I hope I answered your question. 

 

Sue.

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New Here ,
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Hi Sue,

 

So I can import an Ai file into fresco as an image layer, but it turns into a raster in the process. Is there any way to have it stay in vector format to edit it and as a vector? Or is this the lack of round trip capabilty of which you speak?

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Adobe Employee ,
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Hi Jeanne. 

 

Sorry. Not yet. 

 

Additionally, I suspect that round-trip between Ai and Fresco will happen before it's possible to "edit" a PDF (actually I'm not even certain that PDF editing is something that's planned).

 

Exporting from Fresco to Illustrator is coming. Soon. Hang in there. 

 

Sue.

 

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