Adobe’s Project Gemini enhances iPad drawing and painting

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Project Gemini
Project Gemini aims to perfect the mobile drawing and painting experience.
Photo: Adobe

Adobe is developing new drawing and painting software for illustrators with a next-generation program called Project Gemini.

The announcement came with a pun – “we went back to the drawing board” – but artists likely received the words with relief as opposed to an eye roll.

Project Gemini for dedicated artists, illustrators

Gemini aims to combine the powers of several illustrator apps, like Sketch and Adobe Illustrator. It will also borrow from Photoshop tool pallet, mainly brushes and masks, for non-destructive drawing and editing workflows.

The dedicated mobile app will also add Live oil and watercolor brushes.

“We’ve talked to hundreds of illustrators to learn the pain points of their existing workflows on the desktop (and) on mobile” said a post on the Adobe blog signed by its Drawing and Painting Team. “And we’ve heard from Sketch and Draw users creating professional quality work who need even ore power.”

Apple’s iPhone and iPad have become valuable tools to creatives, especially illustrators and designers. The release of the iPad Pro along with an Apple Pencil have been especially popular for artists, many of whom have replaced their Wacom drawing tablets with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

Project Gemini
The user interface on Project Gemini.
Photo: Adobe

Adobe offered few details on all Gemini will pack, but it wanted interested illustrators to fill out a three-question survey to select creatives to test a pre-release version of the app. The Adobe blog showed a screen shot of the interface with a painting on screen.

It will arrive first for iPad with versions for Windows 10 and Android to follow.

Adobe will also post updates on its Instagram channel dedicated to drawing.