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Draw and Paint Better with Krita

By : Wesley Gardner
Book Image

Draw and Paint Better with Krita

By: Wesley Gardner

Overview of this book

Krita is a free, open-source digital painting program with industry-leading functionality and a creative suite of tools able to bring any visual idea to life. It allows for a fast, clean approach to creating digital art, without the hassle of pay-to-play or subscription license fees, but just like all other art software, it takes time and effort to learn it. This book provides a comprehensive look into functional tools, visual problem-solving, and leading painting techniques using Krita to unleash your inner artist. You’ll learn the functionality and tools of Krita for creating digital and print-quality work as well as explore manipulation toolsets, custom brush creation, overviews of color spaces, and layer management. As you progress, you’ll get to grips with ‘key styles’ needed to make professional-grade digital art, through techniques such as photobashing, 3D paint-overs, and more traditional painting methods, along with covering how Krita handles these workflows. Next, you’ll work through a few step-by-step art pieces using the skills and tools learned throughout the book. By the end of this Krita book, you’ll have a solid understanding of the Krita work environment and be able to bring your artistic visions to life with a myriad of leading industry-standard techniques.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Intro to Krita and Digital Art Terminology Review
Part 2: Methods of Visual Communication within Krita
Part 3: Projects Unleashing Your Inner Artist with Krita

Chapter 8: Controlling Chaos – Organizing Your Workflow

In Chapter 7, Changing the Feel With Painting, Values, and Sliders, we completed our landscape painting project, which is great news! What isn't so great news, though, is that our nice and tidy project got a bit unwieldy. Extra layers, merged compositions, and out-of-order masking got us to a final painting that we can be proud of but added some ugly complexity to our file structure.

This chapter is dedicated to "cleaning up our mess," making our file more structured and accessible for working in a team environment. This process will also be helpful if we want to return to this piece in the future, as our organizational process will aid us in making edits or corrections during any revisits we may have.

In this chapter, the main topics will include the following:

  • Organizing with shape language
  • Retaining clarity through structure
  • Taking notes

Essentially, the goal of this chapter...