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Draw and Paint Better with Krita

By : Wesley Gardner
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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

Understanding layers – the secret weapon of digital art

Like we've done previously, let's start this chapter by defining some of the key concepts we're going to be diving into.


Layers are transparent by default, and act as a "stack" of canvas information, presented and visible in order from the top to the bottom of the stack. Think of stacking transparent sheets of paper, sized to the dimensions of your working canvas, on top of one another that can take information you put onto them, including paint, text, or effects. The Layers panel (Figure 3.1) is your quick-glance guide for layer management:

Figure 3.1 – The Layers panel

The Layers panel has quick-access tools at the bottom of the panel to speed up your process, including (from left to right) the following:

  • The Add button – Add new layers, new groups, specialty layer types, masks, and more.
  • Duplicate Layer – Duplicate the selected...