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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

Controlling your landscape composition with layers

For the remainder of this chapter, we will be using a lot of things we have discussed in previous chapters and combining them with the knowledge we're developing about layers and groups. Please keep in mind that this is primarily the setup step for a final project we will be completing near the end of the book. Once done, you can then add the project to your portfolio!

My Krita Docker Setup

We are about to paint, and I want to make sure that you know exactly what dockers and windows I have open, as some of the screenshots going forward may be zoomed to a level where you can't see my entire window. For a quick look at my fullscreen setup, please review the first chapter's screenshots about setting up Krita!

My open dockers are (in order) Advanced Color Selector, Brush Presets, Layers, Overview, Palette, Tool Options, and Toolbox.

Setting up our file correctly is paramount to improving our workflow and speed...