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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

Chapter 4: Utilizing Brushes and Tools

Welcome to Chapter 4, Utilizing Brushes and Tools! In the last chapter, we finally got our hands dirty by starting our landscape piece by creating specified layers, grouping those layers, and formatting our layers in a way that makes logical sense for our project (namely breaking down items into foreground, midground, and background working areas). While we mentioned what brushes we used to create the first steps of our masterpiece, we didn't discuss why we chose our specific brushes, or talk about how we can go about making edits or changes to our brushes. That's what this chapter is for!

In this chapter, we will be looking at the power of Krita's brush engine and the way in which its functionality can aid us as we move forward with our landscape painting during Chapter 5, Implementing Layer Blending Modes.

So, in this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Exploring brushes
  • Customizing your brushes
  • ...