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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

Customizing your brushes

In my opinion, Krita has some of the most comprehensive brush customization options I've ever seen in a digital art suite. This is really where Krita opens into something truly magical for digital artists – if there's a brush that you can imagine creating, odds are very high that Krita can make it happen.

In this portion of the chapter, we're going to take a look at the many ways by which we can customize our brushes, save the edits we make, and even create our own brush from scratch!

Your Preferences Matter

In this portion of the chapter, I'll be discussing my personal favorite options for customizing brushes within Krita. There are hundreds of different sliders and knobs worth looking at; however, I'll try keeping my brush changes (and why I made them) concise, as well as easy to understand and follow. Please tinker with every setting you find; you will be blown away with the possibilities, I promise!