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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

Exporting our resources

In Krita, a collection of various elements (such as brush tips, brush presets, patterns, gradients, and tool customizations) is referred to as a resource.

Resources can be imported and exported within Krita, and it is yet another way that Krita's flexibility makes it a top-tier choice for digital creators. Let's create our Krita for Packt resource; that way, I can share all my brushes with you, completely free:

  1. On your Krita File menu, click the Settings tab.
  2. Under Settings, click Manage Resources… (Figure 4.38):

Figure 4.38 – The Manage Resources option under the Settings tab

  1. This will bring up your Manage Resources window.

The Manage Resources window is a great tool for filtering and sorting through items and options that Krita uses as its backbone. Items we are familiar with, such as Brush Presets, Brush Tips, Workspaces, and Patterns are here, alongside some more advanced options...