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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

Chapter 5: Implementing Layer Blending Modes

In Chapter 3, Utilizing Layers and Layer Groups, we started a landscape painting, grouping our composition into foreground, midground, and background layer groups. We then discussed the naming conventions and management of our layer group structure to set ourselves up for success "later in the book." Congratulations! We've made it to this fabled "later in the book" portion for our landscape painting!

In this chapter, we will be covering layer blending modes, their uses, popular techniques, and getting our hands dirty with a little more hands-on painting. We will be bringing in a rough photographic reference for our painting and adding some color tones. The structure of this chapter will be as follows:

  • Understanding layer modes
  • Evaluating reference material
  • Bashing our reference
  • Splashing in color

This chapter is going to give us a ton of progress on our landscape, and, hopefully, simplify...