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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


During this chapter, we used a variety of tools to clean up and refine not only our image but our decision-making process as well.

First, we learned about masks and used the Transparency Mask feature to mask out weird visual information from our photograph layers. We then used some selection tools to further clarify our shapes, adding some sheets of ice and sharpening up some of the jagged edges of our mountains. Once our composition was a little cleaner, we then discovered the Assistant Tool to overlay a perspective grid for our reference when creating sheets of ice on our lake. Then, we created a merged copy of what we had and applied some rich brushwork, blending our hues and value control, pushing our piece to more of a "painterly" feel.

In Chapter 7, Changing the Feel with Painting, Values, and Sliders, we're going to take our painting to the finish! We will learn about color toning, color gamuts, brightness and contrast filters, and some tricks we...