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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 7: Changing the Feel with Painting, Values, and Sliders

In Chapter 6, Composing Using Krita's Toolbox, we discussed the importance of masks for our layers, and you'll notice that what we learned is going to be repeated from here on out through the remainder of the book in various capacities. We're nearing the portion of the book where your skills and understanding of Krita are bound to "level up," which means we'll be picking up the pace moving forward. You got this!

In this chapter, we'll be finalizing our overall design and brushwork, covering the idea of "changing mood" for our landscape and adjusting things such as color balance, brightness, and contrast.

Topics covered in this chapter include the following:

  • Adjusting your color balance
  • Controlling mood
  • Modifying brightness and contrast

Since we're so far into our landscape painting, this will be a perfect opportunity to "refresh our eyes...