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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

Adjusting your color balance

The first main step I'd like to do in this chapter is to really nail down the brushwork and painting, getting it near a "final render." However, before we start digging into the refinement of the painting, I'd like to do a slight color tweak using the Color Balance adjustment filter.

Let's take a look at our image as of the end of Chapter 6, Composing Using Krita's Toolbox. I always find it helpful to have a good "starting point" to take notes of where I'm at in regards to the process, and brainstorm some potential improvements (Figure 7.1):

Figure 7.1 – Our landscape painting, as of the end of Chapter 6, Composing Using Krita's Toolbox

I feel like the blues of the entire composition could be pushed a little, and some of the colors could read a little "deeper" (higher saturation with darker color value), to give us some wiggle room when it comes to expanding the...