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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

Modifying brightness and contrast

Brightness and contrast are probably terms you've seen before, either in the context of digital art or perhaps even as a setting on your computer monitor or television set. Essentially, Brightness is the overall lightness (or darkness) of a display or image, while Contrast is the amount of distance between the darkest darks and the lightest lights on a display or image (also known as…you guessed it, the value range!).

Wait, haven't we already done this? While it is true that your brightness and contrast decisions are made fairly early into your project by doing things such as selecting your value range (the amount of contrast between your lights and darks), and the location on the value scale that your piece will inhabit (the darkness/lightness, or brightness of your overall piece), it's never a bad thing to have a "second opinion" from Krita as you've worked on your piece for a while. Much like tweaking your...