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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


In this chapter, we finally finished our landscape project! First, we utilized some additional brushes to make some refinements to our painting. Then, we moved over to discussing altering the mood of our piece using the color gamut and mother color methods. Finally, we adjusted the overall brightness and contrast of our piece by introducing the Cross-channel color adjustment filter, discussing the overall impact of using masked adjustment filters as a finishing touch.

While we made some great progress and finalized our painting, our finely-organized file structure sort of flew by the wayside, which introduces us to what we're going to cover in the next chapter! In Chapter 8, Controlling Chaos – Organize Your Workflow for Maximum Efficiency, we are going to "package" this project for delivery, including restructuring our Layers panel, making new layer groups, and finally saving our project for ease of use in case we want to continue working on it down...