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Krita tutorial 2 - Layers and editing by White-Heron Krita tutorial 2 - Layers and editing by White-Heron
Edit 5/2/2013: The term "alpha-locking" has been changed to "alpha-inheritance", to distinguish it from alpha/transparency locking. Hopefully this will clear up some confusions. :)

This tutorial is under a CC-0 / Public Domain license. :)

To find back other tutorials mentioned in these tutorials and more, visit Krita's resource page: [link]

My Krita tutorial series:
Big thanks to Claus for converting all these to a wiki format as well. Everybody is welcome to submit improvements, updates and translations to this wiki, so it may be more up-to-date. These tutorials were done with Krita 2.5.2 ~ 2.5.3. To my knowledge, Krita 2.6 should have a mostly similar interface.

Part 1 - Basics ( Wiki version )
- Symmetry mode, Interface, Quick overview of some brushes

Part 2 - Layers and Editing ( Wiki version )
- Layer management: alpha locking, layer mask and erase mode, filter brushes, masks and layers, local selections, clone layers, use recommendations
- Image properties and editing: basics, selections, transformation tool and deform brush,

Part 3 - Brushes

Part A: General ( Wiki version )
- Preliminary: common "issues"
- Brush management: Saving/Deleting presets, brush folders
- Drawing modes
- Assistants

Part B - Pixel Brushes 1/2 ( Wiki version )
- Brush tips: Autobrush, Predefined brush, Custom brush, Text brush
- Paint build-up behaviours: Default (Opacity vs Flow, Build vs Wash-up, Airbrush mode), Blending modes

Part B - Pixel Brushes 2/2 ( Wiki version )
- Brush shape dynamics: common settings, opacity, size, spacing, softness and sharpness, rotation, scatter
- Color source, color dynamics, Texture -> Pattern
- Combos!

Pixel brushes - Appendix 1: Gallery of predefined brushes
Pixel brushes - Appendix 2: Brush presets from the tutorial

Part C - Color Smudge Brush ( Wiki version )

Part D - Curve, Particle and Dyna brushes ( Wiki version )

Part E - Sketch, Hairy and Chalk brushes ( Wiki version )

Part F - Hatching, Grid, Spray and Experiment brushes ( Wiki version )
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:iconsamthemoose101:
SamTheMoose101 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Whenever I use overlay I just cannot get the paint to stop overlapping itself and I'm not sure at all how to get rid of that from happening.
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TheJoceBr Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hey i need help.
How do I make a layer colored white transparent WITHOUT erasing the drawing i did on it?
Thank you.
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springheel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016
I discovered your tip about transparency roughly 38 expletives later because I couldn't do what I needed to do. HEHE!

But i am learning bit by bit... and likimg it.
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MICKLEST Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! It took a while to find a good tutorial about Krita, but this is the one for me! THANKS!!
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purplish1473 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Can you help me out, I just got Krita and I was doing line art on a scanned document. I had made two layers  (scanned doc and the lines), but when I save it, it merged. I wasn't finished, and need to finish. Is there a way to separate them again? Thx
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
Unfortunately, I don't know an easy way to unmerge. The best way to avoid something like this in the future is to always make sure you save as a Krita file first before continuing.
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LovelyPoison Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bit of a n00b, but how the heck do you use/apply pattern?

Anyway, thanks so much for your set of tutorials! :)
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Apply patterns to your paintbrush, or to layers?
- Paint Brush: you choose a brush engine from the square icon with a brush at the top menu. If you select Pixel Brush for example, a second column will appear with a bunch of options, including patterns. Check the box and choose the pattern you want to use.
- Layers: just make a layer with the pattern you want to apply, and choose one of the composite modes like Overlay (in the layer menu, click the drop-down that says Normal and choose another blending mode).
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:iconbrooklynn620:
brooklynn620 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Krita is by far my favorite software, and this was extremely helpful! Thank you!
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:iconjsola:
jsola Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
I could not find anything on Krita, only a few helpful things, but this is by far the most helpful thing ever!
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:iconpelle131313:
pelle131313 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cant even find the Layers anywhere..

My Krita usage probably ended here xD
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
When you open Krita it's one of the tabs in the bottom-right. If you closed it by accident, you can open it again by choosing Settings -> Dockers -> Layers.
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dnhart13 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice tutorial, Thank You :D
Im Start to learn how to use this tool :D
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Glad it was helpful! :D
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Yoshimon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
I'm sorry, but I'm not getting the process of how to do this. And it must be me because everyone on here understands. I try doing the way you said it, but its not working. I have Krita 2.9 pre-alpha on Windows 8.1. I manage to do it with the Transparency Mask layer, but that only works with just one layer at a time and your group layer alpha-inherit is amazing. 

Please help! lol :D
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
To use the alpha-inherit trick, you Need to use subfolders. :)
1. Go to the layers docker and create a group layer.
2. Create two layers in the folder.
3. On the bottom layer, scribble anything.
4. On the top layer, scribble something else, with some overlap with the bottom layer.
5. In the layers docker, click on the α button  for the top layer (right next to the checkered square)

See? For each layer you want to confine, press its
α button in the layer docker. :)
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Kitti-Featherwolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student Filmographer
Yet again, I find your tutorials to be the most helpful ones out there. Thank you!
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
You're very welcome! Glad they were helpful! :D
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:iconfirepowerbaby:
Firepowerbaby Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you, Those are indeed a kind word. I'll try and give 'this' a shot then.
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Firepowerbaby Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
My god. I didn't moved from  'SAI' to met with such complicated HUD like this. This is  really like out of frying pan just  to be in one another. But still, this is a really detailed and helpful tutorial.  Suppose I should try harder aren't I?
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
It's complicated, but you only have to memorize it once, and you can just slowly discover many of the brush features as you go (and just use the presets in the meantime). For example, alpha-inheritence seems complicated, but you just have to get it right once to remember it forever. ^_^
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paolitababy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
How do layers work for this program? Every time I try to color one layer, it incorporates color from the others.

For example:
Top Layer: Black lineart
Color Layer: what I want to color
Bottom Layer: White BG

If I try coloring in the Color Layer, it'll smudge in black and white from the other layers. It's really frustrating and I don't know how to stop it from doing that.
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Are you using a smudge brush? It sounds like you have "overlay mode" activated for the Smudge Brush.
To turn it off, go to the brush settings drop-down, and uncheck Overlay mode in the column where you have size, spacing etc. :)

If that doesn't work, or if you're using another brush, please tell me what brush you're using exactly etc.
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paolitababy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Yup, that fixed my issue :) I was using the "mixover_smear" brush on "normal mode" but I guess it was set to "overlay" in the brush settings. Thank you so much! Hug 
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Great! Glad that fixed it! :D
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graphiterocks Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Thanks so much! The alpha inheritance thing is exactly what I was stuck on, and the local selections are gonna be really useful too.
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Yup! It was a feature I was looking for at first too. It's hard to find, but once you find it, it's easy to use. :D
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AEROCELO Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
White-Heron,
Thanks a lot for your helpful tutorials!!!
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
You're welcome! Glad they helped! :)
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jesslyoko324 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm new to krita and I'm having trouble with saving. I save a project that has  two or more layers. When I come back on I see that the layers have merged together but I never hit the 'merge layer' button! I need help!
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Are you saving as a Krita document and not as a .jpg for example?
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:iconjesslyoko324:
jesslyoko324 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I was saving as a .jpg document. I had no idea I was. Now I feel stupid.
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
It happens all the time actually. xD
Glad your issue was resolved! :D
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:iconcatiecreates:
CatieCreates Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got Krita, and this might make me sound dumb, but I can't make a new layer that I can move under my other one. It just doesn't work. 
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Really? Strange. You should be able to move layers around either with drag and drop or with the arrow buttons at the bottom of the layers dock.
You may be drawing on the bottom layer. That layer is actually filled with white, not transparent. It's better to leave that layer alone and draw on a separate transparent layer.
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:iconcatiecreates:
CatieCreates Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I figured it out. It loads slower on my computer, and so the layers move slower as well. :P
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Oh my, was that the problem? xD
Krita has gone through a lot of optimizations over the years to get it to speed up (the earliest versions were Super slow), but there is still room for improvement...
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:iconcatiecreates:
CatieCreates Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately. xD Yeah there are definitely still areas that need fixing, but I still think its a pretty good program. :)
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
I never said it wasn't. It's an awesome program that keeps getting better. :)
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TearLess-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I'm completely new to Krita, and it really is a wonderful program, but I'm so lost. Your tutorial really helped me understand some stuff better, but I still feel completely intimidated by all of these new tools. Going to need to practice a lot to understand all of the functions better. Thanks for the tutorial~~
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
Krita may seem intimidating, but just take it easy. :) Just get used to some of the tools and take your time exploring the rest.
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RichardLeduc Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I recently wanted to restart drawing. I bought my cyntic 21 and I was planing to get photoshop but some real life things happened to me and I cant buy it. krita seem a very nice program except its kinda different from photoshop. I cant figure out how use the damn layer...something really basic you must know when you do digital draw with photoshop. My problem with the layer, exemple : back ground is white - layer 1 I do the grass - layer 2 I draw the sky but the sky over ride the grass instead of staying hidden behind the grass. I tryed to move layer / lock etc but I cant figure what to do.

I tryed to find some video on you tube about it but no luck. If someone can help me or give me a link where I can find video tutorial it would be appreciate.

thank you.
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Strange, I don't completely understand the issue you're describing.
Normally you'd want to do:

Layer 3 - Grass
Layer 2 - Sky
Layer 1 - Background (I usually leave it white and completely lock it, because erasing the background layer would leave transparency tiles behind)

If you drew the grass with a semi-transparent brush, the sky behind might show through, so you'll either have to use a more opaque brush or pass over the area several more times. Is that more or less the issue?
Also, make sure the right layer is active when you're drawing on it.
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RichardLeduc Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your fast answer :)   My layer order is exactly the same...even I have 4 for the mountain...just made a quick unfinished project before sleeping. Yes, I figured if I want a specific brush ( grass as exemple ) I had to pass multiple times to hide sky.

I must admite its been 15 years I didnt done any drawing and never touched digital except a little photoshop at school. Restarting mainly as hobby but I hope geting better.

The picture is on my profile if you want to see it...nothing great.
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Does it mean your problem still hasn't been fixed? If so, could you upload a screenshot somewhere?
You could also try asking for help over at the Krita forums, the devs there are very friendly and if it's a bug, they'd be happy for the bug report. :)
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RichardLeduc Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All is good thank you. Idea 
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:iconrichardleduc:
RichardLeduc Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I finally figured what was the proplem :) Layers order is different from photoshop but that lead me to another problem, some brush opacity cant hide the layer in the back, wonder if there is a way to correct it ?
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Sturzstrom Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
this tutorial is amazing thank you! : O
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:iconwhite-heron:
White-Heron Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
You're welcome! I'm glad you found it helpful! :) Thanks for the fave!
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