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Krita tutorial - Basics by White-Heron Krita tutorial - Basics by White-Heron
Getting started with Krita isn't too complicated: just start it up, select a brush preset and experiment away. A better understand of the interface will really improve your workflow though. I've added various tips that so-so artists (like me...) may find useful, but ultimately everyone will find his or her ideal workflow.

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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katzrollz Mar 17, 2014   General Artist
Wow! Your tutorial is amazing and really helpful :D Keep up the good work!
You're welcome! Glad it helped! :) Thanks for the fave!
Ludjia Feb 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm looking for text tool tuorial for krita, can't seem to find any. your tutorial is useful, thanks!
At the time I wrote this, the text tool in Krita wasn't very advanced. I forgot if they made any improvements in the meantime. There is a text brush mode in Krita, see I.4 Text brushes here:

For vector text I usually use Inkscape instead.
Pussia Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
every time i erase it goes right through the white and onto a checkered layer that i can't  fix (it stays on that) 
Please read my Krita Brushes Part A - General tutorial. :)
What I do is first create a new layer to draw on, and lock the default white one.
Pussia Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you
Wifflin Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the dumb question but, how do I cycle through the layers?
I can't find where to switch between them.
There's a layers docker where you can choose your layer. If it doesn't show, go to Settings -> Dockers -> Layers.
You can also use the Page Up and Page Down buttons to cycle through layers. :)
Wifflin Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! It really helped
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