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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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avant5 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Thanks Heron!  I've been using Krita a while, and still found some trinkets in your tutorial that I didn't know, and will help me a ton!  I tried finding a way to recenter for mirror mode, but couldn't find anything anywhere, and gave up.  Then luckily found now I have a whole new love for Krita all over again!

Thanks so much!

White-Heron Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
I'm glad the tutorial was helpful! I hope you enjoy using the program! :D
Kitti-Featherwolf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much for this!!! I just got Krita, and it is so confusing, but this helps a lot. :) One question though; how do you make layers? I don't see any buttons for it or anything. Thanks for your help!
White-Heron Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
You're welcome! :)
You make layers with the first button on the bottom-left of the layers docker, the button with a giant + on it. Pressing it will create a normal paint layer, and you can access more layer types with the arrow button right next to it. In the layers docker, using the 'insert' button on the keyboard will also add a new layer right above the active layer. :)
Kitti-Featherwolf Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I was having so many problems with Krita, but not anymore! Your tutorials have saved me!:happybounce: 
White-Heron Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
You're welcome! Glad they helped! :)
Nightmare-Moon-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
how do you update your finished pictures
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
What do you mean? With Krita? When the picture isn't completed, save it as a .kra to keep all the layers and such.
Export the picture as .jpg when you're done and want to upload it somewhere. But if you need to change the picture, do so from your .kra file then export again.
You can modify a .jpg from Krita, but it won't have all the layers and such. ^^
Nightmare-Moon-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
musicalmaxwell Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just found out about Krita today after my frustration with GIMP. Great beginning tutorial, having a lot of fun with Krita so far. GIMP is great for photomanipulation and for graphic creation (i use it for logos and the such) but Krita embodies everything that I have not been able to do with GIMP. So grateful that everyone is working together to make this program great!!
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