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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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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
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!!
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Glad you like the program! Krita also gets frequent updates, so check out the site from time to time. :D
musicalmaxwell Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
oh? do the updates not install when you run apt-get update?
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Oh, right. That's true for the 'stable' versions yes. But many of us are compiling the developer versions. xD
Stable versions are safer to use, though the developer versions are pretty stable too.
musicalmaxwell Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Oh, I haven't actually tried the developer versions! It looks like you can just add the PPA and that you don't need to recompile it, though.
White-Heron Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
That too. xD Basically, Krita gets improved so fast that few of us are using the last "stable" version.
carysrodrigues8 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
is krita safe? I mean does it contain malware or anything???
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