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Krita Painting App on Steam!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 7:10 AM
WHAT IS KRITA

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Krita is the only digital painting tool I'm using. It is a free (as in freedom), open source software. It offers a sophisticated brush system, packs in almost everything that a digital painter needs and is very easy to use.


HELP KRITA ON STEAM

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Krita is now available for Windows and GNU/Linux on PC, and the develop team is trying to get Greenlight on Steam as well. Please help them (and thus helps everyone): visit Krita on Steam


WHAT DO I LIKE ABOUT KRITA

Krita's page has detailed introduction of what it is capable of. I would like to cover a few things that I really like about Krita here as well:

Brush:

  • Krita's brush system is fast and smooth. It is optimized for graphics tablets with pressure support.
  • Ruler tool assistance when drawing long curves (something comparable to SAI).
  • It doesn't draw jigsaws when zoomed out (my nightmare when using Adobe Photoshop).

Command:

Krita has a friendly, highly customizable user interface. The basic operations when using a brush tool are:

  • Shift + drag = Change brush size
  • Ctrl = temporary color picker
  • Middle button + hover movement = Move canvas
  • Ctrl + Middle button + hover movement up / down = Zoom canvas
  • Shift + Middle button + hover movement around = Rotate canvas

Simply right click and you can access:

  • Color wheel
  • Recently used colors
  • Favorite tool presents

Layer:

  • Supports layer with many mixing method.
  • Supports layer group.
  • Supports layer mask.

Resize:

High quality resize with Lanczos3 filter. It doesn't produce inferior shrinking result like Adobe Photoshop does sometimes.

GPU Acceleration:

  • GPU accelerated fast & high quality canvas rotation and zooming.
  • Realtime mirrored view mode.
  • Color management support.


FREE AS IN FREEDOM

Krita is free (libre) and open source software. Its source codes are publicly available. You can study, modify, and distribute Krita without restriction. You can learn more about Free Software Movement.


THE MASCOT

And yes, I designed Krita's mascot, Kiki the Cyber Squirrel. I've also designed Krita's box art, banner art and projet avatar on Steam. Krita's next major release, Krita 2.8, scheduled on late February, will have my picture as its startup splash as well! I'm very happy to see my work becomes useful to the project!

Some pictures I did for Krita are also on DA:
Kiki's Creative Flow by TysonTan Kiki the Cyber Squirrel by TysonTan Peace!! by TysonTan The Krita Mascot by TysonTan


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:



:icondeevad: David has made many tutorials and resources for Krita, available on his website. If you are new to Krita, make sure to visit his place for some useful tips and brushes! Visit David's website


  • Reading: Textbooks

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Tyson Tan
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DarkendDayze Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Student General Artist
All your art looks amazing! I have to ask, do you do commissions?
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segaxfreak Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hi,It's me Tyson...um how do continue your work?Say you saved your file right and you wanna continue your work and wanna open your multiple files you name,But when you opened your drawing all the files you had merge into one pic.I can't open my file I had for shading and my pic is not finished and I still need to work on it.Help please...T-T
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't understand what exactly you are talking about. But I will try to answer.

You shouldn't open a single document for multiple times, as they overwrite with each other when being saved. If you need to keep different versions of the same picture, give each one a different file name. Krita can open multiple different files. They will be handled in different windows.


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Sometimes people start their painting session on their scanned files which are .jpg/.png , those files do not keep layer information.

You must save a file with .kra or .ora extension in order to keep the layer information.
Use Menu>File>Save As... and name the file like this: filename.kra

.kra is native Krita document format, it is larger but keeps everything, very fast when saving, recommended.
.ora is OpenRaster document format, it can be opened by other free and open source apps like Mypaint and GIMP. It is smaller but takes very long time to save, some layer information will be lost as well.
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segaxfreak Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oh thanks very useful info
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Tigerboy29 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really, dude?
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segaxfreak Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hi Tyson I love seeing your work.If it's not too much trouble...I know you did a tutorial,but can you make it again only this time in video instead?I really having trouble using Kitra.And I know your suppose to mess around with it in order to understand the tools,but I feel frustrated and I really want to be able to draw in Kitra just like you.
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I would like to help but making a video is beyond my current ability. But I can still answer your questions. Tell me what you want to know about Krita before you can start drawing with confidence. I will answer them and I'm sure those Q&A will help other beginners out as well.
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segaxfreak Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Well I just wanna say I love your drawings and I saw you being published in one of my fav books.My question is how do you make your lines perfect?Mines always comes out well...terrible and what tool you use to make the outlines?
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I use the default brush preset. Nothing special about the tool itself -- it's how you use it. Here are some hints:
1) You don't have to finish a long curvy line in one stroke. Try drawing multiple sessions and connect them together.
2) Make sure the curves flow naturally, see the curves as lines from tangent circles of different sizes.
3) Use eraser to clean up the unneeded parts.
4) Try not treat curves as lines of stable thickness. Add some variation.
5) Be patient and practice more. Start with thicker lines.
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smashbadger4 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think I'm going to have to show my buddies who draw that Krita application, I'm more for writing so I wouldn't use it, some people I know certainly would though.
definitely going to greenlight it on steam though,
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It is very nice of you! Thank you for spreading the word! :)
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smashbadger4 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Funny thing, I live in America, and we have maring band competitions, there was this one band that had a show about robots, and their color guard (the people that throw flags and fake sabres and fake rifles) reminded me of the "think candies" tutorial.
They were dressed as blue, white, and black androids.

of all things they are now the grand national champion band.
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's not new to use blue-white-black on technological designs, see BMW i3/i8.
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Simica Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
i just absolutely adore your work!
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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SkeyeStorm Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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SkeyeStorm Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
No problem :D
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Lyriore Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Man, i love your style, especially the robots.
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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FeralFlamespirit Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hi I see you use krita , just a fast question when it will be released the krita 2.9?
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Probably this December according to the release plan.
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FeralFlamespirit Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oh!! that's perfect I can't wait, thank you so much :hug:
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FalseProphetX Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Is Krita going to be released for Mac as well?
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TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, probably in Krita 2.9 this december.
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