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Krita Painting App on Steam!

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 11, 2014, 7:10 AM

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.


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


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:


  • 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).


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


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


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.


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.


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


: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


Tyson Tan
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
People's Republic of China
The guy who have been drawing cute cyber creatures since 2000.
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ringtailmaster Featured By Owner 4 days ago
your style is awesome n_n
springheel Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I admire you without limits!  Thanks for sharing this wonderful art! Hope to be your friend one day!
MH11387sly Featured By Owner 4 days ago
TheBlueTraveller Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student General Artist
hey Tyson found you page after buying a furries forever book, your art is briliant
segaxfreak Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hey Tyson,thanks for helping me in krita.It was very helpful,I hope to color like you someday.Please look at my drawing.It's my first one done in Krita.And thank you again.I hope to be skillful as you someday.…
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I saw the picture in your comment yesterday, but I didn't reply because I was too busy. Now it seems to be a dead link. Well, I can still remember how it was: very clean lines and shades, the color scheme was nice, too. I can see you took the picture seriously and put lots of effort to draw that. I'm not very much into pure human characters, but the proportion you did has a touch of grace and taste. Those could translate into aesthetic potential. Please continue to learn and practice and you will see further improvement.

Good luck! :)
segaxfreak Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you sempai,still I wish I could color just like you.I'll keep studying and test out the colors,and I hope to be a great artist like you and the other people I admire.Thank you for the comment it makes me happy hearing it from you.Huggle! 
segaxfreak Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hi Tysontan,it's me again.I was wondering how do you color your character's eyes?I need some help with that.I finally figure how to do line art using Krita.
TysonTan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I draw eyes the same way as other parts of my characters. The colors in
the eyes are basically flat, so there is really nothing much to talk
about there. It's more like a personal taste on shapes and contrast. You
can only develop your own taste by constantly drawing and reading

Also, I suggest you try drawing lines without the aids
of vector, stabilizer and ruler assistance from Krita. Assisted lines
are clean, but they also look dead. Relying too much on assistance
hinders your ability to create interesting shapes, as well as slowing
down your improvement.
JoshPikaPepsiLover24 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
you art is awesome
i wish i can draw as good as you :)
Fyrebeam Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your work! Also taking a look at Krita now :)
KingCheshireZorua Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just watched you because your art is amazing.
DarkendDayze Featured By Owner Edited Dec 19, 2014  Student General Artist
All your art looks amazing! I have to ask, do you do commissions?
TysonTan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm not doing commissions at the moment. Sorry!
segaxfreak Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hi,It's me 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
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.


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.
segaxfreak Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
oh thanks very useful info
Tigerboy29 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really, dude?
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.
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.
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?
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,
TysonTan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It is very nice of you! Thank you for spreading the word! :)
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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