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Krita Free Painting App Tutorial by TysonTan Krita Free Painting App Tutorial by TysonTan

2014-07-25: Source file has been made available. Please feel free to translate this tutorial into your native language!
2014-07-23: Shortcut chapter update, Typography improvement.

As requested, I'm sharing my Krita experience here as a
comprehensive, 24 pages tutorial. This tutorial shows how I created a
new picture of Kiki (the mascot) for Krita 2.9 startup splash, covering
many Krita related know-how such as:

  • Brushes of choice
  • Customizations
  • Layers
  • Ruler assisted drawing
  • Transformation
  • Mask
  • My 2 drawing strategies
  • and more!

I hope this tutorial helps. Good luck and happy drawing with Krita!

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TysonTan has been holding the flag of Krita since years, and looking at his latest pictures done with this free drawing software, no one can doubt it is possible to do professional-looking art without Photoshop or SAI that can cost hundreds if not a thousand dollars. Tysontan here shows us the tricks and tips of Krita, and since I recently decided to give it a try, I'm more than happy to see all the most important aspects covered in this beautifully written tutorial. Of course it is always a pain in the rear to start working with a new program which can maybe do the same things as the one you used before, but the shortcuts, icons are different, the tools can be differently named, etc. In this tutorial you can find how-to instructions on using the basic tools like selecting, color picks, layers and their properties, coloring tips and more. And who else could you give a better insight than an artist who's been obviously using it with professionalism for years?

So, all the fellow artists who don't want to spend hundreds on good graphic software but need something more than Microsoft Paint, dig through this tutorial and check out the links! And show love and support! Donations are welcome by the team ^^
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may156028 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you upload this from krita or did you convert it into a different file type or art program? DA won't let me upload anything from krita. :( is there any advice you can give me?
TysonTan Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
If you are working in Krita with its native .kra document format, you
will have to export the picture into JPG or PNG files before you can
upload it online.

Menu >> File >> Export
to save your picture with .jpg or .png as filename extensions.
JPG is a lossy format, you may want to set the quality above 90.
PNG is a lossless format, but it's heavier.
Also remember to resize your picture within general screen sizes, ideally smaller than 1280x1280.

It's actually the same story across all drawing apps.
may156028 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
yingyingkirby Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
This Tutorial Is Great That I Already Drew Two Digital Artwork That Including Mandeville!Without This Tutorial,I Will Never Drew Digital Art Of Mandeville!Thank For This Tutorial,It Is So Much Helpful For Me!
rainbow-torch Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Hello, I have been using Krita for for a while and I just recently updated it to I believe your ver.

However, is there a way I can add a magnifying tool in my toolbox, like in the older ver?
TysonTan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I using the newest in-development source codes to build my own binaries. Plus I'm running Krita on a GNU/Linux distribution, so there is going to be some differences between yours and mine.

Krita's toolbox is not customizable, or I there is a way to do so but I've never figured that out. You can add tools to your horizontal toolbar as an alternative. 

How to add zoom icons to Krita's toolbar:
1. Right-Click on the horizontal toolbar, select "Configure Toolbars";
2. On the first drop-down list, select "Brushes and Stuff";
3. In the "Filter" form of "Available Actions" column, type-in "zoom";
4. Select "Zoom In" or "Zoom Out", click the "->" arrow in the center to add it to the current toolbar;
5. Use the "^" and "v" button to change order;
rainbow-torch Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Thanks, I am also using the Linux ver. too.
Im-Reshi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's like Photoshop but better:D
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Krita focuses on digital painting, while PS is primarily about image processing. Tey all have their own strong point. Butif it is for drawing, I will choose Krita. :)
Drawing-4Ever Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
I decided that I will also test Krita!
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