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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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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!
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck! :)
GoldenAndSilver Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Artist
I'm using krita and I like it so far, but I'm having trouble with it.  When I started on it, I couldn't draw on it but I press something and it worked.  It's happening again and I don't know how to fix it so I can draw on it.  Help?  :c
TysonTan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I guess you are using Windows version, but I'm not using Windows and I have never encountered your problem, sorry I can't help you. You may contact the dev team on twitter: They will answer your question. Good luck! :)
UndeadKat333 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very helpful, thank you! few question though. I noticed on the brushes of choice the inking have numbers on them. I tried to look for the one that the ink circle_5. Where would I find that one? And which tool do you use for sketching? I love learning from awesome experts. =3
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