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
- Ruler assisted drawing
- My 2 drawing strategies
- and more!
I hope this tutorial helps. Good luck and happy drawing with Krita!
High resolution versions:
- Krita 2.9 splash full
- Krita 2.9 splash cropped
- Krita 2.9 splash cut out
- Multuply example Kiki
- Multuply example Kiki (source)
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 ^^
There is no undo button by default. You can use Ctrl+Z to undo and Ctrl+Shift+Z to redo. You can add undo/redo buttons to toolbars by right-click > Configure toolbar.
is there like a step by step thing you can show me please?
also what resolution is good to use with this program
I just wish Krita would let me save files other than .kra, it sucks to printscreen my pictures. D:
Did you created a 16-bit or CMYK document? JPG and PNG only support 8-bit RGB color space by their specifications. If you did use 16-bit or CMYK, make sure to use Menu-Image-Convert Image Color Space to convert it back to RGB 8-bit before you export to any portable format.
Other apps never ever showed such message to me, I guess their default settings were correct already. I'll keep it in mind from now on!
FYI: Krita's default document setting is actually RGB / sRGB / 8-bit (which is "correct"). Krita will remember the last settings you used, so you must have changed it before so things "went wrong" after that.
As for using what brush for what, this depends on so many things. There is no set answer. I suggest you do some experiment yourself.
I got some questions for this. When I open up two files, I select a colour from the reference sheet and when I go to the other page the colour won't be on my eyedropper. How do I select the colour from another picture and take it to the picture I want to place it onto?
Is Ink_Brush_25 ideal for outlining?
You use any brush for whatever purpose if you see fit. Whether a brush should be used for outlining depends on how you want the outline to be and how well you can control it. Ink_Brush_25 is a somewhat fuzzy brush. It does not blend, and has a fuzzy edge. I expect the result to be "digital" but not very clean and definitive. I would use that for sketching, not actual outlining.
If you want a digital, detailed, and clean result, I recommend you to use Ink_circle series and Ink_gpen series for outlining.
If you want a more "natural" feeling, Ink_ballpen has some noise around the edge to make it look natural.
If you want to paint like oil or water color, Basic_tip series is the way to go.
Also krita will not let me convert it into a png either.
it says: it cannot export image in this colorspace or channel depth to PNG.
If I download a newer version, will my images from the older save there, be deleted or will have to convert them? And is that version free?
When creating a new document, set the "color" section of the dialogue as:
* Model (RGB)
* Depth (8 Bits)
* Profile (sRGB built-in)
For existing documents, use:
Menu > Image > Convert Image Color Space
And set the options the same as above.
You will have no difficulty exporting pictures to PNG after that.
Krita will remain free forever. Your old pictures will not be affected.
sRGB is the modern display standard. Almost every screen today is designed according to sRGB. Although it hosts the smallest range of colors, it is actually wide enough for digital painting. So if a picture looks great under sRGB, it would probably look great on anything. Because we painters use relative color to give proper contrast and impression, we don't really need bit-exact color precision.
In contrast, CMYK/AdobeRGB has much wider color range than most of the display devices. On a standard display, pictures with wide color space often suffer noticeable color distortion. They don't promise color fidelity in printing circumstances, either. What you really need is proper color calibration for your devices and thorough color proofing for your pictures across every device. Those tasks are not cost-effective for independent artists.
I have been doing color management on my workflow for many years. My experience tells me that unless you have proper equipment and knowledge, you would be better off to do no CMS at all. When CMS goes wrong it can go way off and you don't even notice yourself!
So stay simple, use sRGB 8bits! sRGB 16bits is also a great choice. Higher bits means less color banding when you are blending colors. Remember to convert back to 8 bits when saving for web, though!
Krita saves its native
documents as .kra files, just like Adobe Photoshop saves its native
documents as .psd files. Native formats provides better save performance
as well as preserving layer information. As each application has its
own unique native document format, most being closed and proprietary, other applications normally do not support them.
respect a different set of open, portable format, you can only use
jpg/png/gif in most cases.
To save a file as JPG/PNG, use Menu > File > Export... and make sure the document type and extension of your filename is PNG or JPG.