Digital Painting. Krita for beginners

Digital Painting. Krita for beginners

August 7, 2019 26 By Peter Engel


Hello everybody first of all I would like to tell you this video is for the people who are beginning with digital painting and choose Krita as the first option to learn. So if you are a mid-level or an advanced user Probably you will see things in this video that you already know. in this video, we are going to talk about: Downloading Krita, drivers, how to install Krita properly, the welcome screen, how to create our first image, brushes, the workspace and color, how to save your images and work safe. So are you ready? Let’s get started Everything has changed a lot since the first digital painting programs Nowadays, we are living exciting times because we are surrounded by creative applications. Today more than ever we can paint with lot of different tools and that’s great. But sometimes we are saturated by the amount of options we have available. If you are here, it is because you are interested in Krita and you want to start painting and creating your own world Maybe you have seen a beautiful image done with Krita and that increases your curiosity about the Krita software Well, this video is to make easier your first experience with Krita. Since the earliest stages Krita has been a program with a mid-level Interface without too much buttons that distract or intimidate you, that is always appreciated Because we don’t have to learn a complex interface But we can adjust it to fit our needs. if you haven’t installed the program here you have some tips. first of all, Where do I get the Krita software? Many people look for software in pages that offer a lot of software. This is not recommended because we can find bad surprises like malware or spyware. So if you want to paint safe the best site for downloading Krita is the official website Krita.org. The links will be in the description below. We can look for the download button or just press the big button “Get Krita now” a very descriptive button. Then we can choose the platform we want for Krita. That is, if i use for example Linux, Windows or Macintosh. We can download Krita and while it’s downloading Let’s take a look what we have here. As you can see, we can also go to Windows Store or a steam platform If we want to get Krita as an app. It’s paid content but helps to pay the main developer of Krita Boudewijn, really important. Also you can see there are something called Knightly builds. Krita has two different versions. So what do you prefer? stable version or development version? What Krita is the best for me? Strange question, isn’t it? well… If you need stability to finish your project comfortably, the most usual choice is downloading the stable version It is the one that has the main features to finish the job But if you want to be trying the latest features and even give your feedback after that, then you can download Development version. And yes, the development release can crash, and yes, that’s good It is good because this allow us to refine the development and let Krita as polish it as Possible for the next release and the good thing is that I can download Nightly builds and don’t delete my stable release. So you choose. We have already downloaded Krita And now what? Drivers It is convenient to download the latest drivers for our graphic tablet. Having our equipment updated is always a good idea and we can save many problems both in Krita and in other software So invest a little time in getting everything ready. I wait for you. Once Krita is downloaded and you have updated the drivers, you can install Krita. If you find issues with tablet verify that your tablet is compatible with Krita Krita covers a wide range of devices, but sometimes we can find weird behaviors So here is the link to check it out. also in the description below Some users have reported problems with “rings” around the cursor in Windows 10 So, please see this video if you are in this situation Installing Krita is not complicated once it is downloaded do click on the file to install Also, make sure Windows shell is marked in order to see the krita files in our file browser in Windows If you are in Linux user you can download an appimage Once it is downloaded, then you have to make the file executable Checking the control permissions. Just right click in your appimage file and select properties and then make it executable Okay, open Krita and the splash screen appears loading the resources. After a few seconds Now you can see the program interface. We have a kind of welcome screen. This screen gives a lot of important information For example, we can see the latest news from Krita. Thanks to this box Linked to the official account of Krita painting And also very interesting links that helps you to learn more about The world of Krita and his community. Also we can go directly to the manual and learning a lot reading good contents, created by Krita developers. We can go directly to the forum and look for help. Just register an account, log in and you can talk directly to developers and share your ideas or add artwork to get feedback from another users. Direct contact with programmers and artists. nice! Here on the first column we see “new file” with the common shortcut “Control+N” If I click on it a new window appears and I see many options. you can choose a template or create your own file with the size you need. If you don’t create an image some parts of the Krita’s interface doesn’t work, like… Brush selection, color selection, and so on. only menus are available. This is logical because there is nothing to work with. So let’s make our first image in Krita. go to custom document and choose the file size you want to create and don’t worry about all the options. We will take a look to them in another video. give a size and click on create button Once you create an image you can start working on it. There are interfaces that are very complex and overwhelm us. it has happened to meet too But what do we really need for painting? We need brushes colors and a comfortable workspace Brushes, workspace, and color So brushes… where are the brushes, and how to paint and erase things, how to change their size quickly and How not to get lost among so many brush options. The Krita brush set is designed to fit the basic needs of anyone first of all It is good to make sure that everything is correct because it can happen that we activate the “eraser mode” by mistake and we don’t remember it and suddenly the brushes don’t paint and we can be confused. So Verify that the eraser mode button is off Ok! brushes are on the right side of the interface by default But you can change where they are located just dragging the docker. if you close the brushes docker you can restore it easily. Go to settings/dockers/brush preset and Krita remembers his last location to be shown. The brushes may look like a lot But you will want even more maybe in some days or weeks. Did i say that in Krita’s shop there is a whole set to emulate oil, pastel and watercolour Krita knows that a lot of brushes can overwhelm the user. So it has created a system of labels that can be used to see only some brushes oriented to a specific workflows Let’s see how this works. For example, we have the “Paint” “Sketch” “Texture”, and so on. Each label has a few brushes related to that task. For example the label “Textures” Has some brushes to help you to create fast textural effects. in future videos. We will see more things about brushes. Another way to look for brushes is using filtering, we can go deeper exploring brushes using the brush editor, for example, To learn about brushengines more. We will cover that in a coming video. But maybe you don’t like to have the brushes there, always visible, like observing you. In that case you can use the F6 keyboard shortcut or go to the drop-down window at the top that will open the window with all your brushes Here you can use the label system. You still have another very interesting option. Sometimes we don’t use more than 10 brushes Imagine for example that we are drawing in full screen without any interface pressing “Tab” shortcut, then you press the right mouse button, or the stylus button you have associated with right click This allows you to see things like brushes, color, latest used colors. And also mirror the image, rotate the image and more. This quick menu is really powerful. We will see that in another video too. You have chosen a brush. To change the size press the “shift” key and drag the cursor to the right for increasing the size or to the left for decreasing the size We can also do it throughout keyboard shortcuts. Well, it’s nothing comfortable or trough the slider at the top of the interface, which is a good idea. One thing you are going to notice, is that if you choose a brush and Change the size, for example You make some strokes and you say hmm this look very good a very good brush and I like it as it is. but if you select another brush and you reselect the previous brush You will see that the brush it has returned to its previous state In this case your changes were not too much. But imagine that you start playing with the brush parameters and at the end you don’t know what you have changed exactly, but the brush result is very cool. In this case This can be really annoying, isn’t it? This is done for people who prefer to use default brushes such as they are and without changing them too much. This is a good practice at the beginning because it helps you to understand better the difference between them and the possibilities you can have with a single brush and that’s the reason why Krita created the “Dirty brushes”. Brushes that can remember your changes even if you change brushes again and again, To use this feature. We have to activate “Temporarily save tweaks to presets” in the brush editor Krita will remember the settings until it closes. Okay, if you want to save a modified version just click on overwrite button And that’s it You have your first modified brush ready to be used Even if you close Krita. To be in a comfortable workspace, we need to know how to make the basic navigation Like zoom, pan, and rotate and also horizontal mirror can be useful in Krita we use by default the “M” key as a shortcut to mirror the view That is really useful when we paint for a long time. A simple shortcut, but a powerful feature. The color When we are painting, we need to place to pick colors from. A place where you can choose different colors. For example, how do I make my color less saturated or brighter? For example We can use “Advanced color selector” or use a custom “Palette”. For now We’re going to leave that as it is by default because we will cover color in upcoming videos. Saving or images and work safe. A highly recommended practice is to save often So please do it. All the software crashes sometimes. Well… I guess you have been drawing and testing the brushes that came by default but what happens if we are so excited that we forget to save and suddenly the light goes out? Years ago that was a big problem It makes you to redo everything again since the last time you save your work But we are in a technological era right? So that’s why Krita goes further and help us how? Everytime you open an image and you are working on it Quietly Krita is saving your work The program makes a copy of the file and takes care of saving the work every 15 minutes. is that cool or not? I think it is. if we want to change that time, we have to go to the menu settings/ configure Krita/General/section and /File handling and there were change the time Let’s do it. I consider that five minutes is a non-intrusive time for shaving in the case that for some strange reason You want to deactivate this option simple click on the radio button “Enable auto saving” I wouldn’t do it. I’m not gonna do it. I can assure that. What if I want to save different stages of my work Then we use the incremental save option a cool name for a very useful feature And why do I think is so useful? Because if you notice it has a shortcut associated with it which is “Ctrl+Alt+S” and that way we just press the shortcut and we create an Incremental version of the file we are working on. If you like this type of tools that help productivity, let me know in the comments and give Krita a like. Ok! That’s the end for now! You have the basics but there is much much more. Don’t forget to subscribe and share this video in your social media And if you think this could help your friends and more Krita users, then share it. If you are interested in some specific topic or you want to suggest new topics Let me know in the comments below and maybe this could be the next video Thanks a lot for watching and be ready for new videos where I will be covering how to use Krita with more advanced features Bye