Start­ing out in Krita desk­top

Take a tour of Krita, cre­ate a new file and learn how to use pre­set tools as ex­plains the ba­sics of the free pro­gram

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rita Desk­top is a free, open­source, fully fea­tured paint­ing pro­gram avail­able to all, which you can down­load at www.krita.org.

On the web­site you’ll also find in­for­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate in de­vel­op­ing the pro­gram and learn how to do­nate money to sup­port those who do it full time.

KCreat­ing a new file

You can choose a pre­de­fined tem­plate or cre­ate your own (and save it for the fu­ture). To do this you’ll need to as­sign width and height di­men­sions to your fu­ture can­vas (in pix­els, cen­time­tres, mil­lime­tres and so on) and also choose its res­o­lu­tion in PPI. As well as that, you have the op­tion to choose Color Model (for ex­am­ple, RGB or CMYK), Color Pro­file, Can­vas Color and Opac­ity.

De­fault workspace

Krita’s de­fault workspace con­sists of two tool­bars along the top, (Main and File/Brush set­tings), the Can­vas in the mid­dle, Dock­ers on both sides and the Sta­tus Bar at the bot­tom. Ev­ery­thing ex­cept for the main tool­bar can be ei­ther hid­den or vis­i­ble. Per­son­ally, I find it more use­ful to keep the File/Brushes tool­bar, Tools, Lay­ers Brush Pre­sets and Ad­vance Color Se­lec­tor al­ways vis­i­ble as I do my work.

In my opin­ion, Krita is a very use­ful paint­ing tool, com­pa­ra­ble with com­mer­cial pro­grams avail­able on the mar­ket. It may seem a lit­tle con­fus­ing and over­whelm­ing at first glance be­cause it boasts a wide va­ri­ety of con­trol tools, brush pre­sets and colour ad­just­ments. But af­ter some time, once you be­come used to the in­ter­face, it be­comes very clear and easy to work with.

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