Dig­i­tal Paint­ing with KRITA 2.9

Ex­pert guide With in­ter­est mount­ing in the free paint­ing tool, there’s now a book to show you how to use it

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Au­thor Scott Petro­vic Pub­lisher Lou­vus Me­dia Price £30 (ebook £8) Web www.lou­vus.com Avail­able Now

krita’s a free, open-source paint­ing tool de­signed for il­lus­tra­tors and con­cept artists. 2015 was a big year for the soft­ware, with a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign help­ing to fund key im­prove­ments in­clud­ing per­for­mance boosts and an­i­ma­tion sup­port.

Since then, the soft­ware’s growth has spiked, and so the tim­ing of this book couldn’t be bet­ter. It’s es­sen­tially a 226-page in­struc­tion man­ual for the lat­est ver­sion of Krita, 2.9. But un­like most soft­ware man­u­als, both the lay­out and writ­ing style are any­thing but bor­ing. This colour­ful guide is packed with il­lus­tra­tions from the au­thor and con­tribut­ing artists, mak­ing it a de­light to peruse and learn from.

With plenty of ex­am­ples and in­ter­face screen­shots help­ing to ex­plain both ba­sic and ad­vanced fea­tures, it’s also sur­pris­ingly easy to fol­low. And per­haps that’s not sur­pris­ing at all, as au­thor Scott Petro­vic has been in­volved in the Krita com­mu­nity for a long time as part of the development team, which fur­ther en­dorses the ac­cu­racy and re­li­a­bil­ity of the in­for­ma­tion of­fered by the book.

Best of all, some of the prof­its from the book will go back to the Krita Foun­da­tion, so it can con­tinue to fix bugs and add more fea­tures.

Work from other Krita artists is on show through­out the book. Here’s Gk­oumas Ge­orge’s char­ac­ter art.

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