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Krita Free Painting App Tutorial
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Published: July 8, 2014

Project: Krita, free and open-source digital painting software krita.org/
Character: Kiki the Cyber Squirrel, the mascot of Krita
Description:

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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3Rton's avatar
3Rton|Hobbyist General Artist
All links for sources are broken :/ 
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WillfulIntrospection|Hobbyist General Artist
It's so wonderfully doneee, :+fav:
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VerdanMagiston's avatar
VerdanMagiston|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The source files look really interesting, but they are no longer available. Is there any other link to that material? It'd be great to be able to study them.
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haselwoelfchen|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As someone who recently switched to Linux, I really appreciate this :)
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PeachiiBeans| Digital Artist
I've recently downloaded Krita about a couple months ago and I do love it! But at the moment i'm struggling, I'm normally used to drawing on Medi bang paint pro and Photoshop CS6 and at the moment I'm not able to find an option to "clip" layers. I'm also having trouble with blending, whenever I use a paint brush (or really any blending tool) and want to blend some skin color the line art layer above it gets mixed with the colors below. Is there a way to stop this? Am I missing something?
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Silvalistic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
How come when I try to post a Krita drawing on Deviantart, it won't let me choose any category? and I can't post the drawing. 
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TysonTan|Professional Digital Artist
You need to use Menu > File > Export, save the file as JPG or PNG.
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Silvalistic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
got that, thank you
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ipskrimson|Student Digital Artist
This really helped me out! Thanks! ^w^
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Flufflybunny101|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a question. Ive already finished my painting/drawing, but I'm having trouble uploading it to social media like deviant art and such. The file isnt supported because the picture is a .kra file and I don't know how to save it as any other file type. Please help, this is really troubling for me!
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TysonTan|Professional Digital Artist
Menu->File->Export->Name the file *.jpg or *.png.
Do not check "Embed sRGB/ICC Profile" box.
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Flufflybunny101|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!~
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HorseyContent's avatar
HorseyContent|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this! I love Krita, it's awesome AND free! :D <3
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knightmonx|Student General Artist
hi is there a way you can make this into a pdf and book format?
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EluNiabi|Hobbyist General Artist
I have a quick question about the download. Is it a safe download? Many art programs I try to download are always stopped due to it not being safe for my PC. I even had trouble downloading GIMP for the longest time. If it is, I would be happy to download it and use this tutorial to learn more about the basics of the program.
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TysonTan|Professional Digital Artist
Download software from their official website. Like krita.org and gimp.org. They work fine for me as they always have been. Don't get them anywhere else.

If it was "many art program" having trouble downloading on your PC, you should instead:
1. Check if your antivirus software is legit.
2. Check if there is a middle man between your PC and your ISP who is monitoring, or worse, manipulating the datastream of your internet connection.
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ambrekiEdited |Student General Artist
How would you check if there is a 'middle man'?
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EluNiabi|Hobbyist General Artist
Okay...thank you. I actually downloaded Krita from their official website, and it works fine! I had no trouble downloading it, but it was on my new PC rather than my laptop.
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LadyChamomile's avatar
Thank you for sharing! It really helps :)
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broqentoys|Hobbyist General Artist
ooooooo my god that masking thing helps SO much ;o; i've been trying to figure out how to get clipping layers, that seems like the closest thing so thank you!!
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Niji-Kitsuneko's avatar
This was very helpful! Thank you for making it
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unicornomics| General Artist
How do I turn my layer docker back on? It isn't visible right now
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Kairensintal|Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazingly helpful!
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CappuccinoDragon|Student General Artist
Thank you for making this!  I tried Krita on my old laptop before it died, and had a bit of a hard time getting the hang of things.  This makes me think it would be fun to download the program again and give it another go. :)
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