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12 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. INTRO

    • 2. Download Krita

    • 3. Start a new work

    • 4. Import an image

    • 5. Layers

    • 6. Brushes

    • 7. Keyboard shortcuts

    • 8. Image Transformations

    • 9. Exporting your work

    • 10. Setting the project

    • 11. Pros and Cons

    • 12. Demonstration

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About This Class

Check out my NEW class here:

In this class I will teach you how to get started with Krita, a free open source image and photo editing software.

You will learn:

  • How to download Krita
  • How to start a new piece
  • How to Import an image
  • Basics of layers
  • Basics of brushes
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Image transformations
  • How to export your work

By the end of this course you will begin to understand how to use Krita


Go to to download Krita and begin creating.

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Dylan L

Teaching the way I wish I'd been taught


Hello, my name is Dylan L. I will be teaching courses on Krita, a free photo and image editing software, starting with the fundamentals. I may upload courses in the future unrelated to Krita. In the mean time take a look at the courses I've published.

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1. INTRO: Welcome to MySQL show cause my name is Dylan, and I'll be teaching you the fundamental skills and required to begin using crater. Crater is a free photo and image editing software downloadable on Windows, Mac, and Linux. There's of course, will teach you how to create your own projects and give you enough knowledge to begin using Crito. In the duration of this course, you will learn step-by-step how to use Crito, starting from the very beginning. Once you've completed this course, you will understand how to download Corita, how to start a new work and adjust settings, how to import an image. The basics of layers, the basics of brushes, keyboard shortcuts, image transformations, and how to export your work. Feel free to pause or rewatch or you've seen any point during this course. So you have a clear understanding of the content that has been covered. Without further ado. Let's begin. 2. Download Krita: Welcome to Lesson one of my course. This is how to download Crito onto your device. So to begin, we want to go to our browser, and then you want to go to the search bar and type and enter. This will bring up this page here with a Donate bar at the top to donate to the people who make crater. You can then go down to the get Cretan Now button, which is how we download it, your system or decide what you should download the burn then if he dies and correct for you, you just go to the all download versions and then look down here, which has Windows, Mac and Linux. Many versions for Windows. If none of those are also to your liking. And then just go down to the older version history here. And then you can scroll through that and find the perfect one view. Those are the older versions. So they wouldn't be up-to-date as these ones well-being. When you're ready, you just wanna click Windows installer button or Boston, where it would be the Download button for your computer. And then you click Save. There'll be a ball come up here and that is downloading the setup dot EXE onto a computer. I'll skip. So when this is done, right, a 100% offer, a couple of seconds, it should be completed. And there we go. Then at this point, you can IV, Double-click heal or go to downloads. And it will be in here. And I'm going to double-click on this. This screen's going to be black for you guys. The next screen popping up. Just to clarify that I'm aware of that because it's a message asking me if I want to allow Yep, it will say do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device? And my recording software doesn't wanna capture the screen. So then we click yes to that and we're back. Here. You have a setup unpacking data bar that's loading the percentage that we get. Okay, now you have a select your language. You want to click, choose one of the free languages and then you click OK. And I already have it on my device. So I'm going to ignore this message. And this is the Crito setup installation guide. Basically, you want to click next. Once you've read the terms and conditions, you want to click by accepts the terms and conditions next. And it's a lot of this kind of rinse and repeat. So here you choose your program file location, click next. And then it'll tell you here is gonna remove old versions that I have on my device. And then it will install Crito for new and then AO Install Shell integration. You can undertake this, but shall integration will allow you to view your images from Creusa. In Windows Explorer. You can download shall integration afterwards, but I would just recommend doing it now as long as you have the disk space and men just click next this page. Hey, we'll call it terms conditions of the shell integration that you have no option but to agree to you as you've decided to download it. So and then here you want to choose Start Menu folder. And then I'm just going to click next here. Craig's desktop icon, yes or no. I'd suggest saying yes as this will give it to you straight on your desktop instead of hunting further Program Files to find the right. I come from man, you want to go to Install and it will start installing properly, completed. And there we go. It's appeared cool, awesome, that's brilliant. And then when you're ready, it says completed. Click Next, and you're done. Click Finish to close. And that's it. Actually that's downloaded increases, so we've completed it. You just wanna go up to here, double-click and open crater. This is recorded as you can see, by the date in the bottom corner of my computer, just after Christmas. So it's got a Christmas Eve fame, which these artworks are by users here it says David revoice. And there we go. Look at this. This is crazy, opened up onto your device. Now, we can move on to the next step. 3. Start a new work: Lesson two, I'm going to be going into how to start a new work. So to begin this, we want to go up to File and New, and then this will bring up the page and we're looking into, so to start off with, we're going to recover content. In content you can name your background to start off with, just started the multiple layers you want to start with. Choose the color of your background from all of these colors here. Choose the opacity of your background. If there's a 100% is going to be completely opaque. Meaning you cannot see for if it's, if it's on 0%, then it's going to be completely transparent. So you can see for it, I'm going to leave it a hundreds for the moment. You can change it once you're in as well. And then you can adjust between as a raster layer, canvas layer or as a fill layer, and also add a description in dimensions here, you can adjust the settings from image size and color. So I'm not going to be going into color as I do not have enough expertise in this area. If you want to adjust the settings from these ones, which are a little more simple, and then these two, so then be my guest. But I'm not going to be showing that for predefined here you can choose from a list of different settings here with a free A4, A5, different sizes. And then you have different PPI here, PPIs pixels per inch. And the higher the PPI, the better quality the image will be. And I usually work in 150, so I will have a 150 dpi for a low quality image, 300 for medium quality, and then 600 ppi for a high-quality image. And then I can also go higher than that if I want to, but I usually stop at 600. Of course, do whatever you want. And there's also these down the side which is cost and document create from Clipboard, which is very similar to this one, is just you can save your own safe image sizes. You, when you adjust these, you can save as an image size and then you can choose from the clipboard. Afterwards. You will serve animation templates. Comic template is designed templates, DSLR templates and texture templates. That is how to start a new work. I'm going to start with a predefined a for fringe of PPI and create that. And now on to the next lesson. 4. Import an image: Welcome to Lesson free. This is how to import an image into Krita. So we will have a couple of ways to do this. You can first of all, go find an image that you want if you're on the web or on your computer. And then you can use copy, go back into creator, and then press control v, which will paste. And then if you choose as web, this will use what is recommended, the standard colors displayed on your monitor. If you want to use as monitor. And then it'll give you option to have color management and use color. The monitor to determine the color profile suggests using web as this is a suggested version. I'm gonna click remember as well. So this doesn't come up again. And then this will paste into Crito. And then you can, from here, manipulate the image, but I'll go into that in a little bit. So the other ways to do this are by going into layer, import slash export and import layer. And then find the right folder, which is correct right here. Choose the image and they also import into Cree. So from here, we have finished this lesson and we can move on to the next one. 5. Layers: Welcome to lesson four. Are we showing you the basics of layers? For starters, to create a new layer, you want to click this plus button surrounded by books and that will create a new layer. You have many different options also down here which you can use to your advantage whenever need be, to move a lair. So to move it up or down, you want to grab the layer, hold down the click, and then move it downwards. Here you can see it's hovering over and there's a small blue line. When you let go, it will move the layer. And if I want to move it back up, hold onto it again, move it up and let go when the blue line appears. If you want to make a layer so you cannot see it just temporarily, all permanently. And then you click this eye icon here with the background so you can see the background visible and now it is invisible. To lock layers. You want to click this padlock icon and then they saw lock and unlock it. When the layer is locked, for example, the background. You cannot move the layer. You can neve a drawer on the left. So for example, I have the pen tool here. I cannot draw on this layer here and weren't Let me. But when I unlock it, I can in fact draw on this layer. So the locks was very useful for the aspects without accidentally editing stuff or keeping things where you want them to be. The capacity of layers is also very important and very useful when editing. If I add another lay here and then remove this one temporarily just so I may fill in a black background. So we have a black background here. I'll put the white background and back on. Now, the capacity here. If I bring it down, bringing down the capacity will make it more transparent. And then when it hits 0, it will be completely transparent. A 100% will be completely opaque. You can use this to your advantage to Adds a little effects does pieces. For example, if you wanted, add smoke to a piece, you could bring down the transparency to make it look more realistic. That is the basics of layers. Now let's move on to the next lesson. 6. Brushes: Welcome to lesson five. This is the basics of brushes. Now, to begin using brushes, you want to go to the brush tool up here and select it. And then you can go to all the different settings you desire. So to start off with, we have brush presets down here and you can even adjust with creature. You can make your own brushes. I'm not gonna go into that, but to show you presets, if you go to all, you'll see the whole variety of all the brushes they have available. And then if you choose a brush and you particularly like it, you can select a right-click and assigned to tag. And then you can add to favorites or one of these sections here. And even our Jerome tag, I'm going to assign to favorites. Go to favorites. In Favorites here, you can click my Brush History, and then it will show all the ones you've previously used, which will be probably your favorite ones and the ones you like the most. If you want to change the color of the brush, you go up here and then you can use this dial here. And then it gets even more in depth to change the shade so as dock, so from black, white and then the bright colored that you chose exactly. And then you have all the different gradients in between. You can even choose presets from down the side. And there's much more fervor color options you can choose from here. You can also change the size of the brush. These sliding bars here, the one with the capacity and the size, can we both be changed in the same way? So you can either take it and slide it side to side, or you can right-click and it'll bring up here so you can type it in and then I'll type in the size I want. Or for example, with the capacity, I change it to something. I don't want a right-click and then just go back to what I want again. This is very useful to know. And for those of you who are just starting off, now, I think that is what you need to know for the brushes. So onto the next lesson. 7. Keyboard shortcuts: Welcome to lesson six. This is keyboard shortcuts. So keyboard shortcuts within Krita are also quite similar to keyboard shortcuts for the general use of your computer. There's basic ones which is control c and control v, That's copy and pasting things. There's also one which can be used, which is if you press shift and delete, delete a layer. So I've deleted lay here, grow and you learn if you want to do it again. And then I press Shift and delete. There is also something you can do where if you have drawn sewing on a layer or have a layer that's filled. And then you press just delete by itself though erased the layer. So make the layer blank again without all of the stuff on the layer that you've created. That is it for the basics of keyboard shortcuts. Now on to the next lesson. 8. Image Transformations: Welcome to Lesson Seven. This is image transformations. So for image transformations, we have these two tools here of very, very useful. To use these two tools. You can just select them here. This is the Move tool, and then you just grab on the image and move it about. There is a little bit of lag. I'm not entirely sure why. And then if you want to adjust the image dimensions, you click this tool here. And then you can move it about and resize the image. If you want to resize the image, just grab a corner or sides. And then you can bring it smaller or bigger and do whatever you want with the image. You could stretch it or make it wider. But if you don't want to stretch it and you want to maintain the same ratio of width to height. And then you can press, shift and move about. And then this will now maintain the same ratio, meaning it won't be stretched at all. I find this very useful, so an image remains proportionally accurate. Now, if you want to share an image, which means essentially, well, I'll show you so sharing, you want to go to the sides and then you can move it like this. This is good for like warping and effect. If you wanted to place an image on a slanted canvas, photo, for example. And this is also very useful for many different things. That's very much what is the basics of image transformations. There is also other things such as using the selection tool. If you want to select the image, you just use the selection. Select a portion of the webpage. You can either press delete and our delete that portion. If I go back and then I press control shift, I thou inverts the selection. And then I can press Delete again. And that will only leave the portrait I selected. That's the basics of image transformations. Now, on to the next lesson. 9. Exporting your work: Now this is less than eight, the last and final lesson, exporting your works. So I'm gonna show you exporting and saving your works as a project file. So to save as a project file, you want to go to File, Save As. And then it will bring up wherever section you want to download it in. I'm going to go to my desktop and then choose Creanga. And I'll just save it into my projects folder here. And this is all my projects. Now. I will just title it, so this'll be part. And then it's accreted document here. So that works well and just click save, and then you have your saved projects in whatever folder you selected to export your work. You want to go to File and then go to export here. And then it will be in the same location as you saved your project. And as the same format. This is where I'm showing you how to do this. So you want to go back into different photo. I've chosen a different photo to say my pieces, just choose whatever you want. So my pieces are in here. And then it still has accreted document, which is your project folder. You don't want this. What you want to do is save it as either a PNG or a JPEG image. Png images right here, and a JPEG image is right here. I'm just gonna choose PNG, which means it will have a transparent background. So I'm just gonna choose have parity and click save, and that is now saved as an exported image in and of itself. So this would be your final work. And then you can change these settings here I have the model with these settings, but just click okay, or you can adjust the settings. Now, that is the entirety of the course, that is the basics of creator. And I hope you enjoyed and learned something can learnt how to use Crito as an editing software in it's very basic form. But now you can go out and start learning and start exploring the very extensive What you can do with Crito. Thank you for watching this course and goodbye. 10. Setting the project: I'm here just one more time to say that I've said project for you guys that is to create a piece entitled isolation. This doesn't have to have the title on the piece. It's just the theme will be isolation for the piece. And then if you submit your projects in the section below in Scotia, And then Y can have a look and what you've submitted and see what you guys have submitted and see your creative ideas. There's no winner. This is just looking at what you've created and seeing how good you guys are. So good luck with that. And this is Mahout cern. Biogas. Hope you enjoy this. 11. Pros and Cons: This is my opinion of Krita as an image editing software. So that's begin crease. It is a great editing software. I just want to start off by saying that I don't have any major dislikes to the software. These are just very nitpicky details. So for starters, it's missing a couple of features that photoshopped does have, which I'm not surprised it does, because Photoshop is a paid software whereas creature as free and entirely funded by donations. But creases still an amazing software that the team has provided. Who make Krita. So I want to give props to you guys. Also, there are pros to crease a, for example, it's free, which is a great pro. But also you can use this tool here, which has a color selection tool. And I love this tool because you can use it for if you want to do like a green screen type image editing. This is great for that, especially if there's some kind of gradient in the background and then you can select a specific color in particular. So for example, this image here, if I wanted to choose the red up here on its head, I'll just select that. And it will select all of the similar type of red in the image. And you can change the fuzziness of the pickiness. Offer the tool up here. And if I wanted to bring it more fuzzy, OK, select more red. If I wanted to, decrease it, and then make it lower. And then it will select a more precise color to the one you've chosen. I love this is very, very useful. Now I do have a couple of other things. So for example, the text tool can be improved and I would like to see us in the future, but it's quite, it's not a major difficulty is just slightly inconvenient. So the Text tool, for example, if I was to create a text box, it does this and then it brings at least screen here. Feel it slows down my editing process, but I'm sure that's possible opinion. And so if I just wanted to type in the text, you type it in here. And then you can select a size and change the size up here. Or of course, type in urine size, you can change the font as well. And then when you're ready, just click Save and then close. And then you have yearn texts right here. I find it's a little bit tricky to use. It took me awhile to use. And in earlier versions they also found that it was a lot more difficult, but it's definitely got better. So often on the text and some other features, I honestly think Krita is a great editing software. Like I can't does it too hard? It, it's amazing. And it's certainly so well over the years. I think I'm just going to show you now a couple of different artworks I've created over the years and give you an idea of what you can create. Okay, so let's show you a couple examples of artwork of creative the years. There's this one here, the black and white one. I quite like this one for a couple years back. These two here are quite like as well. The left one with the light bulb is an environment I've gone spy by an artist. The right is also an artist inspires from enough different artists. But recently, the left one here is double exposure piece. I quite like double exposure at the moment I've been really playing around with that. I like in particular the tree can we have the heads acting like the hair? The one on the right here are really light because there's more of a drawn on peace and using a pistol to craft face. This is also artists inspired. And there's this one here which is the title screen of this course. I quite like this one because it is behind the branches and the winding trees of this image. The outlook is by sorry T, there'll be a link in the description. And if you want me to show a topography in the future, let me know because I will most likely do a course on that on Krita. So are we going forever into what to do to create your own typography works, but that's it. And thanks for watching this lesson. 12. Demonstration: To finish off this course, I want to show you guys how to do a bit of typography work using Krita. So I'm gonna be showing you how to do this image here, which is the title screen of my course. I have one image, one flat image here, no layers, and it's just an image. And then text layer. And the text appears to be behind these branches out in these routes. And I'm gonna be showing you how to do this. We using objects within an image. So you first want to find yourself an image. I've found one off of a royalty-free web sites. And then you want to get yourself some text. I'm using text from Krita. And as it is for taxon crease, it comes with this red outline. That means I can still edited if I wanted to, but I don't want to edit it anymore. So now that you're ready to start editing the text, I'm going to duplicate it first of all, just so I have a backup. And then I'm going to right-click on the layer than flattened layer. And this will allow me to use my eraser tool to edit the text. Now I can erase the text like this, or you can use the selection tool here and just select the text you want to get rid of. This one is an example as this one's going completely and then get rid of the text that you want to do. I would advise taking your text layer, bringing the capacity down. So you can see for now, you can either select around the outside or use the eraser tool to remove whatever text you want to give it the right effect. I think weren't going to do for this image, rather than selecting the outside and making the types get completely behind, I'm gonna try using different methods to make the text appear as if it's almost going through the center of this rock. So I'm going to start with the L here. I'm gonna take the Eraser tool, bring down the size a little bit, and then slowly start to rubbing it out like that. If I knock out the text sought capacity, I can see what it looks like. That's a little bit too taken out for me. So if I just you just want to work on it and then see what's right and you can go back if it's not right for you. And then try again. As you really like the look of active, there's almost a shadow effects rather. I want to see if there's anything I could do up here with any of the rocks. I think I'm fine of the L being completely topple the LV completely fine. Now to walk on the T. So I want to remove a lot of the T. And let's just take this or may have a lot of it. And there's not being very careful that moment because I know not keep any of this here. But now I'm getting is the edge so honest all being more careful. Now, these bushes here, I'm going to want to use and make them still in the image and the text behind it. So if I just drop out up to the edge of the bushes, then here you can see it Stein's take effect. And the text almost appears behind the bushes. I'm not doing this very carefully because it is a demonstration. But if you wanted to, of course, decrease the size and then you can go into a lot more accurately and just take out the areas you want to. And this is a demonstration is looking quite good to me actually. So when you're ready, just zoom out. Increase capacity. And then there you go. That's mindset rotation of doing the text within an image pace. So thank you for watching this course and I hope you learned some link. Go away, have a go at the project. This is just a quick go of doing, doing topography with the title on an island. As this was the thinking. Of course, do whatever you want to do for the project and have fun guys. So thank you for watching this course. Goodbye.