Tips for working with values in Krita

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For black and white artworks or when you need to spend long time working on the values in your process , you 'll probably appreciate this ...


Specific Color Selector

- Add the docker 'Specific Color Selector'  ( Top menu : Settings > Docker > Specific Color Selector )
- Check the box 'Show Colorspace Selector'
- Turn the model to 'Grayscale'
- Uncheck the 'Show Colorspace Selector'
- Resize the box to have a long width
... Now you have a wider range of selection for selecting precisely a value

Light pollution around

- To dim down all the polluting back-light of your display around artwork and help you to focus on your artwork, a good idea to change Krita for a darker theme.
Top menu : Setting > Theme >  ...then choose.
I tend to work more in the 'Krita-blender' theme, or as on the screenshot above  'Krita-darker'
Note : Gnome / Xfce / Unity users may have a bad rendering. Install kde-style-oxygen package , and setup it with qt4-qtconfig to solve

- Also, you can dim the value of the color 'around the canvas' in Krita
Top menu : Settings > Configure Krita -> ( display icon on the left column ) -> Canvas border :  'Color'
Depending the mood, I use or a dark value here ( 50 ) or a mid one ( 128 ) , but rarely above

Keyboard shortcut

You can press at any moment while painting this two mnemonic shortcuts
K for 10% darKer value
L for 10% Lighter value
Also, as a reminder : I for less opacIty,  and O for more Opaque are just above , and M for Mirroring view ...

Save your workspace

Krita can save 'workspace'  witch mean you can save mukltiple dockers positions depending your activities, or workflow
Toolbar : Last icon -> Insert a name -> Save
ex : here I have my trusty 'Black-White_1200x1600' workspace ready to launch for my screen.

10 comments

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  MrBeast - Reply

I am not sold on the darker color-space, I mean in what case will the artwork be shown in a dark environment? Probably only if you are working on a movie or a video game.

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  Yuri Fidélis - Reply

Cool, David.
I'm preparing a Krita quick reference with all shortcuts, for printing and folding to put on your desk. I'll post it on the forums soon and maybe you can spread it around.

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  Boudewijn Rempt - Reply

Hm... Reading this, I'm wondering whether a 5% increment for the light/dark shortcuts wouldn't be nicer.

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@MrBeast : Also , I think I prefer darker UI for Krita since I'm working on the Cintiq ; the short distance of the screen and my eyes... I think I want to limit lightness and contrast all around the canvas to keep focused.

@Yuri Fidélis : Oh cool ! Sure, I'll spread it.

@Boudewijn Rempt : I never felt the need to change this value, always worked for me. But, I guess it's a easy value to tweak and test. It may be better , it may be worst :)

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  Sanjay Maurya - Reply

Hi,
Just checking your website today. It seems your RSS link is not working.

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@Sanjay Maurya : Oh, thanks for the notification. I would love to fix that. What RSS agregator do you use ? ( I may need it to see if I can reproduce ) . Here I can access the infos here : http://www.davidrevoy.com/feed/ .

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  @susandevy - Reply

Hi, I'm just learning about Krita and trying to get use with its interface,

so I landed in your helpful post, and realized that I got some problem because I used version 2.4,

because I use Ubuntu OS, so I have to install version 2.5 with added ppa :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install krita

there, then I could change krita's theme :)

thanks for your post,
and looking forward for your next post :D

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  David REVOY OP , - Reply

@@susandevy : Hi Susan , oh yes ; Krita development is high-speed , and the development of 2.8 started a little month ago while 2.7 is still not 'ready' to be packaged . I think recent Linux distribution ship with 2.6 . 2.5 is a nice version and I used it on the production of "Tears of Steel" but a lot of performance improvement were done on 2.6 .
Are you using Ubuntu 12.04 ?
Becarefull with last qt4****** updates , Ubuntu developpers broke all KDE apps during last week , they should have fixed it , btw ; but a lot of report were reported on forum and bugtracker about it. It affected Gnome based system ( Xubuntu/ Unity / Gnome ) ; no issue with Openbox and KDE desktop management.

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  Taposy Rabeya - Reply

Great post. this kind of information could be really expensive. We are learning a lot of things from you.
Many thanks!

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  Deepak - Reply

I am new to Krita....but really enjoying the features. Thanks David and the team krita :)

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