Krita Help, Krita Handbook, Krita Hotkeys

Krita Help, Krita Handbook, Krita Hotkeys

I have compiled a Krita Help, Krita Hotkeys reference and sort of a mini handbook for Krita. What is Krita?? Krita is a very good FREE alternative to photoshop. The interface and workflow, to me, is not as good as the program I often use: Fireworks. But neither is Photoshop. For those who don't want to spend a lot of money buying Photoshop, Krita is a good option. Krita is a good option for graphics edition, digital art, digital drawing, photo editing, etc. You can download Krita from KRITA.ORG. I dabbled with Krita and compiled the necessary shortcuts, help and how-tos. So next time when I forget, I can easily refer. You may use this as reference as well. Please contact me if you want me to add or change or update anything here.
Krita Help, Krita Hotkeys, Krita Handbook - Free Photoshop Alternative
[Art by David Revoy (left) and White Heron (right)

How To »»»»»»»»»»
> Change saturation, Lightness, Hue : use HSV
> Flatten layers and join together : use Merge with Layer Below [Ctrl+E] when rightclick on layer, need to do one by one
> Change everything black : saturation 0 (desaturate function Ctrl+Shift+U) and then use contrast curves
> Green Screen / Chroma Key / convert color to alpha/transparent : Color to alpha filter (Custom assign Ctrl+Shift+1)
> Live/non-destructive filters, retaining actual image : use filter layer (see Others below)
> Blending Mode for each layer : Right click layer > Properties... or just use the dropdown above all layers
> Undo/Redo : Ctrl+Z/Ctrl+Shift+Z
> Draw in symmetry mode : click on the double triangles on the top menu
> Flip vertical/horizontal : Menu > Layer > Mirror
> Mirror whole stage to view only (Press M)
> Convert to Grayscale : Menu > Layer > Convert Layer Color Space (select Grayscale)
> Make sure dimensions are the same as actual pixel view (no scaling at 100%) :
at the bottom right corner, make sure X is highlighted (bordered)
> Clone Stamp: top menu brush selector > choose Clone brush. Ctrl Click to pick brush space, click to paint selected spot

Brushes »»»»»»»»»
> Brush engine (settings) : click on the brush dropdown button on top menu
> Filter brush : found in the brush engine settings panel. A brush that will apply filter effects
> Blendmode Brush : like Dodge/Burn but with more blending modes stuff.
Select from the dropdown on the top. Change normal to other stuff.
> Eraser: is actually a brush using Blending Mode erase. [E]

Selection »»»»»»»»
> Ctrl+A for selecting all
> Ctrl+Shift+A for Deselecting all

Fill »»»»»»»»
> hotkey is F
> see tool options for feather fills.

Transform »»»»»»»»
> Move is [T]
> The free transform tool, somewhere in the toolbar [Ctrl+T]
In its tool options, there are lots of controls.
Need to press Enter or click Apply after each Transform

Mask »»»»»»»
> alpha inheritence in a layer (the alpha icon)
makes it NOT overshoot alpha boundaries of the layer below it
good for textures, shades, lights, etc
Right-click on the group folder, select Properties..., and uncheck Alpha
Or select the group folder, go to the Channel docker, and uncheck Alpha:
Or just click on the alpha icon, so that it turns white
> Mask whole layer for painting:
Just lock the alpha (checkered box icon after the alpha icon)
Once locked, you can't paint out of it...
> Filter Mask
Right click layer and select it
But it seems that all Krita masks can't support pasting images.
They work using black and white, with black as see-through.
You just have to paint black and white on the mask layer to determine what goes through.
> Image mask
Need to use Erase mode on Black and alpha image...
-+ Group
'-+ Desaturate and Color to Alpha (white), ERASE blendmode
'-+ Original Image
-+ Original Image with modifications
- make original image adjustments
- Flatten to one layer
- Ctrl+J 2 times (2 more layers duplication)
- Shift+G (New group)
- Drag 2 layers in
- top layer Ctrl+Shift+U, Ctrl+Shift+1 click white
- top layer blendmode Erase
- bottom layer outside Group: Ctrl+L and make filter adjustments

Other Stuff »»»»»»»
> Themes (Interface color) : Go to window > Themes
> Filter layer is like adjustment layer in AE, and like Live Filters in Fireworks
> Drawing lines: Line Tool : hold down V and draw, even in brush!
> Draw and directly fill : Freehand Brush tool! (adjust in tool options)
> Clone a layer : it's like the layer is a movieclip. You cannot edit the clone.
If you edit the original, the clone will update!

Shortcuts »»»»»»»»
New Layer : Insert
New Group : Custom Assign Shift+G
Duplicate Layer : Ctrl+J
Open Color Adjustment : Ctrl+L (by clicking bottom left button, can access all filters)
Open Filters : Ctrl+L (see above)
Desaturate : Ctrl+Shift+U
B Brush (Freehand)
P Colour Picker
F Fill (enable !!)
G Gradient
Shift+V kis_tool_move (enable, check!!)
F6 Rectangle (enable or find better)
J Select ellipitcal
R Select rectangular
Ctrl+E Select Similar
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