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Here I will be putting up articles about my brush settings and other info.
This page is more like a self-note for me to revisit every now and then to refresh my memory.
Hopefully they can be useful for you too in any ways!
This page will be updated really slowly over the time.

Note: I won't be able to gurantee that I can provide any technical supports for these articles, they are presented as-is. You can always ask me and I'll try my best to answer you.

krita brush info

In Krita, most of the time I don't have "special brushes" that I use to draw. I always modify existing default brushes.
Below you will find ways on how I tweaked my brushes, the parameters and such.

Important things:

  • ALWAYS choose the Save New Brush Preset... option. We want to retain the original brushes the way they are.
  • Modify the thumbnail icon. Add your own scribbles on the thumbnails when saving, make it easy to distinguish which one is the modified one.
  • Proper naming of the brushes. I admit I'm guilty in not doing this point and only go to the default 'Copy' name, but proper name is important. I usually keep the original name of the brush + one extra word explaining what the change is about/ for. Proper naming gets really important if we modify and save copies of one brush many times.

The differences in devices, tools and drawing style may give you different results even when you set the brushes exactly the same as explained below. Here are my info:

  • Tablet: Wacom Cintiq 13HD
  • OS: Linux Mint 21 Xfce
  • Bash script to map and calibrate: xwacomset
  • I don't really make pressure on my tablet when I draw, to the point that I have never replaced any of my pen nibs since 2014.
  • I'm right-handed.
  • My brush smoothing parameters:

Krita brushes that I use mainly (like 99% of the time - one for all usages):


I have more brushes tweak notes on how to do them, they will come in the future! Thank you for your patience.

I also use the following additional (external) resources, made by great artists:

  • Rakurri's gradient maps and brush pack (I use the "Aurora" brush to paint winter lights and "Frosted" smudge tool to add random grain texture by brushing around)
  • Digital Atelier - thanks to Ramon Miranda for confirming with me its compatibility with Krita 5 (I use the DA Pastel 13 Blender Soft and DA WaterC 11 Blender edges to create textures)
  • FizzyFlower's ESSENTIAL Brush Collection Version 2 (I use the cloud brushes with some opacity and flow modification)

krita tips

Here are notes for my workflows in Krita that I use.

clip studio paint brush info

I don't use CSP since I migrated to Linux in 2020. The version that I used is EX.
The following is the brushes that I use a lot:

keyboard shortcuts for drawing

I draw on my work pc (it is a laptop, but I set it as not-portable) and I designed myself comfortable keyboard shortcuts according to my working style. These shortcuts are adapted from Krita and CSP, currently I implement all of these on Krita as it is my main software at the moment.
These shortcuts are designed for left-hand usage, so my right hand is free to draw and use mouse fully.

  • A - brush tool
  • S - move tool
  • D - select/ lasso tool
  • F - filler/ bucket tool
  • G - alpha-lock tool
  • Z - foreground/ transparent colour switcher (instead of erase tool)
  • X - canvas flip tool
  • C - crop tool
  • V - ruler tool
  • < - replacement of the default delete key (in portuguese keyboard, this key is on the left side of Z key)
  • Ctrl + Shift + A - change colour of entire canvas (CSP native, for Krita, alpha-lock must be activated or else the entire canvas will be filled with the colour)
  • Ctrl + A - select all
  • Ctrl + D - deselect (CSP native)
  • Ctrl + 1 - document info
  • Ctrl + Q - reset canvas rotation
  • Ctrl + W - merge group/ merge layer to the layer below

software

I use them regularly for my daily, art/freelance works (these are all Linux software, they may or may not have Windows alternative):

  • Krita - to draw: illustration, graphics, comics, etc. It is my default drawing software!
  • GIMP - to quickly crop images or any small modifications
  • Inkscape - to make texts if I need them to "follow paths" (tbh that's all I currently know how to do in Inkscape D:)
  • Scribus - to make PDF art booklets
  • OBS - to record timelapse videos and do livestream
  • Kdenlive - to edit and reencode videos
  • RenPy - to develop VN
  • Visual Studio Code - to build my website and VN
  • Joplin - to take organised notes
  • Minder - to mind-map my story ideas (I'm using it for my VN at the moment)
  • XPad - desktop sticky notes (I don't use them a lot, I dump more things on Joplin)