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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 20.3 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:

  • Basic-1 derivatives (my mostly used brush)
  • Basic-2
  • Basic-5
  • Airbrush Soft
  • Ink-4 Pen Rough
  • Ink-7 Brush Rough derivatives
  • (list is in progress!)

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

clip studio paint brush info

I don't use CSP as often nowadays since they don't have Linux native version at the moment - the version I have is EX.
The following is the brushes that I use a lot:

keyboard shortcuts for drawing

I draw on my work pc (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. I don't list shortcuts that are already implemented by default - these are all my modifications.

  • A - brush tool
  • S - move tool
  • D - select 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
  • 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 (Krita native)
  • 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):

  • 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)