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Digital Painting with Krita 2.9

REVIEW: With interest mounting in the free painting tool, there's now a book to show you how to use it.

5 Star Rating

Our Verdict

An accessible and detailed guide to one of the most exciting free painting tools around; if you use Krita then don't miss it.

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  • Packed with illustrations and examples
  • Easy to follow
  • Colourful and engaging
  • Basic to advanced techniques covered

Krita (opens in new tab)'s an open-source painting tool designed for illustrators and concept artists, and a perfect free alternative to Photoshop CC. 2015 was a big year for this free graphic design software, with a crowdfunding campaign helping to fund key improvements including performance boosts and animation support. 

Since then, the software's growth has spiked, and so the timing of Digital Painting With Krita 2.9 (opens in new tab) couldn't be better. It's essentially a 226-page instruction manual for the latest version of Krita. But unlike most software manuals, both the layout and writing style are anything but boring. This colourful guide is packed with illustrations from the author and contributing artists, making it a delight to peruse and learn from.

Scott Petrovic's book is crammed with tips on getting the most out of Krita

Scott Petrovic's book is crammed with tips on getting the most out of Krita

With plenty of examples and interface screenshots helping to explain both basic and advanced features, it's also surprisingly easy to follow. And perhaps that's not surprising at all, as author Scott Petrovic has been involved in the Krita community for a long time as part of the development team, which further endorses the accuracy and reliability of the information offered by the book. 

Best of all, some of the profits from the book will go back to the Krita Foundation, so it can continue to fix bugs and add more features. 

This article originally appeared in ImagineFX issue 139; buy it here (opens in new tab)!

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The Verdict
10

out of 10

Digital Painting with Krita 2.9

An accessible and detailed guide to one of the most exciting free painting tools around; if you use Krita then don't miss it.

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Tom May
Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.