Line-art tips with Krita

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A new video tutorial about Line-art tips in Krita. The theme was voted by my Patreon heros who support the creation of open tutorials ; Thanks again their support ! I hope you'll like it and I'm open to crits and comments to improve the next ones.

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Hi , my name is David Revoy and welcome to this video about lineart tips or inking tips with Krita 2.9.

Two preset toggle switch with [/] key

When you start inking you'll probably need to switch often between an eraser preset and a ink preset.
The fastest way to switch is probably with the numpad 'divide' key on your keyboard.
This key toggle switch between your previously selected preset, and your actual one.
When you open your artwork , select an eraser preset ; then select directly your inking preset.
Now, you can draw, press numpad 'divide' key on your keyboard to switch to eraser, draw again.
Note: this technic works with any preset.

Convert your sketch to bright blue tones

If you want a better visibility of your final line-art, while inking over your sketch ,
you will probably want to turn your sketch to a brighter value. Turning it to a bright blue tones help to better see what you are doing with your line art.
There is many way to turn a layer into blue ; but the less destructive and less resource intensive I found is
to uncheck the 'Blue' channel in the layer properties, then reduce the opacity.
With this method, you also can keep drawing on your sketch layer while inking ; your black or dark color will be displayed automatically as bright blue.
Note: This technic works also on groups

Stabilizer in toolbar

I use a lot the stabilizer feature of Krita to smooth my lines.
But I often need to turn it off and on while working , and the 'tool option' panel takes too much room on screen to be always displayed.
If you right click on your top toolbar, you can configure it ; filter the 'Available actions' with the keyword 'Smoothing'
then add the items 'Basic' and 'Stabilizer' to the right panel. The right panel is a vertical representation of your toolbar.
Press 'Apply' to preview.
You can rename the two feature into 'On' and 'Off' to be shorter on your toolbar.
Now you can access to control your stabilization mode with simple buttons.


Correcting a proportion or moving a part of your drawing at the inking part is often difficult.
You can trasnform your Inking layer, but it's hard to repeat the same action ( especially with complex transformation ) for the layers under.
If you group all your layers ; and apply the transformation on the group ; you'll be able to deform all the layer with a single action.
If you want to protect a specific layer from the recursive transformation, just 'lock' it before.


You can create amazing speedline effect with Krita.
Create another layer ; Select the 'Ruler Assistant Editor' ; display your 'tool option docker' to select 'Parrallel Ruler'.
Click on the canvas to create a new widget.
Then go back to the brush tool , and in the tool option activate the 'Assistant' checkbox.
Now all your lines should be parrallel to your ruler.
You can do various line width with your pen pressure.
When it's over, delete the ruler widget with the 'Ruler Assistant Editor' tool.
You can now transform your line to bring an additional fluid movement to them.
Note : You can also paint other type of Speedlines using other ruler. Feel free to explore.


That's all for today, I hope you learnt something with this video.
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Good bye, and have fun with inking.

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