Custom Brushes (Stencil/Stamps) with Krita

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Here is a video tutorial about the creation of brushes (stamps/stencils) in Krita. I often create brushes 'on the fly' when I have to paint something repetitive (small rocks, bubbles, leaves, herbs, etc... ). It's easy and quick to create this type of brushes with the right method. With this video, I hope I'll share this knowledge.

[edit 2020] WARNING: Since 2016 (release of this video), Krita developers changed the dialog: the checkbox "[ ] Create mask from color" in the Stamp panel is now checked by default and you'll have to uncheck it manually to preserve the color of the stamp. My bad for telling in the video to keep all the default, I'll learn next time I do a video to explain the option in case they change.

License: "Custom Brushes (Stencil/Stamps) with Krita" by David Revoy − CC-BY 4.0
Tags:  #video  #tutorial  #krita   | Download: Markdown


link Aixlen  

Thank you so much for this, David, you are my favourite artist in the world!! So simple, so helpful.

link David Revoy Author,

@Aixlen : Awww ... ( :me blush: ) Thank you!

link bjbunn  

Does the final version of this painting have flowers on the ground? I would love to see how the final finished version looked with the all the stamps you used.

link David Revoy Author,

@bjbunn : The final version is the first panel of episode 7 on my webcomic Pepper&Carrot :" rel="nofollow" onclick=";return false;" title=""> … 7-the-wish ; I used a lot of stamp brush for this panel , if you click the HD button ( next to the langs ) and wait a bit, you'll see the high resolution. The little flowers were for the video demo only.

link bjbunn  

Thank you!

link Taposy Rabeya  

Thank you for the tips! I will explore it when I can :) I still got lots to learn.

link Franck B  

Bonjour David, toujours du bon travail !
une question : Quelle est ta position / ton usage de la nouvelle version de "mypaint" ? Tu ne l'intégrais plus dans ton workflow ?

link Artful Butterfly  

This was so helpful! Thank you !

link Salim Ahmed  

Some days ago i follow your post. I think you are a creative artist. I appreciate your work. Thanks

link David Revoy Author,

Thank you!

@Franck B : Hello :) Je n'utilise plus Mypaint depuis environ 2 ans. Krita à bien grandi et les options proposées me conviennent pour en faire une solution de peinture complète et pro. C'est loin du bricolage Gimp-painter 2.6 + Mypaint 0.7 que j'utilisais sur Sintel :-) Je reste toujours très informé de l'évolution de Mypaint ( comme pour Gimp ) et je suis content que l'outil existe et continue d'être maintenu.

link Trideka  

Great tutorial David!

Would absolutely love more brush tutorials from you in the future. I kind of feel like an idiot when it comes to brush design.

link Talrascha  

Bonjour, et merci pour ce tuto, je debute sur Krita (et en dessin/peinture tt court), et je dois dire que ce sont tes videos qui m'ont décidé pour ce logiciel plutot qu'un autre et je ne regrette rien pr le moment :-)
J'adore ce systeme de brushes, par contre je vais essayer de m'en mefier en tant que debutant on a trop tendance a se laisser aller ds les fonctionnalités attirantes :p

link David Revoy Author,

@Trideka : Thanks!

@Talrascha : Merci pour le retour, et très sage de s'éloigner de tout les bouttons :)

link ituos  

I use Photoshop to create graphics and your guide about brushes has helped me a lot

link David Revoy Author,

@iTube For iOS : nice to know :) thanks!

link kids writing paper  

These excellent object lessons are suitable not only for the beginners but also for the professionals. I think that here we can learn many new ways of brush possession.

link Chaitanya  

This is one of the finest blogs that I have seen, David. And you are extremely talented in painting. Cheers!

link Kendra Brand  

David, I just found your website while looking for a solution to this. Thank you SO much. Your video was very informative and easy to follow along with. This will be my first stop next time I have something to learn.

link dariotw  

great stuff - many thanks - merci - dziekuje ;)

link Obat Hammer  

This is one of the finest blogs that I have seen, David. And you are extremely talented in painting. Cheers!

link AnFer  

I just realized Deevad was David :') I've know your brushes and name for like 1 month I think xD Shame on me :')
Whatever really great tutorial and thank you for helping us out with krita and creation =3
Et surtout +1 pour l'accent français ;) il faut montrer notre beau pays! xD

link Anastasia Bolinder  

Can I just say thank you from the bottom of my heart, I have used digital programs for years but have not found such great tutorials that help me actually learnt he ins and outs of such a great art program.

Just a million thank you's for doing this, I feel so happy that I can now make my own brushes to do my art!

Keep up the incredible work!

link Meagan  

Can you create a brush in krita from an image off the internet? Because I know you can in photoshop but I haven't been able to find out how on krita.

link David Revoy Author,

Hi, sure you can; just follow this tutorial after importing the picture from Internet in Krita.

link Meagan  

Okay thank you!

link lolia  

Thank you so much David!


Dear David
Thank you so much for your help. I've been trying to make the brush with the stencil but it doesn't come colured like the layer? Why?
Thank you again

link David Revoy Author,

Hi Gabriella; thanks!

During the creation of the shape; Krita has a checkbox saying something like "use mask as color" or something similar. With or Without this checkbox produces two results:
1. The brush can paint with the selected color (only the shape is used; and black=100% opacity, mid gray=50%, white=0%)
2. The brush embeds own colors and paint with the saved pixels, like a copy/paste. (transparency is also used).
You'll need to play with the settings. If it still doesn't work; check if you are not affected by a bug (especially if you use a development version).

link Gabriella Pucci  

Thank you so much!!!
Happy New Year!

link Silver Wolf  

Hello!I did findthis tutorial very useful!Im having a problem with creating a colored stamp tho.When I follow your instructions it went okay but the stamp itself wasnt coloured.It was in the selected color.I guess the problem could be that this tutorial seems to be a bit old...Help would be appreciated!
Thanks again for the tutorial!

link David Revoy Author,

Hey Silver Wolf;
I tested on the version I use in production; 4.2.6 and if you uncheck the "Create mask from color" checkbox in the Stamp panel, the color are preserved. I'll watch the video, may be the graphical interface changed a bit.

link David Revoy Author,

OK, I get it, the default behavior changed and I say on the tutorial "and keep all the option of this panel default". Now by default the checkbox "Create mask from color" is selected. Unfortunately, Youtube doesn't allow to replace a video. I'll add a note on the video description. Thank you for the report.

link pon  

we would love it if you are willing to forgive all of us not attributing works to your name -cuz it is hard to keep track

link David Revoy Author,

Hey, I'm requiring attribution only when my work is reused/modified (eg. the artwork, the video, the comic) or for my brushes and resources if you re-share the source files. If you only apply knowledge from a video tutorial or reuse a brush in your artwork, you don't need to attribute. Your art and your creation is your! (unless you inject part of someone else art).

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