Brush preset duo bundle for Krita

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Video with a quick description/demo of the brushes. Here is a small brush bundle with two new presets I developed on the way of production of Pepper&Carrot episodes. I keep creating dozen of new brush on the way but they rarely survive two month or more without receiving tweaks. This two are stable, became favorites for a long period. So it was time to share them!



In short: download, extract, open Krita and go to Setting > Manage Ressources, press the Import Bundles button, and target the extracted bundle file, press Ok, restart Krita. Compatible with Krita 4.0 and up.


This brushes are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 to "David Revoy,". This attribution is necessary in case of redistributing, commercializing, or modifying the brushes. This attribution is not necessary in case of usage (you can paint any artwork you want with it, you still own totally your artwork). This attribution is not necessary in case of doing screenshot/screenrecording of Krita and have the brushes visible.

License: "Brush preset duo bundle for Krita" by David Revoy − CC-BY 4.0with additional custom rules mentioned at the end of the article.
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link Johnny D. Wicked  

Nice set of brushes for drawing. I like the textured charcoal/pencil one. I also love the music you used in the vid. I also noticed you've switched Linux Distro again. You've gone from Linux Mint to Manjaro and now finally to Kubuntu (KDE). Any benefits using KDE? I've always wanted to try. I heard KDE software like Kdenlive works much better in KDE than other environments. Have you ever tried OBS to record your desktop and if so, you ever run into issues where the screen flickers? I have that problem and noticed other Linux users, do too. I currently use SimpleScreenRecorder which you used in your previous video; thanks for that which works. Thanks.

link Douglas Brebner  

Very nice. I'm going to have a play with them soon.
Incidentally, who's the scary looking girl at the top left of the video thumbnail?

link David Revoy Author,

Thanks! The music is from Joth on OpenGameArt; a lovely 8bit Bossa Nova loop they made for elevator sequence or menu in game. I was happy to find this little treasure.

Yes, I kept switching distros and I'm right now on Kubuntu since February I think after being on plain UbuntuGnome from November to Feb. I can't find really happiness in newer distros and that's why I have hard time to publish a guide to recommend a distro for digital painting. The overall quality is really going down with the year and that internally hurt me to feel it after almost ten year of involvement to advocate the GNU/Linux platform. Anyway, Kubuntu has the advantage to get a nice theme by default (Breeze set), a good support for dual monitor and Dolphin with large Krita file previews (up to 256x256).

I still use xsetwacom to configure my tablet, argyll via command line for color calibration and my desktop needs a lot of custom bash script linked to shortcut key to get a set of feature I thought that was basic. But it works, I can do the work, some features are always making ugly bug: connecting an external disk display weird error message, kwin with Nvidia and multidesktop force me to use a single desktop, the D.E. crash only once every two weeks in production. Far to be good enough for advocating :-)

I left Mint because they stick now to LTS for too long and it was no longer possible to compile Krita on the six last month of 16.04 cycle. Also, Cinnamon had weird flickers on screen and their clone of the Gnome2 tablet GUI is not maintained and a dev was really aggressive with me on a issue about it.

I left Manjaro after getting drama moment: being always on the front line to discover new bugs in Imagemagick, or in Inkscape was too dangerous for rendering the hundred thousands of file with the Pepper&Carrot translation system. Also, for webdev; having to stick always to latest php, apache, etc... was too hard to track. All in all my experience with Arch and Manjaro always lead to that: as soon as I do a monthly task (webdev , video editing, rendering script) -with the rolling update- I had the feeling all my workflow was broken. I had so many nervous breakdown with this type of system; when having only one afternoon to do a task and discover I spent the afternoon in debugging the system to get the task down. That's why I'm sticking with Ubuntu release now; at least I have six month of frozen situation (I don't like the word "stable", because it is never stable, just frozen package release). I tried also Fedora: it was way too alpha each time I tried, I get tired to even test new release and worst for OpenSuse... I never tried Solus, I probably should test.

About KDEapps behaving better in Plasma env; it is obvious. The dev of this apps are using Plasma, so they can't test or experience a lot of bug happening in other D.E. Theming, scaling of elements, launch speed ; all feels better under Plasma for this apps including Krita.

For O.B.S, yes ; I made ten livestreaming with it and it was really cool. Good tool. The screenflicker issue were mostly with GNOME, Cinnamon and Linux Mint ; no problem on Plasma or Xfce or OpenBox. For my tutorial, I still prefer to use SimpleScreenRecorder because I'm a contributor of the project (now you know where come from the little icons ;D) I follow dev and the tool is always serious and stable. I edit in Kdenlive 18.04 appimage. Not 100% bug-free and still crash here and there, but has a powerful autosave and always succeed at rendering what I put on the time line. I know I can count on this version for production. Getting it as an appimage is really cool because all the libs inside the appimage to render project are perfectly compatible and never change.

Let me know your experience with all of this as well, so we can cross more information. What are you using now?

link David Revoy Author,

(you reminded me I forgot to setup the official thumbnail, it was still pointing to the middle of the video).
So, in the middle of the video, the skeches of the scary looking girl is just a random test with something I train when I'm sketching; the bottom view of a face or the top view. This is always difficult to me, so I try to train low camera angle and bird-view camera angle from time to time. The expression is often just a random one I pick for the pleasure to sketch :D
In short , it's no one. Just a warmup mini exercise.

link Boss  

Wow nice tool! thanks for the download link

link phelibre  

Merci David pour les brosses et les tutoriels. J'ai toujours du mal à quitter Mypaint pour passer à Krita qui est nettement plus abouti malgré tout.

Thank you David for the brushes and tutorials. I still have trouble leaving Mypaint to move to Krita which is much more successful despite everything.

link Deevad  

Hey, Mypaint has still feature way ahead of Krita; and most of all a very specific user interface that really get under the skin and a very good optimization for the performances. My switch to Krita was mainly motivated by the text tool, selection & transformations and the color space. I'm happy to see now Krita lead the *.ora open raster format dev so the compatiblity between Mypaint and Krita via this format is still (supposed, not tested in a while) to be top.

link Johnny D. Wicked  

Thank you so much for the info. I'm glad I'm not the only one experiencing random flickering issues with Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3 and it's very noticeable with OBS which is also a reason why I used Simple Screen Recorder. Others have suggest enabling full composition in Nvidia settings to fix the flickering but doing so for me, makes my GPU run at 100% al the time. So flickering problem is due to Gnome, Cinnamon, and Linux Mint, eh? I may give XFCE or KDE a try if it fixes the random flickering issue so I can finally use OBS. I love Krita and like how it turned out; kudos to the developers. :D

link David Revoy Author,

The problem with flickering disappeared in GNOME maybe 18month ago( I remember I read the bugfix about it) but LinuxMint forked the GNOME3 compositor way before that and I'm not sure they backport this type of bugfix, I guess no... XFCE, LXDE(all openbox based and i3/awesome too), KDE don't have this issue. I tested.
The thing I enjoy with KDE right now is 'all in one' pack. A lot of small feature smooth the experience: a clipboard manager installed by default, a consistent icon/theme, a thumbnailer in Dolphin for kra/ora/psd files, and the D.E. is pretty modular and GTK apps runs also with consistency of the theme ( I still use Geany for txteditor, Inkscape, but also gnome-disk-utility, Peek and many other Gapps.). Of course, there is a lot of things I don't like too in KDE but I can live with for now.

link renaud  

une fois de plus, merci beaucoup David pour tes excellentes brosses,
je les ai adoptées presque tout de suite, elles apportent un plus indéniable pour rendre le dessin plus naturel et s'accordent bien avec celles que j'utilise déjà.

link David Revoy Author,

Merci ! (Je crois que j'ai choper un gros rhume au Capitole du Libre et étant en mode cerveau-sédatif et moral en raze-motte , ça fait d'autant plus plaisir à lire!)

link Johnny D. Wicked  

Thanks again for the info. Btw, does your comment allow reply notification because I don't see the option to enable which is why my reply is late because I didn't get a notification about anyone responding to the comment post I left on your site? I ended having to check your website manually if I remembered to, lol. I'll understand if it was intentionally set up this way. :)

link David Revoy Author,

Ha unfortunately, the content management system I'm using for both Pepper&Carrot and Davidrevoy is PluXML and this one doesn't have the notification by email feature. It's a bit a blog system from the 2000s :D I'll have a look one day if someone on the community solved the issue with a plugin. xD

link Azri  

Hi Mr. Revoy. Love your works. I have questions on regards color profiles in Krita and in general.

1. What is the best color profile for printing an artwork? RGB or CMYK
2. Does krita has a function to convert the color profiles?
3. What is the default color profile for krita?

link David Revoy Author,

1. Good question and not a single answer as It depends the artworks:
(note: if a single answer was "the good one" be sure this part of the software will be simplified and "wrong" color space would be removed)

A) If you use flat colors and you need to control the ink of the printing device directly; I would advice to work directly with the specialised CMYK profile from your printing house or publisher (or a default CMYK profile if you don't have a publisher or printing house; the convertion will be minimal later when you'll get it). It will allow you to plan colors that a monitor can't display. For eg. A pure inked green, made of only yellow ink and small dots (low percent) of cyan and without any percent of black or magenta in it. Because if you plan an color like that in a RGB artwork, the convert can unpredictably add magenta dots and black dots to match the value or saturation of the Green. CMYK with the 'Specific Color Selector" in Krita will give you this type of perfect control over what you expect the printer will do.

B) If you paint a lot of shading, muddy colors and smudge, special effects and texture; your artwork will be more like a photo. RGB in this case has the advantage of having more feature in Krita (blending modes) and greater speed (managing three channel instead of four gives you an extra boost of 1/4 speed). But most basic RGB space don't have the color rich range of a CMYK color space (eg. Golden orange, yellow greens, violets are different) and have color impossible to print (the electric cyan of mixing G and B, the pink electric or the deep blue). If you avoid this pure very RGB digital colors ; then a RGB to CMYK color can go fine...
a. For low performance, a simple sRGB icc version 2 as sRGB-elle-V2-srgbtrc.icc will be perfect and keep compatible with almost all other software around.
b. If you have higher performance at disposal (your hardware), you can go to a rec2020 16bit: a larger color space RGB that will allow easier convertion because the 'grid' of the color encoded within your artwork will be higher resolution (even if your screen will always display 8bit); and with this subtlelity it will convert to CMYK with more accuracy, in theory (but you'll still have to avoid the electric colors ; the one CMYK can't produce)

On Pepper&Carrot, I go for the choice "B.a." : I do all in sRGB v2 avoiding the color CMYK can't print, and I "soft -proof" (in View > Soft Proofing) my color to the CMYK of the printer. A way to get a preview of what will go wrong when I use a deep blue, or when I feel a vfx like a lens flare or a magic effect will print badly.

2. It has a function to convert your artwork to various color profiles. Check Image > Convert Image Color Space.

3. sRGB-elle-V2-srgbtrc.icc ; for more info read the extremely well done documentation:

link wuxiaworld  

wow !! This is really a great tool that I am looking for, thank you for sharing!

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If you use flat colors and you need to control the ink of the printing device directly; I would advice to work directly with the specialized CMYK profile from your printing house or publisher (or a default CMYK profile if you don't have a publisher or printing house; the conversion will be minimal later when you'll get it).

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link Morten  

Hi David

Thank you so much for giving away these brushes for free. I can´t wait to try them out.


link Papillon  

Merci Beaucoup! Je tente d'apprendre ce logiciel! ;-)

link indra  

Hi david! i really love your brushes and your tutorials! thanks bro!

link Linda  

Hey, I have downloaded Krita, it's not working properly with HP Printer Offline Windows 10, no idea of printing my brush.

link David Revoy Author,

Hi Linda. I might not understand what you want to achieve here. Export your picture to PNG; then open your PNG with your image viewer; this one might have everything you need to use your HP printer.

link Lucy May  

Hello, David!
I have krita 4.4.3, but it doesn't have hose brushes please, how do you get those brushes?

A fan

link Lia  

Hey, you're cool.

link David Revoy Author,

Hi, thank you for the 'fan' part ;)
About the install; you need to download the file (a zip archive) and then decompress it on your computer. Inside, you'll get a file finishing by the extension 'bundle'. Then you need to open Krita, go to your Settings , open the ressource manager and inside it 'import the bundle'. Once you do that, you'll have the brush installed.

link Karsty  

Hello! So, I really love the brushes but my WinZip expired and I can't afford it. Is there another option that I can go with?

link David Revoy Author,

No idea. On all Linux distribution I know, unzip and zipping something is part of the system; as simple as a right click.
I guess you'll need to find another software for your operating system. I remember that 10 years ago I was using

link Kartsy  

Thank you so much, it worked! Now I can use them!

link CEMT  

Hi there! Really enjoying using these, thanks so much for all the great brush content :)

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