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Digital painting with Krita 5.0 advanced level

Master advanced techniques and "cheats" to create digital paintings quickly

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£49.90 inc VAT
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9.8 hours
No formal qualification
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With our digital painting course series, you'll learn everything you need to know to create stunning artworks using Krita. In this advanced-level course you will learn:

  • Advanced transformation and distortion techniques
  • Advanced layer functions
  • Various techniques for using patterns and textures
  • Deep understanding of how brushes work in Krita
  • Various "cheating" techniques to speed up the workflow


9h 51m
    • 4: Transform tool Free mode 10:32
    • 5: Perspective and Warp mode Preview 07:25
    • 6: Cage mode 05:34
    • 7: Liquify mode 06:48
    • 8: Mesh mode 05:00
    • 9: Transform mask 05:18
    • 10: Deform brush engine 03:57
    • 15: Multigrid 07:01
    • 16: Screentone 09:06
    • 17: SeExpr and Simplex Noise 06:12
    • 18: Wrap around mode 04:39
    • 19: Tileable texture 08:02
    • 20: Applying patterns 05:35
    • 21: Creating custom patterns 04:24
    • 22: Texture effect with brush 08:39
    • 23: Photobashing workflows 04:19
    • 24: Photobashing a wall texture 04:38
    • 25: Photobashing a TV screen 03:13
    • 26: Photobashing with Transparency and Selection 06:20
    • 27: Atlantic treasure project preparation 04:25
    • 28: Main objects’ base colors 14:11
    • 29: Background base colors 08:43
    • 30: Shading the diver 06:46
    • 31: Shading the treasure chest 10:41
    • 32: Outline and Highlight 12:47
    • 33: Water surface and the pillars 11:27
    • 34: Shading the hills 07:08
    • 35: The floors 09:23
    • 36: Stone elements 06:29
    • 37: Clam, jellyfish, and fish 06:36
    • 38: Seaweed 05:45
    • 39: Anemones using custom brush 09:52
    • 40: Other ornaments 10:25
    • 41: Shadows and Fog 09:05
    • 42: Lighting effects 06:56
    • 43: Air bubbles 03:28
    • 44: Caustics and color transfer 08:43
    • 45: Brush engines 05:59
    • 46: Size, Opacity, and Flow Preview 06:04
    • 47: Other basic brush parameters 05:31
    • 48: Brush tip basics 07:33
    • 49: Creating brush tips 09:09
    • 50: Brush tip modes 05:40
    • 51: Brush sensors basics 07:49
    • 52: Brush sensors advanced 07:18
    • 53: Adding randomness 09:26
    • 54: Animated brush tip 06:15
    • 55: Creating custom brush preset 05:08
    • 56: Deleting, Exporting, and Importing brushes 08:40
    • 57: Painterly style basics 05:54
    • 58: Multi-layer workflow 11:08
    • 59: Single-layer workflow 07:59
    • 60: Cheat methods basics 02:01
    • 61: Paint over technique 08:59
    • 62: Shading area extraction 06:32
    • 63: Color sampling technique 05:51
    • 64: Painting a landscape 10:59
    • 65: Silhouette technique 09:24
    • 66: Symbol library 09:38
    • 67: Cowboy cactus project preparation 02:36
    • 68: Thumbnailing 10:34
    • 69: Base colors 11:50
    • 70: Global shadows 06:05
    • 71: Bushes custom brush 08:29
    • 72: Adding foliage 05:33
    • 73: Rope custom brush 07:51
    • 74: Creating the lasso rope 05:19
    • 75: Finalizing the background 04:37
    • 76: The cliffs shading and highlight 14:06
    • 77: Light effects on the cliffs 04:20
    • 78: Finalizing the foliage 08:35
    • 79: The ground texture 03:19
    • 80: Cowboy cactus shading 08:25
    • 81: Cowboy cactus details and highlights 10:06
    • 82: Light effects and Filters 06:39

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Krita is a graphics application that is comparable to Photoshop. But, unlike Photoshop, Krita is free and open source. So you can download and use it without having to pay anything. Another thing that makes Krita different from Photoshop is that Krita focuses more on digital painting. So you will find many digital painting or drawing features in Krita that are not available in Photoshop. If you need software to draw or create illustrations, then Krita will make you feel right at home.

If you want to master Krita quickly and easily, then -in sha Allah- this online course is the best solution for you. However, you should be aware that this online course is designed as a continuation of the previously released basic and intermediate Krita courses. So to be on the safe side, make sure you take those courses first before taking this one.

What will you learn?

As a macro overview, I have divided this online course into 8 chapters, apart from the introductory chapter. In the first chapter, you will learn about various transformation and distortion techniques. Such as "Perspective", "Warp", "Cage", "Liquify", "Mesh", and so on. Then, in chapter two, you will learn advanced layer features, namely "layer style", "clone layer", "file layer", and "fill layer". Next, in chapter 3, you will learn various techniques related to pattern and texture creation. You will use various pattern generators such as "multigrid", "Screentone', "SeExpr", and so on. Then learn to create repeating patterns using the "wrap around mode". Then, in chapter four, we will discuss the "Photobashing" technique. It is basically a technique of utilizing photos or external images to speed up the illustration process. Chapter 5 is the first big project chapter. Here you will learn to create an illustration of a deep-sea diver looking for treasure. You will learn the process in detail, from A to Z. In chapter 6, you will learn the ins and outs of the brush system in Krita. From the types of brush engines, sensors, to how to create your own brush presets and brush tips. With these, you will be able to create unique brush presets, such as creating sea plants or anemones on the fly, creating a rope in one stroke, creating a grass field in seconds, using plants that you design yourself, and so on. In chapter 7, you will learn painterly style drawing techniques, or digital illustrations that look like they were created with real brushes. In this chapter, you will also learn various "cheating" techniques. They are techniques that can help you create illustrations even faster. In chapter 8 or the last chapter, you will utilize everything you learned from the previous chapters to create an illustration of a cowboy cactus. The main challenge of this project is to create a painterly style illustration as quickly as possible. But also as flexible as possible, so that it's still easy if we have to make future revisions to the drawing.

So join now! And upgrade your Krita skills to the fullest potential.

Who is this course for?

  • Hobbyists who want to learn to create illustrations using open-source software
  • Design or art students who want to master digital painting techniques
  • Artists or professionals who want to improve their productivity by leveraging advanced techniques


  • Have Krita installed
  • Have a drawing tablet
  • Have completed the basic-level course
  • Have completed the intermediate-level course

Career path

By learning digital painting, you open up a world of opportunities for yourselves in various creative-based industries such as video games, animations, comics, and advertising. The skills are also useful in design processes, such as architecture, interior design, fashion, industrial design, etc.

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