Krita Modular Brushset V3

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Krita Brushset

 

Here we have Version 3.0 of the Modular Brushset. I haven’t planned this update so early after version 2, but after i have learned a lot from my latest work with Krita, i could not resist to bring this release on the way. I have tested the most public available Krita Brushsets (e.g the “Muses” DVD preset pack) to see differences and getting inspiration, to improve my own Set. If you are interested in the whole process of the creation and the ideas and thoughts behind, you can read the “Behind the scenes” Section for more informations.

 


 

The Set in Numbers

  • 52 Brushes
  • 157 Presets
  • 48 completely new Presets
  • 5 adjusted Presets from v1.0

The Changes in Short:

  • Added some Adjustment/Filter Tools
  • Improved Mode Airbrushes
  • Basic Wet Marker
  • Improved Eraser Functionality
  • 2 Flat Markers
  • 3 Basic Hairy Presets
  • 2 new Knifes
  • 2 new Pencils (2H, 2B)
  • 7 new Oilbrushes
  • 3 new Blend/Dulling Brushes
  • Changed/added some Spraypresets
  • Added Bevel/Folds Brushes
  • 4 new Doodle Brushes
  • 5 new Fuzzy Shape Brushes
  • Improved Icons

 

Naming Convention and Sorting

 

Modular Brush Set SortingI have used the same prefixes to organize the Set like in v2.0. The Icons i used for the Brushpreviews follow the standards of Krita that could be found here: Krita/Brushes Preset Preview

With Krita 2.8  you are able to sort the Brushes like it is shown on the image to the left. In Krita 2.7 this is unfortunately not possible, but v2.8 is on the way 🙂 The advantage of the Prefixes and this kind of sorting is that you can display any subcategory alone or in conjunction with any other (sub-)categories. With the “Brushset Cheat Sheet” (included in the download) you can easily figure out which code to type, to view a specific subcategory.

 

SortingThe Filenames (.kpp preset files) are identical to the Brushnames with the difference that the spaces are replaced by underlines.

 

 

 


Installation

 

    1. Remove older Versions of the Modular Brushset before installing V3.
    2. Copy the resource folders:
      • /modular-brushset-v3
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/
      • BrushSetSheet.png

      into your user directory of Krita.

      • /PATH_to_your_USER_DIR
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/

Eventually merge (copy-into) existing folders from other brushsets or previous versions

 

Default installation path of the Krita folder:

Linux: /home/username/.kde4/share/apps/krita/
Windows: Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\krita\share\apps\krita\


 

Download

 

Modular Brushset V3

 

Old Versions:

Modular Brushset V2

Modular Brushset V1

 


 

The whole “Story” – behind the Scenes…

 

I have recognized, that the amount of Brushes isn’t something that increases the time searching for a specific brush. Much more important for me is a good identification via the Brushicons and a logical Sorting of the Presets. This experience has influenced the making of V3. I have improved the icons, made some small changes in the sorting and added a lot of new stuff.

Another experience from version 2.0 was, that i do not want to make changes in the Brushwindow during the painting process. And i want to have presets i can “count on” – meaning.. “I know what i have and it’s always the same”. One reason for this is that krita let us use brushes in a broad variety e.g. as multibrush, dynamical, straight lines or with various colormodes. Learning to use a consistent amount of brushes is in my opinion better, than making custom brushes while painting.

A “philosophy” that has changed with more experience in painting, is the way i want to use textures. Having some texture brushes is okay and nice, but in general i like to use more elementary shapes to create a individual texture for the painting. A simple example to explain this is a hatching brush. It is easy to make a “automatic” brush simulating a hand painted crosshatch. On the first view this might look nice, but creating the same crosshatch with a pencil or fine-liner will surely look more natural, increasing the quality of a painting enormously. Don’t expect that there is no automatic hatching brush in this Set – it is^^ But i tried to concentrate more on basic shapes, than specific ones. In the result this means, that V3 is a step away from the “digital” way to the more traditional…

I think you now have an idea what i have done and what v3.0 is about.. let’s jump to the more concrete things that have changed!

 


 

 0. TOOLS

 

Differences of Addition Presets

I have chosen the most useful tools from my earlier released Adjustment Set. There are still some presets that are a bit of experimental (not in functionality but in how useful they are). There are mainly some tools to speed up processes that also could be solved in other ways, like color to alpha brushes or the blur filter brush.

I have deactivated the “sample input layer” option of two spray-presets, that you now find in the shapes category. I really like this brush option, but actually it could be activated with a very few clicks, and i personally hope that this is one of the things that will find its way into the main GUI window of krita one day…

Additionally i made some improvements to the colormode Airbrushes, making them smoother and reducing sharp edged artifacts. Ah yeah, and there are more Addition brushes now – why? Take a look at the image to see the differences… I personally work on the details of light and shadow when the painting is nearly finished. Therefore a wider choice of tools help me to remember the differences of reflections, highlights or a more dull light on materials.

 


 

1. BASICS

 

I have added a wet basic brush. Together with the simple basic brush this is one of my “90% of the painting”-brushes or in other words – i use it a lot^^ Another new one is a soft variation of this wet brush, that i mainly use for basic blending.  (i prefer to blend with ctrl -> pick color and blend it in, than doing this with a colorless pure dulling preset)

Other mentionable changes are the new hairy presets – yeah, you could use a multibrush for a similar effect – but i use this kind of shape very often, so i wanted to have fast access to this tool.And we have some really, really nice new knifes to smudge/blend with a traditional stroke like look.

I have reintroduced three other presets from version 1.0 here. Flat markers and a hard smudging rake.


 

2. PAINT

 

In this category you will find a lot of new stuff! First we have 2 additional pencils – a hard and a soft one. The 2B Pencil is my main Sketching brush, while the 2H Pencil is adjusted with a bit more things in mind.. I use this one for studying painting subjects and i made it extra hard (pressure-wise) with the idea, not only to simulate the hard feeling of a traditional study pencil, but to teach my hand more levels of pressure. Working with this pencil means that the muscles important to apply pressure to the digital tool are trained to a bit more than the medium-level.

Going away from that theoretical stuff to the more fun-to-use presets – we have a wide range of new “Oil” like brushes in this section. The most of them are more about smearing. (broken in krita testing branch, see note above) Thinking the traditional way: more color, less water – resulting in thick strokes. 3 new presets are of the wet dulling kind of brushes – less color, more water – resulting in more blending. The waterdrop on the icon should remind you (and me) about this.

 

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You will probably recognize, that some of the oily presets produce grey colors at their edges. This is not because the presets are badly adjusted.. When you play with this presets, you will see that this happens when you use darker colors on a lighter (or white) canvas in RGB mode.

To be honest i am not 100% sure, but i think this is just like the color mixing should look in this color model. As far is i know, this is a bug. You will not see this in the CYMK color model or on a 16bit layer/image.

You can also set the brush to copy-mode to reduce the effect or work in the CYMK color model. Remember, that you can also convert layers to CYMK without the need of converting the image as a whole.

 


 

3. SHAPES

 

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I have added some interesting new Presets in this section and some older from version 1.0 are back again. Some small adjustments here and there, nothing big..
And – yeah, there are some strange new shapes. 4 new Presets, i have named Doodle Brushes and 5 new Fuzzy ones. The idea behind the doodle brushes, is having fun on the one hand (never forget about just having fun with brushes – not all is made for serious, serious painting :-), and also to create random shapes or to get inspiration from these shapes. So if you are searching for interesting forms than have fun with these new brushes!

The fuzzy, a bit spray like, presets have a similar intention, but in a bigger scale. Often i use a technique, where you lay down the bigger composition first in greytones or in pure black to keep the mind clear from colors. This presets are a way to do this very fast. If you never have tried this technique, i really would recommend to test it. I have learned this in the context of speedpainting, were this helps to get a fast idea of a concept.

David Revoy has written a very good tutorial series to learn how the steps from grey to color are done in Krita: Getting started with Krita (1/3) b&w portrait

 


 

4. Types

 

No Changes here…

 

Strokes

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Krita – Modular Brushset v2.0

Dear Visitor,

i have moved my website to a new host with my own domain:

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Direct Link to the content of this page:

https://vascobasque.com/modular-brushset/

An updated Version of the Modular Brushset is available on the new Site!

The new page is much faster and adfree! A lot of old content
from this site has been updated and rewritten. This wordpress blog,
will remain online, until the traffic has dropped to a low level.

ModularV2a

 

I am happy to present version 2.0 of the Modular Brushset. I have done a lot of small improvements and i can say that i am really satisfied with the result.

 

Let’s see what has changed..

 

  • Added a bit pressure-size adjustment to some presets
  • All icons have been adjusted to be more eye (and gui) friendly
  • The amount of presets has been focused on a more essential selection
  • The sorting and the naming of the presets have been changed
  • Version 2 is coming in 2 editions..

 


 

Naming Convention and Sorting

 

I have useModularV2Sortingd prefixes to organize the Set similar to v1.0, but with a different prefix structure:  Every preset is now starting with X. The reason for this decision is that i want my Brushset to appear after the defaults… Another difference is the last letter – this is for “internal” sorting, so you do not have to care about…

The Icons i used for the Brushpreviews follow the standards of Krita that could be found here: Krita/Brushes Preset Preview

 

 

 

sorting

With Krita 2.8  you are able to sort the Brushes like it is shown on the image to the above. In Krita 2.7 this is unfortunately not possible (afaik). The advantage of the Prefixes and this kind of sorting is that you can display any subcategory alone or in conjunction with any other (sub-)categories. With the Chart below you can easily figure out which code to type to view a specific subcategory. The Filenames (.kpp preset files) are identical to the Brushnames with the difference that the spaces are replaced by underlines.

 

 


 

Installation:

 

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    1. Remove older Versions of the Modular Brushset before installing V2.
    2. Copy the resource folders:
      • /modular_brushset_V2
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/
      • BrushSetSheet.png

      into your user directory of Krita.

      • /PATH_to_your_USER_DIR
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/

Eventually merge (copy-into) existing folders from other brushsets or previous versions

 

Default installation path of the Krita USER folder:

Linux: /home/username/.kde4/share/apps/krita/
Windows: Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\krita\share\apps\krita\

 


 

Download

Modular Brushset V2

 

Old Versions:

Modular Brushset V1

 


 

The Presets and the Changes in v2.0

 

In this section i will describe some (not all) details about the presets and the changes made in version 2.0.

 

0 – TOOLS

 

Mode BrushesPattern Brushes

 

The Color Dodge and Burn Presets have been removed as i rarely used this modes with brushes. (imo layers do a better job..)

 

All Presets that use a the option: Colorsource – Pattern are now in the Tools category. The red symbol indicates that the brush could be adjusted easily. In this case this could be done via the pattern docker. The first preset on the image is a kind of multipurpose brush.. take a look at the advanced settings in the brush window and try out different settings (e.g. checking the rotation sensor) you will see that you can easily apply a wide spectrum of brush effects combined with patterns. The the core settings of this brush are made with this in mind… Also you may check the use of this brush with other brushtip-shapes.

 

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Sample Input Layer: This Presets remember the Layer that is active in the moment you activate the Preset. When you then paint on another Layer it will use the color of the “remembered” Layer together with the predefined Shape of the Spraybrush. This Setting can also be activated for all Grid Brushes.

 


 

Basic Brushes

1 – BASIC

I have reworked this section to be more intuitive in the way it is sorted to make it easier finding the right brush to be used. In a category called “Basic” this is the most important thing… Marker, Block and Fill Brushes are found together now. Additionally some of this Presets are now directional following the stroke Angel. The paint roller icon indicates this type of brushsetting.

 

Details

1C – Details:  All this Brushes have one thing in common – Size matters. Mostly of Tiny to Medium Size these ones are meant for adding Details to the Painting. The Triangular Icon indicates a fine adjusted pressure-size curve e.g. for short repeated strokes or adding dark wrinkles on a material.

 

Smudge Tools

1D – Smudging:  In v1.0 there was a complete category with all smudge presets. After working with this tools i realized that the amount of this tools was an overkill… Reducing the number of this presets was necessary and important. Additionally this tools have been sorted based on the usage: basic modelling of colors and working with more complex or diffuse shapes and textures.

 


 

2 – PAINT

 

PastelsIn the paint category you can think of two divisions – the Grainy Presets and the fibroid/hairy presets. Actually i prefer to think in textures, rather than what tools are simulated not what it simulates.

 

CharcoalI have changed some of this presets giving them a bit of a size-pressure sensitivity to increase the general usage. A bit means – just enough to recognize a rapid stroke ending resulting in decreasing size and not a “dead” end…

 

Hairy Brushes

Paintbrushes

 

 

Presets simulating fine hairy or bristle like tools – i haven’t changed a lot in this (sub) category.. one preset got the stroke direction sensor, some are removed. Same with the Mixing and Smearing Presets (no image). No big changes – just removed some, with minor usage.

 

 


 

3 – SHAPESSpraybrushes

 

 

This category has been resorted:

  • 3A Sprayed Shapes
  • 3B Pixelbrushes with special Shapes
  • 3C Texturebrushes
  • 3D Smudged Shapes and Textures

 

Shapes

All in all there are no big changes in this category – two new Preset: Single Leaf Pixelbrush and Rough Texturebrush… Most important is that all Brushes meant to be used for Texturing or applying predefined Shapes are now together including the textured Smudge Tools.

 

 


 

 

4 – TYPES (Sketch, Curve, Particle)

 

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The only change in this category that covers 3 special Types of Brushes, is one removed Sketch Preset as i just don’t liked it anymore 😀

 

Happy Painting 🙂

 


 

Krita – Modular Brushset v1.0

Dear Visitor,

i have moved my website to a new host with my own domain:

https://vascobasque.com

Direct Link to the content of this page:

https://vascobasque.com/modular-brushset/

An updated Version of the Modular Brushset is available on the new Site!

The new page is much faster and adfree! A lot of old content
from this site has been updated and rewritten. This wordpress blog,
will remain online, until the traffic has dropped to a low level.

BrushSetSheetHeader

 

The modular Brushset is the Result of my journey through the possibilties of Kritas Brushengine. In the Beginning it was not my intention to make a complete Brushset for Krita, but with more and more Presets summing up on my Harddisc i had to sort out the best of them and optimize the settings. By that time it was kind of logical to bring all the stuff together and prepare it for a releasable Set of Brushes.

 

What is meant by Modular?

 

The amount of Presets that have found their way into this set is really huge – actually over 150 different Presets of a wide spectrum of categories and Brushtypes. The most people will never need this amount of Brushes for day-to-day business. Additionally everyone has different preferences and needs. Therefor i sorted and named the Set in a way that should provide an easy way to install and uninstall parts of it without searching a lot. If you look at the image above you have an idea of what i am talking about^^

 

Naming Convention and Sorting

 

I have used prefixes to organize the Set. I know that this does not follow the standards Krita is aiming for.. but i personally did not want to miss this feature and decided not to change this for the public version. The Icons i used for the Brushpreviews follow the standards of Krita that could be found here: Krita/Brushes Preset Preview

 

 

IconExample

 

 

With Krita 2.8 you are able to sort the Brushes like it is shown on the image below. In Krita 2.7 this is unfortunately not possible (afaik). The advantage of the Prefixes and this kind of sorting is that you can display any subcategory alone or in conjunction with any other (sub-)categories. With the Chart above you can easily figure out which code to type to view a specific subcategory. The Filenames (.kpp preset files) are identical to the Brushnames with the difference that the spaces are replaced by underlines.


 

Sorting Brushes in KritaInstallation:

 

    1. Remove older Versions of the Modular Brushset before installing V4.
    2. Copy the resource folders:
      • /modular_brushset_V4
      • /EXTRA/ [optional]
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/
      • BrushSetSheet.png

      into your user directory of Krita.

      • /PATH_to_your_USER_DIR
      • /EXTRA/ [optional]
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/

Eventually merge (copy-into) existing folders from other brushsets.

 

Default installation path of the Krita USER folder:

Linux: /home/username/.kde4/share/apps/krita/
Windows: Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\krita\share\apps\krita\

 


 

Download

Modular Brushset V1

 

Actual Version:

Modular Brushset V4

 


 

Compatibility and Performance

I have tested all Brushes on Windows 7 with Krita 2.7xx and on Linux with Krita 2.8xx. On both versions all works and looks as it should. I have tried to find the best adjustments between performance and quality, but some brushes do not perform very well on win7 (krita 2.7), e.g. the Mixbrushes. Most Presets could be upsized, without too much lag, if you do not exaggerate it.

 


 

The Presets

All Presets from the simplest Inkbrush to fine adjusted Hairbrushes are handmade with love 😀 But i cannot reinvent the wheel.. so some Presets are very close to what you find as default in Krita. They are not better and hopefully not worse – they are just optimized for my settings and preferences. The following descriptions will give you an overview of the categories and presets.

 

 

00 – TOOLS

 

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00A – Erasers (Hard/Soft/Very Soft)

00B – Deform Tools (Move/Grow/Shrink); Blanko Filter (HSV/HSL-Adjustment) Brush; Clone & Fixed Clone

00C – Modes (Addition/Colorize/Overlay/Burn/Dodge/) + Addtion-Light-FX


 

11  – BASIC

 

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11A – Most common used Brushes like soft Airbrush, Fill etc..

11B – Details (Ink, Basic Pencil/Grain, Basic Paintbrushes)

11C – Markers (Wet, Dry, Flat)

11D – Smudge (Basic Smudge/Blend and Rake Tools)

 


 

22 – PAINT

 

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22A – Pencil, Charcoal, Crayons, Pastels

22B – Paintbrushes

22C – Hairbrushes

 


 

33 – MIX

 

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33A – Wet Paintbrushes

33B – Wet Textured Brushes

 


 

44 – SMUDGE

 

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44A – Blendtools

44B – Rakes (Smudge/Blend)

44C – Textured Smudgetools

44D – Shapes with Smudge/Blending Settings (Fibers, Square, Spike, Points)

 


 

 

55 – SHAPES and TEXTURES

 

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55A – Shapes mostly Spraybrushes

55B – Textures (Grain, Diffuse, Crosshatch, Foliage, Cloudy)

55C – Patterns (Basic Pattern Brush -> Change the Pattern to be used; Patternbrushes with Modes: Multiply/Bumpmap/Overlay; Adjusted Halftone Patterns)

55D – Grids (just Basic Grids – nothing Special..)

 


 

 

66 – TYPES

 

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66A – Sketchbrushes

66B – Curve

66C – Particles

 


 

 

77 – SPECIAL

 

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77A – Color (Gradient Presets, FG-to-BG, Spraybrushes with Sample Input Layer Mode activated see Note below; Patterncolor-Brushes)

77B – Perspective (use these Presets in Conjunction with a Perspective Assistent!)

Sample Input Layer: This Presets remember the Layer that is active in the moment you activate the Preset. When you then paint on another Layer it will use the color of the “remembered” Layer together with the predefined Shape of the Spraybrush. This Setting can also be activated for all Grid Brushes.

 


 

If you have Problems with the Brushset or want to give Feedback, feel free to Contact me or leave a Comment.

 

Happy Painting 🙂

 


 

Organic Textures

 

Organic Texture Brushes

 

35 Texture Brushes for Gimp (.gbr) and for Photoshop (.abr)

 

Use Random Angel Dynamic and a Brushsize of 200+ px like i did for the Preview image.
(The Preview shows strokes with the Brushes and not the Brush Image itself)

 

Download (Dropbox)

Download (DeviantArt)

 

Free to use for commercial and non-commercial works.

 


 

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