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Krita for Non Graphic Artists

Posted 09-17-2007 at 02:36 PM by mowestusa

Okay, I'm not next Michelangelo, nor should anyone confuse me with an artist. Yet, every once in a while I get the urge to do something with graphics. If you are visiting my site Free and Open Under the Steeple then you know that I'm more into text than graphics. In fact, besides the little validation button at the bottom of my pages this post has the only graphics on the site at the moment.

I tried Krita by accident. I decided to install Quanta+ to help me sort out some of the validation issues I was having with the site. When done under Fedora 7 it also installed all of KOffice and its goodies. On a whim I clicked on Krita to check it out. My graphics needs are small. Most of the time, I'm simply interested in brightening pictures, taking out red eye, and resizing images for clip art in printed or web published materials. I have opened up GIMP before, but the interface, and the number of options overwhelmed me. Even to do simple tasks in GIMP, I felt lost and didn't know which tool to use or which menu to explore.

I'm always impressed when I can simply sit in front of a program, and by its design I immediately realize what I can do, and how to do it. In less than a few hours I did something that I have never thought of doing in the past. I created three new userbars. I know nothing about gradients, but I made a gradient on a blank image, cropped and resized another image to paste onto it, and added text. For the FreeNAS userbar I just changed a FreeBSD userbar that I found by changing the BSD to NAS which was easy to do with the zoom and pencil tip painting tools. Finally, I found a NetBSD userbar which used the new logo, but had a golden color instead of the standard logo colors. So with color picker and fill tools, I created the new NetBSD userbar. Now I will admit that these graphics are not as impresses as what I have seen from real artists and the animated bars that are popular now, but I'm happy with them.

I know that I have not even tapped into the power that Krita has for someone who is a real graphic artist and understands the terminology and the tools, but what is amazing to me it that I could use it, and get something done that I liked in the end. Finally, this is the ultimate "freedom" when I can use my computer to do things that bring satisfaction. So if you have been looking for a tool to do a little graphic editing or creating yourself, I recommend Krita. If you already know GIMP inside and out, then stay there. If GIMP confuses you like it does me, then give Krita a chance. It may have limitations, but I haven't reached them with my little knowledge and needs.

Now I just need to find some tutorials on line that help expand my use of Krita

Here are the userbars that I spoke about.

http://mowestusa.nixsyspaus.org/userbars/dsl.png
http://mowestusa.nixsyspaus.org/userbars/freenas.png
http://mowestusa.nixsyspaus.org/userbars/netbsd.png

I also picked up a few userbars from other sources that I like. I got a Fedora one from the Fedora People Blog. I got an Ubuntu, bash, and the starting graphics that I used for the FreeNAS and NetBSD userbars from Userbars.org.
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