Krita tip: Ease setup 1 point perspective assistant

Going trough a perspective course at Crimsom Daggers I decided not only to make the exercises but to get them to a certain level of presentation. (I keep the sepia like scheme as I find out I can work for larger periods of time with it).

Using Krita assistants tools not only allows for faster work but also cleaner and more organized look. For diagonals outside the grid I switched to the line tool.  I used a few layers to organize shapes and soften most construct lines and some masks to keep lines from overlapping.


Setting up a grid

Setting a one point perspective grid is super easy with some planning. The following short video will show you the steps to achieve it.

The most important thing to remember:

  • Set an outer square area to align the cage outer sides
  • Draw an inner area to to align the inner cage points, this is important as it’s impossible for the perspective assistant corners to snap at a single point (The perspective assistant breaks).

The file

The zip file contains the KRA original file and a .krassistant file to load with the assistants docker. You can reuse the krassistants grid adjusting the corners to the size you need. Get the file!



Wish list: Krita assistants

Krita assistans tool is quite powerful for helping you in making technical drawings, they look so simple and yet with a bit of planning you can setup almost all of your perspective needs. Here below a video of me doing some work. Its in real time so you can see how and when I used the assistants.

Finished sketch
Finished sketch

I’m still not a power user of this tool, however after using it so much lately I have found a few annoyances and wishes for some features.

There are, at the time of this writing, four types of assistants which are.

  • Ellipse: Helps you create circles and ellipses
  • Spline: Allows to create a controlled curve
  • Perspective: Allows to create a perspective grid (This on is special since brushes can react to this perspective grid)
  • Ruler: Just like the Line tool, but here you can fine tune the line as you draw over it.

This short list allows to make complex setups, and while it takes a bit of time to make them just right, it allows for finer control over the lines you are going to get. I believe this approach is very powerful once a few shortcomings are resolved. Below I list the bugs I’m getting as well as a few wishes for making assistants a bit more complete.

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Sketch dump February 2014

Most of the february sketches are here. In march I need to do more:

  • “We need more men”
  • More stock variety
  • Composition++
  • Coloring practice
  • And a lot more Finished pieces.

Some of the below sketches are referenced and some others are not. It’s quite easy to spot them as most of the characters from stock used on the reference drawings are very repetitive.

The sketches:

Special thanks to all deviantart stock used which mostly are: tasastock, imperialstarletstock, ravenofthenight, 13-melissa-salvatore, mostlyguystock and skydancer-stock

Krita 2.8 Shortcuts Cheatsheet

Krita 2.8 is close to be released and to join the celebrations I updated the shortcuts sheet to reflect the new additions. Quite a lot of changes happened from 2.7 and in the  shortcuts department the new defaults  include:

  • [ R ] Pick layer under cursor. Press and hold ‘R’ and click on the canvas. The current layer will change to the layer that contains the clicked pixel. neat!
  • [ W ] Wrap around mode: Make seamless textures easily.
  • [ Shift + R], Undo Polygon Selection Points: Now you can undo selection polyline steps.
  • [ CTRL + SHIFT + U ], Desaturate: Ligthness, Average, Luminosity, Min, Max
  • [ , ] and [ . ], Previous and Next Favorite presets. Navigate favorite presets
  • [ Ctrl + B ], Color balance
  • [ Shift + B ], Show/ Hide Dockers
  • [ Shift + H ] Hide brushed and stuff bar: It hides only the bar with brushes and save options.

Download the sources file


Shortcuts Customization

All shortcuts can be modified to your liking, to do so go to “Settings >  Configure shortcuts…”. From here you can modify most of Krita tool invocation as well as common actions like save or create layers.


This is perfectly fine, but if you want to change how to Zoom, Pan, Rotate, Color pick and all program events it is possible using another Interface. This on edeals with all input regarding Canvas. To acces it go to “Configure Krita > Canvas Input Settings”. Inside you will see the following sections:

  • Tool Invocation: General Ok, Cancel actions
  • Alternate Invocation: Mostly Color picker actions
  • Change Primary setting: I’m not entirely sure of what this one does
  • Pan Canvas: Move around the canvas actions
  • Rotate Canvas: Spin canvas actions.
  • Zoom Canvas: Actions regarding display size
  • Show Popup Palette: Toggles the appearance of the favorite brushes presets wheel
  • Select Layer: Toggle select layer mode

This interface is very powerful, you can change all actions to whatever you want. For example to set Zoom to work on the Key [ Z ]

  1. Go to Canvas input settings
  2. Open “Zoom canvas” dropdown
  3. Double click on “Add shortcut…”
  4. Set to [ Mouse button / Mouse button ‘1’, Modifier ‘Z’ / Toggle Zoom Mode]

Now every time you press and hold [ Z ] you can use the mouse button to zoom in and out.


Something to note is that “Toggle” actions mean that the option is active during the keyPress so to be able to use them it is mandatory (for now) to use the “Mouse button” + Modifier as shown above. It would be neat if it could be possible to only use a key + mouse motion to use this toggles, but sadly it is not the case for now. Toggle Discrete actions means that change is made using steps.

Krita shortcuts cheat sheet modification

If you modify your shortcuts perhaps you will want to have an updated version of the cheatsheet above. I made this version easier to modify. All you need is a copy of Inkscape to start changing all strings. Of course you can also localize the text, in which case I will be very interested to know about!

cheatsheet28_modifyDownload the sources file


Little haidong girl.

net_master001fI had the intention of making little sword martial artists for a while, but no ideas would come up. This is the first I was able to get almost right :D. I used Krita for sketching and planning, later, after being frustrated by my first wrong attempt, I went to Inkscape to color and detail. In the end Krita was used again to add some Overlay effects and textures.

Below, some progress shots.

Dreams – Elephant downstairs

After a bit of “training” I’ve been able to recall almost all y dreams, and with some effort and time I can translate them to detailed narrations. Sadly I cannot share them all at the moment as most of the are Spanish only. This one is very short as I was unable to sit to write it until the day after. I apologize in advance for my English in development)

The dream

Elephant downstairs

I could not write this dream until the day after. I just remember that under the room where we slept in the place where the living room with the big windows was, dwelled an elephant that always used his roar voice to call our attention over the things we did that damaged his mother. Sometimes he would show his nose from the staircase to sniff out to verify we did good. Not wasting any water, not wasting any paper. Some other times you could see his head from the window, and in rare times you could see a big round eye vigilant of our actions. He was not a bad Elephant and we never felt harassed, after all, if his mother died he would die too, and so do we, because his mother was our mother too.


Sketches 02 February

Here are some sketches from today. I am focusing less on reference drawing and more on creativity explosiveness :p

Artscript v2.1 pre-release

2.1_cuts_blogAfter quite some time I managed to close all big features requests and bugs from Artscript 2.0 Im happy with the result. The script feels a lot more snappier and with the addition of Drag and Drop its so fast to use it as an app.

About artscript
Artscript is a script app to easily convert production file images (KRA, XCF, PSD, ORA, SVG, PNG) to universal formats (JPG, PNG, GIF or WEBM).

The output format can have a watermark added and it’s possible to deploy in the same step one or many size targets. The process is made super easy with the use of a configuration and presets for instant deployment of commonly used options

Made with digital designers and painters in mind, the final images aim for high quality results, not speed of conversion. However the script remembers the last used settings to fasten deployment of several images made for a project at different moments in the preproduction stage.

When working on several projects a presets.config is available to set more than one preset, so you can have a “personal” preset, with sizes tailored for your blog and a “Client work” with your personal information as a watermark label a proper size, or sizes, for the client needs.

Download and install instructions
Project github page has all you need


Character design: 1017

While there is no sound its easy to follow the steps I did, when you read before hand david’s revoy tutorial . Mirror mode is a fast way to get designs but I decided to practice rendering as my finishing lacks big time. Of course I didn’t went crazy detail as I wanted to leave […]