Introduction to Krita Pixel Art
Krita Pixel Art can be understood as designing any artwork on 1 x 1 or 2 x 2 pixels using 1 or 2-pixel brushes of brushes preset. We generally create art work, character, object and gaming components in pixel art that incorporate 2D game designing and other pixel design work. For creating pixel art in this software, we have to adjust different types of grids systems, and then we can easily create pixel art by using some of the tools of the tool panel, including the freehand brush tool.
How to Create Pixel Art in Krita?
Creating pixel art in Krita is not a big deal; you just have to make some adjustment and learn how to use pixel brush and other tools for this purpose.
Let’s see each step one by one.
Let us have a new document first, and for that, click on the New File option of the Start label of this working screen, or you can press the Ctrl + N button as the shortcut key.
Once you click on it, a ‘Create New Document dialog box will be open. Here take the size of your document as 64 x 64 or 32 x 32 pixels because for creating pixel art, we have to work on 1 x 1 pixel and click on Create button.
Now go to the Menu bar and click on the Settings menu. A scroll down of this menu will be open. Now click on the ‘Configure Krita’ option of the drop-down list.
Here go to the Display option of the opened dialog box and then click on the grid settings tab of this option.
Decrease value of ‘Start Showing at’ option as 400%.
Now click the color box of the Pixel Grid option to change the color into any dark color code if your document color is light. I will choose this color from color wheel.
Now you will have a grid-like this on your canvas or document.
When you draw something with any brush preset, you will not have a perfect art pixel for your drawing.
For creating pixel arts, Krita offers pixel art brushes that have a brush tip size of 1 pixel, and for pixel art brush, search for Pixel Art in a panel of Brush presets. You can find this panel on the right side of the working screen.
You can also have these brushes from the Edit Brush Settings dialog box at the properties bar (at the top of the working screen).
Here Krita offers three-pixel art brushes in its brush preset. If you want, you can download more from Krita official website. We will choose this brush.
Now when you draw something with it, it will draw one by one pixel like this.
You can also take any Shape tool for drawing pixel shape instead of pixel brush.
For example, we will take the rectangle tool from the tool panel and draw these two rectangle shapes.
If you want to remove any pixel from your shape, then take Eraser brush from Brush presets or take any brush preset.
If you have taken an Eraser brush, you need not do the next step, which I will tell you or if you have taken any brush, then enable Eraser mode by click on this icon.
Now click on that pixel of shape you want to remove, and that will erase like this.
Now, if you decrease the value of opacity of the taken brush.
And use it in Eraser mode will not remove the pixel completely but down its opacity as your chosen opacity value.
You can also fill color inside any shape if it is closed shape and for that take Fill tool from tool panel or press F button of the keyboard.
Now make click inside where you want to fill color, and it will fill that area with your chosen color.
But if you click a square shape inside a rectangle, then the color will spread on the whole canvas because this is an open shape due to erasing of pixels.
If you want to select any drawn object separately, you have to select that object by using a selection tool. We will take the Rectangle Selection tool for this purpose.
We will make a selection around a top object like this. You can take any other selection tool, but that tool should select pixel by pixel.
And press Ctrl + T for transform box of it, and you can do transform operation with it as you can move it, rotate it and so on.
You can also do transform from the Layer menu of the menu bar. Just select your desired object with your desired election tool.
Now go to the Layer menu, click on it, and then go to the Transforms option of the drop-down list. Next, choose the Shear Layer option from the new drop-down list.
Here enter shear angle as per your requirement for shearing this object.
And it will shear like this.
If you want to change any object like this, you can make a selection around it by using the Contiguous Selection Tool of the tool panel.
Just make click on the shape for selecting that color you want to change.
And after selection, take the Fill tool from the tool panel or press the F button on the keyboard and click on the selected area. Now your chosen color will fill on it. You can see that it will fill only continuous pixels.
These are some parameters and characteristics which you can handle for creating pixel art in this software. Once you have set these parameters, you can create your imagination of pixel art on this software.
Pixel art is no more an unknown word for you, and you can easily manage all related parameters of it for getting the best result in your work. Just start practicing on it to explore new ideas and analyse different data of tools that involve creating pixel art.
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