Digital Painting with Krita 2.9 Book Giveaway

The book giveaway is over. You can check out who won here.

Digital Painting with Krita 2.9 has been released and what better way to celebrate than having a book giveaway!

I have spent the past year writing and compiling information on how Krita works. There are wiki articles and YouTube videos, but many of them are old and incomplete. I thought it would be helpful to have a single author that could focus on writing. Someone that can explain all of the latest features that Krita offers from end-to-end. I have packed as many tips, explanations, and shortcuts as I could learn.

Check out the book sales page to learn more about why I wrote this book and what is included.

You can buy the book now on many online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Search for “Krita” and it should be in the search results.

Rules for Giveaway

I am giving away 5 autographed copies of Digital Painting with Krita 2.9.

Add a comment on this post to enter the giveaway. In the comment state why you like Krita, or why you want to learn Krita. Make sure to include the correct email address in the required field. I need that to contact you when you win.

Some of the profits from the book will be donated back to the Krita Foundation. This will help add new features, fix bugs, and continue to make Krita even better.

This giveaway ends at the end of the day on November 4. Because of all the countries and time zones, the deadline will spill over to November 5 for many .

5 people will be chosen at random from the comments. For selecting the winners, I will go through all the comments and have a random number generator pick 5 numbers. I will make a follow-up post stating the winners. The winners will be contacted individually to get their mailing address.

That’s it! Make a comment and wait to hear more.

If you want to check out the book. You can view the table of contents and first two chapters. This PDF is from of the book, so the ebook will not be formatted this way. The ebook is in a ‘reflowable’ format so it will show up well on multiple devices. The formatting isn’t as pretty, but all of the content is still there. The table of contents has a pretty good overview of the topics that are covered. The book is available in ebook ($9.99) and print format ($39.99). These are retail prices, so you will probably find it cheaper depending on what site you visit.

Side Note: I have to manually approve the comments (which I do in bulk). If your comment doesn’t show up immediately, it just means that I haven’t clicked the approve button yet. It will be ok!

Update 11/3/2015: If you decide to pick this up on Amazon, it is a DRM-Free ebook. Every distributor works differently, but at least Amaazon gave me the choice to decide. I just updated the description on the ebook product page. A few people have also expressed interest in a PDF version of the ebook. The EPUB version was made so it works better on more devices like smart phones and e-ink readers. I know it doesn’t look as pretty as the samples, but that is a compromise I had to make when using the EPUB format.

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  1. Wow! I just found this going through Tyson Tan’s art page, and someone commented about Krita. It sounds like such an exciting program! I currently use GIMP, but am really excited to try out Krita and see how it compares!

  2. Test my luck XD. I like to learn Krita because it is the most powerful free digital paint tool I have ever seen. It is too powerful that I don’t know the correct approach to learn Krita. Krita allows me to have fun freely.

  3. I hope it’s not too late to enter the giveaway.

    I like krita because it’s free software and I want to learn it because it will allow me to improve my skills in illustration while having the oportunity to do things right and not being a pirate.

  4. This seems like an awesome way to get more people to use krita

  5. I really like this program for a free program it is really powerful and very polished in its design of its interface it reminds me of corel painter a lot

  6. Well, Krita is one of the better free art programs I can use… To an extent. Which is why a book is always nice.

    I like Krita because of how nice the interface is, how it’s a bit user friendly, and just simply that it’s a free program. I can take use of it at school, or at home then, so it’s then more allowing for art to flourish.

  7. Just got a new tablet and this is the best free drawing software that I’m aware of

  8. I like krita because, it gives me all i need for texturing and drawing, I have never been dissatisfied with it, it’s intuitive, Fast, and has a faster development as well, which Makes me feel Confident in a free comunity that is growing up more and more. But we have to to know the entire program to become masters, and then show to the artist community that krita is an awesome digital painting tool.
    I am new in english, sorry if i’ve written something wrong.

  9. My friend actually introduced me to the program, and seeing as Krita is a free alternative to- well, any other good digital painting program, a book describing how to use it in the best way is perfect.

  10. I like Krita for its staight forwardness. Its logical, consistent and let you focus on the art instead of the program. But, I’m still a beginner in digital painting, so have to learn a lot more.

  11. Hello! My name is Aaron Morris. I’ve been a Linux user for roughly eight years. During this time, I’ve been dabbling in game design, 3D modelling, and graphic art. For the first two, Blender fit the bill nicely, but for the third there was nothing for me until I discovered Krita. It has all the best features of some of the other, more popular art and illustration programs out there, but is free and open-source software. The UI is clean, concise, and to the point, the responsiveness is quite comfortable, and the features are abundant. It suits my workflow, as now I don’t have to mess about with offsets and workarounds to find seems in game textures. When I’m doing graphic design or sketches, I can rotate the canvas, zoom in and out, change brush size easily and without a hitch. This program is an artist’s dream come true.

    Here’s to the developers, the users, and the author of this book.


    ~Aaron Morris

  12. Great to know there is now a book available for Krita, I always wanted to know more about this great program.

    1. I love the whole concept behind Krita- artists making drawing programs for artists, just so that everyone can have the opportunity to use top-of-the-line tools. It’s really amazing.

  13. I really want to learn Krita because I want to draw amazingly. I am on my way in that direction, but Krita, I think, will help me a lot. I am thinking about going into college for Graphic Design, and by looking at this it seems like a good way to get started, so that I will be familiar with the art.

  14. After buying my first wacom Tablet this was the first and last program I tried it with… The book surely will make me develop the full potential of Krita!

    This would be a perfect gift for someone I know who LOVES drawing as much as me…

  15. Krita is well on it’s way to becoming the perfect open source replacement for photoshop. That said, whether i win or not, I’m still buying the book, we all have to do what we can to help continue the development of open source software. I will admit that It would be cool to have a book signed by the author though ;-p

  16. i love krita because i think is the best graphics editing software i ever used, not only is free but also open source and overall it has all the features (at least to the extend i have seen) as most of the best commercial software i know (Photoshop, Corel, etc) also the way the actual brushes work it’s definetly awesome the only other software i have seen implementing it so well has been (Comic Studio, Clip Paint Studio) i also haven’t used everything yet but so far what i have used seem filled with awesomeness even more than any other software, i also think that haves the most intuitive interface after “Clip Paint Studio” and it makes it easy to use a lot knowing so little

    i want to win because, by the amount of knowledge i have about this software i would like to know more and how to use it to unleash it’s full potential for my works, it’s my favourite and predilected drawing software to use, and i hope it’ll continue to grow as much as have been by now :)

    PD: im latinamerican so i aplogize for any errors i might have, Thanks a lot and i wish luck to everyone on this contest

  17. Krita is my zen garden i am going through some hard times in my life at the moment and i have to thank Krita for helping me get through it . With Krita i am able to take time and relieve stress and depression through creating art , i try to base what i am drawing off of my emotion as a way to relieve and relax and i can say it has worked wonders . I would love to learn more in depth art with Krita.

  18. I’m not currently a Krita user, but my teenaged daughter is a big anime art fan, and this would be a perfect fit for her.

  19. I love Krita because it’s cross-platform, easy to use, and, most importantly, amazingly powerful. Good luck to everyone in the giveaway!

  20. Let’s try it. Thank you for this chance!

  21. I’ve been searching for good digital paint software in Linux for years, until I found Krita.
    I ‘m not expert user and I prefer learning from books than other sources… This book seems perfect to push my Krita knowledge to the next level!

  22. I’ve been around digital softwares for a long time.

    Today I have discover how great and powerfull KRITA is. The interface is so easy to understand and find any tools you need, all seems at the right place! Good job guys! This is an incredible software, free for all artist looking forward. I’m enjoy this tool who give me a sense of freedom when I create.

    Marco the happy teacher

    PS- Sorry for my anglish, I’m french Canadian

  23. Why I like Krita? First, because I like drawing and Krita is a great piece of software for exact that purpose. I hope that Krita 3.0 on top of Qt5 will become even better!
    Second, because it’s open source software. As a software developer myself, I care about the idea of free (in the sense of libre) software.


  24. I’m interested in Krita because my girlfriend (who is studying to be a concept artist) uses both Paint Tool Sai and Photoshop in her work, and Krita appears to take the best from each program and bring them together in one place. I’d like to be able to gift her this book and a copy of Krita Gemini, to help her out!

  25. i want to buy you’r book…but i can’t…

  26. Free art for all! Thanks, Krita!

  27. As a freelancer who convertet newly from Windows and Adobe to Linux, Krita seems in the long run to be a really great alternative to Photoshop and other painting suites.
    Together with Blender and Natron this could grow to a great pipeline.
    But there are so many new things to learn, so that the book could become really handy for me.

    –Cheers from Grmany–

  28. I’ve been using Krita ever since my copy of SAI decided to die off for whatever reason and their support desk can’t figure out the problem, but beyond that I’m a traditional painter. I’ve tried Clipstudio, Photoshop, GIMP and would like to try out Corel, but Krita? Krita has always been so much more natural for me when painting.

    If it were a hundred, or five hundred I would still buy and recommend it over Photoshop for other traditional painters. It has every little tool you can think of, it has an easy-to-use UI and just feels better than any other program I’ve used.

    Oh, I did mention that it’s free, right? Yeah, that there is only more reason to go out and try it. You won’t regret it.

  29. Why do I wanna learn Krita? It’s a pretty simple answer. It’s because I want to be a better artist! Pretty gimmicky sounding answer, but I’ve got details. Ever since I was seven and decided that I wanted to be an artist, I’ve always been on the lookout for new ways to improve myself as one. Whether that meant buying tons of books or watching hours of videos on YouTube, I was clamoring to do it. As I write this I currently have over 9 sketchbooks filled with art, adding up to over 1,000 pages. I’ve been doing good so far,but its time to move on to the next level and for me that means color and painting. Unfortunately, while I would love to get an arsenal of paints, brushes, and canvases I just don’t have the resources for them. Knowing a program like Krita wouldn’t just give me the opportunity to improve, it woukd give me the unlimited resources to keep doing! I’d never have to worry about running out of paint or color and I can draw and draw until I’m satisfied or even past that. So the reason I wanna learn Krita, is because Krita to me means “opportunity”.

  30. I haven’t used Krita yet (even though I downloaded it) but I would love to get started and this book seems like a perfect way to get up to speed in no time.

    The fact artists like Tyson Tan or David Revoy use it only fuel my will to use it (even if I will never be at their awesome level!).

  31. I would love to get to know how to use Krita better. I love free to use software and I’d like to show people with more confidence how to use it like any other software on the market.

  32. The reason I use Krita besides it being “free” is I find it to be a suitable replacement for Photoshop and that it runs on all distributions make it even more valuable. I also find most of the interface to be relatively straightforward to use.

    as for the why I want to learn krita i’m someone who dabbles in drawing and well I say i’m not horrible i’m by no stretch amazing and would like to learn how to use one program to utilize most of the features.

  33. It’s professional drawing program. For free. What’s not to like? i want to learn to well not just trial and error way.

  34. I would love a copy, I recently downloaded krita to learn to draw digitally. I am in a 2-d design class and learning to appreciate my artwork and try to expand from drawing the same things over and over again. I want to get better at art overall.

  35. I just bought the amazon ebook, would love to get a physical copy!

  36. Hi,

    I would like to learn Krita to make my hobby roleplaying games translations more beautiful and not as … bland as they currently are.

    I regularly marvel at David Revoy’s Pepper & Carrot web comic which is produced with Krita.

  37. I like Krita because it works well with my Wacom tablet, and it has so much functions compared to other free painting programs. I also love the cool brush engines, too! I hope I can win a copy of this book, because it’s hard to find up-to-date tutorials about the latest version as you said, so there are a lot of functions Krita that I don’t know yet.

  38. I’ve been working towards a full libre-graphics work environment in which to produce my comics and illustration work. So far, the GIMP never was an option because of lacking CMYK support – and I was never impressed by its interface or performance, either. Krita is the first application that actually comes close to a true functional Photoshop replacement for me. Not only that, I also found it exceeding Photoshop in some aspects. I’m impressed, and I’m with you guys for the long run. Freedom FTW!

  39. Scott Thank You for this opportunity.
    Drawing is my life and my life is drawing, the way Krita works just clicks with me moreover it is free and as we know open source breed good stuff, the experience is the best proof after one use it.
    Take a back seat please Photoshop!

  40. I found this program and few months ago and I love it. I would love to get better with i though!

  41. I am a student and I’ve tried out many different software throughout my assignments. I’ve discovered Krita in the process and it was a good experience. I wish to learn more of it with this book. Thank you.

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