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A few years back I was looking at videos on YouTube for digital painting software that wasn’t Photoshop. I’d had some experience of MyPaint on Linux which is brilliant for sketching but wanted something with more advanced features. Krita popped up in my search along with a video by the excellent David Revoy. I was immediately impressed by the features it offered especially the brush engine , it looked brilliant! I took the plunge which in the case of Krita is no more than a click and an install and started to use it.

I don’t proclaim to be an expert using it but when I do use it the software doesn’t get in the way of being creative, it just does the job well, more so if like me you use keyboard shortcuts, this software sits comfortably with mouse/tablet and keyboard use. It has a fantastic brush engine with plenty of customisation so you can tweak the brush presets to exactly what you want. I could go on, I won’t. Take a look and try it out for yourself if you’re on the look out for something to get into digital art. Did I mention it’s free!

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