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Krita: Minimalist Brush Pack (Updated) by Aliciane Krita: Minimalist Brush Pack (Updated) by Aliciane
Minimalist Brush Pack

Content : Brush presets
Software : Krita 2.8 and higher

For some people, including myself, it can be a bit overwhelming to try a new software because of all the tools, the brushes and the options to play with.
I've started to use Krita a few months ago and after a few weeks of experimentation, I've realized that, in the end, I was only using those 7 tools. Therefore I'm sharing my very small brushset with you, hoping that it might help you to get familiar with the software easily without being side tracked by all the possibilities :)
Most of these brushes are very slight variations from default tools or from brushes by Deevad. Check his profile to find a lot more Krita brushes !




EDIT : HERE is a bundle with two additional brushes I've been asked about in the comments. The presentation is less pretty than the rest of the pack, so feel free to change their icon for whatever you want =p
Installation : The installation process is different than the rest of the pack. To import it, go to "Settings -> Manage resources" and then click on "Import bundle".
Content description : Both brushes are variations of my main "Flat Wet Brush". I use them to paint some organic details such as leaves, grass and clouds.



Installation : Open Krita's resource directory by going to Edit > Resources > Open Resources Folder. Go into the "paintoppreset" subfolder. Unzip the .kpp files into it. Restart Krita.
Content description : Here is a quick explanation of how I use each of these presets.

Pencil Brush
I use it at small size to sketch my underdrawings. With a larger size it can be used to simulate shading with the side of a graphite pencil.
Flat Wet Brush
My main brush, I literally use it 90% of the time. At high pressure it lays down the colour and at a lower pressure it gently blends the colours. Beware as it uses the colours from the layers underneath to create the resulting blended colour. Recommended for a painterly look with few layers. This is an extremely quick and efficient tool for me, it saved me a lot of time. Plus it has a slight bit of texture in it :)
Opaque Brush
A brush without pressure sensitivity ! I use it to block-in my colours in early stages when I need them to stay fresh and clean.
Airbrush
Your good old regular airbrush. I only use it for special effects, usually on layer modes such as overlay or increase/decrease saturation. It is useful for minor, discrete corrections thanks to its very soft edges.

Move Tool
A very handy brush which will grab and distort/push what's inside its radius. It is very useful to make quick corrections when something is slightly misplaced.
Blur Tool
Applies a local Gaussian blur. I generally use it when I need to put something out of focus or to get a really really clean blending. Don't overuse it as it can quickly look too soft. Use the next one instead.
Smudge Tool
This textured smudge tool is very useful to refine a blending. It should only be used gently and carefully to smooth an already existing transition; the flat wet brush should be sufficient in most cases. Beware as it is very powerful, use it by tipping with your stylus like you would with a sponge, do not make long strokes ^^
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:iconaesterix:
Aesterix Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I really wanna try! But the download link isn't working o n o 
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holyroll Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
The flat wet brush is awesome, I'd love to know what brushes you've used since
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Not so many actually ! :) That brush is still my main one, though I've tweaked it a little bit since.

First, I think that at the time, I had activated the "Overlay Mode" in the brush settings. That was a mistake x) It doesn't improve the blending quality nor the colours, in my opinion. However it was bothering me a lot when I was erasing with this brush because it would smear colours all over the place instead or erasing "cleanly". It was making layer management really messy. So I unchecked it and I'd suggest you to do the same if it is still activated.
The other changes are pretty minor, I mainly tweaked the pressure curve. I wanted the brush to reach its maximum opacity sooner (meaning at a lower pressure) and I also wanted its minimum opacity to be higher. I prefer painting with more opacity these days and I don't want having to press to hard on my tablet for that.

Otherwise I'm using two additional brushes which are in fact a variation of this one. One is an even more opaque version of the same brush, whose opacity barely vary with the pressure, but whose size vary a lot more.
This is the brush I've used for this entire painting as well as for the vegetation here and there. So to recreate this brush, you'd have to take the flat wet brush and just tweak the pressure and size curves.

The last one is a variation of the previous one. I've simply replaced the brush tip by another one which is called "Oil_Soft". I think it is included in Krita by default. It gives it a more "featherly" quality which makes it pretty useful to generate a more natural or organic look. So I don't use this one for blending.
It's the brush I've used for most of the herbs on the rocks here and the edges of the clouds there.

I'll try to make another brush pack with those two one of these days :)
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Takogami Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for these brushes! I'm new to Krita and I'm trying to recreate this brush to no avail ;v; ) 

"Otherwise I'm using two additional brushes which are in fact a variation of this one. One is an even more opaque version of the same brush, whose opacity barely vary with the pressure, but whose size vary a lot more. 
This is the brush I've used for this entire painting as well as for the vegetation here and there. So to recreate this brush, you'd have to take the flat wet brush and just tweak the pressure and size curves."
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Okay so, I've tried to create a bundle with the two brushes I've talked about in my comment. Here's a link to download it. To import a bundle, you should go to "Settings -> Manage resources" and then click on "Import bundle".

Let me know whether this works this way or not ! If it works, I'll update my description to put the link easily available to everyone :)
I did it quickly so there isn't any pretty icon or whatever, I'll make a nice image next time I create a proper pack :XD:
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:icontakogami:
Takogami Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry for the delay! I downloaded them now and tried them immediately and I'm very happy with it :D
It appears to be working, here's a screenshot of the two brushes in the bundle like you said.
The one on the left is the Bristle soft (soft oil version ) and the right is the bristle soft (variable sizes) 
gyazo.com/1175a7aca4aaa4ba9a98…
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Great, thanks for the feedback ! I'll put the link in the description then :)
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Anime5828 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
hi! every time i try to click download the little downloading bar doesn't show up and i don't know what to do
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm, not sure how to help you... On my computer this works with both Firefox and Chrome so I don't know what the problem may be.
Do you have a problem only with this particular download or does it concern every download on DeviantArt ?
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Beafox Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know what Anime uses, but i'm trying to download it too, i use chrome, but it simply does nothing.
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sent you a note with an alternative download link, tell me if it works better ! :)
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NamiHeartphilia Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome !
This pack is a bit outdated though, I should probably make a new one with the brushes I currently use :)
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eeccee Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
What size canvas do you usually use?
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it depends on the final size of the picture. I came to the conclusion that what was most comfortable for me was to work on a canvas at least 3 times larger than the size at which the picture is supposed to be seen. For instance, if I want to make a 1920 pixel wide picture which can be used as a wallpaper, I'll work on a 5760 pixel wide canvas. All my work files will have this size and I'll only shrink the very final image.

If you reduce the brushes size too much, to a size of a few pixels, their effects won't work properly. This is why the canvas size is increased, so you can paint the details easily. Consequently, I almost never use a 100% zoom. Most of the time, I work at a 33% or 50% zoom and for some very specific areas, I'll zoom up to 66%.
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Gnewi Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you use the windows version of Krita or do you use it on Ubuntu/Linux? Awesome brush set! I have played a little with Krita, but like you said it is hard to change software once you are use to one. I really should give it another go. :D
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I use it on Ubuntu so I cannot really give you my opinion on the Windows version. I've heard that it isn't as fast and optimized as the Linux one, that there may be some lagging/slowing issues, but I didn't tried myself :)
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Gnewi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. My brother has said the same thing. I have only tried the windows version, and though I like it, it isn't as smooth as SAI is. At least on windows. But, I think it was originally created for Ubuntu/Linux systems, so it makes sense. They are constantly working on it so I will keep on eye on their progress. :)
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Drawing with a laggy program is just impossible, it's just too frustrating, no matter how good the program is, so I totally understand :)
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Yetinia Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Definitely a software I will look into trying out (Would you consider it the best open source digital painting program you've tried out thus far? :hmm: ) . I do appreciate the range of brushes you present here and you've made some great pieces through this software. :D
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe not the easiest software to begin with, but definitely the best open source digital painting program I've tried, yes ! :D
I love the brush engine, the brush stabilizer, the drawing assistants (tools to draw ellipses or perspective grids), and some other little details in the interface or in the way things react. I haven't yet finished to explore all the functionalities, but it is now my main program :)
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:iconyetinia:
Yetinia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
:hmm: I may have to give it a shot after all (already installed though I hear a 2.9 version will be coming out soon). As much as I've enjoyed Gimp... it doesn't feel as intuitive painting and drawing wise as I had hoped. Reading reviews on Krita and seeing what you've produced through the program though... has me hopeful that this might just be what I've been looking for in a digital art program. :)
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have the 2.9 beta version; I think the only thing missing from 2.8 that I sometimes use is the brush stabilizer, it helps me quite a bit when sketching with long and fluid lines since I have a very small tablet. Apart from that, to the best of my memory everything I use is in the 2.8 :)
I like the way you can customize the size and position of the layout elements; once I'd set all the panels to my taste I already felt more "at home" :XD:
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Yetinia Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Using 2.8 for now because the computer in which I've downloaded on has windows 8. So far, it's been running surprisingly smooth. :) Having painted on Gimp exclusively in the past... Krita blew me out of the water. I haven't even tested out all it has to offer yet. It definitely feels a lot friendly to digital painting than Gimp, which is exactly what I wanted from a digital art program. :tablet: 
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Let's spread our love for Krita =p this piece is awesome, I posted a more detailed comment on it !
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Alixnight Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Krita, the only real problem I have with it is that it can take a long time to move layers after I drag them up or down.
Will try out these brushes when I get the chance. 
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Argh, it's true that the software is not the most optimized one, especially on Windows. Do you often use a lot of layers or does it happen to you even with a few of them ? :(
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Alixnight Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find it mostly depend on the overall size of the image really, if the image is a smaller one it works much quicker. I'm kind of a layer addict ^_^; I really like the control it give me.

And for the hack of it here are my Boot camped Mac stats.
Win 7
Intel core i3 3ghz
Ram 4GB
ATI Radeon HD 4670
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Guess it's mainly software related indeed :( I hope further releases will make it more efficient with large files !
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:iconalixnight:
Alixnight Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too because other than the layers erck, I find it much better to work with the PS and Gimp when it comes to painting or drawing. 
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susandevy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love using Krita

but since I already familiar with Gimp and MyPaint, I rarely use it.
but sometimes I use Krita for trying some new things, because it has a lot of cool brushes !
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I only started to really use it a couple months ago; I was just so familiar with Gimp that I was always being lazy, I wanted to stay in my comfort zone, so I understand your feeling :XD:
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Oriva-Khimaira Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
<font><font>ありがとう!</font></font>
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome ! By the way, sorry for responding in English, but I don't speak Japanese very well :( I'm a French person who is currently living in Japan :)
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kwikdraw Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Writer
Awesome! :love:
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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kwikdraw Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Writer
You are welcome!
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Maiden-In-Black Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing ^^ I didn't try krita yet, but I liked what I've seen of it.
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No problem :) tell me what you think of Krita if you happen to test it; I've never really tried SAI (which I think is your main software) so it would be interesting to know the main differences between them ^^
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Maiden-In-Black Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, I'll do that ^^ Actually, I'm a PS user that is in love with SAI XD I'm faster working in photoshop because it's the software I first learned, and I was in a transition to SAI because of the color thing you commented in your tutorial. But now thanks to you I can test the approach you suggested, I'm eager to see the results ^^
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it's always very difficult to get as efficient with a new software as with a software we've used for years !
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brokencreation Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh cool another person who plays with krita :D awesome little piece of kit isn't it 
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I really felt in love with this software ! I used to paint with Gimp for two years, and I thought it would take me months before getting familiar with another software, but Krita was in fact really easy to get used to :)
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brokencreation Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indeed it is. could do with some more optimisation with larger brushes though mind you 
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Muleemae9 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay so I don't exactly understand. I never exactly have done much digital art (unless a drawing app for 6 and under counts) before. So, how exactly do you do it? I have done traditional drawing for as long as I could hold a crayon the right way, and try and try and try to do it on my tablet but the way I do it on paper just looks weird on my tablet and doesn't turn out right. Is there some sort of technology you need? I tried downloading MyPaint just to see what it is but, it must have not downloaded properly because it doesn't show up (it could just be my laptop too, still trying to understand this crazy thing!). Can you please explain it to me? I am really interested in it but, if you cant or it isn't easy to explain I do know how to research too. Don't feel bad if you cant explain it to me, sometimes (and speaking form experience) it is very hard to explain something to someone who barely knows the correct things about it.
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Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'll answer you by note, I'll be more convenient to discuss in private :)
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stepsteps Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
good idea. i'm gonna try out. having tons of presets can be rather distracing
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:iconaliciane:
Aliciane Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It is really fun to play with custom brushes, to tweak the settings every now and then to see what it changes, but in the end, brushes do not matter that much and I find it more efficient to stick with mainly one brush (especially since I am a rather slow artist to begin with :XD: )
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