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Brushes control what kind of effect is created when you paint with one of the paint tools. While the paint tools decide where you are painting, brushes control what is painted there. Brushes can include traditional natural media-like effects such as the hairy, spray and hatching brushes. Brushes can also manipulating existing fixels. Examples of those are the clone, filter and distort brushes.
Currently Krita has the following set of brushes:
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Brushes are ordered alphabetically. The brush that is selected by default when you start with Krita is the Pixel Brush. The pixel brush is the traditional mainstay of digital art. This brush paints impressions of the brush tip along your stroke with a greater or smaller density.
Let's first review these mechanics:
1) select a brush tip. This can be a generated brush tip (round, square, star-shaped), a predefined bitmap brush tip, a custom brush tip or a text. 2) select the spacing: this determines how many impressions of the tip will be made along your stroke 3) select the effects: the pressure of your stylus, your speed of painting or other inputs can change the size, the color, the opacity or other aspects of the currently painted brush tip instance -- some applications call that a "dab". 4) depending on the brush mode, the previously painted brush tip instance is mixed with the current one, causing a darker, more painterly stroke, or the complete stroke is computed and put on your layer. You will see the stroke grow while painting in both cases, of course!
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If you have used other applications like GIMP or PhotoShop, you will have used this kind of brush. Krita is (mostly) compatible with the brush tip definitions files of these applications:
The following table (XXX: copy from http://community.kde.org/Krita/ActionPlan2#Photoshop_brush_support_in_Krita) shows which parts of the ABR brush tip files are supported.
Note that the definition of ABR brushes has been reverse engineered since Adobe does not make the specification public. We strongly recommend every Krita user to share brush tips in GBR and GIH format and more complex brushes as Krita presets.
All predefined brush tips are shown in one selector. There are four more options that influence the initial bitmap brush tip you start painting with: