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When you start Krita you get some kind of starting window presented. This window is different to the final Krita window in that way that it has four fixed parts:
main menu: The main menu is placed on the top and contains three entries: “File”, “Settings” and “Help”.
general document selection: This is a part on the left of the window and offers you to choose between one of the following for the document you want to work on: “Recent Documents”, “Open Document”, “Custom Document”, “CMYK”, “Greyscale” and “RGB”.
specific document selection: This is the middle part of the window. Depending on your choose on the left (within the “general document selection”) it presents you different opportunities.
information: This is the right part of the window and it might be absent. For the “Open Document” and the “Custom Document” selection it is missing.
The main menu consists of three entries:
The file menu has the following sub menues:
Note: There are also some other sub menu entries but those entries are inactive and cannot be chosen.
The settings menu has the following sub menus:
The help menu has the following sub menues:
On the left of the Krita starting window you see 6 different selections to choose from. The options that are presented to you are:
This option is recognized by an open folder with a white sheet symbol and the text “Recent Documents” on the right of the symbol. If you coose this option the specific document selection in the middle shows you up to 10 documents you have opened with Krita in the past. Choose this entry to quickly open one of the documents you worked on lately.
This option is recognized by an open folder with a white sheet symbol and the text “Open Document” on the right of the symbol. Pick this option to get some kind of open file dialog placed within the “specific document selection” part of the starting window. Here you are now completely free to choose any of the supported documents to open.
This option is recognized by a white sheet with a question mark symbol and the text “Custom Document” on the right of the symbol. When you take this selection you are free to define your new Krita document. Beside the name of the new document you have to define the image size, the colour model and some special contents.
This option is recognized by a square symbol with the four colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black inside and the text “CMYK” on the right of the symbol. This option allows you to choose a template that creates a white CMYK image (8-bit integer/channel) of 2000 x 800 pixels.
This option is recognized by a triangle and the text “Greyscale” on the right of the symbol. This option allows you to choose a template that creates a white greyscale image (8-bit integer/channel) of 640 x 480 pixels.
This option is recognized by symbol the shows three differently coloured circles (red, green and blue) and the text “RGB” on the right of the symbol. This option allows you to choose between 8 different templates. Each template creates a new image with either a transparent or a white background. The image size varies between 640 x 480 and 1600 x 1200 pixels.
As mentioned earlier this part differs depending on your selection within the general document selection. Therefore we keep the 6 different general document selections as starting point for the description.
This shows you up to 10 documents you have opened with Krita in the past. For some kinds of documents (e.g. JPEG and PNG) Krita even gives you a preview of the picture. If there is no preview of the document you get a white sheet with a question mark symbol presented instead. On the right of the document preview or the symbol is the file name of the document.
This just shows the open file dialog. You can navigate within the file hierarchy and select a document supported by Krita to open. You can filter the view for any supported document or you can choose to filter for a specific document type. Whatever filter you choose you will only see folders and and those documents that fulfill the filter criteria.
This part lets you define important features of your new Krita document.
Name First give the document a name. This name will also be used as the title in the document information.
Image Size Next deside on the image size. You have to enter width and height in one of the following measures: Pixels, Cicero, Pica, Decimeters, Centimeters, Inches, Points, Millimeters. The default value is pixels. If you are funny enough you can even enter the with in one measure (e.g. pixels) and the height in another one (e.g. points). Now you have to set the Resolution of the new picture (Krita document) in ppi (aka pixels-per-inch). The default value is 100.There is a button “Screen size” which allows you to set Width and Height to the current values of your screen size.
Note 1: The limit for the image size (as set in Kritas source code) is 100,000,000 x 100,000,000, but creating images of that size really doesn't work. The real limit of image size depends on your PC. You should not try anything bigger than 32000x32000. :-)
Note 2: The limit for the image resolution (again as set in Kritas source code) is 99999. Here too, the real limit depends on your PC. You should not try anything bigger than 4800.
Colour There are three decisions you have to do here: The colour model you want to use, the colour depth per channel and the colour profile you want to use.The following selections are possible:
Colour Model Cyan Magenta Yellow Black, L a* b*, Red Green Blue, Grayscale, XYZ. The default value is Red Green Blue.
Depth 8 Bits per channel or 16 Bits per channel. The default value is 8 Bits per channel.
Colour Profile Adobe RGB, IEC 61966-2.1 Default RGB colour space - sRGB, Wide Gamut RGB, Apple RGB, CIE RGB, ColorMatch RGB, SMPTE-C (CCIR 601-1) RGB, sRGB, NTCS(1953) RGB, sRGB ColorSpace Conversion Profile, scRGB (linear) - (lcms internal), PAL/SECAM RGB.
Contents Even here are three decisions to take: The Canvas colour to use, the opacity, and wheter or not to give a description for the new Krita document.
Canvas colour This colour can be choosen freely. Just select any colour you like.
Opacity Here you can select any value between transparent and opaque.
Description You might enter a description for the new Krita document. But there is no need to really do so. The description will go into the comments section of the document information.
Note: The limit for the description is 2,147,483,647 characters. What characters are supported depends on your local settings. If your linux uses utf8 you have the full range of unicode characters available for your description.
Here you find one template for a white CMYK image with 8-bit integer/channel and a size of of 2000 x 800 pixels.
Here you find one template for a white greyscale image with 8-bit integer/channel and a size of 640 x 480 pixels.
Here you find 8 templates for different images with either a transparent or a white background. Four of the templates create a new document with a transparent background while the other four templates create a new document with a white background. For both the transparent and the white background the following image sizes are available: 640 x 480, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024 and 1600 x 1200 pixels.
|What's New in Krita 2||Templates|