Gradient Map Brush Tips¶
Used in Rosemåling and single-stroke flower paintings, the technique of loading two separate colors can be emulated in Krita with gradient-mapped brush tips.
Gradient mapped tips work much in the same way as the gradient map filter does: The grey-values of each pixel in the brush is mapped to the gradient color. As gradients can have some of their colors be assigned to be the fore or background color, you can effectively make dual-loaded brush tips this way.
Making such a tip is actually quite easy:
Make a tip that’s black on one side and white on the other
f5 to call up the brush settings. There, go to the Clipboard.tab, and select
In the popup, give it any name you want, and then make sure to untick Create Mask From Color (as that would make the lighter colors transparent). Press ok.
Then select the new brush tip. Set Brush mode to Gradient Map, and adjust other brush settings like Spacing.
Draw with your brush. Switching the active gradient in the toolbar allows you to use different colors. The Fore to Background gradient is especially useful here, as it always uses the currently selected fore and background color.
With Rotation to mapped to Drawing angle, you can easily create effects like Rosemåling, while you’ll need a tilt-enabled tablet for single stroke brushes.
The texture option also has the ability to map its greys to a texture. Combining both these gradient map functions together with the strength parameter to switch between either, and you can make cool results like the above.