Hi Krita users. I will talk about a common issue related to gradients.
In Krita you can use default gradients as you want; also you can create your custom gradient. But, at least until 2.8.x version, you can’t save your custom gradient.
Why? Via the app interface, it doesn’t appear a way to save your custom gradients (I repeat, until 2.8.x version). This could be a big problem if you often use gradients on your work (example, for comic or manga illustration).
So, is there a way to resolve the dificulty?… Well, yes. I found a way, via a old friend: GIMP.
Gimp uses .ggr format for his gradients, 100% compatible with Krita. In did, most of default gradients in Krita are in .ggr format.
A ggr gradient is just a text file, like this:
GIMP Gradient Name: MyCustomGradient 2 0.000000 0.250000 0.648562 0.000000 0.667437 1.000000 1.000000 0.877778 0.959353 1.000000 1.000000 1 0 0 0 0.648562 0.776358 1.000000 0.135760 0.658405 0.983276 1.000000 0.182233 0.956926 1.000000 1.000000 0 0 0 0
(For advanced users, there are aexplanation of the ggr format below on this post.)
So, what’s the idea? To create your gradients in Gimp and save later for Krita.
Create and save your gradients
- Open Gimp.
- Open the dockable dialogs: Menu > Windows > Dockable Dialogs > Gradients and Gradient Editor.
- Create, edit and save your custom gradient.
Copy to your Krita presets
The new gradient is saved in your personal gimp folder, under gradients:
Just copy the .ggr file and paste in your personal krita folder, under gradients:
Close and reopen Krita. You will see your new custom gradient.
That’s all! Enjoy! 🙂
For advanced users
If you want, you could create or edit your gradient via text editor. Here some explanation:
Also, for more information, start reading this documentation.