New Drawin’ Software

Hey! I’ve been hard at work putting together next year’s business. Current projects are: yet another cover design for Beneath Oceans of Sky, the eternal audiobook project, and the series of shorts. That last one is the only thing I’m writing at the moment.

I recently switched computers. Well, I mostly switched. I still use the old one for editing audio because Windows 10 is not a friend of sound, apparently. With the switching of most tasks to the Windows 10 machine, I lost my Adobe Creative Suite, ie Photoshop, Fireworks, etc. I don’t use it enough to justify the expense, so I set out to find a free or at least low cost option.

I tried GIMP. I didn’t like it. I tried Inkscape. Didn’t like it. The interfaces were just too awkward. I am fully aware that I sound like a spoiled brat. In truth, I am both spoiled and a brat.

Then I found Krita. I can’t believe this is open-source/free software. The interface is a lot easier to learn, especially coming from Fireworks and Photoshop. There is a learning curve, though, because there are as many differences as there are similarities. I’m still getting the hang of it, but I love it so far.

Here’s a screenshot of the cover in progress and the interface.

Oceans rough

I still have a lot to do with the cover, but it is progressing nicely, and I like learning the software as I go along.

If you would like to check out my new software crush, you may find Krita at this link.