This tip teaches you how to use macros in Krita 2.4.
Macros are a way to automate repetitive tasks. You initially record the steps to complete a task, but then you only have to play back the macro to repeat those same steps.
I use Krita almost exclusively to sketches and layouts. When I have a drawing that I really like and want to develop further, I usually ink directly over top the sketches. I set my sketch on the bottom layer and ink above it. I prefer to have my sketches set to a different color to distinguish it from the inks. So I normally use the HSV Adjustment filter to change my sketched lines to a bluish color. Since I do this repeatedly I decided to create a macro to automate this process.
Creating A Macro
Here is the original sketch of a character I created called Doc Halo:
Now I want to create a macro to record the steps of changing this guy from black lines to blue lines. Go to Tools > Recording > Start Recording Macro. Although you won't see any indicators, Krita is now recording every mouse click.
Next I go into Filter > Adjust > HSV Adjustment and fool around with the settings to get a blue tint.
I am now done with the task steps so I must stop the recording by going to Tools > Recording > Stop Recording Actions. Krita immediately opens a Save Dialog to save the macro as a .krarec file. And my macro is complete.
To use a macro go to Tools > Macro > Open and play. Navigate to your .krarec file, and you're done.
Macros in any program are a great way to automate repetitive tasks and in a lot of cases save you a lot of time you should be devoting to creating. You should always be in the mindset to make your computing experience as easy as possible.
Doc Halo completed inks.