Back from Krita Sprint 2016

Last week, I spent 4 days at the Krita Sprint in Deventer, where several contributors gathered to discuss the current hot topics, draw and hack together.

You can read a global report of the event on krita.org news.

On my side, besides meeting old and new friends, and discussing animation, brushes and vector stuff, I made three commits:
-replace some duplicate icons by aliases in qrc files
-update the default workspaces
-add a new “Eraser Switch Opacity” feature (this one is on a separate branch for now)

I also filed new tasks on phabricator for two feature requests to improve some color and animation workflow:

https://phabricator.kde.org/T3542

https://phabricator.kde.org/T3543

Once again, I feel it’s been a great and productive meeting for everyone. A lot of cool things are ready for next Krita version, this is exciting! So much thanks to KDE e.V. for the travel support, and to the Krita foundation for hosting the event and providing accomodation and food.

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Breeze everywhere

The first half of this year, I had the chance to work on icon and design for two big free-software projects.

First, I’ve been hired to work on Mageia. I had to refresh the look for Mageia 6, which mostly meant making new icons for the Mageia Control Center and all the internal tools.

mageia-MCC

I proposed to replace the oxygen-like icons with some breeze-like icons.
This way it integrates much better with modern desktop, and of course it looks especially good with plasma.

mageia-MCC01

The result is around 1/3 of icons directly imported from breeze, 1/3 are modified versions and 1/3 are created from scratch. I tried to follow as much as possible the breeze guidelines, but had to adapt some rules to the context.

mageia-MCC02

I also made a wallpaper to go with it, which will be in the extra wallpaper package so not used by default:

Mageia-Default-1920x1200
available in different sizes on this link.

And another funny wallpaper for people that are both mageia users and Pepper & Carrot fans:

Extra-Background-01-PepperAndCarrot-1080
available in different sizes on this link
(but I’m not sure yet if this one will be packaged at all…)

Note that we still have some visual issues with the applets.
It seems to be a problem with how gtkcreate_pixbuf is used. But more important, those applet don’t even react to clic in plasma (while this seems at least to work fine in all other desktop).
Since no one seems to have an easy fix or workaround yet, if someone has an idea to help…

Soon after I finished my work on Mageia, I’ve been hired to work on fusiondirectory.
I had to create a new theme for the web interface, and again I proposed to base it on breeze, similar to what I did for Mageia but in another different context. Also, I modified the CSS to look like breeze-light interface theme. The result theme is called breezy, and is now used by default since the last release.

FD-Breezy01
FD-Breezy02

I had a lot of positive feedback on this new theme, people seem to really like it.

Before to finish, a special side note for the breeze team: Thank you so much for all the great work! It has been a pleasure to start from it. Feel free to look at the mageia and fusiondirectory git repositories to see if there are icons that could be interesting to push upstream to breeze icon set.

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GCompris: New Chess graphics

For my first sponsored post last month on my recently launched Patreon, I’ve decided to update the graphics of the Chess activities. There are three: End of game, Play against a friend and Play against Tux.

I think those are great to start playing chess, and not only for kids. I must say that I had a lot of fun playing with these activities while integrating the new graphics.

First, a screenshot of what it looked like before:

gcompris-chess-01-before

And now two screenshots with new graphics: the first with the new activity icons, and the second is a fullscreen view of the new chessboard and background.

gcompris-chess-03-icons
gcompris-chess-02-after

I also made some style changes to the overlays while moving the pieces, and to the side text and buttons.

If you were looking for a simple chess game to play alone or with a friend, look for the next release soon, or take a look at the build instructions on the website to test the development version.

Have fun playing chess in Gcompris !

Also, I’m about to update another activity before the end of this month, so stay tuned on my patreon page for the next news, and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to support this work.

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Premier livre sur Krita en français

(Post in french, english version below)

Le mois dernier est sorti mon livre “Dessin et Peinture numérique avec Krita”. Il s’agit du premier livre en francais sur ce logiciel. J’espère qu’il contribuera à faire connaitre ce magnifique logiciel libre de dessin à tous les artistes francophones.

Ce livre est disponible en version imprimée couleur, en version numérique téléchargeable sans DRM ou encore en version consultable en ligne, sur le site de l’éditeur D-Booker. Je remercie d’ailleurs mon éditeur pour m’avoir permis d’écrire ce livre.

dessin-et-peinture-numerique-avec-krita

Last month, my book “Dessin et Peinture numérique avec Krita” has been released. It is the first book in french about this software. I hope it will contribute to introduce this wonderful Free Software to all french speaking artists.

This book is available in full-color printed version, as digital download without DRM or as online version, on the website of the publisher D-Booker. By the way, I’d like to thank my publisher who made it possible to write this book.

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Back from conf.kde.in 2016

Namaste,
Ten days ago, I’ve traveled to India to make a conference about my experience contributing to Krita at conf.kde.in 2016. This year the event was at LNMIIT next to Jaipur city. It was an amazing experience! I met a lot of very interesting people, with great speakers, enthusiast students and a very warm welcome from everybody.

confkdein2016
Photo by Shivam Dixit, you can find some more here. I think the talks were recorded, I hope they get released online soon to can share the links here.

After the conference, I spent a few more days exploring this wonderful country, along with Bruno Coudoin the creator and maintainer of Gcompris. Great adventure!

I can’t thank enough all the people behind the organization of this nice event, and KDE e.v. as much for the support.

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