• If your Krita works well for 3.1.1 on your system; just paint with it and do not update to 3.1.2. The next version 3.1.3 can be more interesting because it will be a sort of Krita 3 final. A big 'bug fix release' before Krita jumping to the big change of Krita 4 ( with new text tool, SVG ).
  • Krita Painting Tutorial - Short Apr 17, 2017 - brave enough to make one, even after being confused about it before (?).okay XD well, this is my current workflow in Krita (forgot to mention, I use K.

Krita Cheat Brush Pack Heads. This brush kit created by Marts-Art is a great toolkit for digital artists.

Krita comes with a large collection of brush presets. This collection was designed with many considerations:

  • Help the beginner and the advanced user with brushes that are ready-to-use.

  • Propose tools for the various ways Krita is used: Comic inking and coloring, Digital Painting, Mate Painting, Pixel Art, 3D texturing.

  • Show a sample of what the brush engines can do.

This page illustrates and describes the included default brush presets in Krita 4.


  • The large one is for removing large portions of a layer (eg. a full character).

  • The small one is designed to use when drawing thin lines or inking. It has a very specific shape so you will notice with the square shape of your cursor you are in eraser-mode.

  • The soft one is used to erase or fade out the part of a drawing with various levels of opacity.



The basic brush family all use a basic circle for the brush tip with a variation on opacity, flow or size. They are named Basic because brushes of this type are the fundamental stones of every digital painting program. These brushes will work fast since they use simple properties.


These presets tends to emulate the effect of pencil on paper. They all have a thin brush that uses a paper-texture. Some focus on being realistic to help with correcting a pencil scan. Some focus more on showing the effects on your computer monitor. The two last (Tilted/Quick Shade) assist the artist to obtain specific effects; like quickly shading a large area of the drawing without having to manually crosshatch a lot of lines.


For the black & white illustrator or the comic artist. The Inking brushes help you produce line art and high contrast illustrations.

  • Ink Precision: A thin line designed to take notes or draw tiny lines or details.

  • Ink Fineliner: A preset with a regular width to trace panels, technical details, or buildings.

  • Ink GPen: A preset with a dynamic on size to ink smoothly.

  • Ink Pen Rough: A preset for inking with a focus on having a realistic ink line with irregularities (texture of the paper, fiber of paper absorption).

  • Ink Brush Rough: A brush for inking with also a focus on getting the delicate paper texture appearing at low pressure, as if the brush slightly touch paper.

  • Ink Sumi-e: A brush with abilities at revealing the thin texture of each bristle, making the line highly expressive.


A small category with presets simulating a marker with a slight digital feeling to them.

Dry Painting¶

The Dry Painting category is full set of brushes that appear like bristles. They do not interact with the color already on the canvas; that’s why they are called “dry”. They work as if you were painting on a dry artwork: the color replace, or overlay/glaze over the previous painting stroke. This brush emulates techniques that dry quickly as tempera or acrylics.

Dry Painting Textured¶

Almost the same family as the previous one, except these brush presets lay down a textured effect. They simulate the painting effect you can obtain with very thick painting on a brush caressing a canvas with fabric texture. This helps to build painterly background or add life in the last bright touch of colors.

Chalk, Pastel and Charcoal¶

Still part of the dry family. These brushes focus on adding texture to the result. The type of texture you would obtain by using a dry tool such as chalk, charcoal or pastel and rubbing a textured paper.

Wet painting¶

This family of brushes is wet in a sense they all interact with the color on the canvas. It triggers the feeling of having a wet artwork and mixing color at the same time. The category has variations with bristle effects or simple rounded brushes.


Simulating real watercolors is highly complex. These brushes only partially simulate the watercolor texture. Don’t expect crazy pigment diffusion because these brushes are not able to do that. These brushes are good at simulating a fringe caused by the pigments and various effects.


These brushes don’t paint any colors. They interact with the color you already have on the canvas. Don’t expect them to have any effect on a white page. All these presets give a different result with how they smudge or smear. It helps to blend colors, blur details, or add style on a painting. Smearing pixels can help with creating smoke and many other effects.


This family of airbrushes has variations on the blending modes. Different blending modes will give different results depending on the effect you are trying to achieve.

  • Color - Can help to re-color or desaturate a part of your artwork. It changes only the hue and saturation, not the value, of the pixels.

  • Dodge - Will assist you in creating effects such as neon or fire.

  • Lighten - Brightens only the area with the selected color: a good brush to paint depth of field (sfumato) and fog.

  • Multiply - Darkens all the time. A good brush to create a quick vignette effect around an artwork, or to manage big part in shadow.

  • Overlay - Burn helps to boost the contrast and overlay color on some areas.


Painting with ready-made shapes can help concept artists create happy-accidents and stimulate the imagination. The Shape Fill tool is a bit specific: you can draw a silhouette of shape and Krita fills it in real time. Painting shapes over an area helps fill it with random details. This is useful before painting over with more specific objects.


You might believe this section is specific to pixel-artist, but in many situations dealing with specific pixels are needed to make corrections and adjustments even on normal paintings. A thin 1px brush can be used to trace guidelines. A brush with aliasing is also perfect to fix the color island created by the Coloring-mask feature.


When categorizing brushes, there is always a special or miscellaneous category. In this family of brushes you’ll find the clone brush along with brushes to move, grow, or shrink specific areas.

Normal Map¶

Useful for 3D programs and texture artists. If your tablet supports tilting and rotation this brush will allow you to paint on your normal map using your brush rotation and orientation. You can “sculpt” your details in the texture with the different colors. Each color will map to an angle that is used for 3D lighting. It works well on pen-tablet display (tablet with a screen) as you can better sync the rotation and tilting of your stylus with the part of the normal map you want to paint.


Krita can apply many of its filters on a brush thanks to the filter brush engine. The result is usually not efficient and slow, but a good demo of the ability of Krita.


Adding textures is not only useful for the 3D artist or video-game artist: in many artworks you’ll save a lot of time by using brushes with random patterns.


The stamps are a bit similar to the texture category. Stamps often paint a pattern that is easier to recognize than if you tried to paint it manually. The results appear more as decorations than for normal painting methods.

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Create high-quality illustrations, concept art, textures and more, with this powerful and fully portable digital painting application

Digital painters, illustrators and concept artists can take advantage of a multitude of professional solutions to create stunning works, but many open-source alternatives are often overlooked, and there are plenty of reasons to give them a chance.

Krita Portable is a powerful yet intuitive digital painting tool that serves as a perfect example. It offers an impressive array of features aimed at a broad range of graphic artists, and it packs everything into a modern, intuitive and customizable interface.

Portable version of the popular digital painting solution

If you are already familiar with Krita, this portable edition is an interesting alternative to the standard installer-based version. It relies on the well-known PortableApps.com Platform, and it offers many advantages over the regular edition.

Most importantly, Krita Portable can be installed on a mobile storage device, such as a USB drive, and deployed on multiple computers without restriction, while maintaining all your settings and profiles.

Additionally, the application does not leave any traces behind on the host computer, so you can be certain every PC you run it on remains clean.

Offers a comprehensive feature set that should impress even the most demanding artists

The most important tools in the arsenal of any digital artist, the brushes, can be customized to a great extent, and the application offers a total of nine unique brush engines. A number of parameters can be modified, so as to cater to the needs of individual users.

Krita Portable offers another interesting feature in the form of the Wrap-Around Mode, which enables you to create seamless textures and patterns while watching the references update in real-time.

The application also provides helpful drawing aids and mirroring tools that you can rely on, and its comprehensive layer management system makes it easy to keep your project organized.

Moreover, Krita Portable supports color management through OpenColor IO for EXR and LCMS for ICC, and it can take advantage of OpenGL to improve the quality of the canvas and increase zooming speed.

User-friendly graphic design program that features a modern, intuitive interface

The application’s dark-themed UI is both appealing and easy on the eyes, and its layout is quite straightforward, so much so that any artist that has used similar programs in the past should have no problems finding the tools they need.

Speaking of ease-of-use, we should also mention the handy pop-up palette that you can bring up by simply right-clicking anywhere on the canvas. All the tools you use frequently can be stored here, along with some recently used colors.

To sum up, you already use the standard version of Krita, this portable edition is certainly worth a look, as it provides the same features while offering some interesting benefits.

However, if you are a digital artist who has not heard of this application until now, you should definitely give it a try. It is very easy to use, puts an extensive array of tools at your disposal and featuring a modern, intuitive user interface.

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Krita Portable was reviewed by Catalin Chelariu
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  • RAM:Recommended 4GB or higher
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