Table of Contents


Painting techniques

  • Sara Tepes ( - values first (air brush), then colours on a soft light layer (air brush). Duplicate that layer with 50% opacity to brighten, finally a filter layer, playing around with colour adjustment curve on RGBA, Red, Blue etc.
  • Jenna ( - lines (air brush), flat colours, luminosity layer for highlights (air brush), multiply layer for darks (air brush), merge together and then blend with textured brush.


  • There is an overview docker
  • <C-A-c> to resize the canvas
  • <C-S-r> to paste clipboard contents as a reference image
  • <C-g> creates a Group Layer wrapping the currently selected layer
  • <Shift-s> to bring up snapping options
  • Grid is located in View → Show Grid (or <C-S-'> ). There is also a docker for it, which lets you configure sizes and offsets in Settings → Dockers → Grids and Guides
  • <Delete> to reset background and foreground colours to black and white
  • - and = to decrease/increase zoom level
  • Creating a texture template can be useful for making tesselating tiles for pixelart
    • w to trigger tiling
  • m to mirror the canvas vertically (needed to enable this in Configure Krita)
  • Delete a layer with <Shift-Delete>
  • r and clicking on an area selects the topmost layer that contains paint in that area
  • A desaturation filter layer can be used to turn layers below it into black and white (to look at the values)
  • + to zoom in
  • - to zoom out
  • <Ctrl-Space> + LH drag to smoothly zoom in and out


  • (Custom) <F2> to rename a layer (requires binding)
  • <A-Click> (alt + click) to hide all but selected layer
  • <C-l> to introduce a filter mask into a layer

Vector Layers


Show Timeline, Onion skins and animation docker

  • Turn on auto-frame to create a new frame everytime something on a layer changes
  • <A-Drag> moves the entire timeline
  • Enable layers to be shown in the timeline by checking 'Show In Timeline' when right-clicking on them
  • Onion skinning on layer is off by default; option to enable becomes visible once a frame is created
  • Export to mp4/gif with File → Render Animation


  • <C-e> to merge current layer with the one below it
  • In Tool Options, the brush smoothing option can be changed (basic and stabiliser most used)
  • Canvas can be resized in Image → Resize Canvas
  • Change the colour of line art (e.g. black to blue) in a layer by going to Filter → Adjust → HSV Adjustment ( - also <C-u>


  • Reset rotation with 5
  • <Space> to pan
  • <Shift-Space> to rotate


  • <C-r> enables rectangular selection
  • t to move selected
  • <C-S-a> to deselect all
  • <C-h> to show/hide selection
  • While in outline selection mode:
    • Hold <Shift> to add to selection
    • Hold <Alt> to remove from selection
  • In Layers docker, right click on layer and use 'select opaque' to select everything in that layer
    • <Ctrl> + Click also works
  • An active global selection can be converted to a persistent local one by right clicking on layer, Add → Local Selection
  • (Custom) <w> for magic wand
  • (Custom) <q> for lasso select
  • <C-j> to duplicate a layer or mask
    • <C-Alt-j> to copy a selection to new layer
    • <C-Shift-j> to cut a selection to new layer


  • Configure tablet pressure sensitivity with
  • / toggles between most recently selected brush presets
  • b for the freehand brush
  • f for fill bucket
    • Change Sample to All Layers (and increase grow selection value) in order to hold the fills in a separate layer to the lines layer
  • Similar selection tool useful for moving stuff between layers

Free Transform

  • Access with <C-t>
  • Can flip vertically or horizontally in tool options (triangle icons near the bottom)
  • Warp can be used to deform selection
    • Cage setting can be used to change proportions by dragging the vertices of a created polygon


Last icon of the transform tool.

  • Move: drag to pull and push pixels with brush
  • Zoom: hold to magnify/<Ctrl> to shrink
  • Twirl: rotate
  • Offset: Push pixels perpendicular to stroke. Useful to refine outer silouette
  • Erase: reset liquidify proportions

Additionally, wash mode applies deformation on original pixels, so there is a 'cap'.

Hold shift and drag the pen left and right to change the size

  • Use amount (rate of application) and spacing (sensitivity with respect to cursor movement)


  • Parallel ruler mode can be used to quick-draw straight lines
  • Vanishing point mode can be used to quick-draw lines converging to the vanishing point


  • <Ctrl> to open up the eyedrop picker (seems to need to be the actual Ctrl key, rather than the remapped Caps Lock) Hold <Alt> to select the original colour of that layer, prior to filters and opacity settings
  • [ and ] to decrease/increase brush size (<Shift> + dragging left/right also works)
  • l and k to make brush colour lighter or darker
  • i and o to decrease and increase the opacity
  • x to swap background and foreground colours
  • e to toggle eraser mode
  • Hold v to temporarily enable the line tool to draw straight lines
  • Blending (from Also some applied real-life examples:
    • <Alt-Shift-m> for multiply (darkens existing colours, can be used to apply patterns, shadows)
    • <Alt-Shift-s> for screen (lightens existing colours)
    • <Alt-Shift-k> for darken (won't apply to darker colours)
    • <Alt-Shift-g> for lighten (won't apply to lighter colours)
    • <Alt-Shift-o> for overlay; adds a contrast
    • <Alt-Shift-d> for colour dodge; adds a contrast, but only lightens - good for adding aura/glow
    • <Alt-Shift-c> for colour (grey helps desaturate)
    • <Alt-Shift-n> for back to normal

Have bound <Alt-B> to enable basic brush smoothing, and <Alt-T> to enable stabiliser brush smoothing.

Bezier Curve

  • Right click undos
  • Click to do a straight line
  • <Enter> finishes the curve