Cus­tomis­ing brushes in Krita

In part three of the se­ries, learn how to cus­tomise the soft­ware’s brushes with as she ex­plains the ba­sics

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he brushes in Krita are cat­e­gorised ac­cord­ing to their spe­cific char­ac­ter­is­tics. For ex­am­ple, there’s Pixel, Chalk, Curve, Par­ti­cle, Sketch brushes and oth­ers. These cat­e­gories all dif­fer from one another, ac­cord­ing to a num­ber of ed­itable vari­ables.

To ac­cess the brush set­tings you need to click an Edit brush set­tings icon


In Krita you can con­trol Opac­ity Size and Flow from the top tool­bar. But in or­der to save these set­tings as your new brush at­tributes, you’ll need to go on and de­fine them in the Brush Set­tings win­dow. Opac­ity and Size are most com­monly set to Pres­sure, but you can still spend some time ex­per­i­ment­ing with other Opac­ity dy­nam­ics, such as Speed or Ro­ta­tion for ex­am­ple. See what works best for you.


Al­most ev­ery vari­able is ac­com­pa­nied by a Curve. This help­ful tool will en­able you to de­fine how sen­si­tive your pen will be­come to this par­tic­u­lar set­ting. For ex­am­ple, with Size at­tribute set to Pres­sure, a dome­shaped curve will in­crease the sen­si­tiv­ity of your pen and you’ll need to ap­ply less pres­sure to cre­ate a thicker line. This can be pretty use­ful, depend­ing on your style of work. at the top tool­bar (Brushes and Stuff). From a pop-up win­dow you’ll then be able to mod­ify the ex­ist­ing brushes or, if you pre­fer, cre­ate new ones on the ba­sis of the ex­ist­ing ones.

You can se­lect and de­s­e­lect the at­tributes and as­sign dif­fer­ent ac­tions to each one. Then it’s sim­ple enough to save the changes or save the edited brush un­der a new name.

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