illustrator , concept-artist

Krita brushes v3

Published the 14 august 2013 in Free resources with tags : Krita, brush, cc-0

"Un bon artisan prends soin de ses outils" 

A french proverb roughly translated by "a good worker take care of his tools".
This is still into this spirit I keep care of my brushkit ( and in extensio to the softwares I use ).
I also share my ressources while a lot of greedy artist on proprietary still protect their own because I know you can get my pen/brush/tools for free ...
That's not where my skill is...

 Here is my new and 3rd brush kit for Krita  :-)

New thumbnails

All the thumbnails were totally redone to match a new standard document I worked on with Timothée Giet  ( aka Animtim ) and Ramón Miranda  . 
This document is on the development wiki of the Krita project :
Now, there is standard backgrounds, composition and colors to make all the brushkit consistent. 
The goal : have appeal and consistency to merge external brushkit as mine into the main version.
So, don't be surprise to see some of this brush -maybe not them all- being a part of the default Krita brushes. 

How to use

Airbrushes :
Compare to the V2 , my airbrush with blending modes are back (  you can find brush with an embedded blending mode with a little gear/sun symbol on the top-left of the icon. ). 
   A. A normal one, reworked to be fast with big size, and as smooth as I could for this speed. 
   B. a 'Color HSY' one , this one will not destroy the value, only change the Hue , ideal to color, or with a grey hue, to desaturate
   C. An overlay airbrush ; this one can darken or lighten ; depending if you select a color with a value over 50% or under 50% ; I use it to vivid a bit my colors, to darken some corners to get an easy vignette effect, or to do little halo of light here and there. 

Speedpainting brush

I also added a new brush I found convenient to doodle ; it has a bit a flat plastic feeling, but works well at blocking value with pure area of grey. It has sensor on size and opacity, but capped with a minimum amount to not be too much expressive too. 

Block and Hairy brush
When I'm out the focus point of the artwork, I like to brush the details with a preset doing a sort of rake / bristle texture. 
One of the two, 'block' takes advantage of a new feature in 2.8dev ; 'fan corners' made by Dmitry Kazakov . 

Move tool
I'm happy this time, because it's years I try to tweak the 'deform brush engine' to obtain a sort of Iwarp brush. Now I got one, and I can tweak proportion on my sketch without getting too much blur. Talking about preset looking like tool, I also added a 'clone tool' to the preset. 

Drawing pen & Screentones

I don't use Screentones often, it's more like a 'proof-of-concept' brush preset, but I like to keep around. And about 'Drawing pen' , I can't live without. Every sketch / drawing I do with Krita start for me with this little thin rounded brush with a high expression on the size and opacity . It allows me to draw various level of sketch details with the same brush. It's an adaptation of my old Mypaint brush kit. 

Experimental basic

The experimental brush engine does the same effect as the famous Al.chemy software. I still use it or to doodle, or to speedpaint some hard surface object. All the fun start if you play with it and activate a symmetry mirror on the canvas.

All the Frottis
Frottis are thin transparent or semi-transparent glazes rubbed into the ground in the initial phases of an oil painting. From the French term "frotter", meaning "to rub". By the past when I was painting daily with traditional ( acrylic on canvas ) , I was an adept of this technic. Using thin layer of pure painting not loaded on a dry brush and rubbing the surface to overlay thin layer of colors. 
In an attempt to find back this feeling , I made this presets ; with a little of bristle and texture in it. I have a variation with blending mode to speed up my workflow ; 'addition' to enlight, and 'multiply/product' to darken, glaze and shade.
It also happen I sketch directly with 'Frottis' brush. 

Detailer soft and Bristles ( soft or textured )

'Detailer soft' was recreated from my Mypaint brushkit. This is the brush helping me to paint thin details or subtle lines. It happen to me to keep this brush during hours when detailing an artwork. The bristles brushes, does various effects helping to get textured strokes, and more life and unpredictable rendering. 

In version 2 of my brushkit , I was exited by the new 2.7 texture features, and added a lot of textured brushes. Finally, I saw I prefer to keep 2 preset only ; a thin and a large one, and change the texture on the fly directly on the panel depending my needs... 

Other brush presets ( Erasers / Splatters / Basics ) are pretty easy to understand, and I didn't felt the need to make here other visual for them. They just do what you expect they do ...


The brushkit ZIP can be downloaded here :
It should be compatible with 2.7 and 2.8dev . ( note:  Block.kpp preset might be problematic on 2.7, as it use a 2.8dev feature : fan corner ... not tested )
License :  the brushkit itself and thumbnails is released under the WTFPL 2.0  ( compatible Public Domain and CC-0 ). 


Unzip the downloaded zip , and paste the three folder 'brushes' 'paintoppreset' and 'patterns' into your Krita user preference directory. Under Mint 14 KDE, the Krita pref are located here : /home/<username>/.kde/share/apps/krita/

Have a good painting time ! 

Creative Commons License
The ressources to download in this article are licensed under a Creative Commons ZERO License (Public Domain).
BUT, the pictures, medias and the article to showcase the ressources are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution
(unless otherwise noted on pictures credit).


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wednesday 14 august 2013, 22:27

Thanks so much!

On Windows 7, the same directory is found in: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\.krita\share\apps\krita

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thursday 15 august 2013, 00:54

Tojours aussi top. :)

Merci David !

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thursday 15 august 2013, 07:03

Thanks Ren, I also was wondering where I could install it in my Windows 7 PC :)

And Thank you very much Deevad! the brushkit really looks amazing!! and the screenshots for which situations you can use it are really helpful and inspiring :D

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thursday 15 august 2013, 07:56

A great Brushset. I love the Movetool and the the textured bristles. From my own experiments i experienced how difficult it is to find good adjustments for these ones. The last two days i brooded over the brush preview problem... with no satisfying results at all. Okay now i will use the icons to match the standards. The placement is well balanced to put the maximum possible information in it, while keeping a clean visual result.
Thanks a lot for all the good work!

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thursday 15 august 2013, 11:46

Hey, the girl responsible for the inking brushes that were posted at the KDE forums.

These are looking good. Will definitely be trying them out and spreading the word on them.

Out of curiosity, I noticed my own icons aren't too far from the standardisation you guys were thinking of, is this pure coincidence?

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thursday 15 august 2013, 18:23

Great brushset, great work!!!
Thanks a lot, you facilitate our work.

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thursday 15 august 2013, 19:04

merci et bravo pour ton travail, monsieur. T'as assuré encore une fois ;) .J'aime beaucoup les brosses "frottis"
Si je peux me permettre, il manque, à mon avis, une bonne vraie brosse blur dans ce set . Je m'en suis bricollé 2, si ça intérresse quelqu'un je les mets sur le forum ;)

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8. kot-barbos

thursday 15 august 2013, 21:50

Thx David for the nice brushes. Always use your brushes.

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9. Phisatis

friday 16 august 2013, 00:24

Super !
Merci David pour ce nouveau pack de brosses que j'attendais avec impatience ! :)
@Kargall : Les brosses de type blur ne sont jamais inutiles. Pour ma part je suis donc preneur !

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10. Sfepa

friday 16 august 2013, 10:04

This is absolutely amazing!!!

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11. susandevy

saturday 17 august 2013, 03:03

thank you so much for sharing this,

I love this brushkit, and also the cute icon design, especially the Experimental Brush, just like the one from al.chemy ! I can not stop making some doodles with it.

"greedy artist on proprietary still protect their own" ?
aren't you afraid someone get this brushkit, modify a little and sell them ?
you know, you actually can get some money from this :)

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saturday 17 august 2013, 21:27

@Phisatis : J'ai mis une brosse ici ;)

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13. KitKit

sunday 18 august 2013, 18:31

@Jose Navas (and to anyone else who is wounding if this works in windows as well)- yes u can. This is were I found my folder for Krita.
However like Ren said above it might be, the 1st comment, found here
Simply because you might have a different version, I use krita 64-bit.
*Windows-Account-Username is your name for the account your log into at the moment. For ex. If you name the account on Windows John Doe then you would put in
C:\Users\John Doe\AppData\Roaming\.krita\share\apps\krita

If you don't use RUN for whatever reason and you actually go into the files/folders manual then you need to make sure that hidden files are being shown to you. If not, you will get lost and never find it. Yes it is in a a hidden file for those who didn't know.
Here is how you see hidden stuff in Windows 7, and maybe Vista as well - I never had Vista so idk if this is the same for Vista though :\ . Go to Start Orb> Type in "Folder" in the search bar> Click on "Folder options"> Go to "View" tab at the top> Look for "Hidden files and folders"> Make sure this is ticked "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" underneath "Hidden files and folders". And go find that file for krita! :P And to make hidden files hidden again, Use the way I stated above, if you closed out the window for the Folders options, but instead tick "Don't show hidden files, folders, and drives" not "Show hidden files, folders, and drives".

I hope this makes sense, and is helpful to anyone who reads this.

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14. João Apel

monday 19 august 2013, 05:50

Thank you @KitKiit very useful!

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15. KitKit

monday 19 august 2013, 21:56

@João Apel Your welcome ^.^ I'm happy to help.

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16. Blender Attitude Magazine

tuesday 20 august 2013, 16:36

Que du bonheur ! Merci David !
thursday 22 august 2013, 01:02

Thanks for the feedback everyone !

@KitKit & @Ren : thanks for the help about the Windows version install path.

@Kargall :Merci ! en effet, je vais essayer de l'inclure dans une future 3.1 ; ( sans 'color rate' et avec un 'spacing' plus court de 0.3, et un nouveau thumbnail ) Merci !

@Therahedwig : Hey ! in fact the inspiration of angled brush came mainly from the early work of Tanda really sweet icons , on Mypaint back in 2009 , and also a mix of my V2 brushkit and set#2 of Mypaint, and way Ramon did and Animtim did.
I hope you'll make nice thumbnail with the standards for your inking set :)

@susandevy : The WTFPL 2.0 license allows greedy people to make money on it :3 and I hope they will do a lot ! I'm already proud to feed for free few Asian who live with making illegal copies of my artworks on posters, cell phones, etc... Sometimes fans send me links from Ebay product ^ ^ even Sintel DVD !

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saturday 31 august 2013, 13:19

So far the Basic Round Wet is the best brush ever! I love Sai due to the way the basic brush blends a bit and you can decide how much it's influenced (or influences) the colour already on the canvas, and I can say this one is even better! Krita is still fairly slow on my PC, but it could be because it's fairly old and needs a reformat - once I have the time and funds I'll get a better one anyway, but that's the only complaint I have for it (Windows version).

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19. James

tuesday 03 september 2013, 04:53

Sorry, I was trying to download this, but it seems something is wrong with the link... :( The download goes too slow and then I get and error at the end. It isn't happening in other websites. Can you create a mirror, sir? Thanks.
tuesday 03 september 2013, 09:22

@James : Hi, I have an old place to host personnal files , with my old internet provider. Not sure it can be faster , but here is a mirror link :

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21. giffard philippe

thursday 05 september 2013, 16:02

je viens de tester krita et vos brosses. venant de painter, je trouve krita très prometteur. Une petite limitation me peine : la possibilité de mixer la couleur du pinceau avec la couleur présente sur le dessin n'est pas généralisé à toutes les brushes (comme celles utilisant les patterns pour simuler la granularité d'un papier ou d'une toile). enfin une petite suggestion : utiliser un algorithme de bump mapping 3d pour simuler une épaisseur de peinture.
encore merci pour les brushes, je m'en vais continuer es tests
thursday 05 september 2013, 17:06

@giffard philippe : Merci pour le retour et pour le test. Pour le mix avec la couleur du fond, plusieurs moteur de brosse peuvent être utilisé. Ma volonté n'était pas de faire un kit avec le 'color bleeding' ou 'color smudging' sur toutes les brosse. Ici , je préfère même les pinceaux qui ajoutent des couches de transparence ; plus dans l'esprit des encres / aqaurelles ; que celui de l'empatement. En tout cas, faire des brosses est facile, et je montrerai un tutorial dessus prochainement.
Pour l'épaisseur de la peinture ; ce n'est pas encore dans la to-do list des developpeurs ; le logiciel subit d'importante modifications technique pour le moment, pour le rendre plus stable. Mais qui sait ; peut-être que plus de bénévoles codeurs viendront et implantront cette fonctionnalité.

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23. giffard philippe

thursday 05 september 2013, 18:44

merci, un petit edit en forme de pénitence : je viens de tester la version 2.7, et certains moteurs qui le font effectivement.

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monday 23 september 2013, 23:29

How do you remove the Krita default brush so that only these new V3 brushes will be in the list?
tuesday 24 september 2013, 09:21

@Konstantin Nikkari : Hi Konstantin, If you use the icon in the toolbar to access to the preset , there is in this dropdown panel a 'trash' icon. So, you can delete preset from here. :)

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26. Mihai

tuesday 01 october 2013, 12:13

Thanks! That was my major issue while doing your Krita introductory tutorials, finding your brushes among the default ones :)
tuesday 01 october 2013, 13:19

@Mihai : :-) yes V3 now joined the default ! I'm happy because it will ease the life for my follower. Now I 'll use default set too personnnaly. I'll still post from time to time some extra brush ;)

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28. lili lith

tuesday 29 october 2013, 11:34

merci :3

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29. Mark

thursday 31 october 2013, 07:32

Bon Jour David,

May I ask if brushes on V2 and V3 are different? I mean if I install V3 would I still need to install v2 of your brush pack since it carries a different sets of brushes? Or would installing v3 carry all the brushes from v2 and then more?

Meri beaucoup.


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30. khary

saturday 09 november 2013, 03:00

i cant seem to find where to put these brushes in ubuntu help please
saturday 09 november 2013, 08:38

@Mark : V3 are an evolution of V2 ; also V3 correct some of dependencies bug with recent version of Krita. All Krita versions after 2.8 ( to be released soon ) have V3 by default among the default brush.

@khary : Hi, on Ubuntu ; open the 'File' program , and in your /home/user/ ( default location on opening it ) press ' Ctrl + H ' on your keyboard to unhide hidden configuration files. Then you'll find the directory tree /home//.kde/share/apps/krita/ as in the instruction. Good luck !

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32. Peter

tuesday 12 november 2013, 18:33

Probably a daft question David, but am I ok to merge the folders with the existing folders within the Krita preferences directory under Linux? I'd rather not lose the default files, or at least the ones I've modified and I'm not totally confident with Linux yet.
tuesday 12 november 2013, 18:41

@Peter : Hi Peter ; I understand. Before the merge, feel free to do a copy of the entire Krita pref folder aside. You'll be able to restore it if it makes mistake or overwrite your custom brushes. Normally there is really low chance ; but can happen in one rare case : if you have custom brush with the same name as mine. Good luck !

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34. Peter

saturday 16 november 2013, 11:08

Thank you David - I love Krita, by the way: I've used Painter since the mid-90s but I find Krita's brush engine incredibly responsive under Linux. Just brilliant.
saturday 16 november 2013, 13:15

@Peter : Oh nice !

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36. lili

monday 02 december 2013, 14:08

merci monsieur. j'adore dessiner avec. ces brush sont très interessant et je pense avoir beaucoup progressé grace à eux. tout mes remerciement :) bonne continuation !

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37. Zed

saturday 14 december 2013, 00:07

Merci pour ces brush, y a de quoi bien s'amuser avec ! Krita est vraiment un logiciel cool de dessin !

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38. Ashwin Nandihalli

friday 18 april 2014, 13:09

How do you Edit the brush thumbnails to add image or brush, crayon, knife etc
friday 18 april 2014, 13:50

@Zed & @lili : Thanks !

@Ashwin Nandihalli : Hey, to edit the brush icon, you need to open your ressource folder ( in Menu > Edit > Ressources > Open ressources folder ) , then in your file manager open the paintoppreset folder, and inside, the preset files ( the *.kpp ) are editable with Krita. ( right click , open With > Krita ).

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thursday 18 december 2014, 18:23

For those wondering where the brushes and brush presets are located in Mac OSX, there is a folder in: users/USERNAME/library/preferences/kde/share/apps/krita where I suppose they could be installed.
To make the Library visible, open your user in the finder and select VIEW/SHOW VIEW OPTIONS and enable SHOW LIBRARY

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