Krita palettes

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Update: [2018-04] A enhanced version of this palettes joined the default in Krita 4.x.


While painting in Krita, I was still switching palettes; between my old previous palettes, the one I added on Krita default and two other created on the fly for Pepper&Carrot. All this switch of palettes coupled with the current docker not rescaling the column of the palette made me less and less tempted to use palette. But having a good palette is something really important. A good one can really make a big difference in the quality of the color accents, large painted areas and mood of a painting. So, during an early spring cleaning, I decided to clean up my palette sets for Krita and simplify a bit the situation and improve my daily life with having the same one in all dialogs and quick access to everything I'm looking for. This palette is not a huge collection of colors, with gradients, color scheme, references and all. It's just a collection of my favorites colors and shortcuts, the one I struggle to find manually on the Advanced Color Selector docker. You want an_ olive green? _check! a indigo blue? got it! Lemon Yellow? of course! etc... etc... It's a painter set of colors sorted the way painting tubes come out of the box. Even if this palettes are customized to my specific needs, I thought you might be interested to use it too. That's why I'm sharing them today. I hope this file will put good colors in front of your eyes! Enjoy!



TL;DR: Download the ZIP, it contains a *.bundle file. If you know how to install bundle files in Krita, you can skip all the detailed instructions under :-) Install the bundle (detailed version):
1. Download the zip file
2. Extract deevad-palettes.bundle (inside the zip file) somewhere on your disk. Remember the folder.
3. Open Krita 3.1.2 or better.
4. Go to Settings > Manage Resources and press the Import Bundle button.
5. Find with the file dialog the deevad-palettes.bundle file
6. After selecting the files, you should see it loaded in the active bundle column.
7. Press OK to close the Manage Resources dialog.
8. Important: Restart Krita.
The palettes loaded on both dialogs. Artwork: episode 20 of Pepper&Carrot
(click to enlarge)

Load the palettes:

After installation, two palettes are added deevad and deevad-mini. The main one, deevad-mini, is a 9 columns version for the palette docker. The other one deevad is a funny hack to fill the Select a color dialog of Krita 3.1.2 with a 18 column version. I expect this latest version will disappear in time when the Select a color dialog will rescale automatically palettes.

Load deevad-mini on the palette docker:
1. Restart Krita.
2. Open a new document ( a lot of functionality of Krita are locked without a document ).
2. If you don't have the palette docker visible, Go to Settings > Docker > Palette to toggle the visibility of the docker.
3. On the bottom left of the docker, you'll find a colorful icon to load the palette. Select 'deevad-mini'. Load deevad on the Select a color dialog:
1. Click on the foreground color icon in the top toolbar (in green under 'View' on the screenshot above) the dialog will pop-up.
2. Click on the button Add/Remove Colors
3. Use the top list button to select deevad


This palettes are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 to "David Revoy,". This attribution is necessary in case of redistributing, commercializing, or modifying the palettes. This attribution is not necessary in case of usage (you can paint any artwork you want with it, you still own totally your artwork). This attribution is not necessary in case of doing screenshot/screenrecording of Krita and have the palettes visibles.


A. Simple greyscale from white to black, non linear and not equally split, just the visually good greys I like. B. A block of personal shortcuts:
top: A gradient from pale yellow to grey-violet: for tinting grey artwork with a subtle hue.
bottom: the C0C0 grey I use for background paper, a icy blue I like to sketch when on white background, two good color for quick shading with multiply, and a dark-red for inking. C. Rainbow color, but not pure RGB eyes agression. This one are balanced, and plays well together, as you can see. D. A set of color sorted as a full set of gouaches. Not too saturated, not full of grey. Just pure good looking colors.

Source code:

The source code is available here on Github. TO-DO:
- Name colors: if someone feels motivated, with this style (traditional pigment name).
- Add other popular pigment if missing
- Check how this 8bit *.gpl format behaves with 16bit color mixing
- Add and improve the color shortcut: industry standard color for sketching? for shading? for adding notes?
- Possibly find a way to add complimentary color under the third line color rainbow (shortcut).

License: "Krita palettes" by David Revoy − CC-BY 4.0with additional custom rules mentioned at the end of the article.
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