Krita alternate themes

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Seven years ago I distributed a set of theme for Krita that became the defaults. You can switch between a dark, a darker, a bright and a neutral already by just going into the top menu of your Krita, Settings → Themes.

But today, I share a new set of alternates themes I created for various reasons. I kept them so far on my install but today I made cleanup and kept five that merit to be shared. You'll find them under along with a description and a screenshot. The install and download instruction are at the bottom of this post.

Krita bright neutral

A theme a bit brighter than the Krita bright default and with a neutral gray selection color.
That's a color theme I use system wide on my Plasma desktop, but more rarely with Krita itself.

Krita midgray bright ice

This is a derivation over the default "Krita bright" theme. Slightly darker, this theme blend the background of the preset icons into the background of the user interface. I find this theme very convenient to draw my sketches or to do line-art, when working over white or bright gray backgrounds.

Krita midgray focus teal

A theme I created for a friend who liked a lot the default dark theme with teal highlight of the software "Clip Paint Studio" (eg: clip paint screenshot ). The colors differs a bit, because the user interface elements of Krita are really different but I think I did a correct work "eye-balling" the general mood.

Krita midgray focus blue

A derivation of the previous theme I did for myself but this time using blue as a color for highlight. I finally adopted it on long term. You probably saw this one since monthes on the screenshot I share on social network. The value is slightly darker than a pure midgray and it gives a "dark room ambiant" to create shiny color effect. Perfect for the colors I work on Pepper&Carrot.

Krita dark high contrast gold

This one was a request I get two weeks ago on the Krita IRC channel: a dark theme with strong gold color highlight on the selected elements to help in case of visual impairment with a strong contrast while keeping a dark user interface. After discussions with the requester of the theme to get an idea of what type of theme was efficient; we found an example and I took inspiration to the Yellow theme made by Mrtz found on this wonderfull thread the Blender Community made with many theme.


  1. Download the zip containing the five themes here:, 4KB 2. Open Krita, go to the top menu: Settings → Manage Resources and click the Open Resource Folder button. 3. Your file explorer now should open at the location of where Krita store your preferences
    (eg. Dolphin opens /home/deevad/.local/share/krita for me, deevad on GNU/Linux).

4. In this folder create a new folder named: color-schemes 5. Extract the five *.colors files you found on the zip inside the color-schemes directory. Like that:

That's all. When you are done, close Krita and re-open it. Now you can switch to the new theme going to the top menu Settings → Themes (tested on GNU/Linux and a Krita 4.1.x, I can't test on Windows or Mac).

I hope you'll like them!

Licence: the zip and *.color files are CC-0 ressources, public domain.

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link victorhck   - Reply

> (tested on GNU/Linux and a Krita 4.1.x, I can't test on Windows or Mac).
and a Plasma screenshot!

Please marry me!! :)

've phun!! and thanks for that!!

link Deevad Author, - Reply

Haha! Thank you :)

link victorhck   - Reply

BTW, translated to spanish and shared this tutorial in my little blog:

Thanks for your work! :)

link Tim Jones   - Reply

Thank you for sharing. I opted for the "Dark High Contrast Gold", it's absolutely beautiful.

link Vasile Guta-Ciucur   - Reply

Thank you, the last one is the best!

link Mu*Tant   - Reply

I'm Windows user. I used it with Windows 10 (Krita 4.1.7).
I chose "Krita dark high contrast gold".
It is a very nice theme.
Thank you!!!

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Thank you for the feedback!

I was affraid this install trick wasn't compatible with other platform, but now I feel better about my instructions :)

link leslie   - Reply

how did you get it to work it's working for me

link JackTheVulture   - Reply

Oh man that dark theme with the gold. I can't resist. Black and Gold is such a nice aesthetic.

link Fabian   - Reply

All themes tested on Krita 4.1.7 on Windows 10, and every one works fine.

I suppose that being only a file with the specification of colors, the risk of problems is minimal.

Thanks David, I chose to use the Krita midgray focus blue, it seemed very nice, and I feel that it does not exhaust the eyes so much.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Many thanks for the feedback!

link AlbinoCookie   - Reply

There's a lot of love for the Dark High Contrast Gold, but I love the Midgray Focus Teal. Nice and cool and not harsh on the eyes.

Thank you for the themes,
Love your work!

link Rami   - Reply

Thank you for the themes! (Merci)

I loved specialy the midgray focus teal. But is it possible for you to make a blog post teaching how to make a krita theme like that? I belive a lot of cool Ideas would come up from the community if there was a easy way to customise the looks of krita.

Thank you again!

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

The theme are really simple text you can edit with any text editor.
To ease the process; under GNU/Linux a tool part of the System Settings of the Plasma KDE desktop helps to produce them with an interface and a color selector.
But for user on windows/mac; you'll have to use a text-editor and copy color codes. I'm not sure it can produce a good tutorial.

link Kasia   - Reply

Hello again - could you recommend a site that one could use as a online sketchbook (place for drafts and sketches only)?
According to tumblr, this is a strictly adult piece (LOL): and it was blocked. So I need a new blog now.

Thank you in advance : D

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

( xD for the tumblr algorythm with nudity of classic paintings ).
I would advice an account on , the #krita hashtag has followers and this node on the fediverse is supported by Patreon and Liberapay; so you'll keep control on your datas. For a more closed platform; maybe artstation.

link Kasia   - Reply

it says: "register on different server"...

well, back to blogspot, I guess XD

link David REVOY Author, - Reply


link Anaïs   - Reply


Déjà, merci pour tout ce que tu nous proposes ! Par contre, j'ai un problème : quand j'utilise mon stylet (je possède une wacom intuos) le début du trait est souvent droit comme si j'utilisais une règle et la longueur dépend de la vitesse à laquelle je dessine. Je ne sais pas trop quoi faire du coup je préfère venir demander ici...

Bonne fin de journée !

link Anaïs   - Reply

J'utilise la version 4.1.7 et quand je vais sur le testeur de tablette, ça m'affiche ça :

la zone que j'ai surligné correspond à mon problème de trait droit. (enfin je crois) Je ne sais pas si ça peut aider...

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Merci pour le chouette retour!
Malheuresement c'est un problème lié à Windows 10 et je ne sais pas comment aider pour ça. Je n'ai pas de système Microsoft à la maison depuis plus de 10ans, ni du Apple, que du GNU/Linux.
Mais j'ai vue passer ce genre de soucis dans la communeauté plusieurs fois ce dernier mois. Il va falloir demander ça sur le forum ou des developpeur qui utilise ce type de système puisse répondre.
Bon courage!

link Anaïs   - Reply

D'accord, merci pour la réponse en tout cas. Bonne soirée !

link Kotabhi   - Reply

Hello there!

Thank you for the themes. Unfortunately, Krita 5 is not supporting the file anymore. What should I do? Grateful for the help! <3

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hey, I just tested them, no issue here on Linux. It's probably a bug specific to your platform (Android? Win? Mac?)
Please report it on or

link OHS   - Reply

¡Muchas gracias!

link Steve   - Reply

These are great, thanks!

I'm looking for a way to make the canvas scroll bar's button to have the same highlight color as the rest of the focus blue theme but it looks like it stays grey... the same as ever. Do you know the code I can use to edit the color of the scroll bar button in the .colors file?

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hey Steve, thanks.
Unfortunately, the .color file can't target UI specific elements; it's more like a set of general rules that the UI theme reuse for coloring (eg. background, foreground, active, hover, highlight, selections). That mean changing the color of the scrollbar is possible; but it will affect almost all other parts of the interface too and not receive a specific highlight color.

link Steve   - Reply

Thanks for the quick reply!
Good to know it's not possible. I'll keep playing around with themes and I'm sure I'll find something that works for me soon.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Good luck with it!
Note you can also download many (more than 1800!) already made .color files from here: :-)

link Dale Frakes   - Reply

These themes are great!

Is there a reference for what settings are available in a .color theme file for Krita?

All the themes have scroll-bar indicators that are very close to the background, making them difficult to see so I'd like to make/modify a theme to specify the scrollbar colors. Do you know what setting like "[Colors:View]" would change the scrollbars?

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

No idea about how to target this specific element; I'm not even sure it is possible. If you want to find it; I advise to enter random flashy RGB colors ( eg, 255,0,0 for red , 0,255,0 for green, etc for blue ), load the colors then see if it targets an element you where suspicious about it.

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