Krita alternate themes

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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> (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!!



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Haha! Thank you :)



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BTW, translated to spanish and shared this tutorial in my little blog: … vid-revoy/

Thanks for your work! :)


  Tim Jones

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


  Vasile Guta-Ciucur

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Thank you, the last one is the best!



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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!!!


  David REVOY

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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 :)



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



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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.


  David REVOY

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Many thanks for the feedback!

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