Krita 4 Extras brush presets pack

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I finally took the time to clean-up all the brush presets I made for Krita. You'll find here a bundle with an upgrade of 25 new presets including the research I did recently for my recent speedpaintings. I took an extra care for this collection to blend it perfectly within the default set that comes preinstalled with Krita. I hope you'll like them! Here is a video I made to share the news on social media:

Here is my notes about how I use them:

Drawing tools:

I'm starting this list with a preset I use for sketching. The rendering is not realistic but I find the pressure curve and the way it build-up softly and slowly the lines very good.

I used this pencil preset on the line-art of a lot of artworks over the last year. It has a subtle grain and a soft rendering that will reveal a bit more expression than my previous "Pencil 2" preset now default in Krita 4.x.

This drawing tool has a very digital and plastic feeling. It is like drawing with the perfect pencil on a perfect smooth bristol paper. It's useful for reducing the noise in the crosshatching and almost get them replaced with thin gray. It eases the digital paint process on the top because the lines blends better with digital painting; being smooth.

During the storyboard of episode 30, I decided to use a large and heavily textured pencil to not dive into the details. It does wonder with a bright gray color selected.


This presets was designed to ease my time painting over and smoothing and adding details. It also produces very soft line-arts. Probably the brush I used the most over the last year: it has a subtle way to produce glazing with low pass of opacity but can also goes expressive at full pressure.

On episode 30; I wanted a rendering a little less smooth than the previous episode. I built this preset and I started to paint almost all the episode with it. It produces a subtle texture that reproduce a sort of gouache painting on paper.

This brush draws sharps silhouettes and very dynamic strokes while having rough edges here and there.

Another brush to block big shapes while having another texture feeling.

A dry and soft effect for this one, I use it to prototype shapes with weak edges like smoke.

This preset has a gentle texture that will do wonders for coloring penciled artworks. It has a rendering totally less plastic than a digital rounded brush with opacity on pressure while having the same ease of usage.

The "Hardpainting" set:

This is the brushes I designed recently to paint all my speedpaintings. I codenamed them 'Hardpainting' because I wanted to get a rendering that was far away the "soft" shading I'm used to do. Also, painting with them is harder; so I kept the codename as it is. :)

This first preset of the hardpainting family is the one I use for details. It is not that much different from the inking preset I shared a year ago on the "brush duo" presets: it has the same subtle ghosting in the stroke that will make the line interesting and not too digital regular. I'm using it as a way to fix the details of my speedpaintings.

This preset was designed to reveal the texture of the canvas while painting details. It works better on painting bright on dark stroke.

This knife adds very expressive stroke to the canvas with very hard (but dirty) edges. I use it to simulate a loaded knife that hit the canvas on the highlight or when I need to flatten area without wanting a too digital and flat result.

This one ease the modeling of volumes and smoothing softer edges. It react pretty much as a soft brush with just a tip a bit flat and angular. Abusing this one might produce weak results and wobbly volumes on hard surface and glossy or shiny material.

One of the key to use textured brush stroke is to avoid totally "opacity". But it's hard; because adjustments of colors are difficult without it unless you use a brush that shows half threw the texture. That's how works this brush: bad for blocking main volumes but good to bringing post-fix.

For breaking hard edges, a brush with a bit of mixing ease the process. This preset use the mix-brush engine to blend colors while keeping the texture of the canvas.

This preset adds a bit of grain to the piece at the end: it simulate the rub of a small brush on the canvas.

This one does exactly the same as the previous on in bigger; because Krita doesn't have a setting to scale the size of the texture at the same time as the diameter of the brush. That's fine with using a second preset.

My favorite preset of the moment: a rake with a tilt dynamic. (it will require your device to support tilt, not something common for many cheap tablets). I use it to cut shapes on the canvas and quickly depict my first layers of a painting.

This rake will add noise and scratch the canvas. It's useful when you want to add confusion to a part of the picture without requiring to a blur for that. The eyes will avoid this non-sens quickly. Especially if you combo that with the brush that add the tiny dots and rub the canvas.

This brush adds a large texture to the artwork; as if you painted a part of the canvas, then decided to remove the exeeding paint thickness but some painting is still stuck in the holes in-between the fiber of the canvas. I use it often when I start a canvas to feed the surface with a base; or during post-fix to hide part a bit too flat to my taste.


On episode 30, my line-art was too thin for the colorize mask; and I had to flatten the color manually. Within the default set; I couldn't find one that fills at 100% while having a bit of 'friction' at the start of the pressure.

With episodes using the colorize mask feature of Krita and hundreds of artworks to colorize; I built for myself a preset I could quickly switch to draw the thin and aliased marker lines. The preset thumbnail as a circle dashed around it to remind the icon on the toolbar of the colorize-mask brush.

I worked this summer for the illustration of a medical paper; and I designed a dashed line preset that works well with the shape tools of Krita. It has a lot of texture; something that vector dashed lines and shape can't do. This preset is really specific; but useful.

This brush will produce a lot of stars for your night scene. Too many stars (please remove a lot after using it with an eraser, or it will quickly look like a star-field). If you use this brush with a very large diameter and blur it a bit; you can also use it for snow.


I could probably get a lot of money if I put the brushes behind a paywall (on Gumroad, Artstation, etc) or if I put the pack to be exclusive only for my patrons (as many artist does). That system could probably fund all the time I spent on it. But no: I want this brush pack to be libre and open-source because I think we all prefer an Internet that share and donate instead of an Internet that prohibite access and sells. That's why please consider to support my work (and also Krita!) if you can afford that. It might take you only a small coin every two monthes when I release a new episode of my webcomic but it will help me a lot at handling my production budget (more info on the red button on the top-right of my website). Thank you for reading and have fun with the brushes! ;-)


  1. Download the zip.
  2. Extract the file.
  3. Open Krita and go to Setting > Manage Resources
  4. Press the Import Bundles button, and find the extracted file on your disk.
  5. Press Ok, Restart Krita.
  6. Done!

(Note: Compatible with Krita 4.2.x and up; generated with Krita 4.2.6appimage on GNU/Linux Kubuntu 18.04.02LTS.)


This brushes are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 to "David Revoy,". This attribution is necessary in case of redistributing the pack, commercializing it, or modifying the brushes files. 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 while using the brushes.

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link Josef Kufner   - Reply

Have you considered contributting these brushes to Krita itself?

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Yes :) But the resources management doesn't allow upgrade right now of the main bundle without breaking all derivatives from users. I'm waiting 4.3 with new resources management to push them directly to Krita.

link Heyty   - Reply

Hey! Some brushes are not working correctly on Krita They are showing an [x] on the brush list :(

Upload examples here.

Any idea how to fix them or what I did wrong?

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Argh! Thank you for the feedback. I guess my brush pack tries to have access to brush tips from the default brush kit; but they might be requiring an exact version with hash or md5sum... It worked perfectly here with Krita 4.2.6appimage. I'll try to investigate but Krita usually pack all dependencies in the bundle... (Unless having a bug).

link David REVOY Author, - Reply : I tried to reproduce the bug in Krita on Linux but I can't. Can I learn a bit more about your install? (Windows?)

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

If someone else has same issue; thanks for reporting more information. I'm willing to help fixing it, but I need more information because I can't see where is the issue right now.

link Heyty   - Reply

I'm using Linux Mint 19.2. Tried with both ppa Krita Install and latest Appimage.

link Heyty   - Reply

Just tried with 4.2.6 Appimage and they are working fine. I think it's an issue with newer Krita releases.
Thanks for your hardwork and keep Pepper&Carrot up! :P

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Thank you very much for the time you took investigating the issue and for the feedback!
Yes, I'm using Krita 4.2.6 here because I met too many bugs with
I also know the ppa version use an old Qt version and that adds bug (while in the PPA; the Krita developpers put a patched Qt that improve stability).

link Heyty   - Reply

Tried a little more here, and....
I am sorry for wasting your time, just found that they are working fine on I got the "bug" while trying your new brushes with only this bundle active, usually I do this to get the feel and finding the new brushes faster to test them. After I activated the default Krita bundle, got them working properly. You were absolutely right on your first guess, the brush pack was trying to have access to brush tips from the default brush kit and failed because there wasn't a default pack to access! Oh my, I'm ashamed of my stupidity.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

You are not wasting my time :) I appreciate your feedback and they'll be super useful to other user with an issue.
Ok: I better understand now; yes this new brushes reuse brushtip from Krita 4.x default.
Don't be ashamed! Bundles should work 100% independently of other bundle; I consider that as a bug in Krita imo (that forgot to pack all dependencies at bundle creation). Thanks again!

link Aeon   - Reply

Thank you for creating and sharing the brush set. For me as a beginner, such good brushes are really helpful.
installation went fine.Love your art style.
I have the same problem with showing an [x] on the brush list but on other brushes,which i have
installed before. not shure what that means,but they all work fine.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

I guess the issue is inside Krita resources management. I double checked the content of the bundle: it is really simple (I also took care to add no tag to the brushes because the tag system is so fragile since 4.0). Thanks for the feedback and good to know the brush works!

link insant   - Reply

Thank tou a lot for your works and brushes =3

link Anonymouse   - Reply

I'm no artist, but you contributing to open/libre software and giving it for free is so nice to see instead of some paywall. :3

link David REVOY Author, - Reply


link ĐéɈà   - Reply

This is amazing~ Thank you, a lot of love from México =)

link Christine   - Reply

Awesome, thanks very much :-) I'll try these out later.

link serhatgüney   - Reply

Thank you for brush pack and explain it.Brush pack working fine on win10 64 bit pro and
Kubuntu 19.10 .Specially thanks for your tutorials.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Thank you for the feedback for both platform!

link mathieu CELEYRON   - Reply

Merci David pour ces brosses qui vont poil ! et aussi mille félicitation pour tes tutos et tes magnifiques dessins.David toi qui à du poids chez Krita pourrais-tu leur donner envie de créer la fonction "tous les calques" que je pense vraiment indispensable dans un logiciel de digital painting ...Bonne journée à toi ... je vais mettre ton lien chez Digital painting school.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Malheuresement je ne crois pas avoir plus de poids; sinon, ça fait quoi "tous les calques" ?

link Alinamethyst   - Reply

Thank you very much for this new brush set! I've enjoyed your previous one ( and had fun experimenting with it.
The mentioned one also moved me to try playing around with brush-editing-options a little more and editing some brushes. Still, I think that I am far from the level that you are on, so I'll look into these presets aswell. ^^

link David REVOY Author, - Reply


link Steve Cleave   - Reply

I've loaded this bundle but the brushes are not showing in the Brushes docker (after reloading Krita several times).
On investigation I've now found I've not even got the Krita 4 Default resources brushes either.
All my others are there including Deevad and Deevad v8.
Is there a maximum number of bundles allowed? I've got 14 bundles.
I'm running windows 10 64 bit.
Any suggestions?
Thank you

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Unfortunately, I can't help; it might be a bug specific to this platform; please report it. Thanks

link bertrand   - Reply

Le pack est "actif" mais les brosses n'apparaissent pas dans "préréglage des brosses"

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Mon pack de brosse est assez standard et réponds aux standardisations des fichiers bundle de Krita.
Si il ne fonctionne pas, c'est que votre version, sur votre système d'exploitation à un bug. (ce qui ne m'étonnerai pas, le management des ressources étant en réecritures sur les dernières versions de Krita). Merci de rapporter ce bug à l'équipe de Krita.

link Uradamus   - Reply

Thanks for all you do for the community. Something that might be worth noting is the canvas size you tend to use with these brushes. As you pointed out with some of the brushes, Krita doesn't scale textures with brush size. So most brushes only work well on similarly sized canvases as those used by the brush creator.

This is something I've run into quite a bit with Krita over the years, I mostly end up working with a 4k res these days (3840x2160), and most of the time things work well, but I can tell older brushes from other people's packs are often for much smaller canvases, and before I moved up to 4k, many brushes, even among the Krita defaults, often felt too big for say 720p (which is still the native resolution of my current primary screen).

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Thanks for the feedback and that's totally true. I still have here the same PC than in 2011 (with an upgrade of RAM/Graphic Card along the year) and the brushes followed the performances evolutions of Krita. Not long ago (around 2012) I could hardly cross the 2.5K or 3K in width or height. Nowaday I saw I can double those with the same hardware; so Krita really evolved and while all my brush of before were optimised for a canvas at 50% to 67% zoom of canvas; now I can paint at 33% to 25% smoothly.

link Digitalnomada   - Reply

Ahegao face when i saw your brushes in my Krita :D,

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Haha xD

link Wendy   - Reply

I recently updated the Krita program to 4.2.8, and tried to upload the extra brushes. When I follow instructions to upload them (and go to finish the instructions), it says that the import does not exist. Really odd. They do appear in the docker, but when I close it out, and re-open the program, they disappear. Default brushes are there and present when this occurs. :'( Not sure if this is just an update issue or bug. I'll try to report it, but I felt you as the creator should know. :) Thank you for all that you do!!!

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hi Wendy,
Sorry, but it might be a Krita bug on specific system (Windows?). Please report it to the developpers. Thank you.

link Douglas Brebner   - Reply

Just a note to let you know that this set isn't mentioned on your "Table of content
for Tutorials/Brushes/Extras" list.

Also, they seem like really nice brushes despite my lack of any skill to use them :).

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Oh, thank you for that. I edited this page ;-)

link Brajam   - Reply

Gracias por todo, totalmente agradecido.

link jojoj4u8   - Reply

I was trying to download your brushes but something didn't work. I have an Apple Mac book Air and apparently there is no app on my laptop to open the download. (That's what it says when I'm trying to open the download)
I hope you can help me! Thank you.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hi, please read the 'Install' chapter. Thank you.

link jgib   - Reply

Merci David pour les brosses (et le reste)
On est fan de ton boulot avec mon fils, lui les Pepper and Carrot, et moi ton activité sur Krita (mais aussi les Pepper !)
T'as pas des dédicaces prévues bientôt ? (car on est voisin !)

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Merci !
Pas beaucoups de dédicaces en vue le mois prochain; mais j'ai lundi 17 mai 2020 après-midi à Montauban au salon du livre Jeunesse. J'en reparlerai sur le blog quelques semaines avant.

link jgib   - Reply

Super, on passera alors.

link Bunny   - Reply

I'm still pretty new to Krita and this is my first brush pack for it. I'm having an issue where the brushes aren't showing up when I use them. They are downloaded in my brush presets they're just not showing up on the canvas when I use them? I'm not sure if I'm missing something ;; Thank you so much for making these free though.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hi, this is a problem I can't unfortunately reproduce (I tried here). What type of operating system are you using? Maybe a very recent version of Krita I haven't tested? Do you have the brushes in the brush docker panel?

link Saint   - Reply

I am having the same issue. I am new to Krita and using Win 10. I loaded the brushes and only a handful work.

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Hard for me; I just spent 15min to reset my preference to default, I loaded the bundle and I have all the brushes appearing in Krita 4.2.9 on Linux (appimage). Thanks for pointing your platform; Win10. It sounds like something on the development side broke for this operating system. Please report to the Krita bug tracker, or forum or chat (I can't do it, I'll not be able to tell if things are fixed because I can't test here, no Windows at home).

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