My favorite Krita keyboard shortcuts

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And here is a new video where I'm sharing eight keyboard shortcuts from my favorites; some of them are set by default, some other require the user to assign them manually. I'm showing how to setup them and speak why they became important for my workflow. This video exists to show to other user the flexibility of the custom keyboard shortcut and give them idea to visit this part of the software.

  1. The Selection Outline
  2. The Transformation Combo
  3. The Ultimate Shortcut
  4. Shadows and Light
  5. The Perfect Eraser
  6. Toggle layer visibility
  7. Opacity keys
  8. The glass of water or Reload Original Preset

The audio and sentences might feel 'cut' sometime; this is because I tried to condensate this eight chapter under 10 minute and avoid a big potatoe video as in the last one. I'm still learning a lot, thank you for your patience. The Kdenlive version I'm using is very pleasant to work on and that give me back confidence to polish the cut on the video and illustrate what I'm saying with mini sequence. Maybe soon a new drawing/painting related tutorial?


This video and its content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 to: David Revoy
Music by Frank Nora: New Age B interest (CC-0/PD) Published on 22 April 2020 Kubuntu Linux 19.10, Kdenlive 19.12.3, Krita 4.2.9

License: "My favorite Krita keyboard shortcuts" by David Revoy − CC-BY 4.0
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link Norberto Bezi  

Hi David,

I made a keyboard using arduino with 5 rotary encoders with big knobs and I configured it with several modes for krita. A main mode with zoom, page rotation, undo and redo, pencil size and saturation, another mode with color functions. But its very easy to configure more modes and change to whatever you like because you just have to map the shortcuts you like.

I would like to share with you fotos and a more detailed description to see if you think there is a potential usage for Krita pro community (I'm a beginer and I hate to take my eyes from the screen to see what I'm pressing in a regular keyboard). Do you have an email I can write to you?


link David Revoy Author,

Hey Norberto! Sure, my email is in the "About" page of my blog. I'm very curious about your device! You can also post it directly on and receive a lot of feedback on a thread there.

link Stefan Schumm  

I like your disclaimer and also your heavy french accent.

link Andreas  

Oh this really helpful David. Thanks a lot ! Feel now a lot more comfortable with Krita.

I have one question: I see in your videos always that your color history is in the bottom of the advanced color selector. On default its on the right side and down is a botton for "create a list of colors from the image". Oh can you archive this? I have always try to change it but it seems it cant be dragged with the mouse?

link David Revoy Author,

Hey! I configured like this since probably the option exists; long time ago, let me have a look.
mm... Yep , in the settings → Color Selector Settings → Color History (tab) → Layout Horyzontal (1 row, height 16, width 16, max patch 20)
And for the Shade selector, I put it into "Do not show".
This mini palette history is really useful :-) I know another one is on the right click button on the pop-up palette; but I prefer the tiny squares.

link Andreas  

Thank you David, I will definitely try this out when I come home later. <3

link Andreas  

Maybe somebody is wondering as me: It seems somwhere at krita 4.4 the outline selection tool is renamed to "freehand selection tool". Only in case somebody watch the video and read the comments here.

link David Revoy Author,

Thank you Andreas; that's correct it was renamed. I'll try to add the information under the video.

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