The Settings Menu houses the configurable options in Krita and where you determine most of the "look and feel" of the application.
|This is a great candidate to add to the toolbar so you can just click the dockers on and off and don't even have to open the menu to do it. See Configure Toolbars below for more.|
Krita subdivides the access of many of it's features into functional panels called Dockers (aka Docks). Dockers are small windows that can contain, for example, things like the Layer Stack, Color Palette or Brush Presets. Think of them as the painter's palette, or his water, or his brushkit. Below are some examples of dockers:
Learning to use dockers effectively is a key concept to maximizing your time using Krita.
Krita provides a number of color-themed interfaces or "looks". The current set of themes are:
At this time there is no easy way to create and share themes.
Configuring shortcuts is another way to customize the application to fit you. Whether you are transitioning from another app, like Photoshop or MyPaint, or you think your own shortcut keys make more sense for you then Krita has got you covered. You get to the shortcuts interface through->
To use, just type the Action into the Search box you want to assign/reassign the shortcut for. Suppose we wanted to assign the shortcut Control-G to the Action of so that every time we pressed Ctrl-G a new Layer Group would be created. To do this:
From this point on, whenever you pressyou'll get a new Group Layer.
|Smart use of shortcuts can save you significant time and further streamline your workflow.|
Krita allows you to highly customize the Toolbar interface. You can add, remove and change the order of nearly everything to fit your style of work. To get started, choose->
The dialog is broken down into three main sections:
Use the arrows between the Available and Current actions sections to move items back and forth and up and and down in the hierarchy. This type of inclusion/exclusion interface has been around on PCs for decades so we don't need to go into great detail regarding its use. What is important though is selecting the correct Toolbar to work on. The File Toolbar allows you to add items between the, and buttons as well as to the right of the button. The Brushes and Stuff Toolbar, selected below, lets you modify anything from the Gradients button over to the right. This is probably where you'll do most of your editing.
Below is an example of a customized Brushes and Stuff Toolbar
Here we've added, , , , . This is just an example of a couple of options that are used frequently and might trim your workflow. This is what it looks like in the configuration tool:
You'll notice that some of the items are text only and some only icons. This is determined by whether the particular item has an associated icon in Krita. You can select anything from the Available section and move it to the Current one and rearrange to fit your own workflow.
If you add so many that they won't all fit on your screen at once, you will see a small chevron icon appear. Click it and the toolbar expands to show the remaining items.
At this time Krita does not support the ability to create additional toolbars. The ones available are:
Although not really advisable, you can turn them off (but why would you..really?)