The above are just two of the many configurations that an artist can snap arrange, much like snapping together Lego blocks. Krita provides a set of construction kit parts in the form of Dockers and Toolbars. Every set of elements can be shown, hidden, moved and rearranged that let the artist easily customize their own user interface experience.
As we've said before, the Krita interface is very malleable and the way that you choose to configure the work surface may not resemble those above but, at least this we can use these as a starting point.
Your canvas sits in the middle and unlike traditional paper or even most digital painting apps, Krita provides the artist with a scrolling canvas of infinite size (not that you'll need it of course!). The standard navigation tools are as follows:
Many of the canvas navigation actions, like rotation, mirroring and zooming have default keys attached to them:
Krita subdivides many of it's options 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. Dockers can be activated by choosing themenu and the sub-menu. There you will find a long list of available options.
Dockers can be removed by clicking the x in the upper-right of the docker-window.
Dockers, as the name implied, can be docked into the main interface. You can do this by dragging the docker to the sides of the canvas (or top or bottom if you prefer). You can lock the position of the docker by clicking on the "Lock" icon . This will prevent it from moving to another position. Dockers contain many of the "hidden", and powerful, aspects of Krita that you will want to explore as you start delving deeper into the application.
You can arrange the dockers in almost any permutation and combination according to the needs of your workflow, and then save these arrangements as Workspaces.
Krita uses these to control values like brush size, opacity, flow, Hue, Saturation, etc... Below is an example of a Krita slider.
The total range is represented from left to right and blue bar gives an indication of where in the possible range the current value is. Clicking anywhere, left or right, of that slider will change the current number to something lower(to the left) or higher(to the right).
To input a specific number, right-click the slider. A number can now be entered directly for even greater precision.
Toolbars are where some of the important actions and menu's are placed so that they are readily and quickly available for the artist while painting.
You can learn more about the Krita Toolbars and how to configure them in over in the Toolbars section of the manual. Putting these to effective use can really speed up the Artist's workflow, especially for users of Tablet-Monitors and Tablet-PCs.
Pop-up Palette is an unique feature in Krita designed to increase productivity of the artist, It is a circular menu for quickly choosing brushes, foreground and background colors, recent colors while painting. To access the palette you have to just right-click on the canvas. The palette will spawn at the place of the brush tip or cursor.
By tagging your brush presets you can add particular sets of brushes to this palette. for example If you add some inking brush presets to inking tag you can and change the tags to inking in the pop-up palette you'll get all the inking brushes in the palette.
You can tag brush presets via the brush preset docker, check out the resource overview page to know more about tagging in general.
If you call up the pop-up palette again, you can click the wrench icon, and select the tag. In fact, you can make multiple tags and switch between them.
When you need more than ten presets, go into