Krita/Brushes Preset Preview

This document aim to provide standards propositions to unify the default brush preset icons of Krita , and ease the work of preset maintainers. It also provide templates to ease creation and a tutorial for new brush creator.


Small step if you want to standardize your preset icons

  1. Clean resources in Krita (Edit > Resources > Clean Up removed files) then go to ~/.kde/share/apps/krita/paintoppresets
  2. Open the *.kpp files you want to edit with Krita
  3. Drag and drop from this wiki page backgrounds or templates you want ( or use 'copy image' and 'Paste' )
  4. Draw over additional info : as painting the Stroke according to the color code, and Picto/text
  5. Save file ( keep *.kpp extension ) ; at relaunch Krita should show your new icon customized

Default background

The default background is a neutral grey gradient, of 200px X 200px, without borders or decoractions ( Note : this picture is ready to drag & drop over Krita, or 'copy image' and 'paste' )



A preview icon is composed of 3 main blocks :

  • Text/Picto area : a zone to write or use little picture
  • Stroke area : a preview of the brush stroke itself
  • Emblem/Icon : a visual to ease memorization of the brush


The brush preview feature a mini representation of the stroke. This stroke is colored with those color codes :

  • Black is "normal"
  • White is "erase" ( note : Checker pattern representing alpha too )
  • Dark blue is color-smudge smearing mode ( note : little gradient in the stroke to a warmer color can helps )
  • Purple is color-smudge dulling mode ( note : little gradient in the stroke to a warmer color can helps )
  • light-blue for smudge-only
  • ... FX presets can use distinct colors according to the fx-related resulting color, as well as for saved Blending modes
    • Blending modes color : rainbow
    • Blending modes to enlight : pale yellow
    • Blending mode to darken/burn : dark red/ crimson

Note : The stroke can be exaggerated to boost the particular aspect of a brush.

Emblem / Icon

An icons/emblems pasted on the "brush preset preview" ease the selection for user with a visual memory. It also make the UI more user friendly

Icons can be vector, or 2D painted representation of tools or object.

To ease brush preset creation here is a pack of picture ready to customize with your stroke under :

Preset-background-template stylus.png Preset-background-template marker.png Preset-background-template bistle.png Preset-background-template thin-brush.png Preset-background-template knife.png Preset-background-template pencil.png Preset-background-template pastel.png Preset-background-template brush-marker.png Preset-background-template thin-marker.png Preset-background-template thin-liner.png Preset-background-template eraser.png Preset-background-template airbrush.png Preset-background-template clone.png Preset-background-template kneaded-eraser.png Preset-background-template experimental-alchemy.png Preset-background-template frottis.png Preset-background-template smudging.png Preset-background-template brush-teeth-splatter.png Preset-background-template sponge-texture.png Preset-background-template conte.png

text / Picto

A little optionnal text or logo that can be added on the top left corner. It might be related to the size, effect, or other factor The text can be written in any colors , but neutral are adviced ( white / grey / black ).

  • Icon of a drop = the preset feels wet
  • 'HB' ( text ) = the preset feels like a pencil 'HB'
  • '0.1' (numeral) = the size of the preset is thin
  • Icon of a star = the preset does Fx
  • Icon of a warning = the preset is still experimental


As for any painting ressources, CC-Zero or Public Domain is adviced to let freedom of use to the end-users. You can't really ask a user to attribute your name each time one of your brush kit appears on a screenshot or is used into an artwork.

This page was last edited on 22 July 2013, at 21:42. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.