Krita Modular Brushset V3

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Krita Brushset


Here we have Version 3.0 of the Modular Brushset. I haven’t planned this update so early after version 2, but after i have learned a lot from my latest work with Krita, i could not resist to bring this release on the way. I have tested the most public available Krita Brushsets (e.g the “Muses” DVD preset pack) to see differences and getting inspiration, to improve my own Set. If you are interested in the whole process of the creation and the ideas and thoughts behind, you can read the “Behind the scenes” Section for more informations.



The Set in Numbers

  • 52 Brushes
  • 157 Presets
  • 48 completely new Presets
  • 5 adjusted Presets from v1.0

The Changes in Short:

  • Added some Adjustment/Filter Tools
  • Improved Mode Airbrushes
  • Basic Wet Marker
  • Improved Eraser Functionality
  • 2 Flat Markers
  • 3 Basic Hairy Presets
  • 2 new Knifes
  • 2 new Pencils (2H, 2B)
  • 7 new Oilbrushes
  • 3 new Blend/Dulling Brushes
  • Changed/added some Spraypresets
  • Added Bevel/Folds Brushes
  • 4 new Doodle Brushes
  • 5 new Fuzzy Shape Brushes
  • Improved Icons


Naming Convention and Sorting


Modular Brush Set SortingI have used the same prefixes to organize the Set like in v2.0. The Icons i used for the Brushpreviews follow the standards of Krita that could be found here: Krita/Brushes Preset Preview

With Krita 2.8  you are able to sort the Brushes like it is shown on the image to the left. In Krita 2.7 this is unfortunately not possible, but v2.8 is on the way 🙂 The advantage of the Prefixes and this kind of sorting is that you can display any subcategory alone or in conjunction with any other (sub-)categories. With the “Brushset Cheat Sheet” (included in the download) you can easily figure out which code to type, to view a specific subcategory.


SortingThe Filenames (.kpp preset files) are identical to the Brushnames with the difference that the spaces are replaced by underlines.






    1. Remove older Versions of the Modular Brushset before installing V3.
    2. Copy the resource folders:
      • /modular-brushset-v3
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/
      • BrushSetSheet.png

      into your user directory of Krita.

      • /PATH_to_your_USER_DIR
      • /brushes/
      • /paintoppreset/

Eventually merge (copy-into) existing folders from other brushsets or previous versions


Default installation path of the Krita folder:

Linux: /home/username/.kde4/share/apps/krita/
Windows: Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\krita\share\apps\krita\




Modular Brushset V3


Old Versions:

Modular Brushset V2

Modular Brushset V1



The whole “Story” – behind the Scenes…


I have recognized, that the amount of Brushes isn’t something that increases the time searching for a specific brush. Much more important for me is a good identification via the Brushicons and a logical Sorting of the Presets. This experience has influenced the making of V3. I have improved the icons, made some small changes in the sorting and added a lot of new stuff.

Another experience from version 2.0 was, that i do not want to make changes in the Brushwindow during the painting process. And i want to have presets i can “count on” – meaning.. “I know what i have and it’s always the same”. One reason for this is that krita let us use brushes in a broad variety e.g. as multibrush, dynamical, straight lines or with various colormodes. Learning to use a consistent amount of brushes is in my opinion better, than making custom brushes while painting.

A “philosophy” that has changed with more experience in painting, is the way i want to use textures. Having some texture brushes is okay and nice, but in general i like to use more elementary shapes to create a individual texture for the painting. A simple example to explain this is a hatching brush. It is easy to make a “automatic” brush simulating a hand painted crosshatch. On the first view this might look nice, but creating the same crosshatch with a pencil or fine-liner will surely look more natural, increasing the quality of a painting enormously. Don’t expect that there is no automatic hatching brush in this Set – it is^^ But i tried to concentrate more on basic shapes, than specific ones. In the result this means, that V3 is a step away from the “digital” way to the more traditional…

I think you now have an idea what i have done and what v3.0 is about.. let’s jump to the more concrete things that have changed!





Differences of Addition Presets

I have chosen the most useful tools from my earlier released Adjustment Set. There are still some presets that are a bit of experimental (not in functionality but in how useful they are). There are mainly some tools to speed up processes that also could be solved in other ways, like color to alpha brushes or the blur filter brush.

I have deactivated the “sample input layer” option of two spray-presets, that you now find in the shapes category. I really like this brush option, but actually it could be activated with a very few clicks, and i personally hope that this is one of the things that will find its way into the main GUI window of krita one day…

Additionally i made some improvements to the colormode Airbrushes, making them smoother and reducing sharp edged artifacts. Ah yeah, and there are more Addition brushes now – why? Take a look at the image to see the differences… I personally work on the details of light and shadow when the painting is nearly finished. Therefore a wider choice of tools help me to remember the differences of reflections, highlights or a more dull light on materials.





I have added a wet basic brush. Together with the simple basic brush this is one of my “90% of the painting”-brushes or in other words – i use it a lot^^ Another new one is a soft variation of this wet brush, that i mainly use for basic blending.  (i prefer to blend with ctrl -> pick color and blend it in, than doing this with a colorless pure dulling preset)

Other mentionable changes are the new hairy presets – yeah, you could use a multibrush for a similar effect – but i use this kind of shape very often, so i wanted to have fast access to this tool.And we have some really, really nice new knifes to smudge/blend with a traditional stroke like look.

I have reintroduced three other presets from version 1.0 here. Flat markers and a hard smudging rake.




In this category you will find a lot of new stuff! First we have 2 additional pencils – a hard and a soft one. The 2B Pencil is my main Sketching brush, while the 2H Pencil is adjusted with a bit more things in mind.. I use this one for studying painting subjects and i made it extra hard (pressure-wise) with the idea, not only to simulate the hard feeling of a traditional study pencil, but to teach my hand more levels of pressure. Working with this pencil means that the muscles important to apply pressure to the digital tool are trained to a bit more than the medium-level.

Going away from that theoretical stuff to the more fun-to-use presets – we have a wide range of new “Oil” like brushes in this section. The most of them are more about smearing. (broken in krita testing branch, see note above) Thinking the traditional way: more color, less water – resulting in thick strokes. 3 new presets are of the wet dulling kind of brushes – less color, more water – resulting in more blending. The waterdrop on the icon should remind you (and me) about this.



You will probably recognize, that some of the oily presets produce grey colors at their edges. This is not because the presets are badly adjusted.. When you play with this presets, you will see that this happens when you use darker colors on a lighter (or white) canvas in RGB mode.

To be honest i am not 100% sure, but i think this is just like the color mixing should look in this color model. As far is i know, this is a bug. You will not see this in the CYMK color model or on a 16bit layer/image.

You can also set the brush to copy-mode to reduce the effect or work in the CYMK color model. Remember, that you can also convert layers to CYMK without the need of converting the image as a whole.





BW Composition

I have added some interesting new Presets in this section and some older from version 1.0 are back again. Some small adjustments here and there, nothing big..
And – yeah, there are some strange new shapes. 4 new Presets, i have named Doodle Brushes and 5 new Fuzzy ones. The idea behind the doodle brushes, is having fun on the one hand (never forget about just having fun with brushes – not all is made for serious, serious painting :-), and also to create random shapes or to get inspiration from these shapes. So if you are searching for interesting forms than have fun with these new brushes!

The fuzzy, a bit spray like, presets have a similar intention, but in a bigger scale. Often i use a technique, where you lay down the bigger composition first in greytones or in pure black to keep the mind clear from colors. This presets are a way to do this very fast. If you never have tried this technique, i really would recommend to test it. I have learned this in the context of speedpainting, were this helps to get a fast idea of a concept.

David Revoy has written a very good tutorial series to learn how the steps from grey to color are done in Krita: Getting started with Krita (1/3) b&w portrait



4. Types


No Changes here…



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