The channel docker allows you to turn on and off the channels associated with the color space that you are using. Each channel has an enabled and disabled checkbox. You cannot edit individual layer channels from this docker.
If you want to edit individual channels by their greyscale component, you will need to manually separate a layer. This can be done with a series of commands with the layer docker.
Select the layer you want to break apart.
Select the following options and click OK:
- Source: Current Layer
- Alpha Options: Create separate separation from alpha channel
- Output to Greyscale, not color: unchecked
Hide your original layer
Select All of the new channel layers and put them in a group layer ()
Select the Red layer and change the blending mode to “Copy Red” (these are in the Misc. category)
Select the Green layer and change the blending mode to “Copy Green”
Select the Blue layer and change the blending mode to “Copy Blue”
Make sure the Alpha layer is at the bottom of the group.
Enable Inherit Alpha for the Red, Green, and Blue layers.
Here is a video to see this process in Krita 3.0
When working with editing channels, it can be easier to use the Isolate Layer feature to only see the channel. Right-click on the layer to find Isolate Layer.