Settings Menu

The Settings Menu houses the configurable options in Krita and where you determine most of the “look and feel” of the application.

Show Dockers

Show Dockers

Determines whether or not the dockers are visible. This is a nice aid to cleaning up the interface and removing unnecessary “eye-ball clutter” when you are painting. If you’ve got your brush and you know you’re just going to be painting for awhile why not flip the dockers off? You’d be amazed what a difference it makes while you’re working. However, if you know you’re swapping out tools or working with layer or any of the other myriad things Krita lets you do then there’s no point getting caught up in flipping the docks on and off. Use you time wisely!


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 its features into functional panels called Dockers. 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.

Learning to use dockers effectively is a key concept to optimizing your time using Krita.


Krita provides a number of color-themed interfaces or “looks”. The current set of themes are the following:

  • Dark (Default)

  • Blender

  • Bright

  • Neutral

There is no easy way to create and share themes. The color themes are defined in the Share ‣ Color Schemes folder where Krita is downloaded.

Configure Shortcuts

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 Settings ‣ Configure Krita… and by choosing the Keyboard Shortcuts tab.

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 Ctrl + G to the Action of Group Layers so that every time we pressed the Ctrl + G shortcut a new Layer Group would be created. Use the following steps to do this:

  1. Type “Group Layer”.

  2. Click on Group Layer and a small inset box will open.

  3. Click the Custom radio button.

  4. Click on the first button and type the Ctrl + G shortcut.

  5. Click OK.

From this point on, whenever you press the Ctrl + G shortcut you’ll get a new Group Layer.


Smart use of shortcuts can save you significant time and further streamline your workflow.

Manage Resources…

Manage the resources. You can read more about it here.

Switch Application Language…

If you wish to use Krita in a different translation.

Configure Toolbars…

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 Settings ‣ Configure Toolbars… menu item.


The dialog is broken down into three main sections:

The Toolbar

Choose to either modify the “Main” or “Brushes and Stuff” toolbars.

Available Actions:

All the options that can be added to a toolbar.

Current Actions:

All the actions currently assigned and the order they are in.

Use the arrows between the Available and Current actions sections to move items back and forth and up 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 Main Toolbar allows you to add items between the New, Open and Save buttons as well as to the right of the Save button. The Brushes and Stuff Toolbar, lets you modify anything from the Gradients button over to the right. This is probably where you’ll do most of your editing.

Here we’ve added Select Opaque, Local Selection, Transparency Mask, Isolate Layer, Show Assistant Previews. 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.

Toolbars shown

Gives a list of toolbars that can be shown.

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?)

New in version 4.2: Finally, Toolbars also can be moved. You can do this by mouseright and dragging the handler at the left side of the toolbar.