KRITA has a more powerful brush engine than Photoshop’s. However, some little things always kept me from using it full time so here is a list of things from my workflow that I wish I can do in KRITA. The list only caters to my own workflow as a concept artist and I cannot speak for anyone else.
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Z to zoom should pivot from the position of the cursor instead of the center of the canvas. Similar to the concept of finger zoom on smartphones. Currently Krita requires extra dragging of the canvas to zoom to a specific area. (videos in the above link)
Brush creation is overly complicated and not very streamlined comparing to Photoshop’s, especially the Engine part. Some of them looks and feels very similar and there is no clear indications on what separates them apart. A brush shape centered approach is much more straight forward and is all that is needed to create top notch artworks.
Creating brushes should also defaults the icon to the shape of the brush. Different icons are fancy-looking but serve very little practical benefits to the workflow if not creating more confusions. (videos in the above link)
To simplify, below is a list of what I don’t like about the current brush creation system.
- Default brushes can’t be cleared/replaced/append/restored easily.
- Icon doesn’t default to the brush shape.
- The newly created brush doesn’t go to the bottom of the list but in the middle, having to actively find it every time you create a new brush.
- Brush engines are confusing and some aren’t even typical “brushes” but something more like a completely different tool set. However, they are all grouped together as “brushes” in Krita, making the default list very bloated without a good way for people to trim it down to their own workflow.
(right part is great, left part is unnecessary complicated.)
- No Folder system
- No drag and drop for sorting
Right click when using brush tool should have an option to give a list of brush to scroll through instead of having a selective few from a “tag”. It is also a hassle to switch tags back and forth just to use another brush for a few strokes. There is also a benefit to having a list, it gives more artistic freedom/happy accident when you are able to scroll through your brushes and get inspired/have a gut feeling to use certain brushes when you browse through them which lacks in the current Krita workflow. (videos in the above link)
Not sure if it is the problem of my machine but the Z drag to zoom function in Krita is sometimes mistakenly active when using Ctrl+z undo and painting strokes consecutively.
A side bar icon for brush settings that doesn’t go away when painting for faster testing and tweaking of brush settings. (videos in the above link)
Minimal toolbar mode. More screen space=better. (videos in the above link)