Greyscale animated brush: does it have to be that way?

I am on Krita 5.0

Summary

Krita

Version: 5.0.0-beta1 (git 93111de)
Languages: en_US, en
Hidpi: true

Qt

Version (compiled): 5.12.11
Version (loaded): 5.12.11

OS Information

Build ABI: x86_64-little_endian-llp64
Build CPU: x86_64
CPU: x86_64
Kernel Type: winnt
Kernel Version: 10.0.19043
Pretty Productname: Windows 10 (10.0)
Product Type: windows
Product Version: 10

And I try to make animated stump with colored images. Though they appear greyscale


Does it have to be that way?

Edit: Krita 4.4.8 is ok with colored stamp.

For me it works correctly (but the preview is in grayscale like you show). Make sure brush mode is set to Color Image when you select the brush tip. Does that work for you or still in grayscale?
Skärmavbild 2021-09-12 kl. 03.48.37
(krita-nightly_7f1fe37 on macOS)

However I found that gimp image brush files (both gbr and gih) saves/exports and opens as grayscale in Krita 5. (File → Save/Save as…/Export)
.gih and .gbr files saved in Krita 4.4.8 opens as grayscale but appears correctly when used as brush stamp for me.

I reported the bug here: 442316 – Gimp image brush file (gih, gbr) with color saves and opens as grayscale

Hm. Yes. If I go to brush settings with newly created stump I can change it to color Image.

The confusing part is that in 4.4.8 you can see the thumbnail colored. In a new version it is grayed out.
So by the preview you assume that color information will be lost.

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