Keyboard shortcut Cheat Sheet

Hi Guys, I am new to Krita and am trying to put together my workflow. I have been unable to find a cheat sheet for Krita 4 with the default shortcuts on it ANYWHERE. Does one exist?? It would make learning the tool’s keys so much quicker for me.

Thank you for your time!

Hi @dstrohschein

Menu Settings > Configure Krita > Keyboard shorcuts

You have all shortcuts, alternate shortcuts, and you can change them if needed.
You also have some shortcut in Canvas Input Settings (but it’s most keyboard modifier + mouse/pen buttons combinations here)



Ah! Thank you!! I see the most important little button on there: “print” LOL!! Krita Devs are pure genius!!

Yes, but on my side, it produce a 67pages document :sweat_smile:
I don’t know if there’s a method to filter the report and get only functions with a defined shortcut…



OH my goodness, 67 pages is a little much to try and laminate LOL I think I am going to have to get just the ones that are used most for painting into my own document and print that.

Here is one, but it is about 4 years old though, some of the shortcuts might have changed, but most are probably the same as they are now! :blush:


Thank you :slight_smile: I’ll have to check it out.

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This week, I wrote down a number of shortcuts I use a lot (or just discovered and will use, when making this list).
It is, of course, far from exhaustive. For example, there is a shortcut for each painting mode (overlay, multiply, etc.), but IMO, it is too much to memorize, unless you use only a few of them frequently.

Another trick: in the above mentioned panel, you can do Save/Load > Export Scheme, and it will export the whole list in a textual format. Then a quick regex in a text editor will remove all those with =none, leaving only the assigned ones.

Oups, my list:

Useful shortcuts

There are tons of shortcuts, I list here those I use often while drawing.
Note: FG = foreground (color), BG = background (color)

Mouse shortcuts

Right-click = Show a palette of brushes, color history and other tools. Right-click again to hide it.
Shift+left mouse drag in Brush mode = resize brush (large when dragging to right, small when dragging to left).
Space+left mouse button pan the canvas. Also with middle button (mouse wheel) click and drag.
Shift+Space+left mouse button for fine canvas rotations.
Ctrl+click = Color pick the pixel under the cursor.
Ctrl+Alt+click = idem, but only if on current layer.
R = Select Layer Mode. Hold this key, click on a pixel, you select the layer holding this pixel.
Shift+R = Idem, but add the layer to the selection of layers. You can hit Ctrl+G to group the selected layers, for example…
V = Hold this key, press mouse and hold it, it will trace a straight line between the press point and the release point.


D = Default foreground (FG =black) and background (BG = white) colors.
X = Swap FG and BG colors.
E = Set eraser mode
M = Horizontal Mirror Tool.
Num-4 = Rotate canvas left of 15°
Num-6 = Rotate canvas right of 15°
Num-5 = Reset canvas rotation.
+ = Zoom in.
- = Zoom out.
Num-1 = Zoom at 100 %.
Num-2 = Zoom at Fit Page.
Num-3 = Zoom at Fit Page Width.
Ctrl+I = Invert colors on current layer(s).
Del = Erase everything in current layer.
Backspace = Fill selection with BG color.
Shift+Backspace = Fill selection with FG color.
Ctrl+Backspace = Fill selection with BG color (opacity).
Ctrl+Shift+Backspace = Fill selection with FG color (opacity).
U = Show common colors (on the left of the palette; allows quick selection; alternative: right-click…)
H = Show color history (below the palette; colors used in the current picture)
Shift+I = Show color selector.


B = Freehand Brush Tool
T = Move Tool: move the current layer ou the selection, depending on options
Ctrl+T = Transform a layer or selection: beside rotating, inverting or deforming capabilities, allows to move the selection.
Moreover, if you select a group of layers, it will move the whole group at once. You can quickly group & ungroup layers to do that (or just keep these useful groups!)
C = Crop Tool: cut the bounds of the image to what is selected. Keeps the layers.
G = Gradient tool, between FG and BG colors. Better use with a selection…
P = Color Select Tool. I rather use the Ctrl key to go into color picking mode.
F = Fill Tool. Fill the selection and / or the current color with the FG color. Play with options for tolerance, growth, feathering, etc.
Ctrl+R = Rectangular Selection Tool.
J = Elliptical Selection Tool.
I mostly use the Outline Selection Tool (freehand), I assigned it the S shortcut.
When making a rectangular or elliptical selection, press Alt to move the selection instead of grow / shrink, and Shift contraints to 1:1 aspect ratio.
Also works for rectangular / elliptical drawing tools, BTW.
Once a selection is made, you can make one with Shift pressed: it adds to the selection; with Alt pressed: it removes from selection.


Note: when I write “current layer”, it often applies to a selection of layers.

PageDown = Select next layer.
PageUp = Select previous layer.
When focus is on layers, arrow works too. Shift+arrows allows to select consecutive layers. So is Shift+click.
Home = Go to first layer.
End = Go to last layer.
Ctrl+PageDown = Move current layer down.
Ctrl+PageUp = Move current layer up.
Ctrl+G = Move the current layer, or selected layers, into a group. If all layers of a group are selected, the group disappears.
Ctrl+Alt+G = Move the current layer out and above the current group.
Ctrl+E = Merge current layer on layer below (in list), which keeps its name.
Useful after pasting, when you don’t want to keep too much layers.
Warning! Destructive, don’t do it by mistake. But of course, Ctrl+Z (undo) fixes that, if you notice what you have done…
If the layer below is a group of layer, the group and the merged layer are flattened (making only one layer).
If the layer is the last of its group, it does nothing.
Shift+Del = Delete current layer.
Ctrl+J = Duplicate current layer.
F3 = Show layer properties.


Ctrl+U: Hue / Saturation / Lightness filter.
Move Saturation to zero to get gray-level image.
Ctrl+L: Level filter; allows to increase contrast (move side arrows toward middle).
Alt+Shift+initial of blending mode: select the drawing mode.


You can change the keyboard shortcuts via the Settings > Configure Krita menu, Keyboard Shortcuts tab.

;;;--- My customization of keyboard shortcuts, as exported with Save/Load > Save Custom Shortcuts.
;;; In vector layer, choose the Select Shapes Tool (fat arrow)
;;; In vector layer, choose the Edit Shapes Tool (thin arrow on path)
;;; The Outline Selection Tool
;;; The name is clear…
;;; Also clear, useful to check if we painted on right layer…
;;; Quickly export that PNG or Jpeg file…
;;;--- They cancel these
Select Difference Blending Mode=none
Select Screen Blending Mode=none

Thank you! Wait you said Regex - are you a fellow programmer AND artist?

Yes, I am programmer by trade (and passion), artist by passion alone… :slight_smile:

Same here - I am a lead software architect working in .NET/javascript/css/etc by Day and Artist by passion at night (or whenever I can!) - always good to meet a fellow developer/artist!