These are two sets, one made for shortcuts and one made for navigation. The Shortcut Set is the main set with shortcuts, whereas the Navigation Set is made for Blender users that want to navigate their painting application in the same way as their 3D application.
At first I was hesitant to release it, as it is highly subjective, and I imagine that people have strong opinions about their shortcuts, but if just one person find this pack useful or time-saving, then I am happy! I also think it can be an interesting discussion about what shortcuts can be made into something more universal and memorable. I remember someone was curious about the shortcuts I used and I said that I might make a post later! (I think, It was a looong time ago and I don’t quite remember who or when, but here it is haha)
The optional Shortcut Set is made to make more sense for new users to Krita as the shortcuts are closer to other programs where it makes sense, and use letters associated with what the shortcut does. The set might also be helpful to current users that want some (subjectively) easier shortcuts or shortcuts for more tools!
Here is the list of changes I have done to the default shortcuts, and explanations on why I made them:
("_" means there is no shortcut assigned)
Decrease Brush Size
[ → A
Increase Brush Size
] → S
Reasoning: Nordic and other keyboards does not have dedicated “[” and “]” buttons. “A” and “S” are also much easier to reach. This makes it much more universal!
Contiguous Selection Tool
_ → W
Similar Selection Tool
_ → Ctrl + W
Reasoning: I use these from time to time, so I want them accessible. “W” for “Wand”
Freehand Selection Tool
_ → Q
Polygonal Selection Tool
_ → Ctrl + Q
Magnetic Selection Tool
_ → Shift + Q
Reasoning: I use these a lot. “Q” looks like a lasso, so it is easy to remember and easy to reach!
Reference Image Tool
_ → Shift + R
Show Reference Images
_ → Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R
_ → Shift + A
Show Painting Assistants
_ → Ctrl + Alt + Shift + A
Reasoning: I think these deserve their own shortcuts, “R” for “Reference” and “A” for “Assistant”. The slightly advanced shortcut modifiers are because I don’t use it all the time.
Q → Shift + B
Reasoning: I want brush tools to all be assigned to “B” for “Brush”. I rarely use the Multibrush so I want the easy to reach “Q” button for something else. Also, it is easy to press “Q” by mistake and draw for 10 minutes not knowing you are destroying a part of your image. This change solves this problem.
Ctrl + T → T
T → Ctrl + T
Reasoning: I always use Transform and almost never use Move, so “T” should be used for the most useful! Also “T” is easier to remember for Transform.
_ → Alt + R
Ctrl + Shift + I → Ctrl + I
Reasoning: I use this from time to time, so I want it to be an easier shortcut than less used features. Also making it the same as Blender
Ctrl + Shift + A → Ctrl + D
Reasoning: I Deselect often, and Ctrl + D is much easier to press. Also D for “Deselect”
Duplicate Layer or Mask
Ctrl + J → Shift + D
Reasoning: I think “D” for “Duplicate” makes more sense, and is easier to reach! Also it’s the same shortcut as in Blender so it fits my muscle memory.
Ctrl + Q → _
Ctrl + W → _
Ctrl + Shift + W → _
Reasoning: I want closing my documents to be as intentional as possible. I don’t want to close on accident or do it out of habit. Dialogue boxes are scary!
_ → Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E
Reasoning: I want a shortcut for exporting, for some reason my mind wants to use an “E” for “Export” instead of using an “S” like the other save options. It is also rare for me to export, so I mapped a less used key
Ctrl + I → Ctrl + Shift + I
Reasoning: I very rarely use Invert and want Ctrl + I to be Invert Selection instead
The optional Navigation Set is based on Blender’s navigation so that users of both programs do not need to rewire their brain when changing between the software! If you do not care about this or do not use Blender much, I don’t really recommend installing the navigation set part of the product.
Pan: Middle click or Shift + Middle Click
Zoom: Ctrl + Middle Click
Rotate: Ctrl + Alt + Middle Click
Pick Colour: Alt + Left Click (Using this as the main picker makes it harder to accidentally pick colour when trying to undo)
Pick Colour from selected layer: Ctrl + Alt + Left Click