Krita brushes, comparison of the old and new thumbnails

Krita Brushes Anniversary Update

It’s been a year already. 12 months, 12 consecutive updates. This anniversary release may not seem like much, but it’s certainly the biggest so far. I redesigned all the brushes from scratch! The new thumbnails are circular. That way, all the information they can convey is available whether you look at the pop-up palette or the presets list. The design is also unique so that it’s easy to differentiate from other bundles.

The updated design reads a lot better when the thumbnails get small. If you work on a laptop, a tablet, or if you have a lot of presets in the docker, you can now spot the one you want faster.

Comparison of the old brush thumbnails and the new ones

The old brushes and the new ones in the presets docker. That's quite a change, isn't it?

There are up to 4 elements in each thumbnail:

  1. The base or background color indicates the bundle a brush belongs to
  2. The outline shows which family the preset belongs to
  3. The pictogram, in the top-right corner, tells you what the brush is intended for
  4. The stroke is prominent, in the center
The 4 components of a brush thumbnail, and the assembled result

A handful of layers are all it takes to generate the complete thumbnail

I wrote a python script to automate the process, and make it easier to improve them moving forward. As this is a big change, I’m counting on you to tell me what you think!

30% off until May 1st

The update is in your library already. And to celebrate its anniversary, the premium brushes are on sale this week-end: you’ll save 3 euros off the standard version and 7.5 euros off the premium one!

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Nathan Lovato

I'm a courteous game designer, with a taste for open source. I'll share all I know.