Free Krita Brushes & Brush Packs For Digital Artists
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If you love Krita or want to pick it up then you already know it’s a great art program.
In my opinion Krita is the best free Photoshop alternative out there with many of the same features: layering, blend modes, and custom brushes(among others).
Granted the Krita community isn’t as large as the Adobe community so it’s tougher to find brushes. However there are some incredible brush sets online and they’re all 100% free.
This list includes my top picks for the best free Krita brush packs.
Whether you’re a Krita pro or someone who’s just learning the software these brushes will improve your digital art workflow tenfold.
Krita Brushkit v8.2
Artist David Revoy is well known in the Krita community. He contributes quite a bit to the project and he’s one of the few artists running all FOSS. That’s quite impressive!
He’s been publishing a brush kit for years and the most recent version is v8.2(updated frequently).
David updates this brush kit fairly often with new features, brush descriptions, icons, and new features/bug fixes. Especially as Krita gets updated.
That means you always want the newest version if you can run it.
David’s brushes are some of the best around and they include a variety of styles:
Light sketching pencil
Digital inking pen
Paint brush styles(flat, roller, etc)
And way too many others to list!
In total the pack includes 64 brushes so this is likely one of the best packs you’d ever want for getting into Krita.
Take a look at David’s work on Patreon. He does all of that with his brush pack so if he can do that level of work in Krita I’d like to think anyone could.
Digital painting is often the realm of cartooning, storyboarding, and web comics. That’s what makes this brush pack so darn fun.
It’s designed to mimic traditional cartooning tools like pens and brushes for classic comics or graphic novels.
Every brush works at 300 DPI so you can design work in high-def print quality or design for digital screens(or both!). The main DA page has a small sample of the brushes you get in the pack—nothing major but definitely a nice selection for anyone looking to launch their own webcomic.
Also for those who have never used DeviantArt before: the brush download link is near the upper-right corner of the screen. You’ll see a button that says “download” with a total KB file size underneath.
Mumbai illustrator Raghavendra Kamath published a nice brush pack that’s been online for quite a while dating back to Krita 2.0.
These brushes may be quite a few years old but they’re surprisingly versatile. That’s one of the main reasons they’re in this list: I still think they’re valuable to newer digital artists.
Inside you’ll find a handful of brush styles like sponge brushes, custom pens, and even a few stamp-style brushes.
The entire set was released as open source on GitHub so that’s the best place to download a copy. I haven’t found any new updates from Raghavendra’s brush set, but even this older edition is worth trying just to see what you think.
All of the brushes will work just fine on older versions but if you’re running v2.8 or below it’s better to test them first.
All of these brushes were designed with pixel-perfect strokes in mind so you can resize them to your needs. But not all brushes support mirror symmetry so if you use that a lot you’ll have to play around to see what works.
You can grab the whole brush set from the Gumroad link and once again it’s a free download. If you want to offer a donation that’s fine, but you can nab this awesome brush set without paying a penny.
I do think this pack would be great for beginners but it’ll take some time getting used to it. Give this pack a shot to see how it feels but if you’re not a huge fan then try David Revoy’s brushkit as an alternative.
Here’s a very small and simple set of brushes created by DA user Aliciane(Elésiane Huve). She works as a freelance illustrator & digital painter who often sticks to Krita for digital art.
This brush pack was derived from David’s pack but it does have a few changes that makes this worth testing. Notably certain brushes have altered line widths, opacity sensitivity, and line cleanliness when making marks with more pressure.
You can get the whole pack working with Krita 2.8 or higher so it should run smoothly for everyone. If not you should really update your Krita!
Some of the more unique brushes in this set are the smudge brushes & a custom move tool using the brush pack.
It comes with 8 brushes in total and you can download the full pack on this page.
So Aldys Brush Pack has been around for a while since it was originally released for Krita 2.3.1. It might be one of the oldest brush packs in this entire list.
But many of these brushes are incredibly basic making them worth a try if the other packs feel too complicated. That goes double for newbies who are just trying to learn the Krita software from scratch.
This pack includes a little bit of everything from pens to airbrushes, oil brushes, smudged graphite and even some pattern brushes.
The biggest downside here is that these brushes are so outdated. If you do professional work then I highly recommend sticking to some of the newer brushes mentioned earlier.
I only mention Aldys set for anyone new to Krita, new to digital painting, or as a simple alternative to other pattern brushes.
That pack is constantly updated with new features & new brushes to support the latest version of Krita. Not to mention his brushes are super high quality so you’ll have no trouble making professional-level work.
But have another look over this list and see what you think!
New Krita brushes come out all the time so this is far from an exhaustive list.
Although I think these free brush packs offer a great starting point to improve your Krita brush library.