Hey, I’ve been using Krita for pixel art since 2018 and after the latest update it’s borderline unusable for pixel art in general. I’ll be updating the list over time as I come up on bugs or features that hinders the process more than it helps. As for now, these are some of the more annoying bugs/features I’ve come upon. Do understand this is all from a pixel artist’s perspective.

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The pixel brush now snaps to the grid

This is very annoying as no stroke can now be smooth or done in a single movement. I’m sure some people may prefer this but from the pixel artists I’ve talked to, they’ve all said it’s annoying.

Now I have found 2 different ways to get by this, but they all create other problem.we could either -

Remove the sharpness option in the from the brush itself

This method stops the cursor from snapping to the grid, and keeps the flow smooth. BUT, when we try to use any other tool apart from the brush tool, (eg. Line tool, Polygon tool, Rectangle tool etc) the width of the brush starts acting up. For example if I have the brush size at 1,3,5 or any odd number the dedicated size of the line or whatever is drawn becomes a single pixel more. As seen below


But choosing the upscale method every single time is a hassle. If there was a method to set a default algorithm for upscale it would really help.

Quick upscale and export as png

Critique and advice are the most important aspects of learning anything. Now with the previous changing of size and algorithm type every single time someone wants to ask for advice or just wants to show a progress. This is really annoying as you first have to upscale it with a bunch of options, and then export it choosing your file extension. If there was a quick upscale and export, it would be very helpful in many occasions. Even when I was making assets for game I felt like a quick export would make it infinitely easier.

Now with that said, I know theres a GDQuest script that does this


But that plugin only up scales in Bicubic algorithm, which once again blurs the image. I know this could be solved easily. But having a genuine options would make it much easier without all the hassle for installing python scripts.

Cant nudge with move tool, when animating

This isn’t just for pixel artists, but all animators in general. Although I’m including this here because the movements in pixel art animations literally have to be pixel perfect. As you see, the arrow keys move between frames and theres no shortcut to remove it. At least I haven’t found any yet.


now any time I have to move something while animating, I have to use the mouse which is a major buzzkill since I have to hover the mouse for 30 seconds before finding the 1 single pixel movement. I could have done it in 1 second with the arrow key but tapping arrow key just moves over to the next frame.

Is the drag and dropping layers in different project files gone?

Cant seem to be doing that anymore. And I haven’t found any toggle or option that might have changed this. Do tell me if it’s just me being a dumbass.


I know i can still copy a layer, then go over to another project and paste layer, but really?

Thats all the ones that come to mind for the time being. I’ll update with more if I come across them.

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You can find my pixel art here if you have any reason to doubt authenticity.

I think that Krita has incredible potential in the pixel art space. I love that you can for instance make pixel brushes like those I made in this video https://youtu.be/89qJ-1cTW7g?t=41 (0:41) and this video https://youtu.be/LjvIcK6fr0I?t=25 (0:25) as I have not seen other programs being as customizable with their brush engines for pixel art.Sadly Krita has small problems with pixel art like the ones on your list, and I would looove to see these problems get fixed, and that Krita in the future can shine as a pixel art tool!This is a great list with good explanations!