How To Zoom In Krita

While zooming in and out of the screen is a simple task in most software applications, it may be a bit tricky with Krita, especially if you are new to the software. That’s why we decided to create this guide to help you out.

So, how do you zoom in on Krita? You can zoom in by using a simple shortcut. Just press the + key and the screen will be zoomed in for you to see. You can also use Ctrl + key if that’s what you are more accustomed to.

Keep reading below for more information.

What is Krita?

Krita is a raster graphics editor as well as a form of digital painting and 2D animation application. It can be used on a variety of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android. 

The program is a completely free and open-source tool. It has a lot of useful capabilities that allow for high-quality raster graphics editing and digital painting. It provides features like a powerful brush engine, non-destructive layer management, color correction, and an OpenGL-accelerated canvas. 

Many brush varieties with adjustable characteristics are available for digital painting, and Onion skin features are provided for animation so that you may have effective timeline control.

Reasons to Use Krita

It was released as a free and open-source application with the goal of making high-quality art tools accessible to as wide an audience as possible. 

As mentioned in the introduction, the software’s forte is digital painting and 2D animation; as such, it is optimized for producing highly featured outputs when used for either purpose. 

This software is a good choice if you want to develop as an artist since it offers features for concept art, material and texture painters, comic book design, illustrations, and other aspects of digital art. Another reason for using it is that it has a quick and effective workflow and a user-friendly interface.

How Do You Zoom In on Krita?

Use whichever technique from the options below best fits your workflow to zoom in on Krita. 

For more information on how to zoom in on Krita, watch this video below:

Using Shortcuts

  • Pressing your keyboard’s + (plus key) shortcut is the quickest way to zoom in.
  • This also helps when you’ve been using Photoshop and instinctively press Control + + on a Windows computer or Command + + on a Mac. 

Keyboard shortcuts can be used to zoom in on your design in additional ways. 

  • To effortlessly zoom in, hold down the Control and Space keys on a computer running Windows or the Command and Space keys on a Mac. This approach allows you a smoother zoom-in and doesn’t employ predetermined intervals.
  • Moreover, you can click and drag upwards to zoom in with predetermined increments using Control + Alt + Space on Windows or Command + Option + Space on Mac.

These two techniques both zoom into the canvas at predetermined intervals. A block in the upper-left corner of the canvas is momentarily used to display the zoom percentage.

Using Menu – In order to zoom in via the menu path, select View > Canvas > Zoom in. This technique also zooms in using predetermined intervals.

Using Zoom Slider – The workspace’s bottom right corner contains a zoom slider that you may utilize as well. To enlarge the image, move the slider to the right. Along with the slider, you can also view the zoom percentage.

Using Mouse Wheel – You may zoom in by moving the mouse’s wheel upward. The scroll wheel’s zoom feature uses predetermined intervals.

Reset Canvas Input Preferences

You can review and modify the shortcuts to zoom in or out in Krita if the present shortcuts don’t fit your workflow or if you believe a new shortcut should be used. You can also alter the shortcuts back to their original settings by restoring the settings.

Any improper shortcuts that weren’t working or were mistakenly modified should function properly after you’ve adjusted the canvas input settings.

  1. Go to Settings > Configure Krita to view the most recent zoom shortcuts.
  2. Next, click the arrow to open the Zoom Canvas tab on the right after selecting the Canvas Input Settings item on the left.
  3. Double-clicking on the center shortcut will bring up a pop-up where you can enter a new shortcut or leave it blank to alter it.
  4. When you’re ready to create a new shortcut, just double-click the button labeled “Add shortcut” at the very bottom of the list. After that, you can select an option from the list and customize the shortcut.
  5. If you select the Restore Defaults button at the window’s bottom, all of the keyboard keys will revert to their original positions, allowing you to once again use the zoom shortcuts described in this article.
  6. Click OK in the bottom right of the window to accept the modifications after creating any new zoom function shortcuts or returning to the original settings.


So, there you go. Krita is a great option for designers to use, especially because of the number of features it offers its users. We hope this tutorial on how to zoom in in Krita will prove useful to you when you work on your own designs.