Krita Reviews

Encouraging and a work in progress

about Krita · ·

My interest in Krita is in cartooning. so I looked mostly at comic related features. I've tried Krita several times and it has some great features such as tiling the image you're working on. The interface has improved as well, and the latest version actually works with my tablet (a straight forward Wacom) whereas previous versions didn't. The brush engine is quite good, but the text and vector tools are still works in progress, Text can be either artistic or a block, but I haven't found a way of putting text on a curvy line. Neither is there a way of easily combining two shapes as you can in Inkscape. The real gem in Krita, which seldom gets discussed, is its layer system. You can have paint (raster) and vector layers, file layers which are much like placed images in Photoshop, fill layers to add patterns, you can group layers, clone layers , and have filter layers as well. All of these can be masked as well, so you have a variety non-destructive of ways in which to manipulate your image. You can create animations which are similar to those made in Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop CS6 or later (no vector tweening that I can find). It also opens and saves to Photoshop (though it's unclear which version of PSD files that is) so you have an easy way to move documents from Photoshop "compatible" apps which also read/write PSD files (like Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Pain Tool SAI, et al) though text will be imported as bitmaps. I tried Krita on my dual boot Win7/Mint Linux PCs, and it runs a lot smoother under Linux. Under Win7 I found adjusting layers and other dockers a bit hit or miss. Also, clipping is handled differently than most Photoshop comparable programs.

The features in Krita are more geared toward the focus of commercial editors like Clip Studio Paint and Corel Painter, than Photoshop and GIMP, and I find it an interesting alternative in that context. The thing with Open source programs is that given a large enough community using an app, it will get developed. What's needed is a set of motivated developers (which Krita seems to have) and enough feedback about what needs improving. There's a new release coming this June/July and I shall be interested in seeing what's upgraded.

It's still more oriented on painting rather than photo processing and editing.

Very much so.


Garbage (On Windows)

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It doesn't even work with the commonest videocard on in production today, Intel HD graphics. It's incompatible, can you imagine? Furthermore, it's astonishingly slow, even with a good computer. Truly, I must say, it is trash, and should never be spoken of again. At least MyPaint, though it crashes often, is compatible with ordinary videocards. Let's face facts: The only good paint apps are 1. Photoshop (but you need plugins - it's all extremely expensive) 2. Corel Painter (quite expensive) 3. Artrage ($80 for Artrage 5, at this time. There used to be a free version, but generosity ceases, and greed always increases, such a shame - nothing ever gets better, and everything always gets worse).

Gimp is a non-option, as the results are atrocious (Perhaps some future edition will work out an airbrush that doesn't feel like filth).


needs work on "easy to use"

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I do like the many choices Krita offers and how it stays free. However it is not all great, a good example would be the loading times. The community forum is a hit or miss, questions might never get answered or anyone even has covered the topic. Along with the good program, bugs exist that may ruin your drawing. There is no pixel art, you can make the brush a pixel but not have control. lag may come up for some users, an extra dot will be added on export pictures, .png file are hard on new people, and many other problems.

The good things i can say about it would be good ways to improve the easy experience for experts, a huge size of brushes with many size as you wish, great for testing and good PSD option. Still not the best compare to others where they can easy help the user but still one big advantage would be to help artist rather than get them to buy stuff.

If you plan on getting this good but if you hate bugs or anything that will delay your drawings then do not get it.


very good

about Krita · · 2 Helpful

After near 20 years of Photoshop, since art school, going to another bitmap editor (with both photo editing and some illustration needs) was pretty hard, but i had a low cost imperative.
Gimp had mechanics too far for photoshoper's long time reflexes, and is slow as hell as i had to handle big files. Friend of me tell me about Krita, and yeah, that's do the job with big files, lot of shortcuts / tools have the same logic as photoshop, plus lot of extra for illustration. It's not really "sit and play", but far lot easier to handle than Gimp without have to relearn the software from scratch and being quickly production-ready.
Long live to Krita ! :)


Krita: The Little (Brush) Engine That Could

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I used to be an avid Photoshoper, having used every thing from Elements to Pro. But try funding that hobby (no remuneration in creative commons) when your a student. Also Photoshop was a huge drain on my system resources, so I came to this website looking for a decent replacement. I found Krita, a little open-source program that purported to be able to compete with the big boys. I had my doubts but with nothing to loose I went ahead and downloaded it. I was shocked. The interface took about 3-5 hours to learn (with a little browsing of the wiki and user manual) and once I actually started working with Krita it became apparent that it was at least as powerful as Photoshop if not Photoshop Pro, without the useless do-dads and bloatware. My favorite feature is the brush engines, their versatility save huge amounts of time and their scope is mind-blowing. Projects that used to take an hour in Photoshop take 20-30 minutes in Krita.
If you are tired of wasting time and money on features you never use that still slow down your computer and don't give you a great result, switch to Krita--I think you won't be disappointed.