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Krita

Krita is a professional Free and open source (FOSS) painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone within concept art, textur...

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Avg rating of 4.5 (51)| 47 comments

Krita Screenshots

Main Window
Startup page with news
Brush editor
Gamut Mask editor
Animation interface
Krita's Manual
New Features in Krita 4.2: Release Video
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Krita Features

  1.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Krita, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
  2.  LightweightKrita consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  3.  Support for LayersKrita supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
  4.  Non Destructive EditingKrita allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
  5.  Drawing Tablet SupportKrita supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
  6.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Krita.
  7.  Pressure SensitivityKrita can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
  8.  PortableKrita can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  9.  Color PickerKrita allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
  10.  Support for CMYK ModeKrita allows you to work using the color scheme for printing, combining the primary pigments (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key).

Krita information

  • Developed byKDE, Krita Foundation
  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.5 (51 ratings)
  • Alternatives137 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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lauraess1
  
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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.

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coth

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

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lauraess1

Very much so.

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TechTornado
  
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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. Summery 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.

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Guest
  
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No EPS support :-(

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midmalequazi
  
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For everyone saying that Krita is for painting and not image editing, it does painting better but works well enough for photo editing. It's like saying photoshop is for photo manipulation not painting in the early years, yet here we are.

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qubit
  
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Best for 2D digital art.

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bonepyramid
  
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Still trying to learn everything about it even after several years but that's because my favorite thing to use for drawing on the pc is azpainter2. Wonderfully customizable though, Krita should be heavily considered as it even supports plenty of features photoshop has provided for most of it's lifespan but without the bloat I've had to put up with from photoshop after the cs era.

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boonegoon
  
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Free as well as being actually very decent and robust.

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  • Animation
  • Image Editor
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  • Photo Editing
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  • SVG
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  • Vector art
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It costs $9.79 on the store to support Krita development. However, the software is free to download on Krita's website.

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