Krita Reviews

very good

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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 ! :)


Encouraging and a work in progress

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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.


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

Very much so.

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.


Simply Amazing

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I just discovered Krita this year, and found it to be a great painting (and even photo editing) tool.
It's a must have in anyone's Open Source collection


PSD-format support

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Not sure why this is not widely reported, KRITA is the only open-source graphics program to (almost) fully support the commercial Photoshop PSD format. GIMP supports only 8-bit RGB as far as I know.

KRITA is the only free program I found, allowing opening and conversion of layered PSD files, therefore the only gateway between the professional graphics processing standard and the open-source community - or simply, users, unable to afford massive license fees.


The development version of GIMP 2.9.2 now support these:

16/32bit per color channel processing
Basic OpenEXR support
On-canvas preview for many filters
Experimental hardware-accelerated rendering and processing via OpenCL
Higher-quality downscaling

Yeah but gimp has that horrible, horrible interface.

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It's a mix between Photoshop and SAI or Medibang! Love it.


Unbelievably cool!

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The best graphic editor for artist you can get absolutely for free!

UPD. With version 4 it's become even better! Perfect app!

[Edited by JohnnyWild, April 13]

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It has non destructive layer filtering that GIMP does not still have.

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Excellent replacement for photoshop!

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It's easy to use and has awesome brushes! Just used it for a day now. :)

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This software needs to be out there a lot more. I see people using other software and getting frustrated where this slightly outperforms almost every other software out there.

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Would be great if it actually worked. The brushes are nice, and it is generally enjoyable to use. However, I haven't been able to actually do anything with it because no matter how I save a file, it cannot be opened by any other program, or Krita, because it says the file is corrupted. You can't have any other tabs open at all or it definitely crashes, and even when you have nothing else open it crashes about 75% of the time. It's hard to work with, especially because you can't contact any official customer support from Krita, so if you have a problem you have to rely on advice from other users, which doesn't always work. I would love it if I didn't have these problems.


Available for OS X but hard to use

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Krita can be run on OS X, but is very but hard to use and I had to give up using the application as it was taking me minutes to simply add some text to an image.


oh, im bad to hear that
the old krita text engine is totally shit and even developers agree to that
but krita is in a process of constant evolution, and one of the major focuses at this moment is to rework the text engine on krta
maybe you should try it again on 3.2 (i guess on july?)

im sad to hear*

Maybe I will try version 3.2 when it comes out :)

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Krita team screwed up the optimization on Windows.
The pen tablet input suffers from a terrible lag even on my 12-core i7 6800K and gtx 1070 workstation.
The app doesn't scale properly on a 4K display with 300% scaling (the interface font is insanely big then), making it unusable on any 13 inch ultrabook with high resolution on Windows (eg. HP Spectre x360).

Seemingly the creators focus most of their time on capabilities and performance on Linux and they neglect Windows platform, which is a pitty, because it is so far the best free drawing app. You just have to use it on Linux.


Thank you for saying this. I am typing this on a 13 inch Spectre x360 I just obtained, and I came here looking for a way to solve my issues. If you had the issue of the Krita window extending past the edge of the screen as well, do you have any advice on how I might solve this issue without switching to another program?