Krita is an Open Source painting tool that has been designed for illustrators, concept artists, the VFX industry, and matte and texture artists. Krita has numerous innovative features to help the amateur and professionals alike.
Key Tools include:
- Brush engines.
- Brush stabilizers.
- Pop-up palette.
- Wrap-around mode.
- Resource manager.
- Drawing assistants.
- Layer management.
- Layer masks.
- OpenGL enhanced.
- Full color management.
- PSD support.
- HDR support.
- Transform tools.
- Training resources.
- Color palette.
For artists, using Krita is a joy. The interface is very intuitive and highly customizable. The various panels and dockers an be moved and modified to suit your own workflow. As soon as you have your setup in place, you are able to save it as your personal workspace. If you use specific tools regularly, then you are also able to create your own shortcuts for more commonly used tools.
Overall, Krita is one of those gems that you rarely come across. The array of tools is first class for a free product, as is the design and interface. It is easy to use and can be navigated by all users, regardless of their expertise. With support for Photoshop files and the ability to open, save, edit and author HDR images, Krita stands out from the crowd in the painting tool market.
This release fixes two important regressions:
Krita 3.3.1 would read brush presets with textures incorrectly. This is now fixed.
Windows 1709 broke wintab and Windows Ink tablet handling in various ways; we worked around that and it works again in this version of Krita.
Additionally, there are the following fixes and improvements:
Animation: make it possible to export empty frames after the end of the animation.
Animation: make it possible to render up to a 10,000 frames.
Add a command-line option to start Krita with a new, empty image: krita --new-image RGBA,8,5000,3000.
Performance: improved caching for effect and selection masks.
Performance: Fix a leak in the smudge brush.
Performance: Improve performance when using the hardware-accelerated canvas.
Performance, Windows: improve the performance when loading icons.
macOS: render the frames-per-second overlay widget correctly.
Filters: it’s now possible to edit the filter’s settings directly in the xml that is used to save filter definitions to .krita files.
Filters: a new ASC_CDL color balance filter was added, with Slope, Offset and Power options.
Crashes: fix a crash that happened when closing a second document with infinite canvas active.
Layers: Make it possible to copy group layers.
UI: make it possible to use the scroll-wheel to scroll through patterns when the patterns palette is very narrow.
UI: Improve drag and drop feedback in the layer panel.
UI: Hide the lock and collapse titlebar icons when a panel is floating.
G’Mic: the included G’Mic is updated to the latest release.