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.
Change for Windows users:
The Direct3d/Angle renderer is now the default for Intel users. Recent updates to the Intel display drivers have broken Krita on many more systems than before, so it’s better that everyone gets this workaround by default. If you experience decreased performance, you can always try to enable OpenGL again.
Other fixes and improvements include:
Fix an issue where it would not be possible to select certain blending modes when the current layer is grayscale but the image is rgb.
Set the OS and platform when reporting a bug from within Krita on Windows.
Make it possible to enter color values as percentage in the specific color selector.
Add OpenGL warnings and make ANGLE default on Intel GPUs.
Add an Invert button to the levels filter.
Implement loading and saving of styles for group layers to and from PSD.
Fix the erase mode not showing correctly when returning to the brush tool.
Save the visibility of individual assistants in .kra files.
Add an option to draw ruler tips as a power of 2.
Disable autoscroll on move and transform tools.
Improve handling of native mouse events when using a pen and the Windows Ink API.
Fix the focal point for the pinch zoom gesture.
Fix loading netpbm files with comment.