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 includes the following major new features:
A new reference images tool that replaces the old reference images docker.
You can now save and load sessions: the set of images and views on images you were working on.
You can create multi-monitor workspace layouts.
An improved workflow for working with animation frames.
An improved animation timeline display.
Krita can now handle larger animation by buffering rendered frames to disk.
The color picker now has a mixing option.
Improved vanishing point assistant — and assistants can be painted with custom colors.
Krita’s scripting module can now be built with Python 2.
The first part of Ivan Yossi’s Google Summer of Code work on improving the performance of brush masks through vectorization is included as well.
Added context menu (right click) options for transform tool. This makes it easier to change your transform type between perspective, free, warp, etc.
Added context menu (right click) options for crop. This makes it easier to use without needing the tool options open.
New Cursor option. Force brush outline to always be shown at 100%.
HEIF file format can now be opened and saved to. Thanks to a patch by Dirk Farin. Note that this is not enabled in the default builds because the libraries needed to build the import/export filter are very new.
Ask the user what DPI they want their SVG images imported with.
Multibrush tool now accepts decimals for the angle.
Fixes to links for new documentation site.
Fix for animation docker so closing the docker doesn’t make the animation stuck on stop.
Improve text describing 8 bits/integer channel depth.
Update g’mic plugin to 2.3.0 (was at 2.2.0).