Krita

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Krita
  Krita is an open source digital painting and drawing application

You can get regular updates and news at Krita's official site:Krita.org

Krita is an free and cross-platform creativity application for digital painting, image manipulation, concept art, comics and texture creation. It is modeled on existing real-world painting materials and workflows, but also packs with functions like layers, filters, vector path drawing, typography, and built-in color management support. Krita is a KDE application based on Calligra platform.


Krita 2.4 with right-click quick access ring shown -- painting by Tyson Tan


Features

  • Drawing and painting oriented design
  • Right-click quick access to color wheel, color history and favorite brushes
  • Highly adjustable brush system
  • Layers with various mixing options, including multiply, overlay and opacity control
  • Can create vector layers with complex objects and editable texts
  • Supports autosave
  • Customizable toolbar, shortcuts and drag-and-drop panels
  • Wide range document formats support, including GIMP and Adobe Photoshop
  • Built-in color management system, supports color space conversion, RGB, CMYK and L*a*b, etc.
  • Extensible through OpenShiva, Python or Ruby scripts
  • Cross-platform, supports various GNU/Linux distributions, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX

Interface

Krita has a highly flexible and user-friendly interface. It grants users the liberty to customize its toolbar, shortcuts and specific tool options via drag-and-grop dockable tabbed-panels. A nice right-click splash ring enables quick access to color selector, color history and favorite brush sets, providing a convenient and immersive user experience. Customized workspace can be saved and loaded according to different tasks.

Toolbars

Krita allows users to easily right-click and customize its toolbars. There are two toolbars in Krita: "Files" toolbar and "Brushes and Stuff" toolbar. You may add or remove whatever functions of the toolbars, change text position, icon size and ordering. Texts on the button can be changed or even overlapped by assigning any desirable icons to them (with KDE plasma workspace installed) . While customizing toolbars, the function list is searchable.

Shortcuts

Shortcuts can be easily modified in Krita. You may assign a main shortcut and also an alternative shortcut to a single command. While customizing shortcuts, the command list is searchable. User will be notified for conflicting commands.

Dockers

Dockers are tool option panels which can be drag-and-dropped in Krita. You may put them wherever you want and resize them horizontally and vertically. Mutiple dockers can be grouped in a shared space and switch between them by tabs. By right-clicking on the title area of any panels you can easily add or remove panels from a complete list.

Palette

There are two kinds of palettes in Krita: the ordinary palette for color presents which is a docker, and the not-so-ordinary palette for quick access to color selector, color history and favorite brushes. This quick access palette which can be called up by right-clicking anywhere on the canvas. Favorite brushes can be added to the palette by clicking on the toolbar option: "Save to Palette".


Supported Formats

Native Load and Save

  1. Krita document (.kra)
  2. OpenRaster Archiving image (.ora)
  3. PPM image
  4. PGM image
  5. PBM image
  6. PNG image
  7. JPEG image
  8. Windows BMP image
  9. XPM image
  10. XBM image
  11. TIFF image
  12. EXR image

Import and Export

  1. Open Document Drawing
  2. Photoshop image (.psd)
  3. GIMP image (.xcr)
  4. PDF document
  5. GIF image
  6. Nikon NEF raw image
  7. Canon CR2 raw image
  8. Sony SR2 raw image
  9. Canon CRW raw image
  10. Pentax PEF raw image
  11. Sigma X3F raw image
  12. Kodak KDC raw image
  13. Minolta MRW raw image
  14. Sony ARW raw image
  15. Kodak K25 raw image
  16. Kodak DCR raw image
  17. Olympus ORF raw image
  18. Panasonic raw image
  19. Panasonic raw2 image
  20. Fuji RAF raw image
  21. Sony SRF raw image
  22. Adobe DNG negative
  23. SVG image
  24. compressed SVG image
  25. WMF image
  26. Wordperfect / Drawperfect image
  27. Karbon14 drawing
  28. EPS
  29. PS document

Draft Krita 2 Handbook

Krita needs a new handbook: the 1.6 handbook is completely obsolete. Please find the ongoing draft effort at Krita 2 Manual and help out with new content.

Getting Krita

Krita can be downloaded as a part of Calligra Suite.

More Information

Hints, Tips and Tutorials


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