Krita/Manual/ImportExport

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Image import and export

Outside of new images, you can also open images, and of course save them.

General

On the left of your Krita window you see the File menu entry. Press File to open the corresponding menu.

In the open file menu you can see the following related entries:

  • Open
  • Save
  • Save as...
  • Export
Open
By choosing the Open menu entry you can start the Open document file dialog. You can use this dialog to choose a file to open.
Save
This menu entry lets you save the current file (image) with its current name. If the current file does not already have a name the Save Document As dialog opens.
Save As...
The Save Document As dialog lets you choose a file name and a file type. Krita supports many different file types to save to from which you can choose one.
Export...
The Export Document As dialog lets you choose a file name and a file type. Krita supports many different file types to export to from which you can choose one.

Open / Open Existing Document as Untitled Document

Both file dialogs (Open Document and Open Existing Document as Untitled Document) have the same format and both allow you to choose a file to open.

So what's the difference between those two dialogs?

Open
The image you have opened is pointed to the filename from which the image was loaded. If you choose to save this image it will be saved to the same file you have chosen to open the image.
Open Existing Document as Untitled Document
The image you have opened is not pointed to the filename from which the image was loaded. If you choose to save this image the Save Document As dialog will open and ask you for the file name you want to save the image to. This is similar to import in other programs.
Create Copy From Current Image
Similar to Open Existing Document as Untitled Document but with the currently selected image.

Krita supports different file formats for opening. Which file formats are available depends on what Krita filters are built.

Provided that your version of Krita has the necessary filters built you can open files of the following types:

  • Krita Document
  • OpenRaster archiving image
  • PNG Picture
  • TIFF Picture
  • PDF Document
  • JPEG Picture
  • Nikon NEF Raw Picture
  • Canon CR2 Raw Picture
  • Sony SR2 Raw Picture
  • Canon CRW Raw Picture
  • Pentax PEF Raw Picture
  • Sigma X3F Raw Picture
  • Kodak KDC Raw Picture
  • Minolta MRW Raw Picture
  • Kodak DCR Raw Picture
  • Olympus ORF Raw Picture
  • Panasonic Raw Picture
  • Fuji RAF Raw Picture
  • Sony SRF Raw Picture
  • KChart Diagramm
  • OpenDocument Drawing
  • WMF Picture
  • WordPerfect/DrawPerfect Picture
  • Karbon14 Drawing
  • SVG Picture
  • Compressed SVG Picture
  • EPS Picture
  • PS Document
  • OpenEXR high dynamic-range (HDR) image

Save / Save As / Export

Save As
If you have saved an image to a new file with the Save Document As dialog the image is pointed to the new filename. The next time you save the image it is stored to the new file.
Export
If you have exported an image to a new file with the Export Document As dialog the image is still pointed to the old filename. The next time you save the image it is stored to the old file.
Export as PDF
Exports the current image as a single-page PDF. Useful for people working with professional print services.
Save Incremental Version
Saves the current image as 'filename'_001.kra
Save Incremental Backup
Exports the image as 'filename'_001.kra

Saving you images so they can be uploaded to deviantart and social media

Krita's default saving format is the *.kra format. This format saves everything Krita can manipulate about an image: Layers, Filters, Assistants, Masks, Color spaces, etc. However, that's a lot of data, so *.kra files are pretty big. This doesn't make them very good for uploading to the internet. Imagine how many people's data-plans hit the limit if they only could look at *.kra files! So instead, we optimise our images for the web.

There's a few steps involved:

  1. Save as a .kra. This is your working file and serves as a backup if you make any mistakes.
  2. Flatten all layers. This turns all your layers into a single one. Just go to Layer->Flatten Image or press Ctrl+Shift+E. Flattening can take a while, so if you have a big image, don't be scared if Krita freezes for a few seconds. It'll become responsive soon enough.
  3. Convert the color space to 8bit sRGB(if it isn't yet). This is important to lower the filesize, and PNG for example can't take higher than 16bit. Image->Convert Image Color Space and set the options to RGB, 8bit and sRGB-elle-v2-srgbtrc.icc respectively. If you are coming from a linear space, uncheck little CMS optimisations
  4. Resize! Go to image->scale image to new size or use Ctrl+Alt+I. This calls up the resize menu. A good rule of thumb for resizing is that you try to get both sizes to be less than 1200 pixels. (This being the size of HD formats). You can easily get there by setting the Resolution under Print Pize to 72 dots per inch. Then press OK to have everything resized.
  5. Save as a web-safe image format. There's several:
JPG
Use this for images with a lot of different colors, like paintings.
PNG
Use this for images with few colours or which are black and white, like comics and pixel-art. Select 'save indexed if possible' to optimise even more.
WebP
Supossedly useful for both paintings and lower color iamges like comics, but it's not supported by most social media yet.
GIF
Only use this for animation(will be supported this year) or images with a super low color count, because they will get indexed.

Save your image, upload, and show it off!


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