Krita 2.8.3

A powerful image editing and painting application for Linux and Windows operating systems
Krita is an open source application that provides users with a sophisticated graphical software for creating amazing paintings, drawings, sketches, and any other type of artwork. It was previously distributed as part of the deprecated KOffice office suite for the KDE desktop environment.

Features at a glance

The application features painting tools with brushes and colors, support for layers and channels, gradients, airbrush, erase tool, simple geometric forms, undo and redo support, zoom, color selections, as well as many filters. In addition, it allows users to create brushes from squares and circles, load and save images in the app’s native file format, add, merge, reorder and remove layers, or to load GIMP brushes, pipe brushes, patterns and gradients.

The program also allows users to use patterns and colours for filling the background, import and export images in any other format that is supported by the ImageMagick program, create layers with transparency, use RGB(A), gray(A) and color models, use high-quality scaling, and much more. Another interesting feature is the ability to work with Wacom tablets, which makes this application perfect for processional graphicians who want to create amazing artwork for blockbuster video games.

Distributed as part of Calligra

Since KOffice has been transformed into the well known Calligra office suite, the application is now distributed as part of the latter. However, it still requires many KDE packages and libraries, which can be annoying for users of the GNOME, Xfce, LXDE and Enlightenment desktop environments.

It's similar to Photoshop

Its user interface is familiar to those who worked with professional, yet commercial image editing applications, such as Photoshop, or even the single-window mode of open source the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) software.

Included in SteamOS

Recently, the Krita application has been selected for inclusion in the Steam gaming platform and the SteamOS Linux operating system. It is the best digital painting for the GNU/Linux platform, without any doubt.

Reviewed by , last updated on October 11th, 2014

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What's New in version 2.8.2
  • Add support for reading PSD layer groups
  • New splash screen with recent files and links to the Krita website
  • Save tags with special characters properly (bug 332708)
  • Fix removing tags
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Krita is an open source digital painting application used by numerous graphic artists to create amazing artwork uses i...

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