Create and manipulate images with Krita

Krita is the KDE version of GIMP or Photoshop. Actually, it is more than that. For the past ten years it has focused on cartoonists, illustrators, and concept artists in addition to image manipulation until today it is a painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry.

You can still use it to easily manipulate images though with most of the simple options such as crop, color and shape selector are on the left hand side. Other more complex tools and filters such as Raindrops are in the top menus.


To install Krita open up Konsole and type,

sudo apt install krita

After installation Krita can get started either by searching in the Applications mennu or by navigating to Applications/Graphis/Krita.

Further information

  • by Halla Rempt
    The last day of the year… So, let’s look back a bit. First off: none of the Krita developers has died this year. It feels strange to write that, but it might reassure some of our readers. Some of us have had some extended periods of down time, or have been less productive, both because […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    The Krita team is releasing the second beta of Krita 4.4.2. Ramon Miranda has just released a video of one of the star features of this release: mesh transforms: Compared to the first beta, the following issues have been fixed: The projection of vector layers no longer gets corrupted when applying a mesh transformation The […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    The Krita team is releasing the first beta of Krita 4.4.2. With over 300 changes, this is mainly a bugfix release, though some key new features, too! Note: this release also includes a possible fix for an issue where sometimes modifier shortcut keys stopped working. This fix has not yet been confirmed by the reporters, […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    Today, we’re happy to announce the release of KSeExpr 4.0.0! KSeExpr is the fork of Disney Animation’s SeExpr expression language library that we ship with Krita. It powers the SeExpr Fill Layer that was done in Amyspark’s Google Summer of Code 2020 project. The main changes This is a ginormous release, but these are the […]
  • by Irina Rempt
    Could you tell us something about yourself? I’m currently in my 4th year of a PhD in Archaeological Science at the University of Oxford, specialising in the reconstruction of ancient environmental conditions using shellfish remains. I’ve always had an interest in art, but I’ve found it especially useful as a procrastination tool during my PhD! […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    Despite an extra-long beta period during which we got awesome feedback from our community, 4.4.0 was released with several regressions, that is, bugs that weren’t present in 4.3.0. So today we’re releasing Krita 4.4.1 with the following fixes: Android and ChromeOS: Use SDK version 29, which means Krita doesn’t need permissions to run anymore and […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    Today, we’re releasing Krita 4.4.0! Only a little later than we had planned, this is the next feature release of Krita! With a whole slew of new fill layer types, including the really versatile SeExpr based scriptable fill layer type, exciting new options for Krita’s brushes like the gradient map mode for brushes, lightness and […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    Today, we’re releasing Krita 4.4.0 beta 2: we found a number of regressions and release blocking bugs. This beta has Android builds too, since we fixed many issues with accessing files on Android: however, because we now add translations the APK files are too big for the Play Store, and you will have to download […]
  • by Wolthera van Hövell
    The summer has come and gone since the 4.3 release, but we have not been sitting still. We had four Summer of Code Students this year, each of which completed their project. One of these projects has already made it into 4.4: The SeExpr fill layers! And that’s not the only new fill layer type… […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    The final evaluations of the Google Summer of Code projects are open now; it’s pencils down time for the students. In 2020, four students have worked really hard on four really exciting projects, of course, so let’s take a look at their achievements! Dynamic Fill Layers in Krita using SeExpr Amy Spark implemented a new […]

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