Crita is recommended for a graphic designer

Krita 4.3: Graphics program for pixel artists appears in a new version

The development phase from Krita 4.2 to the new main version 4.3 took a good year, in which the free, donation-financed paint program for Linux, Windows and Mac OS received bug fixes as well as new, prominent functions. There is a magnetic selection tool, revised tools for onion skin animations, a multi-window mode for multiple monitors and again a number of new filters. The list of innovations shows: Krita does not focus on photo editing or retouching, but rather tools for illustrators and freehand artists who create graphics like on a digital drawing pad - also using a graphics tablet.

A special feature of the Kritas development, which is under the GNU General Public License 3, is the close cooperation since 2014 with the user community in the implementation of new features. That was not always the case: Krita originally comes from the circle of the free office suite "Calligra" from KDE and bobbed around for a few years as an alternative to Gimp with little attention to low version numbers.

That changed from 2014, when Krita maintainer Boudewijn Rempt made the software interesting with a focus on visual artists. Three successful Kickstarter campaigns brought new momentum and funded a full-time developer. Since setting up its own foundation, Krita has recently received a lot of attention because of its high development speed, which quickly implements functions for professional graphic designers. Now, Krita 4.3 is also sure to get a lot of attention again with a beta version for Android tablets and ChromeOS.

New functions in detail

For large screen areas and in multi-monitor operation, Krita 4.3 can detach the central screen as a separate window from the program window and position it freely. As a visual undo system, there is a new dock for several manually created snapshots of work steps. There is a new settings dialog for multi-layer water color effects under the brush sets. The various filters have received some additions, such as a high-pass filter for creating a separate sharpening level.

A prominent new tool is a magnetic selection tool that responds to pixel borders and contours. This tool is reminiscent of the magnetic lasso in Adobe Photoshop and was created with the help of an external developer as part of the "Google Summer of Code 2019".

The makers behind Krita are currently converting the animation tools, which will only be ready in the next release. The current version has an export function for frame differences as well as hotkeys for selecting the layers in onion skin animations. The developers list all changes in the release notes.

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