A good year has the development phase of krita 4.2 for the new major version 4.3 attituded in which the free, donation-financed painting program for linux, windows and mac OS in addition to bugfixes has also received new, prominent functions. There is a magnetic selection tool, superior tools for onion-like animations, a multi-window mode for multiple monitors and again several new filters. The list of innovations shows: krita does not focus on photo editing or retouching, but tools for illustrators and freehand drawers creating graphics like a digital drawing block – also by graphics tray.
A peculiarity of the development of kritas, which is under the GNU general public license 3, is the close cooperation with the user community in the implementation of new features since 2014. That was not always like this: krita originating from the circle of the free office suite "calligra" from KDE and dumped a few years as an alternative to GIMP with little attention to low version numbers.
Denested from 2014, when krita-maintainer boudevijn rempt made the software interesting with an orientation for fine artists. Three successful kickstarter campaigns brought new momentum and financed a full-time developer. Since the first foundation of its own foundation, krita has recently received a lot of attention because of its high development of development, the functions for professional graphic artists quickly. Krita 4 is now.3 also with a beta version for android tablets and chromos also again gross attention.
New features in detail
For coarse screenflat and in multi-monitor operation, krita 4.3 remove the central canvas as your own window from the program window and place freely. As a visual UNDO system, there is a new dock for several, manually created snapshots of work steps. Among the brush sets there is a new setting dialog for multilayer watercolor effects. The varied filters have received some pensions, such as a high pass filter for creating a separate inside level.
A prominent, new tool is a magnetic selection tool that reacts to pixel rail and contours. This tool is reminiscent of the magnetic lasso in adobe photoshop and was created with the help of an external developer in the context of the "google summer of code 2019".
Krita is also supported under linux widely used wacom draw tablets and serves as an animation tool with onion skin method.
The creators behind krita are currently building the animation tools that are finished in the next release. In the current version, there has already been an export function for frame differences, as well as hotkeys for the selection of layers for onion-like animations. All changes list the developers in the publication instructions.
Krita creates the jump on android
In addition to the usual versions for windows, mac OS and linux, for which also a universal app image with static QT version is available, krita 4.3 for selected android tablets now also appeared as an app. It is a port of regular output, which is not yet optimized for touch operation and therefore works best on tablets with stylus. Noteworthy is the support of stylus gestures on the samsung tab S6, note 9 and note 10. Currently the android edition is still a beta, in google play but already free as an early access app. On smartphones, the app can not be installed because of the small screen area.