About Krita

Krita is an open-source painting software that provides businesses with tools to create and share professional paintings or sketches on a centralized platform. Artists can use the digital workspace to manage dockers or functional panels and customize the layout according to requirements.

Krita provides organizations with pre-built brush presets, which allow them to create digital paintings or pixel arts and add 3D texturing in images. Professionals can use the freehand brush tool to customize the appearance of brushes and add effects using a drag-and-mass interface.

Krita enables professional artists to create comic panels, select bubble templates from the vector library and drag them on the canvas.


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14 Reviews of Krita

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.63 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.5

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August 2021

Zandrich from GEMINII CYBER (PTY) LTD

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Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Computer & Network Security

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

August 2021

Krita - Should Cost a Fortune, is Free

Krita is a powerful (and free) illustration suite maintained by a large group of passionate artists and developers. Myself and my team in our illustration department have been making thorough use of it for years, and couldn't be more satisfied with what it offers. Since there are no licensing requirements (even for large teams), the suite as a whole has saved us a small fortune, allowing us to divert our attention to our work, rather than worrying about expenses and whether or not our returns cover annual licenses.

Pros

Krita is the best software in terms of illustration that I've used in my 12+ years in the industry; it is far more intuitive than competitors like Adobe Photoshop because Krita has been developed primarily as illustrating software. It marries the ease-of-use in Adobe Illustrator with some of the more complex brushes and rastering in Adobe Photoshop; although I use both latter products daily, I use neither for illustration - that is Krita's domain. Despite being the absolute best illustrating software on the market, Krita is 100% free to use, own and edit - it is fully open source, effectively meaning you, and everyone else, own it indefinitely. There are no "free trials", potential subscriptions or fees related to deploying it, which has converted me for life.

Cons

In the years that I've used Krita, I've not come across a single issue that has hindered my ability to use the software. The few times I've run into seemingly unsolvable issues, a quick trip to the Krita forums helped me clear it up in a jiffy.

March 2021

Boris from Zero Molecule

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

4.0

March 2021

Open Source drawing software made by artists

I use Krita both for private projects and professionally. I was looking for a digital painting software that would be able to go head-to-head with Photoshop in that regard and I found it in Krita. It is a great piece of software that allows me to create art uninterrupted and with ease. The default brush selection is amazing and the functions are familiar if you used Photoshop so there is almost no learning curve. For work, I use Krita to generate small graphics for the website that need that "hand made" feel rather than the sleek vector design required for some other projects. All in all, I would highly recommend Krita to anyone looking to draw or paint. The best thing is that it has no subscription fee, it is absolutely and completely free.

Pros

It has digital painting and drawing as its main focus. Other similar software focuses on photo manipulation primary and painting secondary, while Krita has it the other way around. The user interface and tools at your disposal are all made for content creation. It is a very refreshing take on a digital painting software. Krita also comes with a great set of brushes, once again, optimized for digital drawing and painting.

Cons

I loved Krita but from time to time I had issues with brush lag with both my Wacom and my Huion tablets. I would draw a line and it would appear seconds later, or it would decide to dance around the canvas creating a scribble rather than a straight line.

Reasons for Choosing Krita

It was more focused into digital drawing, which is what I needed at the time.

Reasons for Switching to Krita

We could not afford the expensive subscription that Adobe pushes.

August 2021

Liese from Chavez Gallery

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Fine Art

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Functionality

4.0

August 2021

Good tablet software.

I'm happy with the program and am grateful that it is free.

Pros

Krita allowed me to create CMYK and vector files for a coloring book project and I use it every time I need to submit files to a printing company.

Cons

Not very intuituve and options are not available by clicking, some functions require hotkey shortcuts.

Reasons for Choosing Krita

Much better features for a professional.

Reasons for Switching to Krita

Gimp doesn't do CMYK and Gimp isn't as good for tablet integration.

February 2021

Robert from Black Friday Recordings LLC

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Music

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

4.0

February 2021

Approachable Elegant Software with the Usual Open Source Roadblocks

Overall, Krita is a very capable product, great for learning, and acceptable for its purposes. In the long run, a user running any kind of enterprise or business will likely want to find a paid product for the Quality Assurance and Support that comes with it.

Pros

It was approachable and pretty full-featured in its design. The docking system is convenient and after a few basics I was able to get a good ways before really having to resort to online materials for extra help. The dock, tile, and brush system are all very solid and flexible. Although the layout is messy in some ways it keeps the main tasks fairly up-front and simple. They also seem to be constantly updating the program. While it doesn't have touch controls, its support for my drawing tablet seemed to be pretty robust (full disclosure, there are so many tablets on the market that it's hard to say whether my experience is representative).

Cons

The cons, sadly, made my time with Krita limited and I soon had to switch to a comparable paid product. These are issues that, in my opinion plague most free open source projects, so your mileage may vary depending on how important "free" is. First, the documentation is lacking. Sometimes it's just what you expect, but because they are constantly adding features for some features the documentation is missing entirely. Secondly, their constant updates and the nature of a collaborative open source product means a lot of features break for extended periods of time while they get around to figuring them out and fixing them. The result of this is that I felt like I was spending as much time talking to (or reading from) other users on Reddits and forums to figure out what a large number of functions were supposed to do, how they were supposed to work, and what any workarounds were for them being broken. It's due to many similar reasons why I have sworn off open source products in my business, but for students or those without the same concern of clients and running an enterprise, something that works 80% of the time and requires much more involvement might be preferable as it costs 100% less (free!).

May 2021

Ashley from NintyGamer.com

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Computer Games

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

May 2021

Tired of Subscription Photo Software? Try Krita

Krita is an open-source free illustration software that works well as a substitute for light photo editing. It's not as robust as Photoshop, but it delivers in the 'free with no subscription required' category. I use the software to apply watermarks to our photos, edit hero images for our articles, and do light drawing with the Wacom tablet and finish it in Paint Tool SAI.

Pros

- Offers many basic photo editing features - Available on several OSes, including Windows, Mac, and Linux (Android beta) - Features support for touch screen devices for natural drawing - Designed for illustration and digital artists

Cons

- It is quite different than Photoshop, you'll need tutorials - No dedicated support, community of developers is scattered - Not as many brushes, but you can import Photoshop brushes - Text support is clunky, not fit for lettering comics

Reasons for Choosing Krita

GIMP is more similar to Photoshop than Krita, which may be preferrable to some. I would compare Krita more to Paint Shop Pro – a powerful illustration program.

Reasons for Switching to Krita

The subscription model is not for everyone with light use cases. I'm not an established artist, photographer, or designer – so I don't need a subscription to Photoshop. Krita can handle everything I throw at it in terms of image editing for the web and comes at the best price possible – free.