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Krita is a free and powerful sketching and painting application for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It’s designed for comic book artists, illustrators, concept artists, the digital VFX industry, and matte and texture artists providing a full-featured and innovative studio for creating professional artworks. Krita was previously distributed as part of the deprecated KOffice office suite for the KDE desktop environment.

Krita Studio has several features that are unique or a first among free software painting applications: support for colorspaces other than RGB, like CMYK, support for HDR painting, painting assistants, a perspective grid. The Krita developers are keen to support the artistic community that has grown around Krita.

Krita Main Interface Screenshot

The name “Krita” comes from Swedish, and means “to draw” or “chalk” and was taken after the names “KImageShop” and “Krayon” gave problems. The origin of Krita can be traced to Matthias Ettrich’s at the 1998 Linux Kongress. Matthias wanted to show the ease with which it was possible to hack a Qt GUI around an existing application, and the application he chose to demo it with was GIMP.

His patch was never published, but did cause problems with the GIMP community at the time. Not being in a position to work together, people within the KDE project decided to start their own image editor application development focused on an application that was part of the KOffice suite, called KImage, by Michael Koch. Renamed to KImageShop, this was the start of Krita.

Key Features:

  • User-friendly and modern interface
  • Full-color management
  • Brush stabilizers and engines
  • Wrap-around mode
  • Resource manager
  • OpenGL enhanced
  • Layer management
  • Supports OCIO and OpenEXR
  • Support PSD files
  • Support HDR
  • Mirroring tools
  • Color palette

Last Update: December 10, 2023

Current Version: 5.2.2 / 3.3.3

License: Open Source

Languages: Multiple Languages

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 8.1 / 10 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)
Mac OS X 10.12 or later

Developer: The Krita Foundation


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