Featured Software
June 2018
by Dan Delong

Krita - Painting and Illustrating software for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Fred Fernbach recommended this software addition. Few seem to know about it, outside of the artist special effects world. Krita began as an improved GIMP. Krita now specializes in high end drawing and painting. An add-on accompanies the Windows installer, that allows for the creation of thumbnails within Explorer. Krita also claims the ability to open files that even Photoshop cannot.

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When I installed Krita on a touch-screen, Win8.1 laptop, it objected to not finding a pen or tablet installed. However, the glide pad cursor worked, and I used my finger or the cursor to draw, in a first attempt to use a few of the drawing tools.

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The Krita website offers many tutorials for creating amazing art, like the following: -

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System requirements:

Platform: : Win 7, 8, 10, OSX 10.11, or Linux - with enough RAM (Recommended 2 GB or more , and Optionally OpenGL 1.3 or higher and a Graphics Tablet (Wacom, Huion, Yiyinova, Surface Pro)

Version: 4.0.3

Price: Free

Language: English, and others

Download Size: depends on download sources, see below

Installed Size: 64-bit Windows version needs 324 MB, others vary


Download Sites:
Windows Installer 64-bit (96 MB)
Windows Installer 32-bit (95 MB)
Windows Portable 64-bit (130 MB)
Windows Portable 32-bit (128 MB)
Mac OSX Installer (123 MB)
Linux 64-bit Appimage (156 MB)