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For those of you that use linux as a complete OS or those like me that have a duel boot with Windows 7 & Linux Mint 11 should really give Krita 2.4 a try.
It literally has an Alchemy brush engine and a mirror/pull function just like alchemy.
It has a Painter style engine allowing color blending and mixing and papers/textures.
It has Photoshop like functions allowing image stamps and custom brushes.
It has a Mypaint style procedural brush engine allowing for brush texture experimentation.
It has a Harmony style brush engine, with those cool soft webbed drawing lines.
It has vector - pretty much everything (brushes, text, art)
Basically this program kicks ass. There are a few bugs, the only one I found so far is the share brush function (allowing users to share brushes among themselves) is not working at the moment, but everything else I've tried has worked nicely. A windows version is supposed to be coming soon, hopefully by the end of the year which is soon. Check out the review by David Revoy: Cool article about Krita
and more info about the program and known issues here
Last edited by artmessiah; November 19th, 2011 at 12:57 AM.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:neon/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install project-neon-base project-neon-calligra project-neon-calligra-dbg
or you can compile it yourself this way - steps
Scroll down to where it says "Applications to Compile". Krita will be the first app and just follow the steps - it's extra simple. If I figured it out anyone can trust me.
Last edited by artmessiah; November 20th, 2011 at 12:11 PM.
Sounds cool. I guess I should give it a try.
Bugs to me are not really the biggest issue beacause they can be eventually fixed. There is other thing that puts me off from majority open source digital painting programs and it's laggy performance. There is for example quite decent painting program called Artweaver but it's really hard to paint with it unless I have image resolution smaller than maybe 800x600 px and there is no more than two layers. It's the same with Gimp where I can only work on small image with small brushes. Otherwise I leave a line and wait a second till it appears on the screen. Painting illustration for print requires quite big resolutions and Photoshop seems to handle large files without any problem.
On the other hand there are few free lightweight programs which have amazing performance like openCanvas or small inking program I lately use called AzDrawing2.
I hope Krita will belong to that group too .
Last edited by Farvus; December 1st, 2011 at 01:59 PM.
Windows version available for download. I haven't downloaded it yet, but it can be found at http://krita.org
From what I read on their webpage the windows version will have some bugs due to some components updated on the linux side that hasn't been updated and ported on the windows side yet, but the developer said he used the windows version for an hour and a half with no visible problems. I guess it's still worth a look.
Edit - just tried and it works. It is a little buggy with the window resizing (it doesn't crash) just lags a bit. Had some initial problems with opening for the first time but since than it's worked fine, and there's a few minor bugs that don't necessarily hinder from painting, just minor annoyances. I think the next update should make this more stable, but right now it's ok. Just happy I can use my express keys on my cintiq now.
Last edited by artmessiah; December 21st, 2011 at 10:03 AM.
I tried the program and it's nice. Looks very promising. Some thoughts.
- Brushes are slower than in Photoshop but fast enough to do some hi-res illustration especially when you start small and increase the resolution half way. The list of things you can do with these brushes is huge but at same time but it looks like somebody got obsessed with putting as many controls as possible. Maybe a bit too much (or just too cluttered). To be honest it made me realise that in some new open source digital painting programs I pay more attention to some good editing functionality beacuse that's more rare.
- I like the different color palettes. Really cool thing. Much better than in other programs.
- I like that for assigning keyboard shortcuts there are many combinations included together with Alt and Ctrl.
- Transforming selection was very slow (it almost completely stopped the program). I assume it's going to be fixed later. Same with panning the canvas.
- Vector shapes are hard to find and not intuitive to work with.
- The interface for the layers is not organized clearly and I don't see on which one I'm working but that's minor problem.
Despite minor things I got very positive impression. I'm looking forward to see better and more stable versions.
I'm planning to switch from Photoshop to some other software in the next year and even if I won't use Krita for painting, it's still must have on hard drive. It has one important feature that you can't find anywhere else (and I looked at tons of programs for that) which is being able to save to Tiff file with 16-bit CMYK colors. I tested it out and even though some error messages popped when saving file, the actual image looks fine. Very close to 16-bit CMYK Tiff from Photoshop.
Last edited by Farvus; December 25th, 2011 at 10:37 AM.
I really love this program- I've in encountered a couple bugs too (the brush editor freezing EVERYTHING three times in a row for instance0 but it's still really cool... I just wish there were more tutorials and stuff *sigh*
I plan to make a few as soon as I figure everything out.