Krita, The free open source painting program has been updated to version 4.2.0. This new major release includes updated support for graphics tablets, scripting APIs for animation, support for HDR displays on Windows, and more.
Krita is targeted at the conceptual art, illustration, and visual effects industries. The application was developed using Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 and can run on Linux, Windows and macOS.
The latest Krita 4.2.0 includes updated tablet support for Windows, Linux and macOS. This includes improved support for multi-monitor setups, more supported tablets and bug fixes. To this end, Qt has been patched and the patch has been included upstream, but until the Linux distribution receives this updated Qt5, it is recommended that you use the Krita AppImage binary, which includes this patched Qt.
Another important change in Krita 4.2.0 is support for HDR displays. This feature is only available on Windows 10 and allows viewing your HDR images in HDR on supported hardware.
Krita 4.2.0 also includes improved brush speed performance. This is due to two 2018 Google Summer of Code students who implemented a lock-free hash table to manage pixel data and GPU vectorization, which will speed up Krita through multi-threading.
Other important improvements in Krita 4.2.0:
- Animation Python API: Control and create custom workflows that handle animation.
- Improved palette docker: docker is now based on rows and columns, it can hold empty entries (for organization), supports drag and drop colors, right-click to delete entries, and more
- Gamut Mask: New Gamut docker where you can limit the colors displayed
- The art color picker has been cleaned up and now has more options. It now has a “continuous mode” that can be used to remove steps with certain attributes
- Undo actions with the Move tool: Move tool operations are now part of the undo history, so you can undo multiple moves in a row while using the move tool
- Added new blending modes: “Reflection”, “Glow”, “Freeze”, “Heating”, “Glow Heat”, “Hot Glow”, “Reflect Frozen”, “Freeze Reflection”, “Hot Glow” and “Freeze Reflection
- Added fractional DPI scaling
- Easily move, rotate or transform choices yourself
- Configurable file backup
- there are more.
This one video Show new features in the latest Krita 4.2:
For Linux, the Krita download page includes AppImage and Flatpak (Krita is available at FlatHub) Binaries as well as Ubuntu PPA (also available for Linux Mint, base OS, etc.) and Gentoo community packages.
You can run the AppImage binary by making it executable (right-click on it, select
Allow executing file as program Or similar), and then double-click it to launch the application.
It is worth noting that Krita depends on some KDE libraries. If you want to avoid installing them on a non-KDE Linux desktop environment, install the latest version from FlatHub or by downloading the AppImage binary.
From / Learn more: Krita 4.2.0 release announcement.