Krita is Linux painting app, that recently is being ported to windows – try it for windows from here (be aware, Windows version it is still in alpha, there are some bugs that I will describe later, but it is so much fun to use).
I suggest using ‘Calligra Suite(highly experimental)’ because it seems to have less bugs. But in theory they should work both the same.
The best thing about Krita is, that it is being developed for painters so all most commonly used tools are always one click away:
- right click to show radial pop-up (see image above) with color selector, color history and favorite customizable brushes. No need to say, how useful it is;
- easy brush scaling with ‘shift’+mouse drag left/right to increase/decrease brush size – much faster and more accurate than pressing ‘[' or ']‘ keys;
- big color selector that can be binded to any key – I find it useful to be set to ‘C’ – Color;
These are the most used tools by any artist and, as you can see, they are always easily accessible.
There is more stuff like filters, layer groups, all selection modes (by color, lasso, rectangle etc.) but other image editing apps have them to so I won’t describe them; they work as you would expect.
- I once thought that it would be cool to have brush that blends/smudges if painting lightly and paints with color if pressed harder. I never thought I would find this feature in any painting app, but guess what, Krita has it. Above is example with few brushes first when painting hard with color, and then blending with same brush when pressing light. How cool is that?!
- lots of brush types and options – here are something like few brush engines, all with lots of options to play with. Cool thing is your brush can have blending mode assigned to it, so you can make soft overlay brush for fast image coloring, without need to manually set blending mode for brush as in other apps. Also all brushes can be used as eraser by pressing ‘E’, or you can define custom eraser brush by setting it blending mode to ‘Eraser’.
Btw. to edit brushes that are shown in circle pop-up you need to click ‘Save to palette’ button on the top toolbar.
- perspective grid widget – there is no longer need to draw it by hand
- custom curves for all brush options/dynamics. Similar to what we got in new GIMP 2.8 but it has more user friendly UI imo, and require less clicks to setup
Well it is very good for Me, and definitely much better that Gimp. PS user may complain especially on Windows but the price of Krita is hard to beat.
It is said that Krita performance on Linux is higher but I haven,t tested it.
Bugs on Windows:
There are some, from which 1-2 are bit annoying:
- ‘shift’+mouse drag won’t resize some brushes
- sometimes ‘X’ key won’t swap foreground/background color
- color palete toolbar seems to be bit buggy
- ah, perspective grid seems to be broken, but it worked ok Previously.
- few minor others
I you really want you can always use Linux and enjoy bug free, lightning fast Krita.
I hope I convinced You to give Krita a try.