Krita, digital painting for Ubuntu

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Adobe’s Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing and compositing. It’s incredibly powerful and due to it’s longevity, has massive amounts of tutorials, documentation and community support. However, if you run Ubuntu as your operating system of choice, you have to either run Photoshop using Windows emulation¬†or move to another software package that’s Ubuntu compatible.

Krita is a free, powerful image editor and digital painting application that’s similar to Photoshop. It’s available for Ubuntu, Windows and Mac.

The Krita workspace

Krita has the following main features:

  • An adaptive multi-modal interface which works on the desktop and touchscreens
  • A large set of default brushes
  • Customizable brush presets
  • Multiple brush engines, supports pressure sensitivity, tilt and other features of graphics tablets
  • Wrap around mode canvas for creating and visualizing seamlessly tiled textures
  • OpenGL powered canvas with high-bit-depth monitor support
  • Filters with real-time preview
  • A layer engine that allows deeply nested and grouped layers
  • Vector, clone, external-file and dynamic filter-effect layers
  • Supports a wide range of file formats and color models
  • CMYK support, HDR painting, perspective grids, dockers, filters, painting assistants

For more information about Krita including documentation, tutorials and resources, visit

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