Hi, everyone! A few weeks ago, Krita team made a huge step towards a cool Krita Windows version. Before, it was very unstable and had a lot of issues, but now... I've been using it for a couple of weeks, and I must say it's very cool! Not only it is very stable (it can crash, but in almost 14 days, it only crashed for me once!), but its features are great :) I decided to make a quick painting to show how it works. There are still some things that could use some work, but I'm sure it will improve with time, and I really encourage you to check it out :)
Some people asked me if I'd compare it with Photoshop, or if it can replace Gimp as a photo retouching software. Indeed, Krita is so cool and has a lot of tools that can be used for photo retouching, but I'd say (and I remember their developers also said this a long time ago), Krita's focus is on painting, not on photo retouching, and while it can do it (as it works with images), it's probably not as good as Gimp or Photoshop on that one. I'd compare Krita more with Painter than with Photoshop or Gimp. Can you retouch photos with Painter? Of course, but you'll miss a lot of features from an actual photo retouching software.
Things I love about Krita:
- The brushes: they are really great, some of them work like the ones I loved in myPaint, which is awesome :) The brush system is really robust and flexible, letting you create amazing brushes and add them to the already populated default brush library.
- Transformations: this was something I missed in softwares like myPaint. The transformation system in Krita is great, allowing to not only imitate perspective, but actually rotate the image like if it was 3D. The warping system is also very fun (while a little slow at times).
- Wrapparound mode: If you activate Open GL in the preferences, you can press W while painting, and Krita will display a tile view of the image - really useful when you need to work with tileable textures!
- Smudge on steroids: this one is actually a little detail, but it's a little detail that I found very interesting - You can set a brush to smudge using the layers behind, which means that you don't need to modify the original layer to smudge, and only the smudged parts will be shown on the current layer, which allows to easily change stuff in layers behind and to smudge more than one layer at once. Nice!
- Much more: Navigation, variety of formats, layer system, filter layers, multi-brush, rulers... definitely a software that is worth a try, and for digital painting purposes is amazing.