Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Krita - a KDE program for sketching and painting


Krita is a KDE program for sketching and painting, offering an end–to–end solution for creating digital painting files from scratch by masters. Fields of painting that Krita explicitly supports are concept art, creation of comics and textures for rendering. Modelled on existing real-world painting materials and workflows, Krita supports creative working by getting out of the way and with a snappy response.

Note that when we say "Krita is a KDE program", that doesn't mean you need to run the Plasma Desktop to run Krita. It means that Krita as a project is proud to be part of the wonderful KDE community and uses the great framework technology that the KDE community develops.. You can run Krita on Windows, Gnome, XFCE, and if you spend some effort even on OSX.

There are three versions of Krita: Krita Sketch, for touch devices, Krita Desktop desktop systems and finally Krita Studio, which is like Krita Desktop but supported by KO GmbH.

So, besides the well known GIMP, there is Krita, and for those who do not know, on the 4th of March 2014, a new version 2.8 was released. Both of these are in a way, alternatives to Photoshop. Until Adobe decides to make a Linux port of its products, these applications are available and for free.

Fedora 19 (KDE 64 bit) installation is as follows:

*Fedora packages are available in the unstable repository of the KDE Packaging Project.
So we first install those...

$cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
$sudo wget

And now we can install Krita:
$sudo yum install calligra-krita --enablerepo=kde-unstable

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