Create and manipulate images with Krita

Krita is the KDE version of GIMP or Photoshop. Actually, it is more than that. For the past ten years it has focused on cartoonists, illustrators, and concept artists in addition to image manipulation until today it is a painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry.

You can still use it to easily manipulate images though with most of the simple options such as crop, color and shape selector are on the left hand side. Other more complex tools and filters such as Raindrops are in the top menus.


To install Krita on Kubuntu 20.04 open up Konsole and type,

sudo apt install krita

After installation Krita can get started either by searching in the Applications menu or by navigating to Applications/Graphis/Krita.

Further information

  • by Halla Rempt
    Ramon has just published this month’s new video on the Krita Youtube channel! “Back to School” is all about getting into Krita for the first time, no matter how old you are. And there’s a new brush preset pack for you, too! You can get the extra brush presets and template on! The post […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    For years, most development discussion for Krita has happened on the #krita channel on the Freenode IRC network. IRC is a venerable chat system (that’s to say, it’s old and quirky) but it works very well for us because it’s free and open source software and because it treats chat as chat: it doesn’t keep […]
  • by Wolthera van Hövell
    One last bugfix release before Krita 5.0! We found a nasty bug on MacOS, and while we’re on the cusp of finishing up Krita 5.0, we didn’t want to leave MacOS users in the cold till then. Set ElideRight for the tabs in the mdiarea. (Bug 433640) If loading the image fails too often, stop […]
  • by Emmet O'Neill
    Hey Krita people! Emmet here. One of the silver linings of the last year and a half for me has been having the chance to work with Eoin on a new development project with the goal of bringing Krita’s animation tools to the next level for Krita 5! With the release of Krita 3.0 back […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    This the third development update during our development fund campaign. The development fund is necessary to make sure core Krita development can continue no matter what, so if you use Krita and can manage, please join the development fund! Here is a fun article on how Carl Schwan adapted the codebase for Krita: […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    This year, like every year since its inception, Krita participates in the abbreviated version of the Google Summer of Code program. It’s shorter than it used to be, but let’s see what our students are going to do! Santosh will be working on making more operations work with multiple selected layers. You can read his […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    Here’s our second update on the state of Krita 5. We’re bringing you these updates to show what’s going on in Krita and why it’s a good idea to join the Krita development fund!  There are already more than 100 members of the dev fund! But let’s have some excitement first. The new smudge brush […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    We have the winners! We had them yesterday already, but in the excitement of getting her first covid vaccine shot, Halla forgot to make the announcement. Sorry! The jury, consisting of Ramon Miranda, Agata Cacko and Wolthera van Hövell tot Westerflier had a hard time making their choices: the quality of the submissions was just […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    Here’s our first update on how the work for Krita 5 is going!We’re bringing you these updates to show what’s going on in Krita and why it’s a good idea to join Krita development fund! But first a short video by Ramon Miranda showing one the new features in Krita 5: the painting recorder. The […]
  • by Halla Rempt
    This month, we’re campaigning for our brand-new Development Fund! Based on Blender’s development fund code, we now have an updated donation system where everyone can manage their own subscriptions. Join the campaign and become a member on Krita: created by the community Krita has always been free and open source software. Hundreds of people […]

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