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krita 2.9

The digital painting program Krita 2.9 was released today. This is the biggest Krita release that brings dozens of new features, improved functions, fixed bugs, spit and polish all over the place.

According to the official release note, eleven of the twelve Kickstarter-funded features are in the 2.9 release, and the last one will be included in the Krita 2.9.1.

Krita 2.9 comes with support for viewing images with multiple documents, ilustration transformation improvements, HDR painting support, painting and workflow improvements, filter and layer improvements, 3D texturing and image support, and many other changes. See the official release note for details.

Install Krita 2.9 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04, the latest Krita is available in the Krita Lime PPA.

To add the ppa, open terminal from the Dash or application menu. When it opens, run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dimula73/krita

Then update system package cache:

sudo apt-get update

Finally install the latest Krita packages:

sudo apt-get install krita-2.9 krita-2.9-dbg

NOTE: Krita 2.9 will be installed in /opt/ directory, you have to manually install the icons and launchers:

In terminal run below command to copy the launcher (.desktop) files from /opt/ to system directory:

cd /opt/project-neon/share/ && sudo cp -r applications/ /usr/share/

Then copy Krita icons to system icons directory:

cd /opt/project-neon/share/ && sudo cp -r icons/ /usr/share/

Finally create soft link to the Krita executable:

sudo ln -s /opt/project-neon/bin/krita /usr/bin/krita

Restart computer and you should be able to start Krita 2.9 from menu.

Install Krita 2.8 in Ubuntu 13.10/12.04/12.10

Last updated: March 28, 2014

Krita, the ultimate weapon in the armoury of a Linux-based digital painter’s, now is at version 2.8. New tools make it more interesting for creating game art, and full Windows support is a bit of a game changer.

News Features in Krita 2.8:

  • Wrap Around mode to create seamless tiled textures from your current artwork ((use the W key, works in OpenGL mode only);
  • Clone Array tool to create isometric tiles.
  • New high-quality scaling mode for the OpenGL-based canvas.
  • Picking a layer by pressing R and clicking on a feature from that layer.
  • Configurable transparency visualization.
  • New dockable dialog to manage color swatches.
  • Easy expansion of canvas (deliberately not like in MyPaint, by users’ request).
  • Composition guides in the Crop tool.

Krita has an experimental implementation of a G’MIC plugin now as well, and that alone increases the amount of available effects by order of magnitude.

Additionally, during Google Summer of Code 2013 one of the students applied tons of fixes to existing filters (both UI and algorithms), added alpha channel to the Curves filter, improved the HSV filter and the Dodge/Burn filters, and implemented a whole new Color Balance filter.

Install Krita:

Ubuntu users can always get the latest version of Krita from the Krita Lime PPA. So far, it supports Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 12.10. Ubuntu 14.04 will come with the 2.8 release by default.

To install Krita 2.8, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dimula73/krita

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install krita-2.8

That’s it. Enjoy!