As 2D graphics developers and designers we are on a quest to explore the innovations and great ideas behind the software gems we inspire from.
If you are into drawing and sketching, you've probably stumbled upon Krita – an open source free app for digital painters, illustrators and concept artists.
Krita has a steady set of core features plus a variety of helpful tools and we would like to highlight some of them for you in short videos.
1. Mirror Mode
Small but mind-catching: a funny tool for easy creation of symmetrical objects and geometrical patterns. You could quickly get hooked on it.
2. Automatic Brush Orientation
Brush orientation follows your mouse or tablet pen movement for a more natural look.
3. Pen Movement Smoothing
Calms down your shaky mouse or tablet pen to draw steadier, smoothed lines.
4. Drawing Assistants
Impressive help for drawing geometrical figures and sketching in perspective.
This feature lets you set parallel points, vanishing points, perspective grids and other types of assistants. And it comes with different snap options.
5. Transform Mask
Apply tweaks to objects using masks that you can switch on and off for a quick return to the object's original state. All object modifications are reflected into the mask.
6. Clone Layer
Want to simultaneously apply all the changes and transform masks in a layer to its multiple copies? Clone it.
7. Favourite Tools on Right Click
A handy option for quicker drawing process. Brings up color selector, history palette and brush palette.
8. Color History
Color values history for a quick call-back of an already used value.
9. Color Wheel Format
Not just one, actually – several color wheel formats to choose from for faster color selection.
Besides these you will get some really advanced brush settings (one of Krita's most powerful features), advanced layer options and masking, tablet rotation for the left-handed and other tools.
Krita is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and you may download it freely from their official website: https://krita.org/.
Image courtesy: Ramon Miranda