Krita 2.9 released with tons of new crowd-sponsored features

Krita 2.9 released with tons of new crowd-sponsored features

Krita Foundation released its most important update so far: the majority of new features were sponsored by the community via successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014, sales on Steam, and donations.

The highlights of the release are:

  • new Perspective transform tool with vanishing points highlight;
  • new Cage and Liquify transform tools;
  • non-destructive transformation via transform masks;
  • various improvements in deep painting;
  • better blending in the Mix brush and assorted improvements in brush engines;
  • new assistants to help drawing parallel and infinite lines, as well as objects in perspective;
  • updated port of G'MIC to provide all the new features including artwork colorization;
  • better support for PSD and EXR files, newly added loading of raw files, newly added support for r16 and r8 heightmaps;
  • the version of Krita for Linux now relies on colord to use unique ICC color profiles per display.

You can learn more about the new features in the detailed release notes.

Apart from bugfixing, immediate future plans include finishing Photoshop-like layer styles, as well as support for this feature in PSD files.

In early March, the team will also start completing the Qt4-to-Qt5 port and start moving towards KDE5 Frameworks which will help getting more stable and slim builds for OSX/Windows users with less dependencies.

There's also a new Kickstarter campaign in the planning. According to Boudewijn Rempt, two big topics of the campaign will be performance optimization and animation support, and stretch goals will be suggested by the community again.

Finally, Dmitry Kazakov isn't the only full-time developer now: Boudewijn is currently sponsored to work on Krita for two days a week, and he hopes to be able to spend even more time on the project after the next kickstarter.

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  1. It’s a perfect peace of software and great to see again that people around the globe are involved by supporting this great program. These days there are good stable quality opensource programs that will do the job perfectly.
    You more like to have 10 million people who is the happiest people using this creative software then 10 million dollars on selling people a program that is rated to much and it doesn’t reach all the creative people who is not capable to spend a fortune on it.

    Well done devs!

  2. the end of that video was pretty awesome :)

  3. Hey GIMP. See what crowd sourcing can achieve!!. Kudos to Krita team!!.

  4. Bob k. to be fair I think this has more to do with Krita having more maintainers/active developers in the first place than having crowd sourced funding to then pay one of those developers to do more work.
    https://github.com/GNOME/gimp/blob/master/MAINTAINERS

  5. Alexandre Prokoudine 28 February 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Hey GIMP. See what crowd sourcing can achieve!!.

    Hey Bob. k, please read http://libregraphicsworld.org/blog/entry/inkscape-starts-encouraging-paid-development to better understand the situation :)

  6. “Hey GIMP. See what crowd sourcing can achieve!!.”

    It’s true open source projects today have this new possibility to get founding. That much is true.

    Thinking just because you can get founding easier that achievements will come easier?  Try it. Get founding and make open source software that will be better compared to GIMP. I doubt you will achieve that goal any time soon!

  7. The new Krita is just terrific!

  8. Just updated krita on my laptop, it has got nice design and useful features.