Krita Gemini is a painting application which adjusts to your needs - with a powerful, feature-rich interface on your PC, and a streamlined touch-friendly sketching interface on your tablet or convertible. With a range of tools and features suitable for novice or professional artists.
User reviews: Positive (15 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 10, 2014
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August 1

New Perspective Transform tool!

Today's update includes an update to the Transform tool.
In addition to "Freehand" and "Warp" there is a new "Perspective transform" mode.

Paul Geraskin demonstrates it in use in this video:
Do remember to hit Enter or click Apply in the Tool Options docker to apply the transformation before saving.

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July 25

Nice update for the weekend!

After some testing, we've now updated the regular and beta branches to the latest versions. Now everyone will have the benefit of:

  • Improved memory management
  • Faster drawing (less lag/CPU)
  • Fix: Some keyboard shortcuts that were not saving correctly
  • Fix: Perspective Grid can be manipulated again
  • Fix: Edit Grid tool back in the toolbox
  • Fix: Potential crash when quitting Krita and saving changed image

Big thanks to @Seikatsukan for reporting the errors with the two grid tools, both of which were fixed today! :)

UPDATE: It looks like there might be a problem for some users who have "Scaling mode" set to Bilinear or Nearest-Neighbour filtering. If you only see the top-left of the image (or just a black canvas) then go to Settings->Configure Krita Gemini, and under the Display category, set Scaling Mode to "Trilinear Filtering". We're working on a fix.

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About This Software

Krita Gemini is a painting application which adjusts to your requirements - giving you a fully featured desktop experience on your PC, and a streamlined touch-friendly sketching interface on your tablet, convertible or big screen! All users will enjoy the range of realistic and experimental brushes. Professional artists will enjoy the fast, high-quality rendering options and support for various colorspaces and profiles.

Krita Gemini is built upon Krita, the world's foremost open-source painting application. Krita is used by both hobbyists and professional artists in game studios, the VFX industry and design studios. Artists use the uniquely innovative brush engines and the intuitive, fun interface to create concept art, texture and matte paintings, illustrations, storyboards and more.

All the work that goes into Gemini feeds back into the open source project, so by buying Gemini, you are also helping directly to support Krita's development!


We are offering two options for purchasing Krita Gemini - a cheap "2 releases" version, which provides around a year's worth of feature updates, and a "lifetime upgrades" package which will receive all future releases. Customers who purchased Krita Gemini during Early Access already have Lifetime upgrades!
Currently Krita Gemini 2.9 is due for release in late fall 2014, with 3.0 due for release in late spring 2015.

Try Krita now!

There are two different ways to get a feel for what Krita Gemini can do for you: the Steam demo, and the free Krita Desktop.
The Steam demo provides just the sketch interface that provides a simpler set of tools, but uses the same powerful brush and rendering engines.
You can download Krita Desktop for free from the Krita Studio website.

Krita Gemini provides both interfaces with automatic switching on 2-in-1 convertible devices, support for Steam features and the added convenience of automatic updates.


  • An adaptive multi-modal interface which works on the desktop, on touchscreens and in Big Picture mode
  • Over a dozen different brush engines, supporting pressure sensitivity, tilt, rotation and other features of graphics tablets

  • Over a hundred default brushes carefully selected by professional artists

  • Customizable brush presets, to create your own incredible brushes
  • OpenGL powered canvas with high-bit-depth monitor support and high quality scaling
  • Wrap around mode canvas for easily creating and visualizing seamlessly tiled textures

  • Pseudo-infinite canvas that can be extended in any direction with a single click, without breaking your workflow
  • Filters with real-time preview, a gallery - and you can use almost any filter as an effect layer, for non-destructive modification of all the layers below it
  • Powerful layer engine allowing deeply nested and grouped layers
  • Vector, clone, external-file and dynamic filter-effect layers
  • Perspective-grid tool - set up guides for working on your image

  • Multibrushes tool - create complex symmetrical shapes when any brush can be repeated multiple times around a center-point

  • Supports a wide range of color models: RGB, CMYK, YCbCr, La*b*, XYZ, Grayscale
  • Supports a wide range of 3rd party file formats: ORA (MyPaint), xcf (GIMP), JPEG, PNG, TGA, TIFF, BMP, PPM, PGM, PBM, XBM, SVG, WMF and also some support for PSD.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz Dual-core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Modern (since 2009) graphics / Intel HD
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Graphics-tablet recommended. Actual system/video memory requirements vary depending on image size.
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: 2.0GHz+ Quad-core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Discrete graphics card (nVidia, AMD)
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Graphics -tablet recommended. Actual system/video memory requirements vary depending on image size.
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
There's a lot that can be said about this software, some good and some bad. So I'm going to list the Pros and Cons of the software as well as a tl;dr at the bottom.

The wrap-around feature which is surprisingly well implemented and easy to use
The brushes are well done and almost any brush you'd need for a drawing or painting is already implemented
If a brush you need is not implemented you can tweak every brush to your hearts content and save it as a preset
The perspective grid is easily created and edited to create near perfect perspective drawings
Photoshop-like layers which will make any photoshop user feel right at home
Excellent developer response (Read below if you want more information)
Don't have enough money to buy Krita Gemini? Go to their site and get the free Krita Desktop, same software almost except no Steam support and a few features aren't there but other than that the same thing but free. (But buy Krita Gemini as soon as you have enough money)

Unable to animate within application
Small images sometimes don't work (For example 128x128 px)
Too many pros, not enough cons.

Developer Response:
I'm the only person having the problem in the cons list and they responded and talked to me one on one on steam in order to understand the problem so they can try and fix it ASAP. It's like everyone is having the problem and they want to fix it quickly. GREAT developer response and I think better than what I've ever seen in my entire life. Sure it took a few days for them to actually see my review but I'd rather wait a few days and get this kind of customer service than wait a few days and they do nothing or not even get a response in general.

Figured out how to use pen pressure, I guess my tablet was just screwing up so NOT THE PROGRAMS FAULT. With pen pressure lines are AMAZINGLY smooth and I'm beginning to like this program more than Photoshop as it's MUCH cheaper and just runs better in general.

Tldr; Excellent customer service, excellent tools, and professional brushes make this an EXCELLENT buy.
Posted: April 27
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Great app, but the new symmetry tool indicator is a step backwards.

I've been using Krita on Linux for a while and was glad to see it getting released on Steam. Recent updates have greatly improved stability and speed.

The only design decision of their recentmost efforts that I see as a step backwards is the very large, opaque symmetry tool indicator that divides your canvas when mirroring is turned on. It doesn't rotate when you use arbitrary canvas rotation while drawing and is generally too large and in the way,

Other apps such as Sketchbook and Manga Studio either have very minimal indicators for symmetry or the option to turn them to a low opacity. I find the new implementation too distracting and have stopped using it as a result. Adding a toggle for the symmetry/mirror tool's new indicator line would be great.

Great work, team. The new improvements are great!
Posted: May 17
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This program is incredible, arguably the best digital painting program I've ever used: I can hardly believe that it's still in beta. It surpasses PhotoShop, GIMP, ArtRage, and even SAI in terms of brush availability and versatility (you can edit the brushes however you want and save them as a preset). It doesn't consume much memory compared to other painting programs, nor does it make my Wacom tablet lag when used - it's incredibly tablet-friendly because it was designed with them in mind.

With lifetime upgrades and early access for $25, it's a steal. I have no doubt that this program will only get better as it is developed further.
Posted: June 4
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is a nice program to use for art i really enjpy this and im pretty sure u guys will enjoy this program to i really enjoy everything that you can do on it with designing drawing and editting pictures so i recommend it
Posted: April 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Very good app, I love it, it has a few issues, but they have been fixing them in the updates. And the price is nice.
Posted: May 31
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100 of 104 people (96%) found this review helpful
95.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is a great digital painting software that has a lot to offer. Included is everything you would need to get personal or even professional work done. You can flip and rotate the canvas like in SAI, there are perspective tools to guide scene creation, a plethora of usefull brushes (speedpaint sketch being my favorite), not to mention all the filters and photo manipulation that you would find in photoshop. I love that I can resize the canvas without interfiering with the drawing. I love that every brush can be used as an eraser with just a toggle key. It's as fast and light as SAI with all the functionality of bulky photoshop.

I would love to see a more focused direction though. Having all this functionality can sometimes get in the way of whats important in a program like this. Getting straight into the work with clear intuitive controls and minimizing any bumps that get in the way and allowing the user to get a hold of the full functionality with little effort. I find that less clutter and more user control via hotkeys and slidders the better. This is aimed at visual people after all. I would also like them to take advantage of modifier keys.

Thankfully they are adding the ability to switch between brushes with hotkeys. No information on when that will be, but it's this kind of functionality that speeds up the painting process. Less time fiddling around in tool windows and more time spent with your eyes on the canvas.

The dev's have been very attentive during the entire early access process of this software. I've personally provided lots of feedback that I've already seen results from. A big thumbs up to this dev team and the fact that they do care about the user and want to shape Krita around our needs. Gemini already came in with a good foundation of standard features that you expect to see in a digital painting software. So theres a lot to build on for them going forward now. It still needs a lot of work and I hope people will continue to provide usefull feedback. Krita Gemini has really benifited from the early access.
Posted: April 2
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