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.
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Release Date: Jun 10, 2014

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May 31

Krita 3.0 Available!

Today, the Krita project releases Krita 3.0. We've worked over a year on the port to Qt5, implementing animation support and much, much more. There is Instant Preview, which makes it possible to work on bigger canvases, there is an improved layer panel, new filters, g'mic now works reliably. It's a huge release!

You can get Krita 3.0 on steam by right-clicking your Krita Gemini entry in the software library, clicking on Properties and in the Beta tab selecting desktop30.

We will likely replace the current Krita Gemini 2.8 with Krita Desktop 3.0 down the road: with the port to Qt5, the tablet part of Krita Gemini broke irreparably. We spent a lot of time (and money) trying to rewrite it, but it needs a full redesign, and that will take even more time.

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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.

In Krita Gemini's Beta channel you have automatically updated access to Krita Desktop, as well, so you get two versions of Krita!


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 Foundation 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 7 SP1
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz Dual-core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Modern (since 2009) graphics / Intel HD
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Graphics-tablet recommended. Actual system/video memory requirements vary depending on image size.
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.0GHz+ Quad-core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Discrete graphics card (nVidia, AMD)
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Graphics -tablet recommended. Actual system/video memory requirements vary depending on image size.
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118 of 122 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
108.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 2, 2014
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.
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43 of 43 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 27, 2014
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.
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38 of 38 people (100%) found this review helpful
169.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Let me make one thing very clear... as a former photoshop user who uses a cintiq, KRITA is by far one of the best illustration applications I have ever used.

I am not over exagerating. I began playing with it when it was barely usable on Windows, since then its grown by leaps and bounds. Its not only extremely stable, but one of the most natural feeling painting applications I have ever used. I have no need to go back to photoshop unless it involves advanced photomanipulation or plugins, and even then it is painfully obvious that this will be temporary. Why? Because Krita develops at an extremely fast place. It is literally the best photoshop alternative on the market.

I have been on their developer IRC channels, they know what they are doing and with financial support coming in from steam as well as Kickstarter, they are truly making one of the best 2d applications on the market right now. Not to mention it is FREE and open source if you go to their website.

That said, if you like it, use it, buy it on steam or donate. It is worth every penny and it supports the developers. I cannot stress enough how great this application is. Give it a try, learn how to use it, you will love it.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 17, 2014
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!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 4, 2014
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.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
It opens PSD !!!!finally something to edit my photoshop grahpics.

excellent purchase, thank you
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Having used both the free version and recently having bought the steam version, I have to save that the free version has quite a few things that gemini lacks, and it's kind of frustrating to switch to gemini when it just feels inferior. but I love Krita and want to support them, so I guess I'll shoulder the burden.
I would definitely say to download the free version and find another way to support them though.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
So, I'll start with review off with saying I actually stopped using this product. I prefer a different free application. Though, this is a really great product for the right kind of artist. Skip to the bottom for a TL;DR.

One thing that is nearly inexcusable is that when you switch brushes it resets your brush settings, and the slider you use to change the size jumps. So you might go from 5.55 to 15.55 and getting anything inbetween is rather difficult.

I can not stress enough though how big of an issue that setting reset is for me though. I would say it is the main reason I stopped using this software.

Now, the brush selection is incredible. I found a few that were similar to what I'm used to and a plethora of ones I could learn to master. A helpful hint is right clicking the brush will let you set a category for it to go to. So you can make a 'Favorite' category and not have to go through their freaking 70 brushes every time. The layers were a bit of a learning curve but I eventually understood it.

This game is a freaking *chore* to launch though, Steam does it's usual pre launch updates and then the actual program goes. And that has a window to launch to pick the page size and then another window for the actual art program.

And I want to warn people with older computers you might have severe lagging issues. My laptop is about 3-4 years old and this is the one art program out of all the ones I have tried (SAI, Photoshop, GIMP, and FireAlpaca) where I have actually had to stop drawing because there was so much lag my lines came out like puke.


> I woud NOT suggest this program if you do simple line art and flat or CG coloring. It is a very solid program but you're better off with something free like FireAlpaca. This has too much you won't really be using. I would not suggest it if you have an older computer either. I would not suggest this as your first painting program. Get something simplier if you're just getting into digital art.

> I would DEFINITELY suggest this if you do complex digital painting. This is where you will really get the bang for your buck and where I would feel like none of the money for this program would be wasted. I would also suggest it if your computer is rather new, to avoid the lagging issues I had.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,292.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
Overall great program. Lots of little things like wrap around mode mirror mode as well as being compatible with most formats from other programs make Krita a good choice. The brush engine is also great. This is the best choice if you are making tilesets for 2d games as wrap around mode lets you instantly see if it will tile without having to worry about using offset too, which it naturally does as well. Krita is also pretty easy to use, with no major setup needed like GIMP does, so it is great for beginners. Lastly Sketch is not overly useful but it’s fun for just messing around, with a little more functionality it could become a great little addition for just doing quick and dirty sketches when you want a simpler interface.

There are some minor issues that can be annoying though. The program is a touch unstable at times, but every update makes it more stable. Over the last year though the devs have resolved the majority of the issues, while greatly expanding the program. I do recommend the development version as it is better in every way at this time.

Edit: There were some issues with some Huion tablets, mine was resolved after I updated my Tablet drivers.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Can now draw dank hentai ;D


I do not use krita anymore it was ok for awhile but it was really buggy and i got tired of it.. it took ages at times to open the canvas or to use a brush the size of 200+ i never had that problem with any other drawing software.. i tried to return it 3 days after i bought it but i couldnt due to the fact i had over 2+ hours.. i had 9 and still do since i havnt touched it since.. the free version is 10x better but i still would not use it cause i found a better alternative which is Clip Studio Paint.. around the same price and has more features than krita.. krita now just sits in my library rip 50 dollars.. for those who are thinking to buy it just use the free version.. most of the drawings i post as "krita" art work are from Clip and not krita.. only 1 is from krita and its the natsu/lucy drawing all the other ones are done in Clip..


Krita is ok but use the free version not worth buying this
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116.5 hrs
Posted: October 19
Lets do the boggie woogie
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Dragon Porn
22.8 hrs
Posted: October 17
I'm a beginner artist. I currently own a tiny, 15-year-old Wacom Graphire2, an old ThinkPad, and a cheap Windows tablet.

Krita is easy to use because of its sketch mode, and has many more features in its desktop mode. It has all the standard features you'd expect (layers, many brush variants, multiple file export options, etc.) and thankfully supports most drawing tablets and pressure sensitivity.

However, Krita's standard UI is almost identical to GIMP, and some would argue it's not worth paying $50 for a simpler UI. (Krita desktop is available for free on their website.) Krita currently lacks Steam cloud share (for .kra files), and loads slowly on older/slow processors.

My verdict:
Krita is lightweight; it doesn't take too much drive space, it's cheaper than some alternatives, is great for beginners, and has many features.
However, Krita Free has no advantages over GIMP. The only difference I could notice was the amount of customizability in the UI.
To fully enjoy the experience of digital drawing YOU MUST buy a tablet. The pressure sensitivity makes all the difference and looks much more natural.
I say the developers deserve the $50. Adobe Illustrator costs that much for a month, but has more useful features than Krita or GIMP.
I'd recommed Krita Gemini to any beginner artist. After using it, I don't think I'll ever go back to pen and paper.

Krita crashes so often for me on a regular basis that it's really not worth it. It's crashed and/or corrupted my save files 5 times in my 15 hours of using it.
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257.9 hrs
Posted: September 19
Very Useful, except all of the crashes and on and off touch support in the paid version.... makes it hard to get things done.
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8.0 hrs
Posted: June 10
So... Everything I said just changed with 3.0 which just came out...

The 3.0 UI - user interface - communicates much better after whatever simple tweaks the programmers did. Much better.

The 3.0 performance actually performs on Windows well, unlike the 2.x versions that were kind of like an anvil tied to their leg while their linux counterparts were flying by in their 3rd Generation Pontiac Grand Ams.

Animation Frame imports and Macro love. PD Howler owns AF imports, while OpenCanvas owns the Actions recording because of their portalgraphics forum.

That is, these are the areas, the UI, performance on Windows, and the animation frame editing that I saw the most need from the 2.x series. And they worked on all of them. Are you kidding? The greatest need I see now is a worldwide forum showing the process of artwork like OpenCanvas. If they do that, and do it right, Krita will be a heavyweight on Steam. (I have no expectations though. Everyone will have different priorities. From the standpoint of growing the community and making Krita more popular, this forum idea would be the best investment of time they could make. Most especially with the recent loss of didlr, the Krita team could not ask for better timing.)

The only thing that is less than stellar is their lack of package options for Linux. I know we all want to simplify package systems... but I don't think we really are there yet on Linux.
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[COGS] Chaddledee
0.7 hrs
Posted: February 27
I've used the desktop version for a little while. Really fantastic little program. Super powerful, light, just superb. I bought this version because I wanted to make use of the more touch friendly UI, but I've unfortunately run into a pretty big issue; Krita doesn't drawn on the canvas where the pen is touching the screen.

It's like the input is being scaled down, roughly factor 2, so it draws halfway between where the pen is and the top left corner of the screen. The UI, however, is working perfectly fine with the pen. Drawing on the canvas with my finger or mouse works fine. It's only an issue on the canvas with the pen. It's a real shame because it effectively renders the programs highly unusable.

This is on a Surface Pro 4 with Wintab installed. I did some Googling and didn't find anyone else with the same problem, but if you have a Surface Pro 4 I'd probably steer clear for now.
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873.8 hrs
Posted: October 1, 2015
Heavy feeling in the program had a stuffy impression cuz it is slow to react When I paint a picture

Many tools are aligned view is good, but it is rather disturbing.

Perhaps it may be lack of training I will try more because training is low.
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127.0 hrs
Posted: July 21, 2015
The autowrap function is amazing but currently everything else isn't up to par to clip studio/manga studio.
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