Community Announcements - kritateam
There is now a new "desktop29" entry in "Betas", which has the very latest build of Krita Desktop 2.9 Beta 2 if you fancy trying it out :D

There are lots of nice features in 2.9 - the big change that you'll see is that now Krita opens multiple images in the same window and there are number of tabs above the canvas as you create new or open other images. It also allows you to open multiple different views of the same image. Under Settings->"Configure Krita" you'll see an option for "Multiple Document Mode" which lets you choose between the tabbed layout or sub-windows.

You will also see that there have been improvements in memory handling, brush response and shortcut handling.
A much more detailed list is available via the announcement on the Krita website.

If you want to try it out now, either:
  • Follow the instructions How to enable the Beta branch, substituting "desktop29" instead of "beta" - this will replace your Krita Gemini 2.8 installation with Krita Desktop 2.9, but will continue to take advantage of the steam cloud saving of settings.
  • Download the latest build of as an installer or ZIP file from http://files.kde.org/krita/windows/ - if you scroll to the bottom of the list you should fine the latest builds (currently krita_x64_2.8.91.2)

You may want to make a back-up copy of your current settings (just in case - though it appears to behave with the two installations) which can typically found in C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Roaming\krita. You can find this by navigating in File Explorer or by opening the resources folder using the Edit->Resources menu.

Hope you have fun, any questions/problems/suggestions, feel free to add them to the Betas forum or the Krita Desktop 2.9 Beta discussion.
Community Announcements - Krita Team
We're thrilled that Krita received the Artist Choice award in the January 2015 issue of ImagineFX!

It's also been fun to see a lot of new visitors to Krita.org from a related blog post on Creative Bloq

In the meantime, the team are hard at work on Krita 2.9 and we can't wait to show you the improvements :)
Community Announcements - boud
As posted on https://krita.org/item/krita-and-ko-gmbh/, KO GmbH is handing over all its involvement with Krita to the Krita Foundation.

This includes Krita on Steam. The Krita Foundation will continue making new releases of Krita on Steam: the main difference is that proceeds from sales will now go directly to the Foundation, instead of to KO GmbH.

Valve has worked with us to transfer the application from KO GmbH to the Krita Foundation and everyone who bought Krita on Steam will continue to receive updates.


Boudewijn Rempt
Founder, Krita Foundation
Community Announcements - Krita Team
It's been a while since we posted an update here what with summer holidays and presentations at a couple of international events.

For now the update is only in the "Beta" (for more: How to enable the "beta" branch)
In this you will find:
  • Manage presets in the pop-up palette - now a "Favourites" tag is created, but you can also choose which tag is used to populate the pop-up.
  • New transformation modes in the Transformation tool (Cage and Liquify)
  • Brush spacing has been improved for some presets, and there's the option for automatic spacing
  • "Dirty Presets" - in the brush editor, there's the option to lose changes made to presets in the current session, "Temporarily save tweaks made to presets"
  • Lock settings across presets (double-clicking an option in the brush editor will show a linked icon and cause those settings to be fixed between brushes)
  • Cumulative Undo option (enable in Settings->Dockers->Undo History right-click and choose "Enable Cumulative Undo")
  • Eraser remembers its size
  • More tools save settings between sessions
As well as various other fixes and improvements.
Community Announcements - Krita Team
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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jvTOe6oi_E
Do remember to hit Enter or click Apply in the Tool Options docker to apply the transformation before saving.
Community Announcements - Krita Team
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.
Community Announcements - Krita Team
If you purchased Krita Gemini during Early Access, or the Lifetime Upgrades package, you should see a subtle leafy decoration to the Welcome screen on startup now :)

We thought it would be a little bit of fun, helps those who purchased it see a difference, and it's an early step to providing some customisation in future perhaps.

For those who are interested the brush used was "X3BD Foliage" from Modular Brushset v4 :D

(although Krita will load these at startup, and 122 presets will take a little while)
Community Announcements - Krita Team
We've just pushed an update to the 'beta' branch (or "Beta" in Steam).
This includes two big updates:
  • Improved memory management
  • Keyboard shortcuts in Sketch-mode

We want to have more time to test the impact that the new memory management will have, which is why it has not rolled out to everyone just yet. Though initial reports are positive and it appears to be a little "snappier" now.

Instructions for enabling 'beta' are here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/280680/discussions/3/540744475062163773/

Please leave feedback in the comments below, or the Beta branch discussion forum :D
Community Announcements - Krita Team
There's a new update which fixes an issue with custom keyboard shortcuts to some actions which were not being saved when Krita was shutdown.

Big thanks to those who reported this in! :)
Community Announcements - Krita Team
We're happy to release another update which, in addition to adding some features, fixing some potential crash-conditions and other tweaks, improves the startup and loading of files, so Krita Gemini should feel a little "snappier".
  • New Splash, "Blooming" by Tyson Tan (on his DeviantArt gallery)
  • Faster startup
  • NEW: Selection overlay mask (toggle by clicking the icon at bottom-left)
  • NEW: Can cancel running brush-stroke with "Esc"
  • IMPROVED: Layer docker - better handling, icons and feedback
  • IMPROVED: Advanced Color Selector - Shade Selector includes HSI and HSY
  • IMPROVED: Line Tool - Pressure sensitive, live preview of brush, supports mirrors and sensors
  • SHORTCUT: Hold V and paint to temporarily enable line tool, tap to toggle on/off
  • New smoothing options available in Sketch mode
  • UI: Improvements to grid editing tool
  • UI: Modal Toolbar buttons now highlight in theme colour
  • FIX: Rulers start with correct units
  • FIX: Crash-condition in Blur Filter
  • (plus some minor fixes and slightly better management of memory)
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