Boudewijn Rempt

Monday, 04 November 2013 15:30

Muses DVD Trailer Released

There's good news, and there's not so good news... Ramon, in his quest for perfection has had to postpone the final release of the Muses DVD once more -- though it should still be done in time for Christmas! But... Here's the trailer for the Muses DVD. And it is looking awesome!

If you didn't pre-order, get your copy now! The regular price is € 32,50 including shipping.

Muses by Ramon Miranda
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 09:52

New Release of Krita Gemini

Last week, we released Krita Gemini for Windows. It was demonstrated during Doug Fisher's keynote at IDF 2013. Check out the video of the keynote!

But Dan and Arjen haven't been resting on their laurels, so here's a new version, with bug fixes, much smoother switching and better AVX2 support!

Get your fresh Krita Gemini here! (Windows Vista and up, x86 and x64 are supported).

We got lots of questions about Krita Gemini for Linux. Because we're developing Krita Gemini in a branch of the regular Krita git repository, neither Krita Gemini nor Krita Sketch are currently included in the regular releases for Krita. We're working on merging the code back, but that'll take some time. It builds and runs fine on Linux, of course!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 00:00

Presenting Krita Gemini

Today KO GmbH presents Krita Gemini for Windows 8. Krita Gemini is a fusion between Krita Sketch and Krita Desktop: Krita Gemini switches seamlessly between the full-featured desktop/notebook user interface and the sketch interface, which is optimized for tablets.

KO GmbH has been working closely with Intel to develop this innovative technology. To quote Intel: "Krita Gemini is a brilliant example of how developers should utilise the option of a convertible device by using both tablet and desktop mode. The switching between the two modes works seamlessly."

With the right hardware, the switch is fully automatic and truly seamless. Krita Gemini also supports the AVX2 instruction set that was introduced with Haswell, Part of the development effort was spent on improving the Vc library by Matthias Kretz, adding support for Haswell's AVX2 vector extensions. KO GmbH worked close with Intel on this project.

Download Krita Gemini for free from the KO GmbH website. It works with Windows Vista, 7 and 8.

Check out how TImothee Giet uses Krita Gemini:


Friday, 05 July 2013 12:24

Krita Sketch 1.0 for Windows Released!

Today, KO GmbH has released version 1.0 of Krita Sketch, the touch-friendly version of Krita. Krita Sketch was developed with support from Intel. Krita Sketch is available for download directly from KO GmbH and runs on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Version 1.0 of Krita Sketch has an updated color theme, a way faster (opengl-enabled) canvas and pinch zoom. Note: Krita Sketch does not support Wacom tablets, but apart from that nearly all the functionality of the desktop version of Krita is available!

 Krita Sketch is being developed by Arjen Hiemstra, Dan Jensen and Boudewijn Rempt in the Calligra project. You can get the source code here.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 07:13

Mad Crew Chooses Krita

Swedish Animation and VFX studio Mad Crew has chosen for Krita, taking advantage of KO GmbH's new professional support offering. While for many artists, Krita is a great choice out of the box, in a production setting having dedicated support can be really important.

Fredrik Brännbacka, technical contact at Mad Crew says "We are damn happy with Krita!"

Mad Crew is a studio doing mostly TV and movie commercials. After giving Krita Studio's workflow with applications like VRay and Maya a good, thorough testing they decided to use Krita Studio as their main 2D paint solution for their preferred Linux platform.

KO GmbH creates regular, supported and up to date builds of Krita for RHEL/CentOS and Windows, and soon also for Ubuntu, called "Krita Studio".

Krita is, of course, free software under the GNU Public License and all the improvements KO GmbH creates for Krita find their way back to the community repository, ranging from performance improvements to gradient painting, to a new and modern OpenGL canvas.

Check out Mad Crew's show reel on Vimeo


Monday, 27 May 2013 00:00

A Summer of Coding -- and More!

Google has just announced the 2013 Google Summer of Code students! And that means that the Outreach Program for Women list is also announced. It's been some weeks of anxious waiting, not just for the students and interns involved, but also for the whole Krita community, developers and artists. But everyone can breathe again now!

Outreach Program for Women

This year, KDAB has sponsored one KDE internship in the highly succesful Outreach Program for Women, which originated in the Gnome community. But that didn't mean that only one KDE candidate got selected! We had a number of excellent candidates who already worked really hard to provide real contributions to Krita in the running up the the final decision. And two have been selected to participate!

Maria Far Ribes from Spain and Chinkal Nagpal from India will work with mentor Boudewijn Rempt on a broad set of tasks: creating a webshop with Krita merchandise and articles to help funding the Krita Development fund, as well as improving the current website, release promotion and more...

Thanks go out to KDAB and to the incredibly welcoming OPW community! Check the full list of 38 accepted candidates on

Google Summer of Code

This year, the Krita community has accepted two proposals for Krita, and both proposals were accepted in turn by Google! The students, Sahil Nagpal and Somsubhra Bairi from India have already been busy hacking on various parts of Krita -- expect a development blog update on shortly!

Sahil Nagpal is going to work on the Krita image filters. This section of Krita has been neglected for quite some time, and there is a host of feature requests from users that need to be implemented, as well as performance issues, bugs, problems with the user interface for some filters... Sahil has created a comprehensive plan for tackling the worst issues in order of priority. If all goes well, at the end of the summer, Krita's filters will be in tip-top shape! Sahil will be mentored by Dmitry Kazakov, and there is a team of users ready to support Sahil during development.

Somsubhra Bairi is going to work on a long-standing wish of many Krita users: support for creating animations. Not simple animated gifs, but real animations. Krita already has had two attempts at adding animation support, but neither plugin ever got really finished. In the coming three months, supported by a team of professional animators from over the world, Somsubhra will add timeline support, support for creating animation project files and more. Somsubhra will be mentored by Boudewijn Rempt.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 07:26

In the month of May

Spring is in the air, and with spring comes both the run-up to the release of Krita 2.7 and the Google Summer of Code. Last week, a bit delayed by the beautiful Swedish spring weather Cyrille Berger branched Krita to get ready for the next release, which will likely be early June.  Enrico Guarnieri made a beautiful splash screen:

Krita 2.7 will be an awesome release with a host of cool new features.

Sahil Nagpal has added the ability to apply curves to the alpha channel to the curves filter. His first in-depth contribution to Krita and it works like a charm!

Check out Mifth's video on Vimeo (click here if the embedded video doesn't show for you)

Lukas Tvrdy has added support for creating seamless textures to Krita. Check out his blog to read all about it, if the embedded video doesn't work for you:

In the meantime, Lukas Tvrdy is working on integrating g'mic into Krita -- in one fell swoop expanding Krita's filter capabilities enormously. Check out David Revoy's tutorial on moving from paper sketches to digital illustration for an example!

Another fun and useful feature, especially for comics artists: file-backed layers. This is simply an external image file that you can embed in your layer stack as a read-only layer and that will update when the external image is changed. It can be scaled to the image resolution automatically. This is really useful when working on comics: the ink layer tends to be 600dpi while the color layer is 300 dpi.

In the meantime, sponsored by the Krita Development Fund (please consider subscribing!), Dmitry Kazakov has been improving the speed of painting on HDR images, fixed bugs in the filter brush, curves filter, color to alpha filter, histogram generation, generated layers, canvas centering after crop and -- most awesomely! -- some tablet issues when working with a dual monitor/cintiq setup! (Actually, a workaround for a Qt bug.)

For animators, the layer group switcher plugin is of interest. If you have a bunch of groups representing frames, you can now move from one frame to another with a simple keypress. Only the current group will be visible then.

And in the press, Muktware has an interview with yours truly on KDE and commercial support for Krita, while Linux Format in their June isse has compared Krita, Gimp, Mypaint, Inkscape and Pinta in their role as image editors. It's a fun read, even though one might quibble at some of the criteria that made Krita come out on top! And we got a report that Science et Vie Junior in France has also carried an article on Krita.

 And finally, don't forget our Muses DVD project! The pre-order is still available!

Muses: Painting with Krita DVD
Special pre-order price including shipping and V.A.T: €27.50

From yesterday, KO GmbH, the Magdeburg based company co-founded by Krita maintainer Boudewijn Rempt has announced it will provide full commercial support for Krita. We all know that Krita is a great painting studio, and with the growing maturity of Krita, there are plenty of places where Krita can be used professionally, not just in small studios or by individual artists, but as part of the workflow in larger studios. 

To make that work, commercial support is needed! KO provides access to a repo that provides Krita on CentOS 6 that is guaranteed to play nice with Maya, Nuke and Mari installs and is regularly updated, email, forum, chat and telephone support, training, custom development of plugins, bridges and special features. 

Among other things, KO GmbH has sponsored the development of OpenColorIO support for Krita 2.6 and has developed Krita Sketch for Intel App-Up.

You can read the full announcement at the KO GmbH website.



Monday, 22 April 2013 13:11

Krita Trademark Policy

Krita is a trademark owned by the Stichting Krita Foundation. This page outlines the policy and guidelines of the Stichting Krita Foundation for the trademark and the logo we use to identify Krita.

The following information helps ensure our mark and logo are used in approved ways, while making it easy for the community to understand the guidelines. If you have any questions about the use of logos or trademarks that are not addressed in these guidelines, feel free to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The purpose of this policy is to protect the public, by ensuring that the identity, provenance, and open-source nature of Krita remain clear. Throughout this document, the "Marks" refers to the Krita name and logo, individually or together.

Guidelines for Using the Marks

  1. You may use the Krita Mark without prior written permission for the following purposes (subject to the other sections):

    1. To refer to the Krita software in substantially unmodified form ("substantially unmodified" means built from the source code provided by the Krita project, possibly with minor modifications including but not limited to: the enabling or disabling of certain features by default, changes required for compatibility with a particular operating system distribution, or the inclusion of bugfix patches);

    2. To identify Krita as a distinct component of a software offering;

    3. To refer to the Krita project itself, its products, or its protocols.

  2. You may use "Krita" as part of the name of a product designed to work with Krita, so long as the name as a whole (via its other components) clearly and unambiguously distinguishes the product from Krita itself, and the general presentation of the product does not imply any official association or identity with Krita. Because it would be awkward to attach a trademark symbol to a portion of a larger name whose other portions might themselves be trademarked, the requirement to display the symbol is waived for this circumstance.

  3. You may not use the Marks in the following ways (without prior permission):

    1. In any way likely to cause confusion as to the identity of the  project, the provenance of its software, or the software's license;

    2. In any way that indicates a greater degree of association between you and the Krita project than actually exists;

    3. In any way that implies a designated successor to Krita (e.g., "Krita NG" would be bad).

  4. The Stichting Krita Foundation reserves the sole right to:

    1. Determine compliance with this policy;

    2. Modify this policy in ways consistent with its mission of protecting the public;

    3. Grant exceptions to this policy, of any kind and for any reason whatsoever, other clauses notwithstanding.

If you have questions about using the Marks, or if you think you should be able to use the Marks for any purpose not allowed by this policy and would like permission for that use, please contact the Stichting Krita Foundation by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:00

Libre Graphics Meeting 2013

The 2013 Libre Graphics Meeting is over and everyone has returned home and gone back to the drawing board or the keyboard. Krita has been very well represented at this LGM with three artists and a coder, giving three presentations and two awesome workshops!

The Medialab Prado venue was pretty much perfect: hacking space, auditorium, workshop space, open until late, and an endless supply of good coffee. The presentations were life-streamed, but there appear to be no recordings available yet.

(Image by Timothee Giet)

So what happened?

First, Timothee Giet gave his workshop on Krita Sketch. Unfortunately, what with slow network, it turned out to be quite hard to make sure everyone had Krita Sketch on their systems, so in the end, the workshop became more an "install and get introduced to Krita" workshop, which was pretty cool, too -- since the workshop was early on Thursday, and it meant many people had Krita on their system for the rest of the week!

That evening (or afternoon, for the Spanish among us, the days were long this year, with presentations going until well after Dutch dinner time!), Boudewijn presented the Krita Foundation. As regular readers of Krita news know, the Foundation was created to support Krita development.

This was closely followed by Timothee Giet speaking about Krita Sketch, how the project came to be, the goals, the gui design and his role in the development. This is what Krita Sketch looks like these days, and an update on Intel AppUp is expected soon!

The next day, Ramon Miranda gave a lightning talk on the Muses DVD he is preparing. Slated to be ready for Akademy in Bilbao (Ramon's hometown), the dvd promises to be wonderful, not just teaching Krita, but teaching the fundamentals of digital illustration. Pre-order your copy now!

The pre-order price is just €27.50, including shipping. The DVD is expected to be ready for presentation at Akademy 2013 in Bilboa, Spain, July 13th.

Muses: Painting with Krita DVD
Special pre-order price including shipping and V.A.T: €27.50

Or read more about in the bilingual (Spanish/English) Flyer we handed out at LGM!

Also on Thursday, David Revoy gave his Krita workshop. starting with the basics of calibrating your tablet and creating an ergonomic setup, David continued teaching the fundamentals of underpainting (make sure you use only one, big, round brush, work in grayscale, never use the extrems of value available, switch between eraser and normal all the time, paint values, not symbols and remember this: it's painting that's a hard skill you need to work on, applications are easy to learn), and then coloring and detailing. There were some very pretty things made during this workshop!

The great thing about the Libre Graphics Meeting is, of course, getting together. There are developers, artists, thinkers, users. People are working on magazines, typefaces, music, generative art, illustrations, comics, layout tools and more. And it's a great place for teams to get together and start a cooperation initiatives, like the new brushpack resource specification, or ways Krita could integrate with the animation application Tupi or how the MyPaint brush engine could be integrated into Krita, Gimp or Tupi.

Let us all meet again, next year!

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