Krita 4.1 is the second feature release in the Krita 4 series and is released only three months after 4.0. But there is still a heap of interesting new things and improvements to check out!
We found a bug where activating the transform tool will cause a crash if you had selected the Box filter previously. if you experience a crash when enabling the transform tool in krita 4.1.0, go to your kritarc file (https://docs.krita.org/en/KritaFAQ.html#where-are-the-configuration-files-stored …) and remove the line that says “filterId=Box” in the [KisToolTransform] section. Sorry for the inconvenience. We will bring out a bug fix release as soon as possible.
Reference images are back in Krita… Now more powerful and useful than ever! No longer a docker with postage stamp-sized images, this is now a tool in the toolbox. Look for the pin icon in the same group as the assistant and ruler tools. With this tool, you can
Take a look at the video Wolthera made to see the new reference images tool in action:
More frame management options with animation: moving frames, adding frames, copying frames, and setting playback time. All these new actions can be assigned to shortcuts.
The timeline has been improved to better communicate how long a single frame is running, and when a frame is empty or not.
Handle larger animations better by offloading the data to your drive instead of keeping all rendered frames in memory. To further assist playing back large animations, the new cache comes with a ‘region of interest’ setting. When the region of interest is enabled, Krita will only calculate areas that have changed on within the viewed area instead of the entire canvas. You will need both “Use region of interest” and “Limit cached frame size” enabled in the performance settings for it to take effect.
Inspired by how color mixing works in real life, you can now pick a small amount of color to mix with your existing color. Thanks to Emmet and Eoin O’Neill for contributing this patch.
Vanishing points can display reference lines where you can control the density. And you can control the color of each assistant individually, while before all painting assistants shared one and the same color.
Jeroen Hoolmans has made it possible to build Krita with python 2, which is necessary for VFX studios that depend on a Python 2 pipeline. Note that the Linux appimage and the Windows builds use Python 3.
Krita already had workspaces, which contained information about the location of dockers. However, those were per-window, and if you work with multiple monitors that is a bit limiting. So Krita 4.1 now introduces ‘sessions’ and ‘window layouts’.
Sessions remember your open windows and documents, allowing you to pick up again where you were previously. Krita can also automatically open your previous session upon startup or show the session manager for you to select one.
Window layouts extend on the idea of workspaces. However, instead of storing just the layout within a window, they can store multiple windows, their layouts, sizes and positions on the screen. They can be especially useful if you work with multiple monitors or changing configurations, such as a laptop and an external monitor.
Window layouts also come with two options to help working with multiple windows:
You can find the session manager via File -> Sessions, and window layouts via the Workspace dropdown on the toolbar.
Krita now accepts the following RAW formats: bay, bmq, cr2, cs1, dc2, dcr, dng, erf, fff, hdr, mdc, mos, mrw, nef, orf, pxn, raf, raw, rdc, sr2, srf, x3f, 3fr, cine, ia, kc2, mef, nrw, qtk, sti, rwl, srw. Thanks to L.E. Segovia for the patch!
The Circular Gaussian and Soft Brush tips are now up to 10 times faster. Ivan Yossi’s project to speed up the Gaussian and Softbrush tips with AVX shows its first results in this release.
The Cross Channel Adjustment filter allow you to ‘drive’ a color adjustment by another channel. What can you do with this? For instance,
The Color Adjustment (curves) filter also now has support for Hue and Saturation curves on top of the existing channel, alpha and lightness curves.
There are many bug fixes as well, but most of those were already released in the stable releases for Krita 4.0.