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Last week in Krita — week 21&22

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Last weekend we celebrated a Krita sprint in Deventer, an event that reunites Krita’s developers to talk about, coordinate and if possible code the next steps in Krita’s roadmap. The discussion themes where varied and went from Krita foundation status to specific software features such as OpenGL default setting. Other topics included:

This week’s new features:

Index colors filter

This filter allows you to reduce the number of colors displayed using a color ramp’s map.

Filter: Index Colors dialog

Filter: Index Colors variants

Some uses for the filter include HD index painting as in the video below.

Lock docker state

It’s now possible to lock the dockers in position to avoid any modification. This solves the problem of accidentally moving the dockers while adjusting layers and options.

Dock lock position

Improved gradient editor

The gradient editor received necessary improvements. This makes creating gradients a lot easier and gives the option to rename and edit. It's now much faster to get exactly the gradient you are building.

Gradient Editor

Floating messages

Rotating, Zooming and Mirroring canvas will now trigger a nice message at the top of the screen with the current degree, zoom level or ON/OFF states. The message will stay for a second before fading out. Neat!

Floating messages

General bug fix and features

Code cleanup and optimizations.

Following previous week’s efforts, Boudewijn Rempt kept improving the code efficiency on many aspects of the code. With the hard work of Dmitry Kazakov, Stuart Dickson, Lukáš Tvrdý and Sven Langkamp the code is kept evolving, from ensuring compilation on systems with QT 4.7 or disabling some portions of QT if the version is too old (to make Krita work in many distros), updating G'MIC version to, improving OpenGL crash detection, and renaming brushes to "brush tips" to avoid user confusion between presets and brushes, now brush tips.

Krita Sketch and Gemini

This week in sketch an Gemini. Dan Leinir Turthra Jensen added support for templates and a small foldout in brush tool to allow selecting predefined sizes. Stuart Dickson fixed minor UI inconsistencies re-ordering the display of new documents window, updating mirror tool bar actions and expanding template categories. Dmitry Kazakov fixed color space realted problems. Arjen Hiemstra tweaked the size of mirror mode handles to make them more comfortable to use and made other enhancements to the general UI look and feel. Bug fixes are as follow:

Krita Gemini/Sketch with templates

Animation branch

Sohsumbra’s work preview can be seen in the following video, working animation with layers.