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Krita is a professional free and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone. It specializes in concept art, texture and matte painters, illustrations and comics. For the purposes of architectural visualisation, it is a robust and mature alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

Krita is primarily a raster editing tool. However, it also supports editing vector data, which uses the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) specification under the hood. For this reason, you can copy and paste vectors from other software like Inkscape, and overall Krita has functionality which combines tools from The GIMP and Inkscape.

Krita contains all of the main features you might expect:

  • All the basic tools, selection, brushes, clone, heal, gradients
  • All the blending modes
  • Layers, layer groups, layer masks
  • Filters, like colour tweaks (curves, saturation, etc)
  • GMIC effects
  • Colour management
  • Vector lines, rectangles, primitives, bezier
  • Vector stroke and fill, dashes, arrowheads
  • Vector align and distribute
  • Non-destructive editing
  • Warp Around Mode for pattern and seamless texture creation
  • 32bit and multilayered EXR file support

For those coming from Photoshop, see an introduction to Krita coming from Photoshop, which describes how to get started as well as outlines the differences between features and approach between Krita and Photoshop. It is extremely easy to pick up Krita and should be mostly a drop in replacement for most tasks required by architectural visualisation, render touch-ups, diagram making, and image collage work.

One of our supporters alfredoangeles has made a video showing Krita for floor plan sketching.

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