This is your compare tray

Apps you want to compare will be listed here. Launch a head to head comparison at any time.

Krita

Vector graphic software with a built-in brush repository

see alternatives

Krita Pricing, Features, Reviews and Alternatives

Krita product overview

What is Krita?

Krita is an on-premise vector graphic software that helps businesses manage resources, render animations, create design layers, and edit text, among other operations on a centralized platform. It provides a built-in repository of digital brushes, allowing graphic designers to customize brushes based on multiple specifications, such as shape, color smudge, and particle requirements.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Knowledge Base
Email/Help Desk
Phone Support
FAQs/Forum

Krita pricing information

Value for money

4.7

/5

25

Price starts from

Free

Per Feature

Pricing options

Free plan
Subscription
Free trial
Pricing range

Value for money contenders

Krita features

Functionality

4.4

/5

25
Total Features17 2 categories

Most valued features by users

Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop
Design Management
Templates
Media Import
Custom Development
Synchronous Editing

Krita users reviews

Overall rating

4.6

/5

25

Positive reviews

96%

Write a review
Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.96/10
Rating distribution

5

4

3

2

1

16

8

1

0

0

Pros
For an app you can use for free, this is a fantastic tool to have. I cannot stress enough, you should donate to this project if you find it useful.

ET

Eduardo T.

Also, its fantastic community is such a lovely place to be. Using Krita was definitely a pleasant experience for me, with some hiccups, that are bound to be fixed.

BD

Binigya D.

Faster, cheaper than others. Good structure, icons and intuitive so you can download it and have fun.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Cons
First, the documentation is lacking. Sometimes it's just what you expect, but because they are constantly adding features for some features the documentation is missing entirely.

RG

Robert G.

The cons, sadly, made my time with Krita limited and I soon had to switch to a comparable paid product.

RG

Robert G.

There wasn't anything of note that displeased me.

KF

Kelly F.

Overall rating contenders

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

Share this review:

Krita - Should Cost a Fortune, is Free

Reviewed 4 months ago

Krita is a powerful (and free) illustration suite maintained by a large group of passionate artists and developers. Myself and my team in our illustration department have been making thorough use of it for years, and couldn't be more satisfied with what it offers. Since there are no licensing requirements (even for large teams), the suite as a whole has saved us a small fortune, allowing us to divert our attention to our work, rather than worrying about expenses and whether or not our returns cover annual licenses.

Pros

Krita is the best software in terms of illustration that I've used in my 12+ years in the industry; it is far more intuitive than competitors like Adobe Photoshop because Krita has been developed primarily as illustrating software. It marries the ease-of-use in Adobe Illustrator with some of the more complex brushes and rastering in Adobe Photoshop; although I use both latter products daily, I use neither for illustration - that is Krita's domain. Despite being the absolute best illustrating software on the market, Krita is 100% free to use, own and edit - it is fully open source, effectively meaning you, and everyone else, own it indefinitely. There are no "free trials", potential subscriptions or fees related to deploying it, which has converted me for life.

Cons

In the years that I've used Krita, I've not come across a single issue that has hindered my ability to use the software. The few times I've run into seemingly unsolvable issues, a quick trip to the Krita forums helped me clear it up in a jiffy.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

Share this review:

Tired of Subscription Photo Software? Try Krita

Reviewed 6 months ago

Krita is an open-source free illustration software that works well as a substitute for light photo editing. It's not as robust as Photoshop, but it delivers in the 'free with no subscription required' category. I use the software to apply watermarks to our photos, edit hero images for our articles, and do light drawing with the Wacom tablet and finish it in Paint Tool SAI.

Pros

- Offers many basic photo editing features - Available on several OSes, including Windows, Mac, and Linux (Android beta) - Features support for touch screen devices for natural drawing - Designed for illustration and digital artists

Cons

- It is quite different than Photoshop, you'll need tutorials - No dedicated support, community of developers is scattered - Not as many brushes, but you can import Photoshop brushes - Text support is clunky, not fit for lettering comics

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

Share this review:

Approachable Elegant Software with the Usual Open Source Roadblocks

Reviewed 10 months ago

Overall, Krita is a very capable product, great for learning, and acceptable for its purposes. In the long run, a user running any kind of enterprise or business will likely want to find a paid product for the Quality Assurance and Support that comes with it.

Pros

It was approachable and pretty full-featured in its design. The docking system is convenient and after a few basics I was able to get a good ways before really having to resort to online materials for extra help. The dock, tile, and brush system are all very solid and flexible. Although the layout is messy in some ways it keeps the main tasks fairly up-front and simple. They also seem to be constantly updating the program. While it doesn't have touch controls, its support for my drawing tablet seemed to be pretty robust (full disclosure, there are so many tablets on the market that it's hard to say whether my experience is representative).

Cons

The cons, sadly, made my time with Krita limited and I soon had to switch to a comparable paid product. These are issues that, in my opinion plague most free open source projects, so your mileage may vary depending on how important "free" is. First, the documentation is lacking. Sometimes it's just what you expect, but because they are constantly adding features for some features the documentation...

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

Share this review:

Better than Photoshop

Reviewed 2 months ago

So far my overall experience with Krita is really amazing. I recommend this to anyone new to the digital art world or even animation and you won't need to speed any fees because it's free to use.

Pros

It works very well and it's an open-source program which means it's completely free. The layout is really nice and easy to work with. It's also comparable with any format and it's a light program which means it doesn't take much to run it and not much space to install it either. It's an easy recommend especially for anyone new to digital art.

Cons

Some updates make it unusable at times due to the fact that it's open-source but this is usually fixed in a short amount of time. Other than that no other issues so far, its only sad that a lot of people don't know about it.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

Share this review:

Open Source drawing software made by artists

Reviewed 9 months ago

I use Krita both for private projects and professionally. I was looking for a digital painting software that would be able to go head-to-head with Photoshop in that regard and I found it in Krita. It is a great piece of software that allows me to create art uninterrupted and with ease. The default brush selection is amazing and the functions are familiar if you used Photoshop so there is almost no learning curve. For work, I use Krita to generate small graphics for the website that need that "hand made" feel rather than the sleek vector design required for some other projects. All in all, I would highly recommend Krita to anyone looking to draw or paint. The best thing is that it has no subscription fee, it is absolutely and completely free.

Pros

It has digital painting and drawing as its main focus. Other similar software focuses on photo manipulation primary and painting secondary, while Krita has it the other way around. The user interface and tools at your disposal are all made for content creation. It is a very refreshing take on a digital painting software. Krita also comes with a great set of brushes, once again, optimized for digital drawing and painting.

Cons

I loved Krita but from time to time I had issues with brush lag with both my Wacom and my Huion tablets. I would draw a line and it would appear seconds later, or it would decide to dance around the canvas creating a scribble rather than a straight line.

Krita FAQs and common questions

Krita has the following pricing plans:
Pricing model: Free, Open Source
Free Trial: Available


Krita has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business


Yes, Krita has an API available for use.


Krita offers the following support options:
Knowledge Base, Email/Help Desk, Phone Support, FAQs/Forum

Most popular Krita comparisons

KritavsAdobe Illustrator

Related categories