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Overview

Krita is a vector graphic software that helps businesses manage resources, render animations, create design layers, and edit...

Clip Studio Paint is a vector graphics software, which helps creative studios and artists draw and paint animations, illustrations,...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

Free

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

49.99

One-time payment

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.4

76

5

4

3

2

1

48

17

9

0

2

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
93%
would recommend this app

4.7

60

5

4

3

2

1

46

12

2

0

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
100%
would recommend this app

Pros

Let's start with the fact that it's free and pretty good as an image editor. It's super easy to make gifs or edit creatives, which makes it really useful for small design projects / tweaks.
My overall experience with Krita has been fun and exciting. It is a simple-to-use software with lots of functionalities to explore.
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.

Pros

I have been able to draw a lot and draw much more quickly thanks to the available assets so my creative workflow has improved greatly with this software.
On top of the quality of the default brushes and tools in this application, there is also an entire community's worth of assets within the program itself that you can download and use.
This software is a great alternative to Procreate, it does have a large learning curve but once you set it up the way you like it has such a nice flow to it.

Cons

The cons, sadly, made my time with Krita limited and I soon had to switch to a comparable paid product.
There wasn't anything of note that displeased me.
I have struggled with keyboard shortcuts and sometimes finding the tools I need for a steady workflow. I also experienced some random crashes when editing several files at once.

Cons

I just really hate that Ipad/Android version has no one-time purchase plan just like the PC. Also, when I tried to use it on a tablet, I find it very confusing and way more complex than on a PC.
Recently, Clip Studio had an update that distressed many of its users because it stated they would be changing their payment method to a subscription service.
Otherwise, I really don't have much to complain about.
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  • Last review5 months ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review4 months ago

Key features

  • Total features17
  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Animations & Transitions
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Custom Development
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Design Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Image Editing
  • Labeling
  • Media Import
  • Preview Functionality
  • Synchronous Editing
  • Tagging
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features12
  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Animations & Transitions
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Custom Development
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Design Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Image Editing
  • Labeling
  • Media Import
  • Preview Functionality
  • Synchronous Editing
  • Tagging
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrationsN/A
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Klaviyo
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter/X
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net
  • Total integrationsN/A
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Klaviyo
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter/X
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net

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Micalen R.

Computer Games, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Krita

Krita: A free yet still incredible drawing tool for Digital Artists and Developers.

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall Krita is my most used drawing software for a reason. I find it to be the most user-friendly, it's inexpensive and offers so many tools. I make use of other drawing software for other specific needs but for general digital drawing and asset creation I always come back to Krita.

Pros

Krita is completely free which is a big bonus and there are many different brushes to download. The software is the easiest I've ever used for digital drawing. It offers so many different tools that all work incredibly. I make use of Krita for creating game assets as well as comics and concept art and it works amazingly.

Cons

The only feature of Krita I don't enjoy is the text. Krita's text system is not great at all. It's very difficult to use and even harder to edit at a later stage. For me personally when it comes to adding text, like for lettering a comic, I export to Clip Studio Paint.

AR
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Entertainment, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for less than 6 months

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Krita

Why pay for photoshop!?

Reviewed 3 years ago

Krita allowed my team to make new creative content for our Inspired Edition and our designers made some beautiful illustrations for a print magazine from using this program.

Pros

Similar shortcuts like photoshop were a plus, easy to use and easy to teach, import and export work is simple and fast for mass illustration production.

Cons

Unlike clip studio pro or photoshop there are fewer customisable features and you do have some more limitations but the feasibility of the program makes up for it.

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Naiiera W.

Arts and Crafts, self-employed

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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Krita

My experience of more than 6 months

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

The best thing about this software is that it's free, and almost all the devices can work properly with it, without any glitches unlike photoshop or clip studio which need a powerful PC.

Cons

The program is a bit complicated, it misses a lot of important features, and the interface needs to be more user-friendly. I felt very frustrated as I can't download additional brushes.

AR
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Verified reviewer

Animation, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Krita

krita effects

Reviewed 9 months ago

its basically an app for beginner artist, although there are even more free and easy to use apps to use but krita if from more better and i would recommend it to anyone starting their art journey.

Pros

the features are definitely easy to use, unlike adobe photoshop or illustrator that a bit complex and takes longer time to master, krita is far more easy to navigate and it makes quite good for beginner artists.

Cons

well, i think making the animation features easy to use, and even though its easy, its still doesn't compare to photoshop that is has some cool FX effects you can add to your artwork, or illustrator that is used for vector art, even clip studio paint has a feature that allows you to do vector artwork, so i think maybe adding features for effects that can make art more beautiful instead of drawing the whole thing from scratch.

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Alexander P.

Entertainment, self-employed

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Krita

Interested in Illustration and 2D Animation? Choose Krita!

Reviewed 9 months ago

Great experience. Krita delivers all what illustration would require and help the artist create what they want generally effortlessly. With tools like automatic fill by adding a couple reference brush strokes, or extended features that are not specifically for illustration such as Editing and Animation, I've been able to create things relatively fast and well. Overall I think this programs is more than welcome trying out and I absolutely recommend it to anyone.

Pros

Easy-to-Use in general, with different workspaces and customizable workflows.Packed with features and many brushes.Animation-Making friendly, intuitive controls.Great at Illustration, with different brush engines, stabilizers and assistant tools, including also a way to paint by doing a couple of colored strokes and then automatically getting parts of the drawing painted.

Cons

Image editing could be improved, as it is relatively basic at the moment. Although this is not the main purpose of the application, it could be a good addition.2D Animation, although essentially possible, could be also further improved.Further Vector Graphics support and editing would be a welcome improvement as well. There are ways to work with vector graphics, but they are limited.

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Nothando N.

Luxury Goods & Jewelry, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Krita

Krita in Design Process

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

This software is completely free which is incredibly useful especially if you are starting out as a particularly small business or sole trader. It is super functional and contains many of the features that you can expect to find in more expensive programs such as photoshop. It has been very handy in designing packaging and mascot characters for my brand. I love how simple it is to find information, tools and help on their online forum.

Cons

I feel like for a free service this software is very elaborate and handy in many ways. One this I could say would be nice is possible an option for a wider range of paint brushes, possibly even paid brushes because as it stands it is quite difficult to download new brushes and although the variety offered is already extensive and of a high quality, having a wider variety would be nice too.

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Boris T.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Krita

Open Source drawing software made by artists

Reviewed 3 years 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.

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Shaun W.

Entertainment, self-employed

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Krita

My thoughts on Krita:

Reviewed 8 months ago

Krita is a free, reliable, and fairly easy to use digital paint software that really shines when compared to other software, because of its features, and especially because of its pricing. Its very straight forward with its features, and very easy to get lost in creation with just how simple it is to start up and get painting. Personally, I've had no problems. Other than a little bit of learning when...

Pros

First let me say, its free, but boy does it function like a paid for software. It's easy to use, easy to animate, (after you learn how to set it up and use which isn't very hard) easy to draw and easy to have fun and be productive. Krita comes with a lot of different tools, like a ton of brush types for detail, layers for organizing and ease of use, and vector tools for your graphic design needs. It's also constantly being updated, so if there are any issues of features lacking (which there are some) it should be fixed or added in future updates. Also, for my 3D modelers out there, you can use Krita not only for making textures, but use a function in Blender called 'edit externally' to quickly switch between to the two for maximized efficiency.

Cons

It's hard to really organize the workspace and get it personalized to your needs. It does have workspace templates which normally suffice, but that doesn't excuse how tedious it is to customize to your liking. Vectors seem to be buggy, but I don't really understand how to use them, so that I can say how good or bad they really are. My main issue is when I make textures for 3D models, it's hard to import different brushes, and one can easily get turned off by how annoying it can be sometimes.