Welcome to the Krita 5.2 Manual!

Krita is a sketching and painting program designed for digital artists. Our vision for Development of Krita is —

Krita is a free and open source cross-platform application that offers an end-to-end solution for creating digital art files from scratch. Krita is optimized for frequent, prolonged and focused use. Explicitly supported fields of painting are illustrations, concept art, matte painting, textures, comics and animations. Developed together with users, Krita is an application that supports their actual needs and workflow. Krita supports open standards and interoperates with other applications.

Krita’s tools are developed keeping the above vision in mind. Although it has features that overlap with other raster editors its intended purpose is to provide robust tool for digital painting and creating artworks from scratch. As you learn about Krita, keep in mind that it is not intended as a replacement for Photoshop. This means that the other programs may have more features than Krita for image manipulation tasks, such as stitching together photos, while Krita’s tools are most relevant to digital painting, concept art, illustration, and texturing. This fact accounts for a great deal of Krita’s design.

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User Manual

Discover Krita’s features through an online manual. Guides to help you transition from other applications.


Tutorials and How-tos

Learn through developer and user generated tutorials to see Krita in action.


Getting Started

New to Krita and don’t know where to start?


Reference Manual

A quick run-down of all of the tools that are available.


General Concepts

Learn about general art and technology concepts that are not specific to Krita.


Krita FAQ

Find answers to the most common questions about Krita and what it offers.



Textures, brush packs, and python plugins to help add variety to your artwork.



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