Krita free download for Mac

10 October 2019

Open-Source painting app.


Krita is a free, Open-Source painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry. Krita has been in development for over 10 years and has had an explosion in growth recently. It offers many common and innovative features to help the amateur and professional alike.

  • User Interface - An intuitive user interface that stays out of your way. The dockers and panels can be moved and customized for your specific workflow. Once you have your setup, you can save it as your own workspace. You can also create your own shortcuts for commonly used tools.
  • Brush Stabilizers - Have a shaky hand? Add a stabilizer to your brush to smoothen it out. Krita includes 3 different ways to smooth and stabilize your brush strokes. There is even a dedicated Dynamic Brush tool where you can add drag and mass.
  • Pop-up Palette - Quickly pick your color and brush by right-clicking on the canvas. You can also use Krita’s tagging system to swap out the available brushes that are displayed. The ring outside of the color selector contains the most recently used colors. These settings can be configured through the preferences.
  • Brush Engines - Customize your brushes with 9 unique brush engines. Each engine has a large amount of settings to customize your brush. Each brush engine is made to satisfy a specific need such as the Color Smudge engine, Shape engine, Particle engine, and even a filter engine. Once you are done creating your brushes, you can save them and organize them with Krita’s unique tagging system.
  • Wrap-around Mode - It is easy to create seamless textures and patterns now. Press the ‘W’ key while painting to toggle wrap-around mode. The image will make references of itself along the x and y axis. Continue painting and watch all of the references update instantly. No more clunky offsetting to see how your image repeats itself.
  • Resource Manager - Import brush and texture packs from other artists to expand your tool set. If you create some brushes that you love, share them with the world by creating your own bundles. Check out the brush packs that are available in the Resource area.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in Krita

HDR Painting:
HDR Animation created in Krita by Agata Cacko
Krita at CES2019:
  • Krita has been able to work with HDR images since 2005, but it’s now possible to view your HDR image in HDR, on supported hardware. You can now not only save your HDR image in .kra or OpenEXR files, but also extended PNG. With the right version of FFMPEG you can even create animations in HDR! Having the correct computer setup for this can be rather complicated, so head to the documentation to see what is involved. HDR display is only available on Windows 10
  • If you have HDR enabled, the Small Color Selector Docker has an extra “nits” slider that allows you to change the brightness of a specfic color
  • This work was possible through cooperating with Intel. The work also involved helping these HDR changes get pushed into the development framework Krita uses, Qt. This can allow other applications to take advantange of these features
  • Improved brush speed performance with vectorization and lock-free programming
  • Two of our 2018 Google Summer of Code students sped up Krita with programming techniques called lock-free hashmap for managing the pixel data (Andrey Kamakin) and GPU vectorization (Ivan Yossi). The lock-free hashmap should improve Krita’s speed with multithreading, the chart shows the performance gains based off your CPU core count. Vectorization for the Gaussian and Soft-brush tips optimizes Krita by taking advantage of your processor’s ability to do similar calculations really quickly, the gif above showing the speed difference for the gaussian brush tip
  • The left axis on the graph is time in milliseconds. You can see the painting operations go from 1.5 seconds down to about 1 second with the lock-free hashmap. The blue line shows how Krita previously worked
Improved Color Palette Docker:

An improved color palette from one of our Google Summer of Code students for 2018 — Michael Zhou. It is more stable as well as some of the following changes:

  • Instead of an entry-based docker, a rows and column based docker
  • It can hold empty entries, which is useful for organizing
  • Stable drag and dropping of colors
  • Easy adding in entries by clicking them in the docker
  • Right-clicking removes an entry
  • Palettes can be put into the KRA file
  • You can press the folder icon to open a palette editing dialog where you can set a palette to be stored in the document or resource-folder
Animation Python API:
  • Control and create customized workflows that deal with animations
  • Move to a specific frame
  • Set the frame rate
  • Set start and end frame playback length
  • A couple plugins have already been created that are using some of these functions. There was also another fix to the Node/Layer API where the “scaleNode” call was passing the wrong parameter
Configure File backups:
  • Options to control how your backups are done. You can even control if you want your backup files to be stored in a different location. These settings are found in the “Configure Krita” main menu under the General section
  • If you have very large files and are have issues saving, you can enable the Zip64 options
Color Gamut Masking:
  • A new color gamut docker where you can limit your colors shown. New contributor Anna Medonosova has added this. This feature is available with the artistic color selector and the circle advanced color docker displays. Note: The default triangle selector doesn’t allow this feature
  • You can also rotate the gamut mask by using the slider. Create new masks and edit existing ones through the Gamut Mask docker. You can disable the mask with the selector icon at the top as shown to the left of the rotation slider
News about Krita:
  • A news widget has been added to the startup screen that allows Krita to fetch the latest news coming from Now, if there’s something interesting, like a new release, you’ll be in the front row! Clicking on a news item will take you to the web page. This is off by default, so you will need to turn it on. Special thanks goes out to Alvin Wong on getting the OpenSSL library included to make this work
  • Improved Artistic Color Selector:
  • More options and cleaned up Artistic Color Selector. There is now a “continuous mode” (infinity symbol) that allows you to remove the stepping with certain attributes. Additional options for new gamut masking. Anna Medonosova has added this great feature
Undo operations with move tool:
  • Move tool operations are now part part of the undo history. This means you can undo multiple moves in a row while you are using the move tool
  • Move and transform selections:
  • Easily move, rotate, or transform the selection by itself. You can even edit the anchor points with how the selection is made to do things like rounding corners
Improve display of memory usage:
  • Give a better indication when your computer is running out of memory. This can be useful as well when making an animation and you won’t have enough memory to actually render it. This bar already exists in the status bar, but should help warn people better
Overview Docker improvements:
  • Rotate and mirror canvas quickly from the docker. The Overview docker now also better preserves the aspect ratio and doesn’t stretch when some layers are hidden
  • Resize layer thumbnails:
  • There is a new slider on the layers docker that allows you to resize the layer thumbnails to see them larger. The size is saved for when you return back to Krita the next time
Multibrush improvements:
  • Better preview when showing multiple axes
  • There is also a new “Copy Translate” mode. This allows you to specify multiple cursors on the screen to paint or draw with at the same time. This is accessed and used through the Tool options like the other modes
Painting mask performance improvement:
  • You can create a selection with your normal brushes using the Global Selection option. This has previously been a slow area until now. They are now significantly faster. A small workflow change was made as well. If you show the Global Selection mask with no selection, everything will be selected by default
Improvement to Select Opaque:
  • Ctrl + clicking a layer’s thumbnail in the layer docker makes a selection of the layers content. This is the same as the right click option Select Opaque. There are also new methods for making layer selections. “Select Opaque” has been renamed to “Select Opaque (replace)” now to account for the new functions
  • Ctrl+click = replace selection
  • Ctrl+shift+click = add selection
  • Ctrl+alt+click = subtract selection
  • Ctrl+shift+alt+click = intersect selection
Sharpness Changes:
  • The sharpness option, which sets a threshold filter on the current brushtip now allows controlling this threshold with pressure, making it easy to create bristle like brushes from any with the pixel brush
  • Flow/Opacity Changes:
  • Flow and Opacity now interact more like in other programs. The above gif shows how to adapt a brush which uses the new behaviour to go back to the old behaviour. The new behaviour should make it a lot easier to make delicate strokes. For now you can still go back to using the old behaviour globally by going to Configure Krita → General → Tools → Flow Mode Clone Brush – Reset Origin
  • A new option was added to the clone brush that allows you to reset the origin after every brush stroke
Simplex Noise Generator:
  • Add ability to dynamically add noise to your document. There are also options to make the noise tileable
New Blend modes:
  • New categories of the blend modes were added to create interesting effects

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7 Krita Reviews

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09 September 2016

Most helpful

Nice painting tool. We often use it with my niece just for fun. Numerous features help to improve painting skills especially for kids. Good entertaining app.
Like (5)
Version 3.0.1
12 November 2019
It is quite amazing considering it is free, so cudos to all those designers who work hard to give of their amazing talents. I am having trouble with issues like invisible screens and using the pen tool. It has a lot of features and that is not easy to get a grip on. It also has animation which is astonishing.
Like (1)
15 May 2018
Krita for Mac is now at version Be sure to get the latest version as it includes several bug fixes.
Like (1)
Version 4.0.3
26 February 2018
Very special app! has few rivals.
Version 3.3.1
14 September 2016
Cool app, it is good not only for professionals, but also for the beginners who are willing to improve the painting skills. It has intuitive interface so anybody can try it. For me painting is kind of anti-stress therapy after a hard day and Krita serves me well for this purpose.
Version 3.0.1
09 September 2016
Nice painting tool. We often use it with my niece just for fun. Numerous features help to improve painting skills especially for kids. Good entertaining app.
Like (5)
Version 3.0.1
10 July 2016
Best among free/opensource photo editor.
Version 3.0
2 answer(s)
12 July 2016
It's not really a photo editor. For that gimp may or may not be better. This app is for you if you like to draw, paint, or illustrate, or perhaps calligraphy; using pixels. And as far as I know there are no apps free or commercial that is this good or better at just that. Autodesk Sketchbook may or may not come close.
12 July 2016
I know what you mean but same goes to Photoshop.
It's not just photo editor anymore.
I'm always looking for Photoshop alternative.
One thing pro user can't miss is (multiple)alpha channel.
Most Photoshop alternative including popular Pixelmator does not have decent alpha channel that is critical for pro user.

I would choose Affinity Photo if paid one.
But additionally free alternative would be good.

Gimp has awkward UI and development is too slow.
Almost no change in recent five years.

on the other hand, Krita has modern UI and development is fast too.

30 June 2016
This app is a really good reason to buy a wacom tablet.
Version 3.0