Krita free download for Mac


10 December 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

Version 4.2.8:
  • The Krita team is pleased to announce another bug fix release of Krita 4.2: Krita 4.2.8. Part of Krita’s core team is now working on rewriting the way Krita loads and saves resources like brushes or gradients. This is a big task that takes up a lot of time, so there are fewer bug fixes in this release than there were for 4.2.7. Still, there has been a lot of work done on vector shapes, the transform tool and, especially, saving on Windows.
  • Windows usually only writes out saved files to the actual disk when it feels like it. So if you’d cut the power to your computer before Windows did that, you might get corrupted files. With 1,500,000 distinct Windows 10 users of Krita in the past month, chances are good for that happening (just like there are people who work exclusively with unnamed autosave files - don’t do that!), so we now try to force Windows to write files to disk after saving. This does make saving slower on Windows, but the added security should be worth it.
  • The autoprecision setting in the brush preset editor has been rewritten as well, which should result in better performance and nicer lines, too.
Here’s the full list of fixes:
  • Fix the sliders in the performance settings page. BUG:414092
  • Fix the color space of the onion skin cache. BUG:407251
  • Fix transforming layers that have onion skins enabled. BUG:408152
  • Also save the preferences when closing the preferences dialog with the titlebar close button
  • Fix a bug in the polygon tool that adds an extra point. BUG:411059
  • Save the last used export settings. BUG:409044
  • Prevent a crash on macOS when closing a dialog that opened the system color dialog. BUG:413922
  • Fix an issue on macOS where the native file dialogs would not return a filename. BUG:413241
  • Make it possible to save the "All" tag as the current tag. BUG:409748
  • Show the correct blending mode in the brush preset editor. BUG:410136
  • Fix saving color profiles that are not sRGB to PNG files
  • Make the transform tool work correctly with the selection mask’s overlay
  • Fix a crash when editing the global selection mask. BUG:412747
  • Remove the "Show Decorations" option from the transform tool. BUG:413573
  • Remove the CSV export filter (it hasn’t worked for ages)
  • Fix slowdown in the Warp transform tool. BUG:413157
  • Fix possible data loss when pressing the escape key multiple times. BUG:412561
  • Fix a crash when opening an image with a clone layer when instant preview is active. BUG:412278
  • Fix a crash when editing vector shapes. BUG:413932
  • Fix visibility of Reference Layer and Global Selection Mask in Timeline. BUG:412905
  • Fix random crashes when converting image color space. BUG:410776
  • Rewrite the "auto precision" option in the brush preset editor. BUG:413085
  • Fix legacy convolution filters on images with non-transparent background. BUG:411159
  • Fix an assert when force-autosaving the image right during the stroke. BUG:412835
  • Fix crash when using Contionous Selection tool with Feather option. BUG:412622
  • Fix an issue where temporary files were created in the folder above the current folder.
  • Improve the rendering of the transform tool handles while actually making a transformation
  • Use the actual mimetype instead of the extension to identify files when creating thumbnails for the recent files display
  • Improve the logging to detect whether Krita has closed improperly
  • Fix exporting compositions from the compositions docker. BUG:412953, BUG:412470
  • Fix Color Adjustment Curves not processing. BUG:412491
  • Fix artifacts on layers with colorize mask *and* disabled layer styles
  • Make Separate Channels work. BUG:336694, BUG:412624
  • Make it possible to create vector shapes on images that are bigger than QImage’s limits. BUG:408936
  • Disable adjustmentlayer support on the raindrop filter. BUG:412522
  • Make it possible to use .kra files as file layers. BUG:412549
  • Fix Crop tool loosing aspect ratio on move. BUG:343586
  • Fix Rec2020 display format. BUG:410918
  • Improve error messages when loading and saving fails.
  • Fix jumping of vector shapes when resizing them
  • Add hi-res input events for pan, zoom and rotate. BUG:409460
  • Fix crash when using Pencil Tool with a tablet. BUG:412530
  • Always ask Windows to synchronize the file systems after saving a file from Krita.
  • Fix wrong aspect ratio on loading SVG files. BUG:407425

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9 Reviews of Krita

12 November 2019

Most helpful

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.
27 April 2020
Version: 4.2.8
It's good for doodling, but it is not at all good for animation, despite what it claims. It also makes bad digital art.
19 February 2020
Version: 4.2.8
Krita freaking sucks. I just spent the past couple of days working on this piece, and everything is just so laggy on mac. It won't let me use the paintbrush, or it won't let me copy and paste a simple layer! I love the brushes, they are the easiest to use.... but I don't think I can use this application anymore.
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.
15 May 2018
Version: 4.0.3
Krita for Mac is now at version Be sure to get the latest version as it includes several bug fixes.
26 February 2018
Version: 3.3.1
Very special app! has few rivals.
14 September 2016
Version: 3.0.1
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.
09 September 2016
Version: 3.0.1
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.
10 July 2016
Version: 3.0
Best among free/opensource photo editor.
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30 June 2016
Version: 3.0
This app is a really good reason to buy a wacom tablet.