The free Krita 4.2 final has just been released for the desktop. It’s an important release, and of course is free as it’s the flagship digital painting software for ‘open source’ creativity, Krita 4.x rivals Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro and has clearly outpaced a clutch of similar software.
4.2 Release Notes and New Features in Krita 4.2: Release Video (start at 0.52 seconds if you want to skip the intro).
- over 1,500 stability buxfixes.
- better drawing tablet support.
- better multi-monitor set-up support.
- “a host of bugs with tablets have been resolved”.
- faster brush-speed.
- improved Flow and Opacity in the brush engine, for delicate strokes.
- better colour-picking and colour-palette storage.
- easier ‘move and transform’ of selections.
- rotate your canvas from the Overview mini-window.
- resize the Layer thumbnails.
- updates GMIC filters plugin to version 2.4.5.
- some new Blend modes such as Freeze, Glow, Heat and Reflect.
- and there’s a new Noise generator.
I’ve previously looked in depth here at the potential of its GMIC filters for doing interesting toon-ification things with Poser renders, and I like what I see.
Be warned that it’s not like Blender, in that you can’t have multiple versions of it on the same PC. It’ll remove your old version. But I found that my Brush preset tagging and custom UI remained as it had been in the old version.