Monday, May 4th, 2015 Posted by Jim Thacker

Back the Krita Foundation’s new Kickstarter campaign

Proof-of-concept work showing a 64 megapixel image being painted in Krita. The Krita Foundation has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to make the open-source paint tool “faster than Photoshop” on large images.

The Krita Foundation has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to fund development of Krita 3.1 – including a plan to make the open source digital painting tool “faster than Photoshop” when working on large images.

As well as “making Krita really fast on big canvases with big brushes”, key development goals for 2015 include adding a new 2D animation toolset to the software.

New features in development
The announcement follows the development team’s successful 2014 Kickstarter campaign, which raised just under €20,000 (around $22,500) to fund the development of Krita 2.9.

This time round, €20,000 would fund the basic aims of improving performance on large documents like posters and matte paintings, and adding a 2D animation toolset, including a proper timeline and onion skinning.

In addition, every €1,500 over the target will fund one of 24 stretch goals to extend Krita’s existing functionality, including the software’s handling of layers, brushes and selections.

(If you work in VFX, another interesting stretch goal is to add support for HDR colour gradients.)

Pay €500 and get your most hated bug squashed
Pledges start at €1, with anything over €15 getting you your name in the credits, plus Krita-related merchandise including postcards, tote bags, mugs, pencil cases and training DVDs.

There are also a couple of more unusual incentives: donate €500, and you can get your most hated bug in the software fixed, assuming it can be done within a week; donate €1,500 and you get to pick a stretch goal.

Visit the Krita Foundation’s new Kickstarter campaign page
(Includes more details of all the new features planned for future releases of Krita)

Visit the Krita website
(Includes download links for Krita 2.9)