The new version of the Krita 4.20 image editor is here and these are its news

Ya the new version of the image editor was released cross-platform and open source Chalk, which just reached version 4.20 with which we get new important changes and also several bug fixes to this suite.

If you still don't know about Krita, you should know that this is a popular image editor designed as a digital drawing and illustration suite, it is based on the KDE platform libraries and included in the Calligra Suite.

The application interface is quite intuitive and in addition to that for those who know Photoshop this will be quite familiar.

Main new features of Krita 4.20

In this new version of Krita 4.20, the developers worked to bring us an improved panel for working with the palette (Color Palette Docker).

In addition to the panel design it changes from a multiline to a table of any number of rows and columns. Color manipulations in drag-and-drop mode are stabilized and one-click addition of records is simplified.

As well The ability to leave elements empty was added to increase the visibility of the blocks. The possibility of placing the pallet in the KRA file.

Another highlight is the arrival of an API to manage animations from scripts in Python, which allows you to create your own plugins that work with animation.

Operations such as transitioning to a certain frame, setting the frame rate, and starting and ending playback are supported.

Based on the proposed API, various plugins have already been prepared, for example Animator Video Reference to extract arbitrary frames from video and Sprite Sheet Manager to export to sprite table.

Krita screen

On the other hand brush performance is increased due to vectorization on the GPU and by releasing the code from locks.

To process pixel data, non-blocking hash tables (non-blocking hashmap) are used, which allowed to significantly increase the speed of multi-threaded data processing in multi-core systems.

Using vector instructions is implemented for Gaussian and soft brushes and reduces the load on the CPU.

How to install Kirta 4.20 on Linux?

If you want to install the new version of this suite and you are an Ubuntu user or some derivative of it.

You can install the application by adding a repository to your system, For this we are going to require the use of a terminal, we execute it by typing ctrl + alt + t at the same time, now we only have to add the following lines:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa -y

Then we proceed to update our list of repositories:

sudo apt update

And finally we proceed to install the appeal on our computer:

sudo apt install krita

If you already have the repository, the only thing you have to do is an upgrade:

sudo apt upgrade

Now for those who are Arch Linux users and derived from this, they will be able to install the application directly from the system repositories. Only they must open a terminal and in it type:

sudo pacman -S krita

While for the case of those who are Gentoo users should run this command in a terminal:

layman -a bloody && emerge --sync && emerge krita

Installation from AppImage

For the rest of the distributions and also for those who do not want to fill their repository system, we also have the option to install the application from an appimage, the only thing that we must download the following file and give execution permissions to be able to install it.


sudo chmod +x krita-4.2.0-x86_64.appimage


And with that we have Krita installed in our system.

Installation from Flatpak

Finally another general method for almost any current Linux distribution is with the help of Flatpak packages. The only requirement to use this method is that your distribution has support for Flatpak and have it added.

To install Krita, you just have to open a terminal and run the following command:

flatpak install flathub org.kde.krita


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