First Look

Krita Desktop: A free, open source painting tool, maybe as good as Photoshop

Slick, polished, and impressive ... and did I mention free?

Krita user interface

Krita user interface

Credit: Krita.org

From the One-to-watch Department: If you do any graphics work you should take a look at Krita Desktop, a really impressive painting tool that rivals Adobe Photoshop for features and makes some ways of working much easier.

Available as free, open source software for Windows (Vista, 7, 8) , Linux (Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, and others) and OS X (the site only refers to 10.9 compatibility but I ran it under 101.10 without problems). Krita Desktop is also available in two paid-for variants: Krita Studio and Krita Gemini.

First impressions: Way cool, definitely worth checking out.

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