My husband recently downloaded Krita, a free art program. So I figured I'd review for maybe some digital newcomers or those who want or need to pinch a fee pennies. I was curious since I am a little annoyed with Photoshop's new idea to pay a monthly fee versus having to drop a lot of money at once on a tangible disk with the software. So we're still weighing the options and doing the math. But, in the meantime, we're fiddling with Krita.
At first Krita was really frustrating because the tool icons all look crazy. I'm still figuring out what's what after a month or so. (I'm sure this is all for legal reasons.) But there's some pretty neat brushes. You can use layers and merge them just like Photoshop. Drawing and coloring end up working basically like Photoshop. The problem is that some of the 'brushes' are actually what would be different tools in Photoshop. The other issue is that if you flip flop between tools and brushes a lot, you have to constantly reset the sizes and opacity of them. It really slows things down versus Photoshop, where I can easily go back and forth between the brush and eraser. If you edit your work a lot with 'Adjustments' you're gonna have a hard time. Changing one color to another is not easy as sliding between Hue, Saturation, and Shade. There are 'curves' that are not easy to manage, especially if you let go at the wrong time. That's really the worst part for me, because sometimes you just got to tweak your colors. And so far I haven't found a simple way of doing that yet.
All in all, Krita is great for something that is free. On the downside, it's a bit weird to use and things to wonk out when you hide layers. So if you need to practice or just treat art as a hobby, Krita is a nice program. I'm still figuring more and more out. I'm not the most tech savvy person or anything, so it's easy enough to use. I haven't figured out any of the ways to customize the program, which is possibly. I think . . . But if you're a pro, Photoshop is still better if you don't know how or don't have a lot of time to navigate the weirdness of Krita.