Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Krita is an open-source image manipulation software, allowing the user to either create pictures from scratch or edit existing images. It is good because it supports most graphics tablets very well.
The latest version available is Krita 2.9, which has been recently released, coming with the below features, crowdfunded on Kickstarter:
- Perspective – A simple, but powerful, cousin to the regular transform, with a vanishing point to precisely get the perspective right.
- Cage and Liquify — Based on the same principles, and with the same precision (4px is the highest precision) can now be used to do intricate deformation where warp just doesn’t cut it.
- Warp Improvements — Improvements to the quality have been made. Both warp and cage transformations now allow multi-point selection with the ctrl shortcut. The transform tool’s UI has also completely updated to make it easier to use. The tool options have been rearranged for maximum efficiency.
- Transform Masks – These allow for non-destructive transformation and await more improvements in the near future. Perspective and regular transform update instantly when you paint on them, but warp, cage and liquify will take 3 seconds pause before changes to the original update the transform. This is so that your CPU doesn’t get overworked, burns out, buys a Harley, leaves for a trip around the world and replaces you with a younger, blonder model.
In this article I will show you how to install Krita 2.9 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2 and other Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 derivative systems.
Because it is available via PPA, installing Krita 2.9 on Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the krita-2.9 and krita-2.9-dbg package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dimula73/krita
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install krita-2.9 krita-2.9-dbg
Next, create the icons:
$ cd /opt/project-neon/share/ && sudo cp -r applications/ /usr/share/
$ cd /opt/project-neon/share/ && sudo cp -r icons/ /usr/share/
$ sudo ln -s /opt/project-neon/bin/krita /usr/bin/krita
Optional, to remove krita, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove krita-2.9 krita-2.9-dbg