Krita 5.2 Beta Released with Enhanced Text Handling & FFmpeg Bundle

Krita, free and open-source digital painting software, announced the beta release of the next major 5.2 version!

Krita 5.2 completely rewrite the text layout engine. Which, adds support for text-on-path, vertical text, wrapped text, text-in-shape, OpenType, emoji and more. For the new feature, you need to use SVG source code editor from the text tool.

The release also completely rewrite the audio playback using the MLT framework to solve the syncing issues. FFmpeg now is built into Krita to make video export easier for beginners and users in Android.

There’s also a new docker ‘Wide Gamut Color Selector’ with ability to select colors in wide-gamuts instead of just sRGB. And, it has a menu to quickly switch between ‘HSV’, ‘HSL’, ‘HSI’, and ‘HSY” color models.

Other changes in Krita 5.2 include:

  • CMYK blending modes work in the Photoshop way.
  • Improve saving and loading JPEG-XL, and implement CMYK for JPEG-XL.
  • Ability to anti-alias the results of the Sketch Brush Engine
  • Overhaul cumulative undo with merging undo operations.
  • Improve the fill tool with Fill areas of similar color
  • See the release note for more.

How to Get Krita 5.2 Beta

Krita provides Linux package through universal AppImage. Along with source code, Android apk, macOS dmg, and Windows exe, they are available to download at the link below:

For Linux, select download the ‘krita-5.2.0-beta1-x86_64.appimage‘ package. Then, run it to launch the painting software after adding executable permission.

NOTE: Ubuntu 22.04 and higher do NOT support AppImage out-of-the-box. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command below to enable it:

sudo apt install libfuse2
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