Krita vs Procreate: Which One Is the Best Drawing App for You?

What is krita?

Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program.

What is procreate?

Procreate is a raster graphics editor app for digital painting.


In terms of support, krita has a clear advantage over Procreate since, unlike Procreate, krita supports all major platforms, including Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.


In Terms of Ui, I don’t think there is a clear winner, but understanding something will help you to decide which ui is better for you.


  • Procreate is focused on being touch-friendly.
  • Procreate has a modern look with cool transparency effects.
  • The Ui is very clean, with all the useful tools organized in a clean way.


  • The Ui is very clean but not as clean as Procreate, because Krita has a PC-focused design.
  • Krita’s Ui feels very similar to Photoshop’s, so you will not have any problem switching to Krita.
  • The UI is very smooth, with all the important settings in the right place.


Both software provides all the basic to advanced tools for painting as well as image manipulation.

Although Procreate has superior tool performance and is more refined, Krita includes more advanced tools as well as capabilities that can assist you combine images with your painting, resulting in better art by its user.


Paint in 3D.

With the accuracy of the Apple Pencil, transform 3D Model surfaces into magnificent works of art. To really make your work stand out, use tweaks, effects, and materials brushes to add gloss and reflectivity.

Procreate 5.2

Procreate 5.2 has redesigned Adjustments interface, configurable onion skins, Group Select, Color History for more iPads, improved Inking and Material brushes, and much more.


With industry-standard colour adjustment tools, you can take your artwork to the next level. Color Balance can be expertly tweaked by adjusting Hue, Saturation, and Brightness. Experiment with Curves over a useful histogram, or easily Recolor your image.


Drawing Assistants

To help you with vanishing points and straight lines, use a drawing assistance. The Assistant Tool comes with 9 different assistants to assist you in creating the perfect shape. These tools range from drawing ellipses to using the Fisheye Point tool to create a curvilinear perspective. When drawing, use numerous helpers at the same time.

Layer Management

In addition to painting, Krita comes with vector, filter, group, and file layers. Combine, order, and flatten layers to help your artwork stay organized.

PSD Support

Open PSD files that even Photoshop cannot open. Load and save to PSD when you need to take your artwork across different programs.



Both software has an excellent Brushes system, but Procreate has a better brush management system. But krita has a wide range of brush settings. Krita comes with more than 100 pro brushes, And a high-end brush engine that allows you to customize your brush further. 

Procreate comes with 18 brush sets that will help you to create beautiful works of art, choosing the right brush is simple and fast.

Both software have Brush Stabilizers that will help you to get smoother strokes. Krita includes 3 different ways to smooth and stabilize your brush strokes. There is even a dedicated Dynamic Brush tool where you can add drag and mass.

And another thing is that both softwares supports Photoshop brushes, which means you can import a huge library of brushes to both of these softwares.


Other features

With recent updates, Procreate introduced plenty of advanced features such as 3D Model Painting, Advanced Stroke Stabilization, among other minor but significant improvements.

On the other hand krita has a huge amount of advanced features, like Multigrid, SeExpr, and many other features that you will discover while using krita.



Krita is the clear winner by a wide margin in terms of price, because it is free, whereas Procreate costs $9.99 and only works on Apple devices.