Krita, the open source graphics editor with a tonne of good will behind it, just got a $25,000 cash boost to help fund future development.

The high-quality cross platform raster graphics tool is popular with designers, developers and digital artists of varying shades and has run several successful crowdfunding campaigns in the past.

The cash injection comes courtesy of Epic’s MegaGrant, a $100m fund set up to support community projects like Krita

But the latest monetary injection comes courtesy of Epic’s MegaGrant, a $100 million fund set-up earlier this year by the Epic Games, makers of Unreal Engine.

The MegaGrant was set up to support “game developers, enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, students, educators, and tool developers doing amazing things with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community”.

And Krita, with a flock of faithful fans behind it, certainly fits the bill.

Plus, as this is a grant and not a loan, the money doesn’t need to be paid back. The Krita development team is free to spend the money as they wish, be on hiring more developers, funding a feature spring, or ordering $25k worth of pizza (though Krita, please: don’t do the latter).

The best-known beneficiary of the Epic MegaGrant to date is Blender, the open source 3D tool. It scored a cool $1.2 million MegaGrant earlier this year.

If you want to see what the fuss is about you can install Krita on Ubuntu from the Ubuntu Software app or the command line. Installers for Windows and macOS are also available from the Krita website.

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