Krita and Gimp are the most popular free and open-source image editors for Linux.
However, if you are using a HiDPI/Retina display you will notice that both programs look unusable.
At the moment, Gimp has no solution to this problem other than downloading a hidpi-theme This will fix the size of the icons, but there will still be a lot of components that are not scaled properly.
It’s actually quite simple. You need to set the environmnetal variable of
If you use just about any other desktop environment that isn’t Gnome, you’re probably using Xorg.
Create or edit the file
~/.profile and copy and paste the following:
Restart your machine and you’re done!
If you are on a Wayland desktop environment (As far as I know, Gnome is currently the only one not using xorg) you have to create a file in your
Create and edit the file
Copy and paste the following:
You’re done! Restart you’re machine, and you should experience Krita at a proper DPI.
By now, Krita should look perfect on your HiDPI display.
If it doesn’t, first be sure you are using an up-to-date version of Krita. At the moment of writing this, I am on version 3.3.3.
You could also troubleshoot by running the command
KRITA_HIDPI=1 krita in your terminal. If that fixes the HiDPI, it simply means that you didn’t set the environmental variables properly. You should look into your desktop environment / distro / display server to see if there is a preferred method for setting environmental variables.
Thanks for reading!