Is Sumopaint is a free online Photoshop alternative? What is it capable of? Is it functional enough for basic image editing? Let’s find out who needs Sumopaint and how to use Sumopaint?
Sumopaint is a full-fledged desktop online editor that allows you to manage a basic photo editing and offers a profound set of color correction tools for drawing and designing.
In general, this online photo editor has a simple and user-friendly interface and offers easy-to-use color correction tools. With Sumopaint you can create new drawings, develop design, edit several pictures at the same time, cope with image editing and basic photo retouching. A large number of filters, effects and brushes are available too.
Despite the fact that the interface and layout of photo editing tools in Sumopaint resemble Photoshop, it is quite simple to use. It is free from disturbing advertising, which is quite rare even among the best free online photo editors.
Sumo Paint offers several unique digital drawing tools. For example, the Symmetry Tool that allows to create beautiful symmetric patterns and gradient geometric shapes.Basic functions such as creating, deleting, and duplicating layers are complemented by a variety of effects, such as translucency, shadow casting, gradient, and more.
The Sumopaint app offers both a free version with limited functionality, and a Pro version with all photo editing features. Handling the text is poorly designed, the menu with its settings is located under the main toolbar and occupies a large space, which makes it inconvenient. Sumopaint works on the basis of Flash technology, and without it. Sumopaint is equipped with basic tools for picture editing like cropping, applying filters, effects, masks and layers editing, brusheswork worse.
Sumopaint photo editor is available online, as a Chrome app and as a full desktop application. There are no differences between the online and desktop versions, they differ in speed, because the online Sumopaint depends on your Internet speed. I wonder why the developers have not released a Sumo Paint mobile for Android and iOS?
You can use the online version free but if you want to install it on your computer, you will need to buy a Pro version. Sumopaint offers testing the free Pro version. You just need to register an account and follow the instructions. After the end of the free Sumopaint trial, you can select the subscription plan.
Sumo Paint is a photo editor for basic picture retouching and digital drawing. It has been around for a long time, but in the early November 2018, it received a grant update, which drew a lot of attention and became a good reason to study it closely.
I recommend starting with creating an account because the service provides a full desktop version 30 days trial only for registered users. After passing through the registration, you will be provided with a link for the Sumo Paint download.
The interface of this web application fully complies with the established standards for applications of this class. The toolbar is located on the left, in the center - the editing area, on the right - the panel with history, layers, color palette and much more. There is also a menu bar on top and a property bar for the selected tool. The tools are conveniently located and, what is most important, correctly systematized, 80% of the entire outlook is reserved for the working space.
Here you will find numerous brushes, fills, gradients, auto-generated shapes. Dozens of these filters tallow you to generate beautiful effects in just one click. All processing, even the most complex, is implemented instantly. Let's take a closer look at each of the tools functionality and learn how to use Sumo Paint for basic photo retouching.
The Sumopaint photo editor offers two options for importing images: via URL or from your PC. The test for downloading the RAW files, resulted in success, without any issues. The editor also supports PSD, PNG, Jpeg, JPG and Gif formats.
A more detailed study of the interface and tools reveals that Sumopaintis much more focused on drawing, but not on the performance as a complex image processing solution, unlike Sumo Paint Photoshop specializes in. One of the things that definitely stands out is the variety of brushes, brush styles, brush effects, as well as a large number of advanced settings.
Next, having moved to the top panel and studied the first of the available tabs, I noticed a rather pleasant option - hotkeys. Virtually within Sumo Paint appevery tool can be activated using a hotkey, which quite significantly reduces the time spent on the picture post production.
Using the Image tool, you can easily rotate the image to either side, crop it to the size you need, display and set the size of the image. Tools worked out pretty well, and cope with the task.
Examine the select menu. Here are the following tools allocated: border, feather, expand and contrast. I tried to sharpen the contrast a bit. After selecting the tool, one slider was added to the working canvas, with which you can manage the effect. The tool is well implemented and works fairly well.
The layers blick contains a group of actions and features: add a new layer, delete a layer, duplicate, layers effects, bring to front, move the layer up, move the layer down, send to back. I tested the Layer effects, this Sumopaint feature is pretty good and offers a lot of advanced settings. The tool is implemented in Photoshop style, allowing you to manage features like drop shadow, inner shadow, outer glow, inner glow, bevel, color overlay, stroke, gradient bevel, gradient glow and more.
Gradient bevel and gradient fill tool, displays in real time and allows to see what the gradient will look like before you apply it.
While testing the adjustments tool, which allows you to make changes to parameters such as brightness / contrast, color balance, color temp, curves, gradient map, hue / saturation, levels, I tried several of them and noticed some flaw in these tools still with no unsatisfying effect during image post processing with Sumo Paint.
For example, brightness contrast. After activating this tool, two sliders appear and nothing more, by the way, the sliders are pretty badly worked out - the sensitivity is too high, it’s better to change to numbers manually. Retouching a selected area is also not available during picture post production. I think the detailing could be better. Color balance and color temp operate following the same principle.
The Curves tool was designed a little better, but it also left a rather double impression. The detailing of the instrument ends with the choice of preset curves and color channels, in which, by the way, only 4 colors are available. I felt limited by the color palette, besides after setting the parameters I wanted, I noticed that the responsiveness and processing speed are very low. The photo twitched convulsively, before applying the change. Though the tool delivers its task it`s way back lower than the level of the desktop paid photo editor.
I also tried to apply the Auto levels feature. The tool was designed well and quite accurately does its job. In my case, the function slightly overdone and highlighted the tone of the face too much, but in general, made the image a little better.
After reviewing and testing the filters from the collection Sumopaint photo editor namely: 3D effects, blur, distort, edge detection, light effects, noise, pixelate, sharpen, stylize, texture, other filters, fractal - I was quite impressed that the detail and elaboration of most filters correspond to a high level set by the Lightroom.
After selecting the filter you like, in my case it was light effects, a menu appears in which you can manage the effect in more detail using several sliders: distance radius, focus, tilt, rotation, bumpiness, atmosphere.
In addition, you can also choose one of the available artificial light sources: intense light up, intense light right, intense light down, soft light, hard light, camera flash, metallic relief and more. The feature was designed and implemented well, but I did not like the responsiveness and speed of image post processing. Despite the fact that the Sumopaint as the developers claim is not demanding on the configuration of PC, after shifting any of the available sliders, the editor interface seemed to freeze for a while, which is confusing.
Photo editor Sumopaint is an excellent alternative to Krita and Gimp, but only if you are using the full Pro version. The vast majority of tools are developed and implemented well, they perform the photo editing instantly, without any delays. RAW files support with the complete lack of advertising in the web version applies only to the Pro version. But when Sumopaint free application is used - the photo editor is practically inoperable as about 80% of all tools are unavailable, what developers had in mind setting such strict limits, it is not clear. It is worth noting that there is no Sumo Paint mobile application that could simplify the work in some situations yet.
Sumopaint and Krita photo editing softwares are designed and equipped with a large number of features for drawing on a computer, however, you can also use them for picture retouching, but the tools are not so sufficient and the basic retouching needs are hardly to be completely satisfied. Comparing the two editors, I noticed several advantages within Krita, thanks to which, the application, though slightly, takes the lead. Krita photo editor offers only a few tools, but unlike Sumopaint, all these tools are available for free, which cannot be said about Sumopaint, which requires for each second feature to purchase the Pro version. The available source code allows users to correct, adapt, modify, and fix tool bugs manually (Gimp editor works on the same principle).
Tough the Sumopaint photo editor resembles Photoshop`s quality and tools, most of its features are only available in the Pro version, which can't be said about Paint.net. It is a completely free desktop application with which you can easily cope with the basic photo retouching or create your own unique image using the same brushes and tools that Sumopaint offers. Although Paint.net also has its flaw, and for some users, it is decisive. Photo editor only supports Windows OS. You will not be able to start Paint.net based on Mac OS or Linux. This photo editor as Sumopaint does not provide a mobile version of the application.
Pixelmator is a fairly functional, fast and balanced image editor. Incredibly beautiful in design, performance and intuitive to use interface, user-oriented design workflow. The editor provides professional tools for picture post processing and drawing, even for those users who are taking the first steps in mastering the photo editor.
Compared to Sumopaint, I have a rather counter-impaired impression. When we talk about photo editing, Sumopaint is significantly inferior to Pixelmator, because the latter has a more professional approach and tools. At the same time, comparing these applications in terms of the design development and drawing - Sumopaint is slightly, but ahead of Pixelmator. Speaking of price, Sumopaint photo editor is much more affordable Pixelmator.
Gimp is a full-fledged desktop application with an intuitive interface and tools for basic photo retouching, creating a design. Gimp, in comparison with Sumopaint, is a few steps ahead. The photo editor is based on open source code, which in turn allows users to manually manage bugs.
The features and tools of the Gimp editor allow you to do more, and the basic retouch is not an issue. Unlike Sumopaint all the Gimp functionality is completely free. Speaking of the mobile version, Gimp has an application, though it doesn’t perform its functions, given that Sumopaint doesn’t have it at all, you can ignore this flaw.
Definitely, Sumopaint photo editor deserves the user's attention сonsidering its advantages and disadvantages. The editor is fully capable of performing basic photo retouching, equipped with a rich set of tools for creating design and drawing. The web version is free from intrusive advertising. However, the full potential of photo editor opens only in the Pro version.
Hi there, I'm Ann Young - a photographer, photo retoucher and of course, journalist. Here on FixThePhoto blog you can find all of my reviews, photography and photo editing tips, pricing guides, and photography experiments.