It is not often I get impressed by some of the indie applications that I stumble upon from time-to-time but this one has been super useful over the past few months and should come in handy to everyone at some point.
It could come in particularly handy for the likes of, schools and school children, media and PR personnel, and even knowledge workers when putting together a presentation or other marketing collateral. Undoubtably a website worthy of a bookmark.
Photopea is an advanced image editor that runs completely in the web browser. It can be used with both raster and vector graphics supporting a wide range of file formats – PSD (Adobe Photoshop), XCF (Gimp), Sketch (Sketch App), CD (Adobe XD), CDR (Corel Draw).
The app also supports exporting as PNG, JPG, SVG, GIF, PDF, EMF, WEBP, BMP, PPM, TIFF, ICO, DDM. It can be used for simple tasks, such as resizing or rotating images, to complex tasks, including designing webpages, creating illustrations or processing photos. Because it runs in the browser it can be used on any device.
I’ve personally used it to sign PDF documents from my smart phone and work on the graphics for my articles and website. It is slightly difficult to use on smaller devices (something the developer is currently working on improving) but behaves well on a tablet with a stylus and is even touch screen pressure sensitive.
The user experience is just as you’d expect from a feature-rich image editor such as Photoshop or Gimp so if you have past experience, you should feel comfortable with the UI and be able to find everything with ease (keyboard shortcuts included). If all of this is new to you, there is some help at hand – this section of the website will teach you how to use Photopea step by step, and there are also some tutorials to try. You can also check out the blog which has regular updates about the product.
All the work on is done on your device and it doesn’t upload any files to the internet, in fact you can even use it when offline. Photoshop and other tools with a heavy footprint can sometimes take forever to start-up and are often very expensive, so this is a welcome alternative.
Photopea is completely free to use with full functionality, there is a premium subscription model which removes the advert and expands the workspace with options for a team purchase. Distributors can also take advantage of the tool with a subscription model based on the number of views when embedded into their website and also includes options for altering the branding and some of the UI elements.
Here is an example of a creation using Photopea by @WayTooEmily on twitter:
The author of this tool started this project as a hobby in college has been developing it for around 5 years since. He has always worked on it on his own, and only recently decided to monetise the platform with adverts. If you like what you see and end up using it quite often, please consider supporting his continued effort by upgrading your account. If you’ve found any media or graphics related tools that are worth a shout-out, let us know in the comments below.
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