Sumo Paint Is As Close As You Can Get To Photoshop In Your Browser [Chrome]

Dave LeClair 06-12-2012

sumo paint appPhotoshop is one insanely powerful program. It has so many features that it is honestly hard to wrap your head around it. Unfortunately, it also comes with a price tag and learning curve that reflect the load of features and options. After all, there are entire classes dedicated to just learning the program, and once you do, you will have to run out and drop hundreds of dollars to have it installed on your own computer. The fact is, it’s made for professionals, and not everyone needs a professional level of options.


So what can you do to get some of the features of Photoshop without the price tag? You can download Sumo Paint for Chrome. It offers many of the high-end features you expect from Photoshop, but without the insane price tag. In fact, it runs right in your web browser and is available from the Chrome Webstore for the low cost of $0. It doesn’t get much better than that.


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At first glance, Sumo Paint looks just like the best desktop image editing and painting software. It comes with all the tools and features you need to do some high level image editing. It comes with all the selection tools, paint brushes, shape tools, and so on. If you booted this program up for a friend and didn’t tell them what it is, they could easily think it’s some kind of browser-based version of Photoshop.

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You can edit existing images with Sumo Paint or you can start a blank canvas and use it to create art. Either way, this app has you covered in terms of tools to do both. Even something simple like the brushes feature has a ton of options. You can choose from all kinds of brushes, shapes, sizes, and all kinds of other options.


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As you would expect, it comes with all the layering tools you need to create professional images. Working with layers is critical for making images that come alive. Blending and mixing layers takes some skill, and the same holds true with Sumo Paint. It works just like Photoshop where you can drag layers above and below to set the images right.

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Of course, there are also filters designed to make your image pop a little more. There are plenty of cool ones available in the web app, and more if you upgrade to the Pro version.


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You can also make finite adjustments to the image to improve the quality. There are options such as brightness, contrast, color balance, and so much more. This helps you fix the little things that are wrong with the image. It functions like Photoshop, so it’s not one of those websites that automatically fix images; you need to have the eye to do it.

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There are plenty of advanced features such as eyedroppers for grabbing colors, blur tools, and almost everything else you want for working on images. If there’s something you can think of that Photoshop does, chances are great that this app has a tool that can do the same.



To be completely honest, I was really shocked at how much this app can do. It really is a full-featured image editor that can stand side-by-side with any of the best programs out there.

Let us know in the comments what you think of it, and if you think something else beats it.

Related topics: Adobe Photoshop, Google Chrome, Image Editor.

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  1. glint
    May 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Sumopaint it soooooooooooo slow!! It's a pile of rubbish.

  2. cafenitro
    March 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    It's definitely got some strong points. For a Photoshop replacement I went for Corel Paintshop Pro Ultimate, which is better than Photoshop in most ways. For "Natural Media Painting" you can't beat Artrage.

  3. Raman Bathina
    December 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    A good alternative to online photoshop editor and it has more and more options compared to that.

  4. Susan Peterson
    December 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I have been a member at Sumo for many years, and with their recent changes it makes it very hard to work on my art that I have posted on the site. I am quite dissapointed that they make these changes without letting thier long time members know anything about it before hand. I will remain a member there but I am not so sure if I will become a "paying" member.

  5. Ritwick Saikia
    December 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Sumo Paint is superb. Delivers just what I need because Photoshop is overkill for me, really.

  6. Barry Pless
    December 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    It seems to me that anything that is cheaper than photoshop is worth investigating. When it turns out it is not only cheaper but free, then it is a no-brainer. In this case the only question I have is whether these tools can be applied to existing photos in jpg format?

  7. Kenn Gorman
    December 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I am in the middle of a freshman high school images unit, and the site I recommend for beginners is Sumo Paint. So far most of the students use it, and most of the like it.

  8. Nikhil Chandak
    December 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I like PS a lot , gonna try this out

  9. Anonymous
    December 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I don't do art stuff, but that's cool!

  10. ha14
    December 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

    how much ram use it to get closer to photoshop?:)

  11. Shirley Lim
    December 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

    *blinks* Wow, can't imagine there an almost-close yet like another Photoshop - free version! & SumoPaint really works! :)

  12. Shahbaz Amin
    December 6, 2012 at 4:20 am

    There are so many useful Chrome extentions I use on regular basis..
    I never knew there was one for editing images..thank you!!

  13. Paul Harris
    December 6, 2012 at 3:30 am

    I am running Chrome 25.01323.1 m and SumoPaint locks up upon installation.
    I get the above image with a load bar stuck on 100%.
    My guess is that this program is version-specific and won't work on the Dev release.
    I shall keep try to run it for a while as it looks promising.
    Good thing I didn't purchase without trying.

    • Alexander
      December 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

      I also have the issue with the loading bar being stuck at 100 %. But i am useing Chrome 23.0.1271.95 m.

      • Stan
        December 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        Same here on laptop running Version 24.0.1312.32 beta-m. But works fine on my desktop running same version and on old Dell E1505 Windows 8, again running same version of Chrome.

  14. Javier Vega
    December 6, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Seems like a nice extension to use, thanks for the info.