Sumo Paint takes some of the most valuable features of paint and photo editing apps and compiles them in an easy to use browser based interface.
- Over 100 brush types
- Active online community for sharing your creations
- Gradient effects and shape tools
- Offers most of the features of editing and painting software without requiring a download
- Proprietary file type eliminates the needs for bulky image files
- Surprisingly dense and varied graphic design features
- No filtering for community comments, so parents need to beware letting their kids surf without supervision
- No offline functionality with the free version
While design professionals may swear by the deeply functioning interface and strong tools of Adobe Photoshop and others will swear by Gimp as a free alternative, both these pieces of software offer their disadvantages as well. The subscription payment model of Adobe products and the necessity to download both directly to your machine greatly degrades their functionality for a number of users. If you're looking to make alterations to your vacation photos or create a design from scratch, Sumo Paint may be the right alternative for you. The most unique aspect of Sumo Paint is that its features are fully available for your web browser, meaning you won't have to learn the ins and outs of complicated software, tangle with installation and updates, and deal with uploading your pictures. Despite its web based nature and its lack of upfront of subscription costs, Sumo Paint provides users to a rich selection of features that rival most modern editing and painting software on the market. If you've ever used such a piece of software before, the interface will probably be familiar. Tools like erasers, brushes, and pencils occupy the left panel in a grid structure with expanding menus that let you adjust the parameters of the tools. There are even more esoteric tools like symmetry and custom shape functions. The right panel contains more detail oriented tools. These include a color picker that lets you select their coloring in RGB format, a zoom tool that helps with detail oriented work, and a layer organizer that helps you compartmentalize aspects of your project, create more complex works of art, and adjust to mistakes without having to start over from scratch. As with most design apps, the majority is taken up by the actual palette. Sumo files are handled in a proprietary format that keeps file sizes small without degrading the quality of the work produced. Functionality is also present for more higher level design sensibilities like mosaics, animation brushes, and the implementation of lighting effects. What's especially cool about Sumo Paint is that it's more than just an application. It's also a community. Sumo Paint allows you to host your creations directly on their servers, and a rich collection of creatives have jumped onto the bandwagon. You can browse the selection of galleries directly to their website and even add your own when inspiration strikes. The community is well engaged, and the ability to add comments and criticisms transforms it into something that resembles a social media platform like Flickr. If you're looking to work on your creations offline, you can pay for the Pro version of the software. This allows you to download Sumo Paint as a proprietary app you can access from your machine even when you don't have access to the internet.