Seldom do I come across a program or an online service which makes me go “WOW”! SumoPaint is a free online paint program created using Adobe Air Technology and rivals the company’s famous graphics editor, Photoshop. Though the program can run in a browser window, you can also download the Pro version for a measly 19 euro and it can be installed on Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.
The one big advantage SumoPaint has over another popular online paint program, Pixlr.com, is that it allows you to save the images in its own format (the “sumo” format). Why is that such a big deal? Because it preserves all the information in the image file so that you are able to resume work at a later time without starting again from scratch. Yes, images can also be saved in JPG and PNG formats.
SumoPaint is one mean paint program. You’ll appreciate the amount of work that’s gone into it when you check out the menu bar and the toolbar. With an impressive array of tools and features, SumoPaint will be more than sufficient for the casual user. So if you want to create a small graphic for your web site, touch up a photo or even add some crazy effects, you’ll find that this program easily stands up to the task.
The beautiful painting above comes from Sumopaint user Inkfeather.
Though you are encouraged to sign up for an account (which is free)… it’s not mandatory. You can work with the free online paint program without any issues if you don’t want to register.
But the benefits of getting a Sumo account are plenty. For instance, you can save images with layer data to the account and your files will be available from any computer anywhere in the world! You will also be able to share your creations with other artists, collaborate and produce remixed masterpieces.
SumoPaint get a big thumbs up from me!
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