Ever wish you had a copy of
Photoshop on your work computer, just in case you get hit with inspiration in
the middle of the work day? If you're the type who needs image
manipulation on the fly, then SumoPaint is for
you. Version 1.0 is brand new as of January 21st, and has been
getting regular updates ever since.
The most striking thing
about SumoPaint's website is the overwhelming sense of community.
This is probably the greatest thing about SumoPaint. The
biggest object on the main page is a gallery of popular user-submitted pieces of
digital artwork, and if you click on the "community" button, you'll find an engaging social media aspect to the site, beyond just the
program itself. Without so much as even creating your own image to
display, you can jump right in to the action, as artists' profile comments and
image comments are bustling throughout the site.
Once you're finished
checking out how much everyone likes SumoPaint, you'll obviously want to try it
out for yourself. It takes a little while to load, but once it does,
you'll be impressed. There is a full array of Photoshop-like
options to choose from. From brushes to filters, and even full
layer effects are at your disposal. You can also input a URL to
grab images from, which is really helpful for tweaking website images.
It runs in flash, so make sure you've updated before you go to give it a
All in all, it's not as
powerful as Photoshop, and graphic-design snobs will be quick to point that out.
But, SumoPaint is just plain FUN. It's there whenever you
need it, and it's got enough advanced options
to keep you busy for a good amount of time. Since you can export
the images in any format you like, it can make for a great portable application,
as well. Since SumoPaint is so new, yet so functional and fun,
we'll be expecting great things from the developers in future
Austin Keenan is a college student in NJ with a background in online writing. When
not blogging or producing online media for his own website, he likes to watch
online videos (high quality, of course) and kick back with a brew or two.