More Fun Than PhotoShop? Create Images Anywhere With SumoPaint
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 spin.
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 updates.
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.