Another Simple Guide?

About a week ago I wrote a simple guide to free Photoshop alternatives but that was about software based photo editors that you have to download and install on your computers.

If you want to please check out the previous guide here.

Today this simple guide will be about web-based alternatives to Photoshop. If you don’t like downloading ‘stuff ‘ to your computer this is the guide for you.

So you don’t get bored I will keep it short and simple.

We have 3 parts;

  • Part 1 covers Pixlr
  • Part 2 covers Sumopaint
  • Part 3 covers iPiccy

Hope you like it!

Part 1 – Pixlr

What is it?

Pixlr is a cloud based set of image tools and utilities pixlr

which include photo editors, a photo sharing service

and a browser extension.

It was designed with advanced users in mind but the apps

cater for both professional and novice users.

Pixlr is a mixture of both Web-based and desktop image editors.

You can download it or edit photos on PCs, Smartphones or tablets. Both iOS and Android version are available. The easiest way to use it is to just load the online version via your browser.

On their site Pixlr separates its photo editing into Pixlr Editor which is advanced and Pixlr express which is efficient.
The Pixlr Editor is similar to Photoshop. It is a no frills photo editor which lets you size, crop and tweak your image.

Express is different because it allows you experiment by putting creative overlays on your images. You can use this to create special effects on your images. For example, you can stain the image to give the impression that you put a coke cup on it. That’s a great tool right there isn’t it?

According to Pixlr, the express editor is their most popular editing software.

Pixlr has thousands of combinations of free effects, overlays and filters. Once you’ve finished editing your photos you can share them directly to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any other of your favorite social media network.


Pixlr has loads of tools and filters. They are too many to mention them all here so I will just go through some of them.


  • Pinch tool
  • Bloat tool
  • Red-eye tool
  • Blur tool
  • Smudge tool
  • Spot heal


  • Engrave and emboss
  • Sharpen
  • Box blur
  • Gaussian blur


  • Brightness and contrast
  • Hue and saturation

Pixlr includes other features like layers, curves, free transform, lasso and marquee selection tools and a free vector graphics feature.

Get stuck In

You can access Pixlr here.

Developers: 123rf (part of Inmagine Group) is a stock content agency founded in 2005 which sells royalty-free images.

Requirements: PC with an up-to-date browser and flash player.

pixlr interface

You can see from the screenshot above that Pixlrs interface is well laid out. You have your tools to the left-hand side and a menu across the top which you can get to easily.

You have access to over 20 different languages by clicking the language option on the menu.

There is also a free font feature that can also be accessed from the menu.

The best way you can learn to use any software is to get in there and get stuck in.

Part 2 – Sumopaint

What is it? sumopaint

Sumopaint is a browser based online painting and

image editing application. It has an active art community

consisting of over 570,000 registered members and over

2,000,000 images.

Created in 2007 by sumo ltd it is, in some ways, similar to

Pixlr although it has many of the same tools and features as Photoshop.

Its target market is Illustrators.

This editing suite has one of the most many-sided collections of image editing features straddling the line between desktop applications like Photoshop and GIMP.

You will discover that the free version of Sumopaint has many of the standard, basic image editing tools including many fun paint tool features.

Although Sumopaint sprung up in relatively recent years it stands out as being truly great at what it does.

It has a layout that will be very familiar to Adobe users with an easy to understand tool set and a sense of minimalism that focuses on getting the job done.

This web-based editor is more suited to serious photographers who don’t want to compromise on any editing options and who also do not wish to pay for their editing software.


  • Layer support with blending modes and layer effects.
  • Good selection of adjustment features for improving photos.
  • Nice range of Filters for producing creative images.
  • Full screen option for maximum working area Highlights of Sumo Paint .
  • Open images from your computer or the web.
  • Save images to a free Sumo account or your computer Sample Pictures.
  • Users can access SUMO Paint online for free .
  • Numerous brush strokes gives users more editing options.
  • Basic editing tools are included, such as eraser and paintbrush.
  • Users can return to previous images to continue editing.
  • Public comments let users discuss images


Get stuck In

You can access Sumopaint here.

Requirements: PC with an up-to-date browser and flash player.

OS: Windows, mac OS X or Linux

See below for screenshot of sumopaint interface

Sumo paint is easy to use, has a lot of features that can be accessed by users from beginner to expert.

In contrast to its software-based counterparts, Sumopaint is just as efficient in terms of paint functionality and image design as they are.

The one drawback with this photo editing software is that it does not have the photo sharing and social media site integration which some of its rivals have.

The best way you can learn to use any software is to get in there and get stuck in.

Part 3 – iPiccy

What is it? iPiccy

iPiccy is an online photo editing and sharing

application that gives users all over the world

the ability to easily and quickly modify, improve,

print and share.

You can edit photos with an automated process. In most cases you can apply the effects to the entire picture instead of using wands and tools to edit your photos. If you use Paint instead of Photoshop, this might be the app for you.

This might seem like a simplified app but there is complexity in its large offering of editing options. The major drawback here is that there is no undo button.

If you are new to iPiccy there is the option to go through and Intro tour to get familiar with the interface and functions.

This photo editing app has a collage maker and there are plenty of interesting layouts for you to use. iPiccy’s tools are well organized so you can navigate around easily.

iPiccy has social media sharing functionality so when you finish editing your photos you can share them on Facebook.

Good things:

  • Natural, easy to use interface
  • Doesn’t require a user account
  • Supports full screen editing mode
  • Lots of simple and unique collage layouts
  • Various upload options
  • Can upload more than one photo at once
  • Results are shown automatically as edits are made
  • Includes lots of basic and advanced tools
  • Tools are easy to find and appropriately categorized
  • Can download and/or share your photo when finished editing

Bad things:

  • Only two file format options when saving
  • Only one sharing option is available
  • Images can’t be resized within the collage
  • Unable to create your own custom collage layout


iPiccy has many powerful and easy to use photo editing tools right in your browser.

Photo Editor

  • Auto adjust photos in one click, crop, rotate and resize images
  • Over 100+ photo effects photo enhancements, facial retouching and frames.
  • Ipiccy photo editor has an excellent Layer masking tool.
  • Click a button to fix images, resize, crop, rotate, flip, change the exposure, and other settings.
  • Several tools, including a blemish and wrinkle remover, help clean up photos.
  • A slide rule that lets you adjust brightness, contrast, and other functions.


Collage Maker

  • Create stunning photo collages with iPiccy innovative collage maker.
  • Numerous templates and adjustments make the creating process easy.
  • Change collage template, background color, size, cell roundness and much more to build a true masterpiece in seconds!

Graphic designer

  • One of the best and easy online graphic design tools you can get.
  • Add text, overlays and stickers, apply vector masks and stunning text effects to create unique designs

Get stuck In

You can access iPiccy here.

Requirements: PC with an up-to-date browser and flash player

Release Date: May 11, 2011

Version: 1.05

Publisher: iPiccy
See below for a screenshot of iPiccy interface.
iPiccy interface
As I always say to learn you have to get your hands dirty so go over to the iPiccy site and get stuck in.

That’s the end of my simple guide. Hope you liked it.

Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions.

Best regards


Robert Asagba




16 Replies to “Free Alternatives to Photoshop – Part 2”

  1. Great article. I am on an endless quest to find Photoshop-like programs but to no avail. Your article came at just the right time! Some of them like Sumo and iPiccy looks promising. Are they able to open tif files or eps files – or do I need an Illustrator-like program for these? Thanks for sharing, checking out i Piccy now. 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comments. I don’t think iPiccy and sumopaint open TIFF and EPS files.  I know GIMP another free photo editor does open Tif files.

      You can find GIMP here.  Cheers

  2. Awesome post!

    I have very little experience photo editing, so I need something that is relatively intuitive and easy to use. I have tried Gimp, which I read about it your other post, but to be honest I got frustrated with it since I didn’t really know what I was doing.

    In your opinion, what is the best photo-editing software for beginners?

    1. Hi Andy,
      Thanks for your comments. GIMP is notorious for having a steep learning curve especially as there is very little help.
      Your best bet might be Paint.NET. It has a growing active online community that is very friendly and provides plugins, tutorials and any other help you might need. It is suitable for beginners.
      Hope this helps.
      Best wishes,


  3. Hi, Robert this is wonderful photo editing app. I have some experience with Photoshop; I like to change things into my liking because it makes feel in control. You have just open my eyes to other software and seem very easier than Abode Photoshop. Thanks so much for this info.

  4. These are all great free alternatives for those who don’t really know how to use photoshop or can’t afford it. With these alternatives you get everything you need to create quality images without the need of paying for anything. I’ve used quite a few alternatives and I’ve always found the to be much easier and simpler than photoshop.

    1. Thanks for your comments.  Yes some of them are easier to use than photoshop although some of them can be just as complicated.

  5. Hello Robert

    What a useful, helpful post. I like the fact that there’s no downloading and that it’s easy to use. I’m not a very techie person so I need simplicity. I think I like the looks of the PIXLR the best. I have to use one with an undo button as I’m sure I will be doing a lot of that. I’m going to have fun playing with these. Which one do you prefer?

    Thank you for sharing!

  6. I’ve been using photoshop for sometime now, I won’t call myself a professional though cos one thing I’ve never heard seen or read is, – an online editor. So when I read this article, I was like ‘WTH’
    Thanks for educating me and I will definitely check out most of the sites you mentioned in this article. It’s about time I expanded my world in photo editing

  7. I’ve been looking for such an article. I am creating an instagram for marketing purposes. I need a lot of nice graphics for this platform. Because the photoshop is not cheap I was looking for alternatives. Well that I came across your website where you explain everything perfectly. What do you think Pixlr is good choice?

  8. Hello there! I really love to take pictures with my dslr. It’s a raw photo but I want to Photoshop some things to make the best picture. I don’t have Photoshop on my desktop nor my laptop and I’m still saving up for a professional Photoshop program. For now I’m looking for a free Photoshop alternatives. I read your article and it is very informative and helpful especially to a people like me who’s looking for one. I will surely try Pixlr. Thank you for sharing this information.

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