Photopea: a web-based image editing tool

Aug 29, 2021 at 08:00 am by nemirc

While Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing, not everyone can afford to use it. Most of you know about alternatives like Krita or GIMP, but there are more. This time, I bring you yet another free Photoshop alternative, Photopea.

When you open the website, you find an interface that is pretty much the same as Photoshop. There, you can choose to create a new document or open a document.

If you create a new document, you are given the option to use various templates. On top of that, you can use template sizes ready for various social networks.

You can also open files from your computer. I am using Photoshop CS6, so I don’t know if Photopea will support layers that include the latest features in Photoshop, but at least regular files work just fine.

Another nice thing is that you can paste images contained in your clipboard. However, depending on your browser, you may need to allow for special permissions (in Brave I had to click “Allow” to let Photopea get the copied image from my clipboard).

The application also includes a lot of different filters like Blur, Noise, Pixelate, etc. It even includes a Filter Gallery similar to the Photoshop one.

When you save your work, you are prompted to save locally. I think this is better, since I am a fan of keeping your own files on your system. In the age of cloud saves, it’s easy to forget you need to keep copies locally and backup them when you can.

Photopea is a very good alternative to Photoshop, if you are willing to use a web application. While sometimes Photopea feels like a Photoshop clone, I like how it makes it very easy to transition from one app to the other, while similar applications like Krita or GIMP pose a steeper learning curve, due to the transition period.

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