Review of Sumo Paint Free Photo and Image Editor

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With today's world be so heavily reliant on the internet for information, entertainment, news, and social connections, the demand for fresh new material -- including images, has never been greater.  But PhotoShop and Lightroom are complicated and expensive, and there are so many digital image editors how do you know if you even want to buy one?

Solution:  Before buying, try out free ones first to get a feel for what image editors can do.  Many of the free programs will have scaled-down options but will have the basics -- enough to help you get a feel for the editing software in general.

Using Sumo Paint to paint and edit photos

Sumo Paint is an online, feature-rich, free paint tool and photo manipulation application. But Sumo Paint is not just a tool; it boasts an impressive online art community of over a 4 million unique users from 200 countries. The primary purpose of the community is "to create, share, remix, explore, comment, rate and fave the artwork of its members."

If you cannot afford PhotoShop (or find it overwhelming) or some other high-end purchased application like Adobe Creative Suites, we strongly recommend you consider trying Sumo Paint. It is powerful, affordable (free), and easy to master.

SumoPaint's Main Features

You will find plenty of the standard, basic image editing tools in the free version of Sumo Paint plus many fun and whacky paint tool features.

Using a menu bar that is similar to Photoshop's, you will find the familiar blur, smudge, gradient fill, line tools, clone, and more. But you will also get other cool features, including a bulky star tool, and symmetry and custom shape tools.

Sumo's text tool (for adding text to images) is so simple to use it makes you wonder why other programs often lack in this area of software development.

Sumo's online community of artists is active and easy to navigate. Just as you typically experience on, Sumo community participants are willing to view work and offer feedback (almost all of the posts I read were friendly and offered support and positive critiques.)

Added Features and Perks

You can open files from your computer, Sumo Paint, or from a URL. If you purchase the pro version, you can download Sumo to your computer and work offline.

Sumo Paint has recently added some fun filter features including a kaleidoscope, wavelab, triangle pattern, liquid wave, spherical and cylindrical mapping, and a camouflage filter. (The liquid waves makes exceptionally beautiful images.)

Unlike Photoshop, Sumo Paint features are incredibly simple to implement with one click - and you instantly see the results for the entire image rather than just a small sample preview.

You can also send and receive messages to others in the Sumo Paint community.

Something that sets this free application apart from some of the other free image editors - you can edit pixels using Sumo Paint.

Ease of Use / Sumo Paint's User Interface

Sumo Paint's user interface is top-notch - easy to use and navigate and contains comprehensive tools you would not expect to find for free.

Sumo Paint also offers a ton of free image editing tools - and they also provide in-depth information on what their tools are and how they work. Their explanation of commonly used tools are easy to understand and contain graphics to illustrate points. Anyone scratching their head about the different other image editors' blur and smudge tools should read Sumo's explanations.

Of all the free image editors I have reviewed to date I like Sumo Paint's help features the best (but their tools are so simple to use, you may find you do not even need a lot of help.)

Sumo Pro Features

Sumo Pro can currently be purchased for $19.00 per year. Compared to and, the pricing is not only cheaper but you get a lot more with Sumo Pro:

  • License to downloadable Sumo Paint Pro (use locally on your computer, or via a browser);
  • Commercial use of both offline and online applications;
  • Sell your artwork and earn money;
  • Free updates for Sumo Paint Pro and other future tools;
  • Discount to Sumo products and services;
  • Increased commission for content sales; and
  • Sumo Pro settings and statistics.


There are no significant drawbacks to report on using the free version of Sumo Paint or the $19.00 version of Sumo Pro.