Sumo Paint

reviewed by Anne de Bekker


The Good:

It is an online, feature-rich, free paint tool and photo manipulation application. It's a good free option if you cannot afford Photoshop or some other high-end purchased application. It has plenty of the standard image editing tools and therefore it is easy to master. SumoPaint also has an online community with over 4 million users. 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. There are multiple save options available.

The Bad:

Some tools or options are only available in the premium (paid) version (the amount of layers you can work on, the possibility to work offline, etc.)

The Bottomline:

It seems to make like a very useful tool for creative minds that don't want or can't spend a lot of money on the higher end applications that cost a lot of money. Even the premium (paid) version is very affordable. SumoPaint has a great, easy interface with a lot of options that can get any artist a long way.

Overall Rating:



The official website of the tool is

The tool is made by

Lauri Koutaniemi

You can find the official doccumentation on:

Is there a user forum/ bug tracker/ issue tracker and if so where?


I reviewed version Sumo Paint v.9.00 of the Software

The interface:

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  • what is it : application, online tool
  • what is it for ? image processing
  • this tool functions : both
  • this tool is available for : ALL
  • this tool is : Free Speech
  • does this tool have a paid version available? yes
  • Review

    The user interface:

    The program feels very intuitive to me, especially since I'm familiar with Adobe Photoshop. Many options en tools are similar to the ones in Photoshop and other image editing applications. The interface is a bit simple compared to Photoshop, but includes a lot of options that give you the opportunity to similar edits as in Photoshop. It is an easy application to navigate through.

    Tutorials / Instructions:

  • useful / helpful : 4
  • clear : 3
  • quick and easy to understand : 3

    What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)

    "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." - Lahle Wolfe, "Forget about the possibilities for wowing audiences with school reports, cartoons, and professionally done design work, this online application is just plain fun to experiment with. The computer app does all the work, making you look like a design pro without even trying." - Jacqueline Rupp,

    Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)

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    What would/could a designer use this tool for?

    It's a useful tool when you are a starting designer/artist and you aren't very familiar with these kind of programs yet. The options are limited and explained to you, which makes it easy to start creating. Especially for a younger generation, even kids, this would be a great program to have fun in and explore possibilities. It can be used for digital art, poster-making, flyers, basically everything that includes shapes, colour and text. The community is a nice way to connect to other artist and see the things they create via SumoPaint. This can also spark new ideas of how to use this tool.

    Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?

    The tool can be used for free, but it is limited. If you would like to make use of all options, there's a premium version you would have to buy. This will cost you 19$ a year. Also there's some advertisement embedded in the online, free version.

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    *As an official reviewer for the Great Free Graphic Software Review I confirm I have filled in the above review at the best of my abilities, with care, patience and without prior prejudice, so help me Tux.*

    Anne de Bekker, 07/10/2017

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    Testing the tool

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