The user interface:
I found the program to be simple to grasp. It's similarities with Adobe Photoshop means that you are allowed and also confined by the same restrictions, thus the images and edits that you can make are of a similar quality. A good plus for a program which is freely available to anyone with an email address.
The interface is easy to navigate in and around allowing the users intuition to guide them through the various tools, effects and adjustments within the program.
Tutorials / Instructions:
useful / helpful : 3
clear : 2
quick and easy to understand : 2
What notable things do other users say about this tool? (either good or bad!)
Sumo paint can be a cost-effective way to encourage students to be creative while honing their tech skills. Its imaging properties can be used in a variety of projects such as preparing photos for a school newspaper, creating collages to represent events or students’ personalities, or just practicing basic art skills like drawing.
To be completely honest, I was really shocked at how much this app can do. It really is a full-featured image editor that can stand side-by-side with any of the best programs out there.
Testing the tool (learning by doing – trial and error)
What would/could a designer use this tool for?
It would be useful as a teaching tool for designers to educate and inspire a younger generation to continue to be creative and explore the possibilities of design without having to learn how to use more complicated programs.
A designer might use the program to work with others online, seeing Sumo Paint as a means of collaboration online. A collaboration with people you may never meet or have any other communication with. Cross boarder, cross culture unknown collaborations.
Depending on what kind of free this tool is, how “free” is this tool really?
This tool is free but only to an extent. There are advertisements embedded within and restrictions within the free version of the Sumo Paint. It only allows for a certain amount of layer for example and so challenge the user to find other ways of achieving a certain outcome which might only be 'achievable' in the 'Pro' version.
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I like the fact that your work, if uploaded to the site, never truly remains yours. This idea of no authorship is something which I feel is in keeping with the open source nature of the tool and what makes it exciting to be a member of.
*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.*
Emma Singleton, 14/09/2017