Sumo Paint

reviewed by Emma Singleton


The Good:

Easy to use and intuitive controls. A lot of different tool to play and experiment with.Basic and more advanced tools available. Use of layers for more advanced and precise paint works or designs. Multiple save options e.g. Cloud, Computer, Send in an email. Able to upload own image file. Explanations of the tools. Can edit other peoples paintings

The Bad:

Some options are only available in the paid version, and there’s no filter for gallery comments, so kids could potentially find inappropriate content. Limited file save options of only PNG, JPEG or SUMO. The update and reload of the program after adding another element was quite slow and frustrating. Without pro you can only use up to 6 layers otherwise it is €€€

The Bottomline:

Sumo Paint can spark students’ creativity, encourage them to be artistic, and provide them with new, image-related tech skills. At the bottom line it is useful to an extent and can give those who are eager to use online platforms for more image based design a change to develop their skills without having to learn all about the ins and outs of photoshop. However the limits on file size, compatibility and type are restricting the possibilities to produce work of a high quality.

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:

    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)

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    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.

    Please add any additional comments below:

    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

  • Interface

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    Testing the tool

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