✔️ Free to use
✔️ Web-based (can be installed)
✔️ PSD Templates
✔️ 60 editing tools
✔️ Supports raster, vector, and RAW files
❌ Not so 3D
❌ Requires internet
If you want a Photoshop alternative for basic editing, Photopea is the program you need.
However, compared to other web-based designing programs, it’s difficult, buggy, and sometimes crashes.
Service type: Photo editing
Supported platforms: Web
Ease of use: Some knowledge required
Pricing: $0 to $9 per month or $40 per year
Rating: 4 out of 5
What is Photopea
Photopea is a free online photo editor which closely resembles Photoshop. Photopea has many photo editing options for beginners to learn to edit photos.
Being web-based, I was a bit shocked that it has over 60 options to edit images. The most common are found in the toolbar, but the uncanny options are available in the window navigation tab.
Here are the options available in Photopea:
- Layer opacity
- Layer blending
- Move tool
- Artboard option
- Rectangle select
- Ellipse Select
- Polygonal lasso select
- Magnetic lasso select
- Magic wand
- Quick selection
- Object selection
- Perspective crop
- Slice tool
- Slice select tool
- Healing brush
- Spot healing brush
- Content-aware move
- Red-eye tool
- Brush tool
- Pencil tool
- Color replacement option
- Clone tool
- Background eraser
- Eraser tool
- Paint bucket tool
- Vertical type
- Free pen
- Curvature pen
- Path select
- Direct select
- Rectangle draw
- Line tool
- Ellipse draw tool
- Parametric shape
- Custom shape tool
- Hand tool
- Rotate view
- Open images from the URL
- PSD templates
It supports many files, including raster, vector, and RAW files. It does not open a color adjustment window when you open a RAW file as Photoshop does.
But, you can connect it with Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox and open files from your drive. Regarding exporting, it supports many common image formats. Here is the full list:
- PSD file
- DCS 1.0 and 2.0
- JPEG (multiple)
- Portable Bitmap formats (limited)
You can also publish PNG and JPG versions of the edited image on Imgur.com.
Photopea review: Interface
As I have already mentioned, it takes its interface from Photoshop. You see the toolbar to the left with layers, history, adjustments, and some other panels to the right. We also see the basic Windows-style navigation on the top.
Ease of use
The next section of the Photopea review is the ease of use. After using it for some time, I can surely say that it’s not an easy piece of software. You need some image editing knowledge with Photoshop skills to use it like a pro.
It’s also slow when many edits are applied. While testing, the color picker did not respond a couple of times.
Here is one thing I liked about Photopea. It has hundreds of free PSD templates that you can clone and edit. You find templates on topics, including social media, prints, and mockups.
Users create the templates, and you can add your template to give back to the community.
Is Photopea as good as Photoshop?
The software takes its layout from Photoshop, but many options are missing. In a separate article, I talked about how Photoshop differs from Photoshop.
Photoshop supports over 80 tools, while Photopea only supports around 60 (mentioned above).
Furthermore, it lacks many 3D options, such as 3D text, but news from Adobe has made it clear that newer versions of the program will not bring many 3D options. So, we can’t call Photopea all 3D-bad.
Can Photopea be installed?
I like that it’s web-based and works independently of the OS. But for some, going to the website may be tiring. In that situation, you can install it on your device. Check out my guide covering installing it on Windows and Android devices.
Yes, Photopea has a premium plan, but I don’t think you should consider that because the free plan does not limit tools. The only benefit premium users have:
- No ads
- 2x more edit history
The premium plan costs $9 per month or $40 a year. They also offer team plans which do not add additional options, but it allows users to get discounts and pay once in for all.
Is Photopea safe?
I’m no security expert, but I can say that Photopea is safe to use. The site uses a valid SSL certificate, while the only permission it requires to operate is to open and save files to your computer.
Furthermore, it does not ask to create an account, so you are not sharing your personal info with the site owner anyway.
I also researched where the photos are processed and discovered that the Photopea completely runs on your device. All the photos we import are never uploaded to the server, which is great.
Is it worth it
For basic to medium edits, yes. You can start your editing journey here and get to the other programs. Other premium tools ask for money, and by the time you become a master, you are already many bucks behind.
Photopea has most of the options in Photoshop and GIMP and can be a nice and cheap replacement for those tools. One suggestion I must give is to save your work when you can.
This is for Photopea review. I hope it helped you understand what Photopea is and how it works. Please share your thoughts in the comments and help others decide.