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Photopea vs. Photoshop

Photopea vs. Photoshop

Photopea and Photoshop are image editing and manipulation programs offering several options. Along with similar interfaces, you find tools with the same names.

How do both differ? This is the Photopea vs. Photoshop comparison to help you see the differences.

Quick overview

Photopea is an excellent alternative if you can’t afford Photoshop. It may not have all the Photoshop options, but it comes with basic photo editing tools.

What are both

Photopea is a free web-based photo editing program offering over 40 editing tools, including lasso, crop, and clone.

Adobe Photoshop is a computer and mobile application supporting a few more options than Photopea, but it’s a SaaS program, meaning you will pay as long as you use it.

Ease of use

If you are starting, you will find Photopea more user-friendly. Although both look alike, Photoshop is crowded with panels.

With that in mind, there are some drawbacks to Photopea. The tool sometimes lags while editing, and some features are not as smooth as Photoshop.

Editing tools

Tools in Photopea and Photoshop

Even though Photoshop has more options, Photopea is a world on its own. Here are the common tools available in both:

Common edits in both

  • Layers management
  • Layer blending
  • Layer opacity
  • Move tool
  • Artboard tool
  • Rectangle select
  • Ellipse select
  • Lasso tool
  • Polygonal lasso select
  • Magnetic lasso select
  • Magic wand
  • Quick selection
  • Object selection
  • Crop
  • Perspective crop
  • Slice tool
  • Slice select tool
  • Eyedropper
  • Ruler
  • Spot healing brush tool
  • Healing brush tool
  • Patch tool
  • Content-aware move tool
  • Red-eye tool
  • Brush tool
  • Pencil tool
  • Color replacement
  • Clone tool
  • Eraser tool
  • Background eraser
  • Gradient tool
  • Paint bucket tool
  • Blur tool
  • Sharpen tool
  • Smudge tool
  • Dodge tool
  • Burn tool
  • Sponge tool
  • Type tool
  • Vertical type tool
  • Pen
  • Free pen
  • Curvature pen
  • Path select
  • Direct select
  • Rectangle draw tool
  • Ellipse draw tool
  • Line tool
  • Parametric shape
  • Custom shape tool
  • Hand tool
  • Rotate view
  • Zoom
  • Swatches
  • Filters
  • Reapply the last filter to the selected area


Here are a couple of features that are missing from Photoshop:

  • Open images from the URL
  • PSD templates


Photoshop combined with the above tools comes with the following features:

  • Single-row select tool
  • Single-column select tool
  • Magic eraser
  • Frame tool
  • 3D material eyedropper tool
  • Colour sample tool
  • Note tool
  • Count tool
  • Mixer brush tool
  • Clone stamp tool
  • Pattern stamp tool
  • History brush tool
  • Art history brush tool
  • 3D material drop tool
  • Freeform paint tool
  • Add anchor point tool
  • Delete anchor point tool
  • Convert point tool
  • Vertical type mask tool
  • Horizontal type mask tool
  • Path selection tool
  • Direct selection tool
  • 3D text
  • Subject selection tool
  • More selection tools

Related: Photoshop vs. Photoshop Elements 2022

Supported file formats

Opening RAW and Vector files in Photopea vs. Photoshop

Both support many image types. Here is a list of some of the popular formats:

  • Raster (PNG, JPG, TIFF, PSD, PCX, OpenEXR)
  • RAW (DNG, NEF, CR2, ARW)
  • Vector files (SVG, AI)

When you open a RAW image, Photoshop shows a RAW editor. The editor can be used for adjustments before importing the photo. You can also save the RAW image as JPEG before/without opening it.

The program also shows a resize window when you open a vector file. This option is missing from Photopea as well.

Photopea vs. Photoshop: Exporting

Saving and exporting in Photopea and Photoshop

Photoshop supports more formats, but Photopea supports a few that we don’t see in its opponent. Let’s take a look at the common ones first.

  • PSD
  • PSB
  • BMP
  • DCS 1.0 and 2.0
  • GIF
  • JPEG (multiple)
  • PDF
  • RAW
  • PNG
  • Portable Bitmap formats (limited in Photopea)
  • SCT
  • TGA
  • TIFF

Here is the list of file formats that only Photopea supports:

  • SVG
  • ICO
  • WebP (plugin in Photoshop)
  • EMF
  • DXF

Lastly, below are the formats that we find in Photoshop:

  • Dicom
  • MPO
  • EPS
  • PCX
  • IFF
  • PXR

Related: Photoshop Express vs. Lightroom


Another advantage Photoshop has is that it is available on iOS and Android devices. However, the mobile app is independent of Photoshop desktop, so you must pay separately to use its premium tools.

Furthermore, Photoshop mobile is not as advanced as some free mobile photo editors.

Photopea is web-based but can be installed as a Progressive Web App on desktops and mobile phones. The app is mobile responsive and can run smoothly on modern devices.


Templates in Photoshop

Both come with hundreds of templates for inspiration. Photopea has a section to see and use all PSD templates. It categorizes templates in social, resumes, memes, and more.

On the other hand, Photoshop shows templates while creating a new photo. Under each preset option, you will find several free templates.

On the bottom, you will also find a search bar to search for templates on Adobe Stock. Some are free, while some templates are premium.

Other Photoshop options

As I have mentioned, Photoshop is vast, and in this section, we cover the additional features only in Photoshop.


Photoshop can bring additional functionalities with the help of plugins. You will find several free and premium third-party apps to take it to the next level.

For example, the free Watermark 3 app can easily insert a watermark into your photo. Similarly, you can use the PixelSquid to use 3D objects in Photoshop.


Photoshop supports sharing designs and getting feedback from team members. Team members can comment and add annotations to the photo. The feature is available on the desktop, web, and iPad.

Power of Adobe

Photoshop is integrated with other Adobe apps to provide a better experience. You can use Photoshop files in Premiere Pro, After Effects, and other Adobe apps.


Photoshop Pricing and Plans
Photoshop Pricing and Plans

Here is the breaking point of this Photopea vs. Photoshop article. As mentioned above, Photopea is free to use. There are no limitations on photos and edits.

The premium plan costs about $3.33 per month, which removes ads and offers advanced edit history.

Photoshop, on the other hand, is not free. You can pay $10 per month or $119 to use the tool for a year. The plan comes with 20GB of cloud storage and the Lightroom program.

A more expensive Photoshop plan is also available that does not include Lightroom, but you get 1TB of cloud storage.

Related: Krita vs. Photoshop

Which one should you use?

Honestly, it all comes down to features and cost. Photopea has what beginners to intermediates need. If you are starting, then, Photopea is the one to choose. It is also free, so you won’t be spending any money.

Another reason to use Photopea is that it looks similar to Photoshop, so even in the future, if you decide to move to Photoshop, it won’t take much time to learn.

If you are already a photo editor and want access to all possible options, go with Photoshop. It will give you the power to take your career to the next level. Of course, unless your imagination stops you.



The Photopea vs. Photoshop article compared the essential options of both programs. I hope it helped you choose a suitable tool for yourself.

Please let me know if you missed or did not like something, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Sean Kevin Riley

Friday 29th of July 2022

Excellent comparison of Photoshop and Photopea.

What about GIMP, Affinity Photo, etc.?


Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Saturday 30th of July 2022

Hi Sean. Thank you for your tip. I will look into comparing GIMP and Affinity Photo with Photoshop.