Last updated: April 8, 2018
Like it or not, Photoshop is still number choice in terms of image editing, used by the vast majority of photographers and digital artists around the world. As of today, Photoshop still only available or Windows and macOS, giving Linux users no chance to use it, even if they don’t mind to pay. There is GIMP as the best Photoshop alternative, but for a certain reason you might prefer an online photo editor instead of desktop-based.
The biggest advantage of using an online photo editor is that you don’t have to install a new app on your computer. You can work from anywhere via web browser.
Following are the best photo editors you can use if you are looking for an online photo editor to replace Photoshop. All are free to use.
Pixlr is a flash-based online photo editor. This is one of the best online photo editors to replace Photoshop. It has the similar features to Photoshop. Its interface — with dominant black — is also similar to Photoshop. Pixlr supports layers and it is capable of opening PSD files although not all PSD files are well-converted, depending on the complexity of the PSD files themselves. Pixlr comes with a desktop-style interface, with a row of menuu lie on the top bar and a toolbox on the left panel. Whatever the image editing technique you want to use, chances you can practice it in Pixlr. This tool supports layer mask, has a bunch of filter options. You can use Pixlr without creating an account. Pixlr allows you to save the finished image to both your computer and Pixlr Cloud.
Photopea is another great tool to work with PSD files online. In addition, the tool is also capable of handling XCF as well as
.sketchfiles. It also comes with a desktop-style interface with a row of menus on the top bar and a toolbox on the left panel. Photopea also supports layers, but it has no capability to create layer mask. On the menu bar, you will find menus like Filter, View, File and so on. Photopea allows you to save the image you are editing in a PSD format. Or, you can also export the image into formats like JPG, PGN, SVG, WEBP, BMP and so on. Photophea itself is a freemium tool. You can use it for free without creating an account, but you have to deal with ads.
3. Sumo Paint
Unlike two first tools above, Sumo Paint has no capability of handling PSD files, but it is worth-trying if you are looking for a free alternative to Photoshop that runs on the web. It also comes with a desktop-style interface with a row of menus on the bar, with a toolbox on the left panel. Sumo Paint also supports layers. It has a bunch of selection tools, which are useful if you want to make an adjustments to certain areas of the image. You can also use Sumo Paint without needing to create an account, but there are several features you can unlock if you work with an account.