Graphic Design and Photo Editing in Web BrowserWithout a doubt Adobe Photoshop is the leading image editor for nearly 20 years. It will be unrealistic to say that there is a real alternative. Of course some operating systems like Linux have Gimp that is decent graphic editing software, but still the core without plug-ins isn't come even closer.
Due to power of latest web programing languages and in particular HTML5 a new trend have arise in the last few years – web design in browser, but as well as image editing in browser.
It might sounds unserious at first, but there are quite good Photoshop alternatives that are accessible through your browser. These image editors offer all the basic features of Gimp and Photoshop.
Of course the first alternative of Adobe Photoshop in web editors is developed by Autodesk. PIXLR is extremely flexible and the interface looks so similar to Photoshop. Actually it took me about 5 minutes to match results done in Photoshop with this online based image editor.
Features are limitless, you can either create image from scratch or edit existing photo.
I have to say that, everybody in the office was impressed, interface looks exactly like desktop software, but editor is so light that it took a second to load.
Worth mentioning that interface is available in different languages and in addition there is mobile application.
Sumopaint is another decent alternative, quite similar to PIXLR. Free version shows ads as side banners and large part of functionality require upgrade to pro. We was not able to test the full power of the editor due to this fact, however free version is very flexible for quick image editing.
Many of the filters are available at Pro version only, but Pro is just $9 lifetime license or $19 for Pro Plus, no doubt a worthy investment.
Again you have option to upload graphic from computer or start from scratch.
Compared to the first two, Photoshop Express doesn't give you an option to start from scratch. You need to upload a photo/graphic to start editing. Additionally, the interface is much more basic and “wizard” look alike. Features are less, but application is very suitable for fast photograph retouching. I personally would say that interface looks more like Lightroom than Photoshop.
All these top 3 graphic editors are very powerful and can completely replace desktop application. Without a doubt lack the power of Photoshop and Gimp, but are extremely suitable for fast image design/retouching. The point is that there is no need to open powerful and heavy image editor, when you simply try to edit images for web. Of course for heavy high resolution images that have to be used for printing, none of these applications would be suitable choice.
However, PIXLR, Sumopoint and Photoshop Express are very suitable for work on old machine and even work on tablet.
If you are used with Photoshop interface, but you struggle with Gimp, definitely PIXLR and Sumopaint, might be a good choice, especially if you work on Linux most of the time.