Photopea Photo Editor — Edit Photoshop File Online

5 years ago from , Programmer

Hi, my name is Ivan and I am developing Photopea, an image editor with a decent support for PSDs and XCFs.

My goal is not to replace Photoshop or Gimp, but to "give a chance" to people, who can not use Photoshop for some reason (it is too expensive, or you edit PSD just once a year, or you have Linux, etc.). I think there is no software with a good support for PSD on the market (except of PS).

I was showing Photopea here earlier and received a very valuable response. In the latest version, I have added support for clipping masks, new shortcuts, text warping and hundreds of free fonts, which are instantly available.

I would like to discuss the future development of PP with you. In the past, my idea was to add as many "must-have" features as possible. But now I am thingking about focusing on things, which other editors can not do.

What do you miss in your image editor? Are there things that take too long to do and could be automated? Maybe some webdesign-related things (CSS, SVG export), or some special filters? Things that you have to buy plugins for? I am ready to accept the requests for the new features :)


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  • Brad Hudson, over 1 year ago

    You really help everyone who likes to take photos! Thanks for this info. http://fixthephoto.com/home-video-editing-service

    1 point
  • Hans van de BruggenHans van de Bruggen, 5 years ago

    I have to say, this thing is amazing. Thank you for building it.

    Right now, my primary use for Photoshop is for placing mockups on phone screens, as most other PS alternatives (Affinity Designer/Photo, Pixelmator, etc.) don't support smart objects. I got really excited when I saw Photopea supported smart objects, but disappointed when I couldn't save changes to the smart objects. I filed a bug here: https://github.com/photopea/photopea/issues/84

    That said, smart guides/snapping to the artboard edge would make the process easier, as it's currently a manual process of using the keyboard to align things visually. Even simple alignment options (Top/Bottom/Left/Right) would go a long way.

    1 point
  • Michael DiedrickMichael Diedrick, 5 years ago

    In terms of web development, Adobe itself recently stopped supporting their own online tools to export PNGs and JPGs, getting the CSS styles or text from the layers, and anything else that make PSD conversion easy. We used those features every day, and if you cover that ground, we'd be interested in using PP for that.

    Historically most of the issues in PSDs are that the layers have their own styles and masking and the exports often miss those -- which is problematic if you use a lot of layer styles or have complex PSDs which many designers do. If it's not pixel perfect (with exception of the fonts since those are rendered differently), we're not able to use the tool. And if it can't load them because the PSD is too large, that won't of course work -- needs to work 100% of the time.

    Many other tools have a system where if you name the layer properly and set things up correctly, it's much easier to use the tool. That's fine for us -- we'd follow the rules -- but make the rules easy to understand or easy for the developer to enact after the designer hands off the PSD.

    Best of luck!

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  • Todor PanevTodor Panev, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Reminds me of this comment found in actual source code, written by a person working with the format: http://pastebin.com/2v4p6Ty8

    I've never worked with the format programatically but I tend to feel the same as the author.

    Adobe's proprietary formats are largely the reason they've been dominant on the market for so long. While tools that claim to support PSD/AI formats exist, I've yet to seen one that actually fully works and you can't really have it almost work. I think they've done a conscious effort to keep it that way. Either that or they themselves have not cracked the PSD logic, probably produced in the 80s by a mad soviet scientist.

    Fortunately, as we can see (http://tools.subtraction.com), companies that remain monopolies for long tend to stagnate and produce mediocre work, leaving them vulnerable to actual competition.

    I salute your efforts!

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    • Ivan Kutskir, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

      Thanks! :) Adobe has a description of PSD format available for public: http://www.adobe.com/devnet-apps/photoshop/fileformatashtml/ PSD format for images is something like Collada for 3D graphics. They allow storing many different structures, but most of programs usually don't need all these structures.

      I have been wroking with TTF and OTF formats for fonts ant they are much uglier than PSD in my oppinion. They are unreasonably complex, while PSD is complex for a reason.

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  • Chus MargalloChus Margallo, 5 years ago

    great idea

    1 point
  • toolpic editor, 2 years ago

    I dont think photpea will be a real competitor to photoshop, as this editor havin those feature which photoshop is having in 2013 and at present we cannot compare it with todays feature next , i will say big yes to alternative to photoshop another tool i want to add is https://www.toolpic.com which is also similar to it and also have inbuilt pixlr editor too.

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