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Photoshop is definitely most folks' "go-to" image editor - but if we're being honest, it's not the cheapest piece of software. And if you've learnt anything from The Tech-Letter, it's that I solve very specific types of problems for you.

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Photopea 🖼

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Photopea is a free image editor that seems almost too familiar to Photoshop - in looks, and in getting the job done. If you're familiar with image editors, then this should be a walk in the park for you. If not, it might take a second, but the possibilities are endless (plus, no download required!).

Now, given that this is a whole beast of its own, I will not give a tutorial on how to use it (you can find that on YouTube in your own time); but I'm going to briefly edit a picture, and show you a few different things you can do. 

Photopea lets you import content from native editors (.PSD, .XD, .sketch, .PDF...) or start with a brand new project of your own.

Photopea interface

In this case, I went ahead and imported a picture of my own. Similar to Photoshop, this online tool lets you add and remove layers, check your history (in case you want to undo), and play with a few other options (on the right), as well as use all the common editing tools, i.e. text, crop, paint, erase, magic selection, and others (on the left). 

Photopea interface
Photopea interface

Using the "quick selection tool" (1), I was able to select the background behind my face (2) and eliminate it. Obviously, this is not the prettiest result, but for purposes of this explanation... the image on the right is my final view. 

Yes, you can probably do a better job. My abilities are not to be judged here. But note: this is completely online. I did not have to download anything to do what I did in the images above or below.

Photopea interface

Ultimately... you can do a lot with this online application (commonly referred to as Progressive Web App / PWA). 

Will I use this as cover art for the music albums I drop in the future? Probably. Yes. But this goes to show that you don't need to keep up with expensive monthly subscriptions, or download very heavy software on your computers, just to edit images.

P.S. If and when you get good at image editing, there's a lot you can get done with tools like these. Good luck!

Bonus Content


Remember I mentioned the meditation app "Headspace" in a  previous tech-letter? If you live in the United States and find yourself unemployed or furloughed due to these strenuous times, Headspace might offer you a free one year premium subscription. It's worth checking it out if you're interested in it.

Price? Free (with Premium option) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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