Photoshop is the leading photo editing program for both Windows and Macintosh and for very good reasons: it is powerful and has more options than what most of us could ever use. Unfortunately, it also comes with a price tag and a learning curve that reflect the load of features and options. After all, there are entire classes dedicated to just learning the program, and, once you do, you will have to run out and spend hundreds of dollars to purchase the program and install it on your own computer.
Here is a suggestion: use a powerful cloud-based program that has many of the same features, although not all. The online program does omit one thing: the price tag. In fact, the cloud-based program runs in your web browser and is available from the Chrome Webstore for the low cost of... are you ready for this? Zero. Can you find a better deal?
Sumo Paint looks much the same as any other desktop image editing and painting software. It includes all the tools and features you need to do some high level image editing. It includes all the selection tools, paint brushes, shape tools, and so on. In fact, anyone who looks over your shoulder while you are using Sumo Paint might believe that you are using Photoshop.
Sumo Paint includes all the layering tools you might expect in a professional-grade photo editing program. The downside is that blending and mixing layers takes some skill. You are not going to learn all the features of this program in five minutes. It will require some study. Probably the best way to learn to use SumoPaint is to check the tutorials from Sumo Paint's Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/sumopaint.
All in all, Sumo Paint is a very powerful photo editing program with a great price tag: free or at a very low price. Sumo Paint is available in two versions: a free version (with some limitations) that you run in the Chrome web browser or the full-featured Pro version that you can install on your Windows or Macintosh computer. Sumo Paint Pro costs $19. I'd suggest you use the free online version for a while before thinking about spending nineteen bucks for the Pro version.
Sumo Paint is also available for iPad, although with fewer features than the desktop versions.
In order to use Sumo Paint in your browser, you do need to have Adobe Flash installed. If not already installed, you can get Flash from http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. Keep in mind that Sumo Paint only works in the Chrome web browser; it will not work in Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, or any of the other web browsers.
If you would like to learn more about Sumo Paint, I'd suggest you view some of the videos at https://www.youtube.com/sumopaint. However, another method is to simply dive in and start using the program.
Sumo Paint is available at http://www.sumopaint.com.
Try it. I bet you will be impressed.