I'm working on an image heavy website, so would really need to use a Photoshop like program to reduce file size. I came across Photopea - how legit is it? Can I use it for this job?

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Not sure what you mean by "legit". Are you asking if it's legal? If so, legal questions are off-topic here. Of course you don't have to use Photoshop. There are hundreds of raster image editors out there.
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 10, 2020 at 13:25
  • I am worried that you think that "an image heavy website" is a good description to choose a tool. You can probably use paper and crayons, but we do not know what is really your job. When you define more accurately your parameters you will be able to choose your options better and see if a tool fits your needs or not.
    – Rafael
    Oct 10, 2020 at 16:29
  • Do you need to edit photos, make compositions, work in layers or you only need to crop, resize, and optimize?
    – Rafael
    Oct 10, 2020 at 16:30

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Photopea does the job. It replicates very useful subset of Photoshop's functionality for RGB images. Running it with a web browser in a distant web server makes the job a little slow. All your data you insert to the service can be investigated by the owner of Photopea and used in mining useful commercial information. Photopea doesn't directly claim any ownership of your data, but you should read the terms very carefully by yourself because I'm not a lawyer. I guess you shouldn't upload any images which are not yours and only yours.

Not asked, but maybe useful: There exists plenty of free photo editing software which run in your computer. For edits, format conversion, scaling and cropping you can use for ex. GIMP, Paint.NET, IrfanView and FastStone Image Viewer. The last two allow very easy batch scaling and format conversion if you like to handle say 100 images with one command. They are not handy for complex image edits.

  • I tend not to recommend Paint.NET any more. The installer is not safe for Windows, unless you don't mind risking the installation of adware/pups/spyware. I'd seriously give it a miss.
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 10, 2020 at 13:29

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