I made a free alternative to Photoshop, that is used by 7 million people. Ask me Anything!
Hi, my name is Ivan Kutskir, I am 29 y.o. and I live in Prague, the Czech Republic. I created Photopea , an advanced image editor which works in a web browser. There were 7 million visitors in July.
I started to work on it in 2012, the first version was published in 2013, it was just my hobby until 2016, when I graduated and started to work on it full-time. I did not fully "believe" in Photopea until 2017, when I started to monetize it (with ads) and was able to make $400 a month :)
I had an AMA on Reddit over a year ago and I would like to tell you what happened since then :)
- the number of users doubled (again)
- my income doubled
- I added the support for text on a curve, smarter selections, opening Figma files, puppet warp, content-aware scale, improved PDF support and more
- I reached 2,300 solved issues on Github!
- Photopea still wasn't acquired by anyone, even though I received several offers of an investment
I still work on Photopea alone, but I would like to hire more people (someone I can work with in person). I would like to start making a video editor, too, at some point. Ask me Anything! :)