November 6, 2019

Photopea 4.5 – Smarter Selections!

New release of Photopea is here! It has 82 676 lines of code. Play with it at the main site.

New features

  • Updated Quick Selection tool
  • New Object Selection tool
  • Background Eraser tool
  • Support for TGA files (open and save)

Smart Selections

We introduced a Quick Selectin tool almost two years ago. However, it was quite slow, and selections were not perfect. We were looking for a new method to perform smart selections.

We built a new method, which has amazing results. It requires some pixels to be marked as a foreground and some as a background. First, it analyzes the image (it can analyze 4,000,000 pixels per second). Then, it deduces the foreground / background according to the marked pixels.

Now, Quick Selection tool uses the new method. Your painting defines the forground, a top left and a top right pixels are marked as a background. It often gives the right result with one click.

Object Selection Tool

Recently, Adobe announced a new Object Selection tool in Adobe Photoshop. Our method lets us provide a tool with the same user interface (drawing a rectangle over the image). We just mark the area outside the rectangle as a Background, and a small cross in the middle as a Foreground.

Adobe did not release the feature yet. But it would be very interesting to compare them side-by-side. Photopea is probably the only program offering these two tools for free.