One of the paramount features people look out for in a smart phone is the camera’s megapixel. In fact, that’s what makes a phone more expensive than the other. The higher the better. Snapping photos is a popular hobby these days, so many people can’t do without selfies. And they don’t just stop at what the phone’s camera has to offer, they still look for editing apps that contain a lot of filters for their photos. One such app is Prisma. If you love art and love taking photos with your smartphone, this is the app for you.
Prisma is an app that literally takes a picture and transforms it into a work of art. These are not the filters you find on Instagram or in other photo filter apps, this app really focuses on – well artistic creation. The result will amaze you. Originally released on iOS, it recently got introduced to Android creatives.
This app does not help make your images pop. It does not help you lessen your double chin or lighten your skin tone. It does not bring out the details or help correct over or under-exposed images. Prisma helps you create art in the likes of Pablo Picasso or Van Gogh. These filters are inspired by some of the world’s most known artists. Prisma offers us the opportunity to have famous artists repaint our photos in their own style.
When it is completed, you can share it directly with your social networks. One thing though, these filters are not your average filters. They do not work for instance like Instagram’s filters. Instagram’s filters take your photo and then lay over that image a filter of your choosing. Prisma uses artificial intelligence to create from scratch your image into the artist-inspired rendering of your choosing.
How To Use Prisma
- The first step is to take or choose a photo from your camera roll.
- Once you have chosen or taken a photo, you will be brought to the screen where you crop your photo (or rotate it).
- Once completed hit ‘next’.
- In the next screen, you will find all the filter options. The screen will be split into two (the top half showing your photo preview and the bottom showing the filters and share buttons).
- Like many photo social networks with filter features, you will find the carousel of filters in the bottom row. Swiping from left to right and back will let you browse.
- In order to use a filter, hit one of the thumbnails, slide the strength of the filter on your image, select when ready, and watch as your photo gets processed.
This does take some time. Keep in mind that Prisma does not overlay a filter, again, it recreates your image from scratch. There is a lot of data crunching to turn your photo into the likes of Picasso, so the time it takes is well worth it. Also please note that you do not necessarily just have famous artists to be inspired by, there are renderings that you can use where you can put your own personal art stamp on.
Sharing and Removing Watermarks
So now that you have created a Prismatic image, the next step is to share it with the world.
To remove those watermarks, go to the settings toggle and shut off “Enable Watermarks.” Also in the settings menu, you can see other options like save original photos or save your artwork automatically. When you are ready to share with your audience, you just tap the buttons for Instagram or Facebook that appear above the filter row. There are other options and in the share menu, you can choose other ways to share.
Prisma will always need to be connected to the cloud. Once you have tapped your image and chosen your filter, it will be sent to the cloud and then rendered. This is another reason why there is a lag in the creation and the final outcome. This need to be always connected can be a hindrance because of data consumption but also sometimes when you want to create and have a low connection, it is not super kosher to have to wait. Plus you throw in the fact that it is a very popular app and many users are tapping into the same servers, which means that lag time can increase or even crash those servers.
Prisma is a great app. It is another way to create stunning images in a refreshing way and really that is the best part of mobile photography and its technology. Limitations within mobile photography are really only time-limited. Truly, the sky is the limit for creating art on our smartphones whether still images, video, or actual works of art like Prisma.
The Prisma developers have mentioned that the technology is under construction for similar technology being brought to video. They are promising innovation that has not yet been seen by anyone.