The app, available only on iOS, uses a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence to apply the 33 filters that can be adjusted for intensity using a sliding scale, the app said.
Ever wanted to turn a photo into a painting? There are plenty of apps and Photoshop filters that can do the job for you, but with most, the effect is pretty limited and the result can look rather feeble. There’s an iOS app called Prisma (an Android version is in the works) that steps things up to the next level, in a super-easy to use interface that you really have to try out.
The Prisma app already has plenty of namesakes on the app store, so either follow our link, or be sure to download the app by Prisma Labs, inc. so as to avoid a clone.
The app itself is pretty straightforward, and reminded us a lot of Instagram, back when it first launched – it’s very simple with a basic interface that puts the focus on taking pictures, applying the filters you want, and then sharing them to Twitter or Facebook, instead of cluttering things up with a dozen different options. This same enforced simplicity is one of the reasons why we were such big fans of Paper by FiftyThree as well – the constraints applied by these apps limit your options, but ensure that all of us can quickly and easily create something beautiful.
When you start the Prisma app, it asks for access to your camera and your photos. You don’t have to grant access to your camera, as you can edit saved pictures from your gallery, but it’s obviously a lot quicker and easier to snap a picture and edit it directly.
Once that’s done, the interface is very simple – the top half is a viewfinder that shows you what you’re photographing, with a single button to capture the frame. There’s also a small thumbnail in the bottom right, which can take you to the saved photos, so you can pick an image to edit from there instead. Either way, once you snap an image or choose a file as your starting point, you’re presented with the option of cropping the image, and then it’s time to apply the filters – that’s all there is to the app.
There are a variety of filters, all based on famous paintings – Edvard Munch’s The Scream is a filter, and there’s a filter called Mondrian, for Piet Mondrian. Other filters are based on Van Gogh, Picasso, and Levitan. Once you apply the filter, you can swipe across it – swipe to the left to reduce the intensity of the filter, and to the right to increase it to 100 percent – before you’re given the option of saving the image, or sharing it to your social networks.