While the world is going crazy about Pokemon Go, there’s another application that is taking the web by storm. Prisma is a new photo application that transforms your regular picture into Picasso paintings. Sounds great, no?
It is a photo effect application whose workflow mimics that of popular photo sharing apps like Facebook and Instagram. At its base, there is a viewfinder that takes square images to which you can apply around 35 filters, many of which are modelled in the style of famous painters like Picasso and Van Gogh.
The app is viral since summer 2016, with over a million daily users in its opening month.
What is so special about this app?
Prisma is absolutely not the ever first app that produces beautiful, fanciful pictures using filters, but the statistics around the web show that it does the best. The secret success recipe is the Artificial Intelligence that processes each photo in a different manner, contingent to the filter. The app allegedly learns and familiarizes the implementation of these filters over time, using the information it gets from each user’s photos.
As per reports, the app has gained immense popularity within a very short span of time. It is ranked 3rd among all the photo and video apps in the US. The app puts an imprint on the photos, which can be turned off from the settings menu.
The app does not have an internal sharing feed like Instagram, so you can only edit your favorite pictures and save it to your gallery. Users can then share the edited pictures on the various photo sharing apps like Instagram and Facebook.
This app is a unique concept that gives out pictures that are a treat for an eye.
How does it work?
Take or select a photo:
Download and open the Prisma app. Since there is no social or engagement element, the app does not ask its users to create an account.
The main screen is fragmented into two, the top half shows the camera view, and the bottom half shows the capture button, camera rotation button, settings button, and the thumbnail of your camera roll. You can either take a fresh photo or choose one from the existing ones.
Edit the photo:
Applying filters couldn't be easier than this. All you have to do is scroll through the filters, until one charms your eye. Select it, and the app will work its magic on your photo. This may take a couple of seconds to process, but it’s worth the work being carried out on your photo.
If you think the effect is too strong, it can be easily toned down: just swipe left to reduce the strength until you are pleased with the look.
Share the photo:
Once you've settled on a style, you can then share it on Instagram or Facebook (the dedicated options), save to your camera roll (the default is to save an alternate version and not over the original), or share it elsewhere.
Things to dwell upon:
The application has a couple of settings, but the only one you may want to change is the option to include a watermark to your photo. It has a default setting to have a Prisma logo on the right bottom which you might not want on your shots, so you can disable that.
Try using images with strong colors and shapes. To get best results, avoid images that are too chaotic. Have fun!
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