Prisma IPhone App Review

By Cale Loken | Reviews

Feb 28

The Prisma IPhone App is a Must Have

Prisma Iphone AppBored with Instagram filters? Prisma allows both iPhone users and Android users to create instant art with their own pictures. The buzz and fascination around this app persists because the app is very simple to use and offers an endless variety of truly unique results. Prisma features a clear and minimalistic interface, making the app easy to navigate and use. The app was created from a software house, Prisma Labs. This app goes beyond the basic color filtering and turn your photos into artistic works of modernist masters like Picasso and Van Gogh. Other filters are based on Edvard Munch’s The Scream and even Picasso. According to Prisma’s website, the uses algorithms that draw from multiple artificial neural networks that are correlated with some of the greatest artist in history. Prisma is not a replica to Instagram. It’s not just a filter that sits a layer above your image to merely alter its look. Instead of adding basic color filters, text and borders, Prisma recreates your photo with multilayered stylized versions. When you choose a Prisma style, it delivers you a new artistic image based on neural network operation that responds to your photos arrangement of pixels. The app is relatively small in size, it’s just about 14.6 MB.

After allowing the app access to your camera and your camera roll, users can select a photo they have already taken, or snap a picture through the app. The only shooting options within this app are turning the flash on or off, tapping the screen to select focus and switching between front and rear camera modes. Unlike the default camera on the many phones, there is no option for, HDR, timer or zoom. After snapping a pic, or choosing one of your own, you can crop or rotate it. Prisma turns all pictures into a 1:1 square crop, with no option to change it to allow a full portrait or landscape image in the app. With more than 34 artistic filters to choose from, users are able to transform their photos into masterpieces. After choosing the filter you like, just tap on it. The app takes a few moments to load the image, or as Prisma calls it “creating artwork”. Some filters may take longer to load, however, once it loads, the app remembers the previous renderings so you don’t have to wait for it again. After you select a filter you like, sliding a finger from the left to right of the screen allows users to change the intensity of the chosen filter. The filters were inspired from different art styles within the last two centuries. The filters work on every photo taken in any situation, but there is a great collection of filters that make your selfies insta-worthy. Not each filter works for all types of photos, some filters work better on portraits, while other for landscapes. You want to pick a filter where the lines in the sample artwork, complement the image you want to apply it to. Prisma puts a watermark on your images initially, but it’s a feature that can easily be toggled off, for no cost!

Once you’re done with layer application and have created a result you’re pleased with, there is an in-app sharing option that allows you to share directly to social media or to save the picture to your gallery. The resolution gets altered and it is a smaller picture getting saved, but it’s totally okay. With around 55 million users already, Prisma has already proved itself to be hugely popular.

There are many photo app filters that try to turn pictures into cartoons or drawings, but Prisma truly gives convincing results. No account signup is needed and for now there are no in-app purchases. And the best part, the app is free. The app used to be online only, but has recently updated its iOS app to allow for offline image processing. Prisma explains, “We have managed to implement neural networks to smartphones, which means users no longer need an internet connection to turn their photos into art pieces.” Half of the app’s filters (about 16) are now available for users to use offline, with more in the pipeline, according to Prisma. Because there are many users asking the servers to work on their photos, occasionally it will talk a little longer to process your photo.

Prisma app co-founder recently announced that they also have several new features in the making such as a 360-degree Prisma images and new styles or ‘filters’ to transform your photos into digital arts.

On October 7, the app released an update that allows users to create moving works of art. The new update allows the iOS users to add effects to video, and the update will soon be available for Android users. So far, nine of the filters are video compatible and soon to be more. The update allows up to 15 seconds of video edit. With the software being stored internally, users are able to edit their videos offline, without an internet connection. You can also shoot video, without leaving the app. Applying a filter to a video does take a bit longer than applying one to a photo, but the wait is definitely worth the results. The company also announced compatibility with GIFs is in the works.

While Prisma has some flaws, it creates impressive artistic renditions of your photos. I downloaded and played with Prisma today to see what all the hype was about, and I’m impressed. The app is seemingly fast and responsive for the amount of loading it must take to generate the art filters. I love that the app allows you to remove the watermark without an in-app purchase. Prisma delivers above and beyond just applying a filter over an image, and instead creates a whole new user experience based on the styles of famous painters.

• Each image you create can be automatically saved into your Camera Roll
• You can use any filter on any image
• Algorithm based neural networks allow the creation of unique pictures

• Images are square only
• Server connections time out often
• Low output resolution – 1080 pixels


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