Remarkable results from this new art style-focused filter app
Size: 14.9 MB
Developer: Prisma Labs
That pose you just pulled might have felt super-artistic, but do you ever find the result is rarely so impressive? Well, now there’s an app for that. Prisma has been making waves on the App Store after it was released last month, blowing users away with genuinely striking art-style photos.
On first look it’s a simple app for slapping a filter over your photos, but it’s actually far more impressive. There’s no live filters on show here – you have to snap a photo, or choose one from your library before selecting various styles to apply to the image. It’ll then take a good few seconds to process it. But what it spits out the other end is truly remarkable.
Prisma aims to replicate some famous art styles – from Munch, to Picasso, but it offers so much more. Each style is named after either its influence, or style, or just a general description. For example, the Munch-style is, predictably, called The Scream and delivers a shot that’s warm in coloration, but elsewhere ragged, and if there’s a face in the photo the chin might be pulled down or pointed somewhat.
But it’s not just classic art styles – there’s some great modern approaches too. There’s a handful of styles out of the massively impressive 35 options that produce a frame that wouldn’t look out of place or non-illustrative in a graphic novel.
Elsewhere, things get surreal, weird, but almost always, incredibly visually satisfying. It’s rare that you’ll apply a style to any image and not find yourself hugely impressed by the output. If the effect is too strong, it’s also possible to adjust its strength.
So, how does the app do it? According to its developers, it uses a unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence to transform the images. It’s this powerful engine behind the app which causes it to take a good few seconds to process an image, because it has to do it via the internet – so users note that it will need a connection and use data.
The best thing about Prisma is that the app is free. Even the watermark can be turned off without any payment, so it’s certainly worth giving it a shot. The only thing that irked us about this app was having to wade through all of the styles before deciding what to apply. There’s little description of its influences or intended use so unless you’re familiar with the art styles you’re not entirely sure what its source is. Furthermore, a live preview or quick apply would be good, but the limitations due to the amount of processing the image has to go through makes its absence understandable.
A great, fun, and hugely impressive free app that provides plenty of entertainment.