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Forget your favorite Instagram filters—Prisma will make you a work of art
You’ll want to use it on all your selfies.
Anybody well-versed in the intricacies of Instagram composition knows that the right filter can make or break a photo. While there are quite a few already available through the photo-sharing app, it’s always a good habit to keep a collection of Instagram companion apps for further image tweaking. Here’s one that you should definitely add to your list: an app that can turn your portraits into works like Picassos, Warhols, and more.
Prisma is a free photo-editing app that lets you apply a variety of filters and other photo effects to transform your snapshots into stylized images. Underneath the hood, instead of just slapping on a filter over your picture, the app uses neural networks and artificial intelligence to scan your photo and apply effects in the most stylistic way possible.
Like any other photo-editing app, Prisma lets you take pictures with your camera or access your gallery for photos already saved on your device. A thing to note, though: Prisma’s canvas space is square, so expect a bit of cropping to happen if you’re planning to edit a bigger image.
Once you pick a pic to edit, you can choose from a collection of artistic filter designs. After the app creates the “artwork,” slide your thumb over the photo from left to right to adjust the intensity of the photo effect you’ve chosen. When done, you have the option of saving your work or sharing it on Instagram, Facebook, and other services.
With 33 art effects to choose from—aptly named after the art styles they copy—Prisma can become highly addicting, so beware—your Instagram feed is in danger of selfie overload. Of course I went ahead and applied each one to a photo of my baby.
Here are a few favorites applied to a selfie.
Right now, Prisma is only available on iOS, but according to the developers, an Android version is in the works.
Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter and graphic designer who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.