Seen any especially artsy photos popping up in your feed lately?
Those are likely the work of Prisma—or actual artists.
As if the world wasn’t already addicted to selfies, Prisma is taking over the faces of ordinary people and turning them into works of art. A number of the filters are inspired by the work of famous artists and iconic styles like Papered Art and the infamous Heisenberg. With this app, you can become an original Vincent Van Gogh, transform your next Instagram post into a gothic masterpiece, or turn that basic beach (pun intended) photo into a whimsical watercolor.
Garnering 1 million users during its first month and more than 10 million downloads in the Google Play store, Prisma is reinventing the concept of filtered images and giving other photo effects apps reason to level up.
So what makes Prisma’s more than 30 filters to choose from so different from those of other fantastical photo effects apps on the market?
Prisma is captivating audiences by using virtual reality to transform even the dullest photos into exhibition-worthy pieces of art. The app combines neural networks and artificial intelligence to create the image you see before you.
That’s right, artificial intelligence—which processes each photo differently depending on the filter and adapts over time, using data it collects from your photos.
Fortunately, using the app couldn’t be easier. Simply download the free app to your phone or tablet, make sure you’re connected to the internet and start taking photos or edit photos directly from your camera roll. After applying a filter, the intensity can be adjusted to suit your preferences. Annoyed by the Prisma watermark?
It can be easily removed from future photos by changing the settings. While you have the option to automatically save all photos, we recommend manually saving each so your Prisma folder isn’t clogged with rejected filters. There is no need to set up an account and users do not have to log in or link any social media accounts to use the app.
Prisma is among many “smart” apps that occupy the growing market. Photo effects apps that deploy A.I. could create an even richer photo editing and sharing experience for anyone from the notorious selfie-taker to Facebook foodie to Instagram adventurer—as long as you’re willing to sacrifice some of your privacy. Though, thanks to A.I., the more you use the app, the better it gets.
Since the app’s release several weeks ago, images are popping up all over Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with no end in sight. The app is also available for android users however, only in the beta version for now.
The images in this article are from yours truly but if you’re interested in seeing more, check out some popular Prisma posts we found on Twitter:
American football at its finest.
Don’t lie, you wanted this.
This is art.
This app is magic, madness, heaven and probably sin too.