Prisma is a very simple but powerful photography app that turns your ordinary, everyday photos into art. Prisma is free and available for both iOS and Android mobile devices. The app provides 39 filters that mimic the style of artists ranging from Toulouse Lautrec to Edvard Munch to Pablo Picasso to Roy Lichtenstein and genres spanning traditional Japanese water colors to baroque to anime.
You’ll need some patience using the app, though. Because the filters are so sophisticated, they require quite a bit of your device’s processing power to apply. Once applied, though, the app will remember which filters you’ve applied and will reapply them quickly so you can compare how your photo looks through various filters. You can also fine tune the look of your picture within each filter to get just the look you want.
Prisma App Video Walkthrough
This video review will give you a sense of Prisma’s capabilities.
Prisma – Before & After Photo Examples
I used this photo I took of 11th Street in downtown Minneapolis with which to try out the Prisma app.
And here’s the same photo after I applied a Prisma filter.
Pretty cool, huh?
Prisma – Before & After Video Examples
But wait, there’s more! Prisma filters video as well, though you’re forced to snip your video to a clip of 16 seconds long, or less. I get it. Processing all that video would take even longer than processing photos, so they’ve got to impose some limitations. But still, very cool.
I used this clip of a construction site on the corner of Marquette Avenue and 4th Street in Minneapolis to try it out.
And here’s a clip of the same video with a Prisma filter applied.
Yep, just 16 seconds. And, you’ll notice that it clipped my 16:9 aspect ratio video to a 3:4 ratio suitable for Intstagram.