Prisma – iPhone App of the Week

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Prisma App of the Week


This is usually a regular feature of the blog looking at various Apps available, though it has been three years since I last did a post in this series… Some of the apps will be useful for those involved in learning technologies, others will be useful in improving the way in which you work, whilst a few will be just plain fun! Some will be free, others will cost a little and one or two will be what some will think is quite expensive.

This week’s App is Prisma.

Prisma transforms your photos into artworks using the styles of famous artists: Munk, Picasso as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art.


As I write this is very popular in my networks and I see it all over Instagram, Facebook and the Twitter.

Prisma really doesn’t do much which is new, it takes your photographs and applies artistic filters to them. There are many apps like this, I have reviewed others in this series. However where I think Prisma really stands out is the quality of the filters and the results you can get. Another key aspect is that it is (currently) a free app.

The first time I downloaded and used it, I was really impressed with the results I got on a photograph of Cabot Circus.

Cabot Circus

The process is very simple, it is to both create the images and share them.

You open the app and you can either use the camera or take an image from the camera roll.


I was unable to take an image that I had synced with the iPhone from iPhoto, as I could only see images saved to the camera roll and no other albums. This was quite a frustration when I wanted to use photographs I had taken before.

You can crop and zoom in and out to get the right image.

You can then apply the different filters.

030There are a range of filters that represent different artistic styles. You can adjust the intensity of the filters by dragging across the image.


My knowledge of art is quite limited, and the names of the filters don’t reflect the artistic style.


I do like how the filters smooth the image out really effectively.


As with these kinds of apps, sometimes the image doesn’t work well with the filter chosen, but often at least one filter does.


I do quite like the black and white filters, which could be useful for comic apps.


Once you are happy with the image you can share it immediately to Instagram or Facebook, or use the in-built sharing in iOS to save the image, print it, or send to other applications such as Twitter.


I really do like this app, and I am very impressed with the results. Perfect for adding something different to presentations and blog posts. I can also see me using it with an app like Comic Life. What are you going to use it for?

Get Prisma in the App Store.

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