Earlier this week the Prisma app became available for Android phones. For those who don't know what Prisma is, here's the description from their website:

Prisma transforms your photos into works of art using the styles of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Levitan, 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 pieces.

I tend to ignore apps like this because I'd rather edit the photo myself rather than run it through a set of filters. While I'm still not sure about Prisma turning memorable moments into timeless art pieces after giving it a try I am impressed.  

If you've used Instagram then you'll be familiar with choosing filters in Prisma as it's a similar layout. Likewise, the filters and their names don't really give a good indication what the finished photo will look like but I guess that's part of the fun with these sort of apps. 

There's a good amount of filters to choose from all with distinctive styles. Although I haven't had a lot of luck with images with people. The app seems to work best when the face is the most prompt feature in the photography, think selfies. Otherwise, faces tend to blend into the surrounding elements or have their features changed to look alien. This isn't necessarily bad just simply not to my taste. 

I've also found the more colorful or bright the image is the better the filters work. For instance, a lone subject on a black background didn't yield anything too interesting. This makes sense if the app uses highlights, shadows, and color to apply the filters but that's a guess on my part. Regardless, Prisma is an interesting tool that's breathed a different sort of life into some of my images. It's free for download for Apple and Android phones so give it a try!

If you like the photos above, prints are available for purchase on my Etsy store here.

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