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Photo Editor App Prisma Is Blowing Up, Annoying Artists, & Makes The Coolest Timelapses

By Kishore Sawh on July 20th 2016

Photo apps tend to have all the staying power of a sugar rush, in that they got our attention when it was all really novel to be messing with photos on our phones, and then they became less fun and more tools of utility. And it’s only if they had real utility did they have staying power after the novelty wore off. Here I speak of tools like Snapseed, VSCO, selfie lovers’ FaceTune, and I don’t see Boomerang going anywhere soon. None of those, however, perhaps aside from VSCO, were necessarily fun, and that’s precisely where Prisma is succeeding.

Prisma has been for a bit, gaining steady and consistent traction and size to the point where it’s a formidable mountain-sized snowball at the edge of a precipice about to fall on top of everyone.


Mark my words, if you haven’t already you’re about to see Prisma edited photos all over Instagram, Facebook, and if Prisma images ended up on the walls of homes we wouldn’t be surprised and a half. Why? Because what Prisma does is astonishing. It uses a combination of artificial intelligence and neural networks to take your basic images and turn them into works of art in the fashion of the greats; the Impasto of Van Gogh, Cubism of Picasso, the plein-air realism of Levitan, or the surrelism of Chagall – and many more.


It’s extremely simple to use although it’s not always fast, the servers have been overloaded lately, and for the time being you can only use a 1:1 aspect ratio. But you won’t really care, because it’s fun to see your images in such a different light. Of course, it all comes down to the execution and the photo editing app does it so well. So well, in fact, you can see from Twitter and IG that some artists have taken to throwing a palpable amount of shade Prisma’s way.

One user, Drew Geraci at District 7 Media, has taken a series of thousands of photos, converted them in Prisma (which must’ve taken eons), and made a rather special timelapse which you can see below. Check it out, and share some of your best Prisma photos with us.

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Also, Prisma has been for iOS only but have just released the public beta for Android, and an another note, the Prisma watermark can be removed for free within the photo editor app settings.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. gerald Besson

    Finally got the genuine app and played with a few pictures, I didn’t get the result I expected.

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  2. Kelvin Strepen

    This is all about Prisma edition.

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  3. Anthony Mason

    Fair warning: I downloaded the iPad version of this app ($2.99) and downloaded something completely different, a radio app I don’t know if it’s apple, the developer, or someone else trying to do a bait and switch, but I asked for a refund for now.

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  4. Brian Pendley

    Android beta is closed and disabled ?

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    • Kishore Sawh

      hmmm. I wonder if their servers are overloaded. They’ve had so much attention lately.

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  5. M R Byrd

    Does anyone know whether or not the animation – 360 rotation, moving in to closeups, etc. – is included …?

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