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17 Aug 2016

Prisma- the photo editing app

Prisma's edgy art connection

Prisma was created by Moscow's Alexey Moiseenkov. It initially debuted only on iOS platform in June 2016 and was later released for Android users on 24th July 2016.

It is a photo-editing app that transforms photos using different painting and drawing styles of famous painters like Monet or Van Gogh.

It utilizes neural networks and artificial intelligence to transform images into artistic effects.

In context

Prisma's edgy art connection
Filters available


Filters available

The procedure is pretty similar to that of other apps like Instagram- select a photo from gallery, crop it and then apply filter.

The filters can be based on art styles, like Gothic; actual paintings, like Munch's 'The Scream' or popular-graphic art, like DC comic illustrations.

It takes a few seconds to process each filter and apply it on the selected image.

Google's 'Deep Dream Experiment'

Google's Deep Dream is a computer vision program which uses a convolutional neural network to find and enhance patterns in images, thus creating a dream like-hallucinogenic appearance in the deliberately over-processed images.

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Cutting-edge technology

Based on Google's DeepDream technology, which involves interpreting images in layers, the images are redrawn from scratch.

When a filter is applied, three different neutral networks function together to analyze the image and the art style of the filter chosen in order to create a new image.

Prisma has achieved commercially viable depth, variety, and speed, augmented by persistent updates and enhancements.

What to expect next?

Future Plans

What to expect next?

In an interview, Moiseenkov said that Prisma will soon be able to suggest the best filters for a photo by analyzing objects in it.

It may also be able to form short, GIF-like video cycles soon.

The developers are also working on making the Prisma filters video-capable. However, the band Drive Like Maria has somehow used the app to create their new music video.


Features that require some work

The resulting images are low-resolution at 1080x1080 pixels which is much lower than the phone image input.

The original ratio of the images does not matter as they all come out square i.e. 1:1 ratio is the only ratio that Prisma works in.

Each filter takes about 5 to 10 seconds to take effect on the selected image which might be irritating for some.

Similar AI techniques being used in consumer products

Predictive typing keyboard company, SwiftKey, has built a sophisticated back-end on machine learning and includes artificial neural networks. Similarly, Shutterstock developed its own neural network to help users carry out reverse image searches.

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