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Prisma – from photos to paintings

After dropping out of drawing school as a 10 year old, little did I know that sometime in the future I, again, will be creating artistic paintings, but with just a click of a button.
IMG_2779Introducing Prisma App, available both in IOS and Android, this nifty little program will help you create works of art, while combining your images with the styles of famous painters. Over 32 million people are using this app (hopefully not all at the same time), and so can you – mainly because its FREE!

So what modern filters/styles can you expect?

  • Transverse Line by Wassily Kandinsky.
  • The Scream by Edvard Munch
  • The Great Way by Katsushika Hokusai
  • Go for Baroque by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Francis Picabia, My Dear Udnie
  • Femme by Pablo Picasso
  • Piet Mondrian abstract style
  • “We can do it!” poster style
  • Mononoke (Japanese style art)
  • Heisenberg
  • Mosaic
  • Paper art
  • Marcus D – Lone Wolf
  • and more! (and they keep on changing them around, yay!)


IMG_2789After downloading the Prisma App, open it. In the lower right screen, you’ll be able to select images from your device’s memory bank. After selecting the photo, click Next at the top right hand of the screen. Now you’ll be able to rotate the image. Click next again. Famous paintings choices will load at the bottom of the screen and can be accessed by swiping to the left. Click on a favorite one, now watch and wait as the triangle fills up to the top (sometimes takes a while) and then Voila! your art piece is complete! Touch the new image, hold and slowly drag to the left to see the slow transparency of the effect. Like it just like that? In the middle of the screen, select various way to share your image (Social Networking Sites, Download to your device or Upload).

You can also click the divided square at the top right of the screen to see what your image used to look like and the new version in a split screen. Upper right also contains a Settings Function to give your more or change your options.

In the image below, the original is the in the top left corner.


allaponomareva-prisma3I found the people’s skin can come off looking a little off (dirty, old, scary), images of food, flowers or landscapes (especially with bright colors) were greatly complimented by Prisma.  Also, nice balance between lights and darks will produce a better looking final effect, unless of course, you’re going for a special style.


Art, like music, photography, movies, fashion and any other type of self expression – is objective! Explore the possibilities of various styles in Prisma or in any other App or Software. Don’t forget that some of the most famous artists in the world, did not gain popularity until after they were gone. I’m not saying that’s the way it should be, but hey, you’ve got this new fun App, so why not give your photography and edge among the competition.




  • Free
  • A lot of various artist available with changes to the selection
  • Sharing across various platforms


  • Watermark across every image (albeit small)
  • Slow loading times


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