Use Prisma

Mar­tyn Casserly shows how to trans­form your pho­tos

Android Advisor - - Contents -

One of the hottest apps on An­droid and iOS at the mo­ment is the photo edit­ing mar­vel Prisma. Un­like the fil­ters found on In­sta­gram or Snapchat, Prisma of­fers a far more artis­tic flour­ish thanks to its colour­ful and paint­ing­like ef­fects. We’ll take you through the ba­sic fea­tures so that you can share your images in no time at all. Here’s how to use Prisma on An­droid.

The in­ter­face

At its heart Prisma is quite a sim­ple app. Load­ing it up on your smart­phone will present you with two main ar­eas. The up­per sec­tion is where your im­age

can be seen or cap­tured, while the lower half holds a few set­tings op­tions.

On the left you’ll see the light­ning icon which rep­re­sents the flash. The de­fault op­tion is to have it turned off, but if you tap the icon you’ll see the light­ning area turn yel­low and a lit­tle green A ap­pear. This in­di­cates that the flash is now in au­to­matic mode and will fire if the cam­era feels the shot is too dark. Tap­ping it again re­moves the green A but leaves the light­ning sec­tion yel­low. This means that the flash will go off ev­ery time you use the cam­era. Tap­ping once more re­turns the flash to its de­fault Off sta­tus.

In the cen­tre is the Cam­era icon which al­lows you to switch from rear fac­ing to front fac­ing, thus un­leash­ing the full fury of self­ies. On the right hand side you’ll also see the gear icon, which gives you ac­cess to more set­tings. Tap­ping on this opens up an­other menu where you can de­cide on a cou­ple of save op­tions, plus the wa­ter­mark set­ting that ei­ther ap­plies or re­moves the word Prisma from the bot­tom right cor­ner of your images.

The last two con­trols on the main page are the large cir­cle which acts as the shut­ter but­ton, and

the pic­tures icon in the bot­tom right cor­ner that gives you ac­cess to any pho­tos you’ve al­ready taken on your phone. This is use­ful as it al­lows Prisma’s fil­ters to be ap­plied to all your images, not just the ones you cap­ture in the app.

Turn pho­tos into art

Once you’ve ei­ther cho­sen an im­age from your phone or cap­tured one in the app you’ll see that the lower half of the screen now has a num­ber of fil­ter styles avail­able, just as you might find on In­sta­gram. This is where the real magic of Prisma comes into play.

The fil­ters have ac­com­pa­ny­ing images that give an idea of the style they rep­re­sent. These range from the pop art in­spi­ra­tions of Roy to the anime splen­dour of­fered by Tokyo and Curly Hair. The fil­ters are non-de­struc­tive, mean­ing you can try as

many as you like without al­ter­ing the stored im­age, so be sure to ex­per­i­ment with sev­eral as they re­ally can be quite strik­ingly dif­fer­ent.

Un­like the sim­pler op­tions found on In­sta­gram and Snapchat, Prisma’s fil­ters re­quire a bit more work to ren­der, so be pa­tient as you move through the var­i­ous op­tions.

Re­mem­ber though that once a fil­ter has been ap­plied the app stores that ren­der so you can quickly ac­cess it again be­fore you fi­nally save the im­age. This means you can com­pare the styles without hav­ing to wait a sec­ond time for a pre­vi­ous fil­ter to be ap­plied again.

Re­fin­ing the im­age

Once you’ve set­tled on the fil­ter you like there’s one more tweak avail­able. Slid­ing your fin­ger from right to left on the im­age it­self con­trols the amount

of blend be­tween the fil­ter and the orig­i­nal im­age, so you re­fine the strength of the ef­fect. Slid­ing your fin­ger right in­creases the power of the fil­ter, while slid­ing left di­min­ishes it.

With all of this com­pleted you can share the im­age by us­ing one of the but­tons that now ap­pears be­low your cre­ation. If you have In­sta­gram or Face­book ac­counts then you can post to them di­rectly from Prisma, but there are also op­tions for down­load­ing the im­age to your phone or open­ing up a list of other com­pat­i­ble ser­vices.

Be warned, Prisma is very ad­dic­tive. You can lose hours just pour­ing over the fil­ter op­tions and look­ing for in­ter­est­ing new scenes to cap­ture. Still, that’s not a bad way to waste your time, and your Twitter or Face­book stream will look a lot more colour­ful.

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