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Behind Prisma – How it Turns Every Photo into Art

Behind Prisma – How it Turns Every Photo into Art

by Sadaf AmritaAugust 29, 2016

Prisma took the the world by storm when it first came out in June this year offering innovative filters that can turn any droll picture you take into a work of art,  using the styles of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Levitan, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns.  Prisma uses artificial intelligence and three neural networks, each performing a different task– from analysing the user’s image to extracting an art style from a famous artwork to applying it to the image—to edit your photos. In words of Prisma’s CEO and co-founder Alexey Moiseenkov :

We’re not just overlaying like an Instagram filter. We create the photo from scratch. So there is no photo, we took your photo, then perform some operations and give a new photo to you.”

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Unfortunately, for now Prisma’s filters only work on still images and can not be used for moving images, videos, but what is a video if not made up of series of still images all played in sequence very quickly. So if you’re interested in doing a little bit of hard work to create something amazing, you can start by taking  pictures of motions that interest you, using apps like QuadCamera ( Iphone) or FrameGrabber (Android) to help you capture multiple frames within a short amount of time. Once that’s done, start adding your favourite filters to each individual frame. This is where the fun begins as you’re free to choose what ever filter you desire to produce a positively unique video that looks like its been produced by professional video editors. Finally, export those filtered frames into an editing software on your computer, and play them one after the other, and voilà! You’ve created your first short film!

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The whole task is tedious, that much has to be admitted, but the end results are truly worth the effort. Prisma app holds high potential for being used for making small budget independent short films by just about anyone, employing innovative filters that will not only make the film look interesting but the art effects can also enhance the story. Prisma is said to be working on developing their app for moving images but there is no definite release date.

If you don’t have the patience to create the entire thing from scratch you can use the Artisto App, available on both Android and IOS platform, which offers art filters similar to Prisma’s for moving pictures.


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