I’m just a little bit in love with the Prisma photo editing app. Seriously, if you can’t find me this weekend, it’s because I’m playing with putting filters on my pictures to make them look like works of art.

Here I am!


Wanna see a photo of my cat?


If you’d like to play with Prisma, just go to the app store for your Android or iPhone, search Prisma, and tap Install. It’s free to download.  Other apps have offered similar effect options, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them done as easily and as well as they are on Prisma.

Once you have it open, the interface is fairly simple.


You can choose to take a photo using Prisma by tapping the circle at the bottom of the page. Your shot is lined up in the window above it.


The lightning icon in the upper left turns your flash off and on. The camera icon in the center switches between the front and back cameras of your phone.


Tap the gear icon on the right to see Settings.


From that screen you can decide how photos edited in the app are saved and also whether or not they have the Prisma watermark that you see in the first two photos I showed you.


To edit photos you’ve already taken with your camera, tap the icon that looks like a landscape at the bottom right of your home screen.


You can then choose from the photos on your phone, another app, or cloud storage.


You can then crop or rotate your photo. When you’re satisfied with those changes, hit next.


Now it’s time to have some fun with the nearly 30 artistic filters. Just scroll right or left by swiping and tap the filter you want to see. The filter will take a few seconds to apply. The more complicated it is, the longer it takes.


Here’s the image with the Femme filter applied.


Let’s check out some other filters. This one is called Tears.


Once you’ve applied a filter, you can do a long press on the image and drag your finger or stylus up or down to increase or decrease the intensity of the effect.


Once you’re satisfied with results you can tap the Save icon to save it to your phone or choose the Facebook or Instagram icon to share to those accounts.


Tap the Share icon to the right of the Facebook icon and you’ll get a wider range of sharing options depending on the apps installed on your device.


So here’s one more shot.  My sweet young friend Alaina dancing with the best man at her wedding.


Okay, I lied. Here’s a picture of my adorable niece.


The first time I tried out this app, the Android version was so buggy that it was unusable. Fortunately, they seem to have the kinks worked out.

I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

~ Cynthia