Instagram filters are kind of like the spice of the lives that inhabit the digital space we now find ourselves residing in. Essentially, they’re the thick layers of veneer that embellish and adorn our virtual identities just so as to highlight our more photogenic qualities while downplaying any potential eyesores. These filters do exactly what their name implies, they sift out for dullness and strengthen the potency of the larger than life features providing the dramatic force required to bring our virtual selves to life. Prisma understands this medium. Since June, they’ve already been offering iOS users a collection of 40 different filters inspired by the stylings of well-known graphic artists and painters from throughout the ages. More importantly to us, just a few hours ago the final version of the app was officially released on Android.
Prisma isn’t exactly hiding behind a smokescreen. It knows its element and has never stifled the fact that it was created to become an indispensable tool for app-savvy Instagrammers with a certain artistic flare. In fact, its aesthetics will likely appeal to and are clearly inspired by Instagram and its people. As such, accessibility is no issue here. This is addressed via a clearly visible button that was expressly designed for posting directly from Prisma onto Instagram.
In terms of usability, you won’t find any mysteries either, as the features in Prisma are based on an already well known function. Just shoot an image of anything on your camera or choose one from your photo gallery, apply one of the effects and export the final creation, either by downloading it locally and sharing it manually through any app on your smartphone or tablet, or by tapping on the aforementioned Instagram button which will automatically take you to your Instagram account.
As far as the filters themselves go, they’re all based on major artistic movements that have managed to transcend beyond the world of fine art. That way, you’ll be able to make your selfie resemble the Scream by Munch, or recreate your photos according to the geometric patterns found in the lyrical Neoplastic world of Mondrian. Max image size available to export for each image is 1080 x 1080, and it’s possible to erase the watermark that is added by default, simply by unchecking it within the app menu bar. Rumor has it that Prisma is also planning on adding video filters within the foreseeable future.