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How to get started with Prisma

Posted by Nicholas Tylwalk on July 25th, 2016

If there's one thing people like to do more than taking pictures with their smartphones, it's tinkering with those photos in some way. Numerous apps have sprung up over the last several years that allow you to use filters and special effects to transform your pictures, and it doesn't seem like the appetite for those tricks has been satisfied for all smartphone users just yet.

As evidence, consider the rise of Prisma. Originally released in June, the app has been steadily climbing the App Store charts since then, and is on the verge of breaking into the top 10 as of the time of this post. Prisma's calling card is turning regular photos into pseudo works of art, complete with effects that make it appear your images were painted.

PhotoBlur Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Charlie Miller on March 12th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BLURRED IS BETTER
PhotoBlur delivers iOS 7 style blurred photos with no fuss or muss!
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PicsPlay Pro Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 13th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VARIED PHOTO EDITING
PicsPlay Pro is a highly flexible photo editing and effects app.
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Repix Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SUBTLE ARTISTRY
Repix makes it simple to add subtle effects and improvements to an image, without turning too garish.
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KoolrPix Studio Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: CASUAL FRIENDLY
An enjoyable enough way of adding silly effects to photographs.
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Amopic Review

By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on January 16th, 2012
A full-service photo editing app, without any instructions and limited screen size.
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Favorite Four Apps for Photo Effects

Posted by Lisa Caplan on November 9th, 2011

Last week we looked at the best camera replacement apps for the iPhone native app. So, this week we wanted to continue the theme, this time looking at apps that focus on adding those ever-popular effects and filters. Many of the choices feature a camera replacement component, but all do unique things to produce end results that are anything but the average cell camera shot, no matter how high the resolution. All of these apps will make even casual photographers look like virtual experts.


Instagram is all about effects and sharing and it’s completely free. This long-time user favorite allows shutter bugs to shoot right from the app or use existing images in the photo album and easily add custom filters. Most photo apps have social media integration but Instgram can actually be classified as a social networking app. Users can share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, but also less common options ike Posterous and Foursquare and even has a huge community that interacts with likes and comments.

360 Panorama

For panoramic images 360 Panorama is our choice. This universal app allows users to take ad then patch together photos seamlessly to create breath-taking immersive images. The app uses the gyroscope to give users a full 360 view and stitches the images with amazing speed.


For truly detailed images, high dynamic range photography (HDR) is the way to go. Pro HDR takes a lot of the hassle out of getting the images to look sharp and brilliant in all conditions. This app takes multiple pictures of the same thing with different settings to highlight or fix specific areas and them merges them together. The results are near 8 mega-pixel image quality. This is the only HDR camera app that automates the process, but for those with advanced photography skills there is also a manual option for setting exposure of the images that will make up the final composition.


For vintage effects like we got in the 1970's with plastic encased toy-like cameras which gave very analog results, Hipstamatic is the go-to app for iPhone photographers. It uses what were once considered flaws - like overexposure, odd colour balance and blurring - to create photos with an authentic feel. The app comes with 10 effects for the initial price and five additional effects packs can be purchased in-app. Hipstamtic features a lot of social network integration as well.

HalfCamera Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on April 12th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: GOOD IDEA
Seam together double-photos with this new Camera app, offering standard photo effects and Twitter & Facebook sharing. This is a great idea, but a poor UI holds this one back a bit.
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TtV Camera Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on March 28th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLY GREAT
TtV or "Through the Viewfinder" lets you see how your photos will look with effects before you snap your pics.
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Halftone Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on March 15th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RETRO COMIC STYLES
A fun and funky photo effects app that turns your own pictures into vintage comics or postcards.
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Infinicam Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chantelle Joy Duxbury on October 15th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PHOTO FUN
New photo effects App combines preset favorite effects with randomness and borders for quick, vintage and artistic style.
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