Playing with Prisma

Publishing independently costs money – there’s no getting around it. A professional edit, typesetting, a cover design – while you don’t have to pay for any of these things, they can make a difference to the look and feel of your finished book. However, independent publishing doesn’t, for the most part, make much money – the majority of authors these days, whether traditional or independently published, rely on secondary sources of income to keep going. So, if you can save money here and there, it’s a bonus.

I’ve written before about using photography, including the potential pitfalls of using images without permission, the different types of stock images available and the effects you can create using your own images. I still believe that, as independent authors, using our own photography wherever possible is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to promote our work. So, when I heard about the Prisma app, I knew I had to give it a try.

IMG_2622This is a photograph I took with my phone the other week, of the ruined cathedral in Coventry. Not a bad photo, if I say so myself. However, when I put it into the Prisma app, it changed completely:








42 thoughts on “Playing with Prisma

  1. Some really cool effects there, Helen. I use Picmonkey for all my photo editing, and I love it, but I think I may be quite tempted to give PrismaPrisma a go… it gives quite a cartoony effect, doesn’t it, which I really like.

    • It’s great, isn’t it? There are loads of other filters as well, those were just the four I tried. So I’m going to have fun playing around with it 🙂 I’ll have to check out PicMonkey as well, haven’t seen that one 🙂

  2. wowza love this, also love apps that do stuff like this, I have a couple – aftereffects and LightX although I haven’t seen image changing abilities this cool. I think you can do stuff like this in photoshop but its SOOOO expensive. There is a 40quid version if you’re a mac user and I downloaded the trial and it was amazing, its called affinity.

  3. Wow, What a difference, Helen. I will definitely check it out. I purchase photos for book covers, but for blog posts I’m always scrounging. This even looks fun! Thanks for the follow, and I’m delighted to connect 🙂

    • Hi Miya! Thanks for dropping in 🙂 I had a look at your app and it’s a pretty cool little tool – I can see a lot of potential in the artwork effects. I’d be happy to write something on my blog, as I think other writers would be interested – of course if you want to use my words elsewhere you’d have to give me proper credit. If you’d like something other than a blog post, email me at and we can discuss 🙂
      All best,

      • Hey Helen, I have sent you an email last week, just kindly ask if you’ve received it cause I didn’t got your reply 🙂

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