On June 11, the Russian company Prisma Labs, consisting of four people from Yandex, released the free iOS application Prisma , which with the help of neural networks takes the styles of famous artists to photos of users. talked to the authors about how their program is different from the decisions of competitors and how they plan to develop it.
At first glance, Prisma resembles many similar applications that turn pictures into “masterpieces of art.” However, thanks to the use of neural networks, the results of the new program are of higher quality: we are not talking about applying a filter to a photo, but actually about redrawing it in a given style.
According to the Director General of Prisma Labs, Alexei Moiseenkov, his team managed to achieve the highest performance among competitors. However, the speed was not given without sacrifices: the program can work only with ready-made presets – you cannot transfer the style from any picture to any photo.
In the starting Prisma version, there are about 20 presets available, and in the near future, the developers promise to add one more free of charge every day.
How the application will be monetized, Moiseenkov did not say, but promised that already at the beginning of next week Prisma will release a large-scale update with a completely redesigned interface and a pack of new filters. The Android version is worth the wait in early July.
Currently Moiseenkov works for My.com, a subsidiary of Mail.Ru Group, but notes that the Prisma project is in no way connected with his professional activities. All Prisma Labs employees used to work at Yandex, and one of them remains in the Russian company until now.