UrsulaV (ursulav) wrote,

Fun with Filters

You know, back when I was a budding digital artist, filters were the devil. You could always tell them and they looked so cheap. But the times, they are a-changing...

So I downloaded the Prisma app for my phone and have been having far too much fun these last two days with it. Mostly I just can't get over how much the tech has improved in just...uh...

Okay, on second thought, let's not do the math.

I always wanted to live in a Studio Ghibli painting...

...or a Hokusai. Though not the wave.

Now I want to do a photo comic.

No, no, I don't have time. The workflow alone of the photos to photoshop, then to phone to filter, (there's no desktop version that I've found) then back to Photoshop would make me bonkers and as with all artistic shortcuts, would not actually save any time. But I can totally see this taxidermied boar head from the Siler City antique barn in a story. Possibly as a quest giver.

The kudu is skeptical.

(The other problem is that these only output in 1024 x 1024. They'd be much better for a weird little Ren'py game...NO! BAD ARTIST! Too many projects already!...still...NO. The art is the fast part! The writing and the coding is the hard part! Brain, stop!)

Finally I pulled up an old unfinished painting of a corgi warrior (original going off to live with the player of the thief from our D&D game) and had some fun with it:

Or after Hokusai:

Soon enough I suppose we'll be able to ID all these filters easily--and lord knows, you still need a very particular sort of photo, you can't just filter anything, so it's not like you can just turn your vacation photos into a comic--but I'm having far too much fun with it as it stands.

Already I'm trying to figure out how to do the Lichtenstein style manually by breaking an image into flat layers and pasting the patterns in. Which shouldn't be too hard, in theory...

Probably other artists work on art by having something to say, but these days, I am largely out of interesting things to say and so mostly proceed by going "How would I do THAT? Okay, let's figure it out!" As a wise man once said, a technical challenge may not be as good as a creative one, but it'll do in a pinch.

Anyway, the app is called Prisma, it's free, it's fun, it works best with very crisp images with good color separation (you can see where similar values get murky in the frog's back foot, for example) but it's fun to play around with.
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