A few days ago I caught a tweet by @tombeardshaw showing a painting-style image of his usual avatar head-shot:
— Tom Beardshaw (@tombeardshaw) July 8, 2016
I was really impressed, so I asked him who painted it for him, because I was convinced that he’d commissioned someone to do it for him especially.
But I was wrong – it was made via an iPhone app.
Simply put, Prisma is a modern art filter app, overlaying your photos with different artistic styles. In addition to making photos look like paintings (like the example above), you can make them look like sketches, mosaics and even cubist. There’s about two dozen different filters that you can apply.
Here’s what the interface looks like:
The Guardian recently published an article showing loads of great examples of recent famous photos that have had the Prisma treatment.
The other day, I realised that it had another really good application: photos for blog posts.
Alternative images for your blog posts
I spend a lot of time finding good accompanying images for blog posts, usually hitting up Flickr’s Creative Commons search. I hate stock photos (as I feel that they’re often very generic and ‘forced’-looking), but finding a good, natural, free-to-use image can really take some time. Ironically I often feel that it takes me longer to find a good image for a post than it does to write the damn thing in the first place…!
For a recent post on SEOno – 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Operate a ‘Minimum DA’ Rule When Building Links – I really struggled to find a good image. I tried Flickr’s CC search for keywords around “authority”, “minimum”, etc. but couldn’t find anything appropriate at all. I realised that all I really wanted was a screenshot of Moz’s Open Site Explorer, the tool that displays the metric that was the primary focus of the post. I tried a screenshot at first, but it looked… boring.
Then I had an idea…