Prisma Labs is bringing its photo editing app to Android next year. Previously, Lensa was only available on iOS.
Prisma calls Lensa the "one-button Photoshop" app, as it offers a number of tools to tweak and perfect any portrait photo. The app claims to use Artificial Intelligence to retouch your selfie automatically, so you don't have to waste time tweaking it. The option to manually adjust your photos is still available.
Some of Lensa's enhancement features include teeth whitening, skin smoothing, eyebrow tinting, and a way to make your eyes stand out.
Keeping in line with the depth control features on new iPhone and Pixel devices, you can use Lensa to adjust the blur and bokeh effect to your photos as well. In addition, if you take a selfie from too close of an angle, Lensa can adjust any distortions.
Like other photo-editing apps, users can adjust exposure, contrast, saturation, and the like. The app is free to download and then requires a $5 monthly subscription.
Prisma told TechCrunch that its app is meant to keep a selfie looking "natural," or correct photos that are too dark, blurry, or otherwise flawed. In reality, the app could be contributing to the growing health consequences of photo-modifying apps.
The desire to look like our filtered selves has grown so much that people are increasingly willing to go under the knife for it. Dr. Tijion Esho, a cosmetic doctor and founder of the ESHO Clinic, says that this is called Snapchat Dysmorphia.
Developers behind beauty selfie apps like Facetune (iOS, Android), Facetune 2 (iOS), and Perfect Me (iOS, Android) make money by marketing to impressionable young users. The self-esteem of these users can take a hit when their selfies don't turn out as good as someone with a makeup team or someone using a photo-editing app.
Today, it can feel like a person's worth is directly correlated to how "good" their selfie is, how many likes their photos get, and the number of followers they have on social media platforms.
Apps that allow users to improve their selfies by suggesting that something is wrong with them in the first place are contributing to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD essentially means that you fixate on your appearance and flaws, and those thoughts consume your entire day.
Photo-modifying apps may make a user feel more confident in a photo, but that feeling is short-lived because there isn't a "beauty filter" in real life.
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