Welcome to Part Two: The Best Midjourney Prompts for the Best AI Art.
I've made a list to get you started with brief explanations of their use.
In a rush? Click here to read the best prompts part.
Again, this is PART TWO.
Part ONE is called "Create Outstanding Artistic Images with Midjourney."
When creating your prompt inside of Midjourney, it all starts with: "/imagine" (inside of Discord) and hitting return. Farther down this page, I'll show you how easy it is to create a shortcut for "/imagine" as half the time I misspell "imagine," (imagine that!)
When you're looking to create the best digital art, look no further than Midjourney. But know this: you have to know the best Midjourney prompts to use!
For unique images that use cinematic lighting, you simply use different prompts for the best results. Midjourney is one of the best AI art generators on the market. It is not free, as they rescinded their free trial as mentioned in my previous post.
If you wish to re-run an image and want to blend it with another image for instance, you'll need to use image URLs to do that. More on blending later on in this post.
For the best AI-generated art take advantage of the best Midjourney prompts I'm about to share with you. I love creating intricate designs and geometric shapes, and learning the best way to write a prompt ensures better results.
Midjourney AI (artificial intelligence) and its advanced settings, create a final image that will blow your mind. From a futuristic cityscape to a digital painting with a color palette envied by Leonardo da Vinci, your image prompt is your best friend.
I've created this post as a best Midjourney prompt generator guide.
A well-crafted prompt will produce breathtaking images.
In order to have different "sized" renderings/outputs of your images, we use an aspect ratio. A "1:1" produces a square and that is Midjourney's default.
If you want an 8.5" x 11" image, use an aspect ratio of 850 x 110 typed in as 850:110 - and this is discussed at length inside Katharyne Shelton's "iMAGINE" course. Click the image below to learn all about it!
Other popular aspect ratios are:
Again, 1:1 is square, and a square image is Midjourney's default output. Omitting any "--ar xx" will bring back square images, ideal for podcast covers, etc.
Regarding the "U" and "V" that you see beneath each grid of four images are:
You'll notice that there are four designations of "U"s and "V"s: U1, U2, U3, U4, and V1, V2, V3, V4... and these correspond to the image grid layout. U1 is top left, U2 is top right, U3 is the lower left, and U4 is the lower right. The same layout numbering system pertains to the "V"s.
If you really like an image in the grid, upscale it. When the Midjourney bot produces your image, you can then make strong variations or slight variations of that image.
The "refresh" button will "re-roll" the exact same prompt you initially used. Why would you want to do that? Two reasons:
If you're happy and you're creating a coloring book, you're aiming for 'like' images, right? Right. So you'll want to re-roll images because every time you do this, Midjourney brings back uniquely different images!
But for one-offs for a website post,
for instance, and you're not happy with the result but think the prompt
is a strong prompt, use "re-roll." (It looks like a refresh icon).
Commands start with / (forward slash) and a command word such as /imagine - or /prefer remix - or /describe.
For a full list of commands visit:
Select an image inside your Midjourney account, or use an image from
your computer. If you use an image from within your Midjourney account,
copy its "image address" by right-clicking on it. (See image example below).
Then click "copy image address" and head on back over to Discord and paste that address - that was automatically copied to your clipboard when you clicked "copy image address" - into your prompt field, along with the rest of your text prompt.
Midjourney will combine the image with your text prompt.
Many folks are using images for album covers, and realistic portraits! While you're inside Discord, take a look at other people's prompts. You can learn a lot about the lighting effects they added to their prompt, and detailed character design for high-quality images.
You can create your own unique style with this powerful tool.
do this when you want to have Midjourney use its interpretation of an image:
/describe then click on the word "image" right after the /describe command. That brings up a field/box where you drag in the image you want Midjourney to describe. Hit the return button to have Midjourney work its magic.
*SEE MY VIDEO directly above which shows you how I did this. Fast-forward to 21:54 in the video.
You'll see that the command brings back 4 different descriptions.
After reading the descriptions - listed in the image above - you choose which one works for you. Directly under your image, choose 1, 2, 3, or 4.
After making your
choice and hitting enter, Midjourney will then get to work on the
descriptive prompt it created from your image. Et voilá!
Let's say you have two distinct images inside of Discord and you want a combo of them (to avoid infringement, as Midjourney is "that good" at bringing back artistic styles), then do yourself a favor and blend images.
which brings up an area for you to drag in two images.
To learn much more about using styles such as pixel art, or starry night to create amazing images, consider checking out "iMAGINE" here.
Katharyne goes into detail on how to create profitable coloring books using different art styles and clean lines, necessary for coloring books.
She gave me the inspiration to write this page about the best Midjourney prompts, to be honest.
Using double colons after a prompt (shown after "ghostly figures," below for example):
ghostly figures::5 graveyard, halloween scene, dark background, suitable for kids book cover
Take note that adding "5" adds "weight" to that prompt. The double colons separate your prompt phrases but won't guarantee that Midjourney will read it as separated if you get my point.
Adding commas and double colons tends to help us more than it helps Midjourney. Having said that, the double colons are used to add separation, and weight, as mentioned above. Adding weight, from 1 to 5, with 5 being important, ensures Midjourney takes that into consideration and makes that the prominent focus of the prompt.
Sometimes, Midjourney will bring back unexpected results, such as the Halloween scene taking precedence over the ghostly figures.
We humans tend to put the most important part of our text prompt at the start - just as we do when writing a letter, asking for something, or creating a prompt in this case.
When Midjourney fails us by making something prominent that we didn't want, then add weighting. it doesn't matter if you weighted "dark background::5" (instead of "ghostly figures" which was the first item in the prompt), it will still give weight to "dark background" importance-wise over anything else in the prompt.
Of course, I could have weighted "ghostly figures" as a ::5, and "dark background" as a ::2. Then "ghostly figures" would show up more than "dark background." Does that make sense? I hope it does.
This is what that prompt would look like:
ghostly figures::5 graveyard, halloween scene, dark background:: 2 suitable for kids book cover
or complete with double colon separation:
ghostly figures::5 graveyard:: halloween scene:: dark background:: 2 suitable for kids book cover
There is no complete RIGHT or WRONG. Well, you'll know you did something wrong when you get an error message when your prompt won't run and it's usually a case of missing a space. For example: --v3 instead of --v 3.
Take heed that there are no spaces after the double dashes, but there is a space after 'no'.
It takes a little getting used to - to NOT hit the space bar after typing -- admittedly.
Check your double-dash prompts before having Midjourney run your prompt. Just "one extra space", or lack thereof as mentioned above, will render an unusable prompt.
The good news is: just copy and paste that prompt (omitting the @user etc at the very end) and then do a new /imagine and paste in the errant prompt AND FIX IT before re-running.
In Midjourney, our commands
are preceded by two dashes (--)
and no space before the command word
as in --chaos
I had a hard time typing the command /imagine correctly, so I decided to make a shortcut. We use "Options" to do just that.
See this in action in MY video at the top of the page, fast-forward to 24:29 in the video.
The command to use first is:
/prefer option set
This allows you to create a shortcut, eg:
in the "option'" field, type in "/im" (no quotes)
then tap "+1 more" and tap "value" directly above. Then type in "/imagine" (no quotes) in the "Value" field. Hit return.
Test it out by typing /im and hit return. YAY!
Now every time we type in /im and hit return, it will transform into '/imagine' inside our prompt field, and bring up the prompt field ... ready for us to add our text prompt.
It does save typing time and frustration.
For a full list of Commands, visit:
Contains "Getting Started," "Using Discord," and "User Guide."
Go to your Midjourney account, choose UPSCALE, and your upscaled images will appear.
Select the ones you want to download by holding down the 'shift' key and selecting the others you want to download too.
Choose "Open Downloader" at the bottom right of the page, and then go to "Downloader" at the bottom of the page (green button) and download all.
It will then batch and zip the files to your computer.
Use the command
and hit return twice to bring up your account info that shows your Subscription, Job Mode, Visibility Mode, Fast Time Remaining, Lifetime Usage, Relaxed Usage, Queued Jobs (fast), Queued Jobs (relax), and Running Jobs.
Each image generation costs you GPU time. Different plans come with different hourly amounts. With the Standard Plan, you do get unlimited "relaxed" image generations which saves a bunch of "fast" time GPU usage-wise. If you use "fast" a lot (for permutations for example), then you may purchase additional GPU hours at $4/hr. Unused purchased hours "roll over." The hours that come with the plans do NOT roll over, month to month. Reminder GPU = Graphics Processing Units.
will show you all the available versions, and you can set your personal defaults which when selected, will show as 'green'.
If you don't want to share your prompts with the world, as by default all prompts are visible to all (and you can learn a lot from other people's prompts!), then upgrade your plan to the Pro Plan to use the "Stealth mode" option.
To upgrade your plan, visit your Midjourney Account (at the Midjourney website - not Discord). At the lower left, click on the three dots ... (by your account name), and it brings up your Midjourney account.
There, you can 'Manage Sub' and up or down grade your account. It will ask you to verify your account (with a simple click on the "prove you're human box") and the plans will appear.
So, in order to keep your prompts and images private, you now know the Pro Plan offers the 'Stealth mode' which on the yearly plan is $48/mo. = $576 paid yearly.
If you wish to pay month by month, it'll be $60 per month costing you $720 a year.
Programs similar to Midjourney are Stable Diffusion, DALL-E, Leonardo AI, and other self-contained image creators in apps such as QuickWrite, and Canva. IMHO, Midjourney is the best.
A shout-out to "Future Tech Pilot" for providing this awesome reference video. He admits that some of the features may be outdated, or even improved by now.
But it's a great start to learn what text prompts to use inside of Midjourney. Check out his video, below