It's time to learn how to write professional Midjourney prompts because the Midjourney buzz is growing louder and louder each week.
If you're tired of paying through the nose for high-priced images from the "big photo" stock sites, you're not alone.
It makes sense to learn how to write professional Midjourney prompts that dazzle your viewers and fit the narrative.
Imagine (pun intended) being able to create your own art straight from your own imagination!
/imagine is the "root of it all" over in Discord/Midjourney... read on!
happy person sat at their laptop writing a prompt to create beautiful images, cyberpunk style, work from home setting --ar 16:9
NOTE: This is a screenshot showing all four variations Midjourney returned in response to the above prompt.
NOTE: Click on the images below to make them bigger.
Click the 'x' in the lower RH corner to close the viewer. (It will cycle through the images included in the gallery that are on this page).
1: Min-Pin Monet
a portrait of a miniature pinscher, in the style of Monet
2. Min-Pin Dali
a portrait of a miniature pinscher, in the style of Salvador Dali
3. Min-Pin Warhol
a portrait of a miniature pinscher, in the style of Andy Warhol
Credit: Images above created with Midjourney
Create digital masterpieces of your dog or abstract expressions. Even a
realistic portrait if that's your thing. But what's frustrating is not knowing how to write professional Midjourney prompts, right?
If you just can't seem to get your prompts right and you're tired of seeing blah art, keep reading.
Midjourney prompts are written commands you type inside Discord in order to generate unique art. Yes, that's right: you access the Midjourney bot via Discord. That's the only "painful" thing about using Midjourney IMHO.
Once I figured out how to create my own folder inside Discord and linked it to the Midjourney bot, life was pleasant again.
Click here for the secret that will take you farther down the post if you're eager to get started!
The more precise and thoughtful your prompts are, the more accurate your results will be. This is why learning to write professional Midjourney prompts is exciting - and necessary - if your goal is to create professional AI art.
The Midjourney AI bot takes into consideration a variety of artists' styles - such as these artists (deceased):
and my ever-loving proof-reading hubby wants me to add these artists:
as my husband's dad, Mahlon, loved this masterpiece by Edgar Degas titled, "Dancing Class, 1871" a print of which hung in their dining room when he was just a wee laddie.
The Midjourney AI bot takes into consideration a variety of artists' styles from these living artists:
Using the famous artist's name in the prompt creates a likeness to their style even if that artist never ever painted a blue tree on a yellow lake, with a thunderbolt pointing up instead of down.
But those who "know their artists" will smile and think, "Ah, Andy Warhol" was here.
Another thing to include in your prompt (usually added at the very end of your prompt) is the final "shape" of your art known as the 'aspect ratio.'
The default is square (1:1). You can use this command "--ar 4:2" (without the quotes) inside your prompt which tells Midjourney to create your final image with an aspect ratio (shape) of 4 to 2.
That would, effectively, be twice as wide as it is tall. Notice I say "shape" and not "size."
Don't think that a 4:2 is a 4" x 2" or whatever unit of measurement you use. It's just an aspect ratio like your 4k TV screen (3840x2160 px) - and the old 1280x720 px YouTube pixel size - which are both an aspect ratio of 16:9 ... sound familiar?
Here's another command you use to tell Midjourney which version of its own software to use. The current version is 5.2, but many people use version 4 to create black-and-white images for coloring books. The command for that is (without the quotes): "--v 4"
It's very interesting to know that you CAN use earlier versions and that they've not been steamrolled out of existence.
Now then, there's "niji" which is a very popular "cute" artistic "style," using bright pastel colors and soft focus, with blurred backgrounds. The "niji" style of animals and fantasy creatures often have big eyes, small mouths, in simple forms. That command would be "-- niji" (again, without the quotes).
So if you used "cubist" as a style, you're likely to get cube-y-looking art. (I don't mean any offense to "cubism" with that description!) It's a very flat, geometric-looking style.
Use "-- cubist" at the end of your prompt. (No quotes. You get the picture). Literally.
I almost gave up on Midjourney because you need to access its image-creating bot through Discord.
It was such a hassle... but it's not, anymore. Once you figure it all out it's plain sailing from there on.
Head on over to Discord and create an account. If you're already a member then you're one step ahead. Then head on over to Midjourney and create an account there. All accounts are free to set up. However, Midjourney is NOT free to use. I took advantage of the yearly plan to save a few bucks.
When you've created your Midjourney account, it asks you to go visit Discord and shows you how to connect to the Midjourney bot. (Scroll down a couple of paragraphs below my subhead "How to Add Midjourney Bot to Discord" for more deets on how to do it from scratch).
Once you've done that, simply click on the Midjourney icon in the far left column, and folks, I recommend that you "use" a "newbie" group. I did that for a while and that's when I got 'disgusted' with it all.
Well, if you don't mind scrolling up and down, and up and down, and up and down... INSIDE the Newbie area in a frantic attempt to FIND your image generation, then by all means, do that.
I couldn't tolerate it so I did a Google search for "how to create a folder inside of Discord that connects to Midjourney" ... that video link by "WPTuts" is here.
Visit this page for "How to Add the Midjourney Bot to Your Private Discord Server."
In response to: "How do you create a folder in Discord that uses the Midjourney bot" in Google, I got this back:
Now we've covered that... I need to mention (again) that Midjourney is not free - and in my opinion, nor should it be!
The images they provide are oftentimes breathtaking so why expect breathtaking stuff for free? Right?
Now, let's get to the exciting part – the how to write professional Midjourney prompts. Start by visualizing the artwork you want to create. Then, describe it in as much detail as possible in your prompt.
Remember, Midjourney's AI bot doesn't understand "wishy-washy" concepts, so you need to be specific with your descriptions. Use different styles and Midjourney bot versions, to shape your output.
For the record, when you're inside Discord and using a "newbie" folder, you'll learn a lot from the prompts you'll find in there. Another FTR point: all art/images created in these accounts are not copyrighted images.
Therefore, you are free to use their prompt (and even their images!) The "nice thing to do" is to give credit, called "attribution." Yeah, please give the folks you copy from a shout-out.
If you do NOT want the world to see (use/copy) your prompts, then you can use Midjourney's "stealth" mode. Yep, it costs more, but again, if you don't wish to share and have the world use your prompts, go the "stealth" route.
So, with all that being said, I have to give a shout-out to MSPowerUser for providing me with how to write professional Midjourney prompts - info coming up - for Painting, Photography, and Digital Art.
Please visit their page to see the bigger images their prompts generated (coming up directly below!) Also, another reason to visit their page? They have a lot more images and prompt examples!
Take note of their descriptions/prompts (after all, I'm trying to show you what to "write," prompt-wise).
With ALL the following images, please CLICK on them to see them bigger, alternatively, visit MSPowerUser's website.
1. The Forest:
MSPowerUser says: "Midjourney is not afraid of taking detailed prompts, even more, it is highly recommended to do so." I concur.
PROMPT: A serene autumn landscape with a reflective lake surrounded by trees with colorful fall foliage, in the style of the Hudson River School, capturing the romantic essence and fine details.
2. Market Place in the 17th Century
MSPowerUser says: "Adding styles is very important, and you can even blend them. Just make sure to take your time and imagine what you want to see."
PROMPT: A lively marketplace in the 17th century Netherlands, with people bustling about, stalls with a variety of goods, and a warm atmosphere, inspired by Pieter Aertsen, using oil painting techniques.
3. Dali’s Mushroom Island
MSPowerUser says: "The more details you use, the better the results will be. Always explore, and you will surely find something you like."
PROMPT: A surrealist painting that depicts a dreamlike scene with floating islands, bizarre creatures, and distorted perspectives, inspired by Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst, with intricate details and vibrant colors.
4. The Zen Garden
MSPowerUser says: "Sometimes you can go simple. Midjourney knows simplicity as well. This could work great as a poster, or even printed on a t-shirt."
PROMPT: A tranquil Zen garden with cherry blossom trees, a small bridge, and koi fish swimming in a pond.
5. Abstract Expressions
MSPowerUser says: "Yes, it knows abstract paintings as well, and you might actually trick someone into thinking this is a Jackson Pollock artwork."
PROMPT: An abstract expressionist painting using bold brush strokes, dripping paint, and vibrant colors, reflecting the inner emotions and turmoil, inspired by the works of Jackson Pollock.
Again, please visit the page written by MSPowerUser to see even more images created by their prompts!
1. The Pulse of the City
MSPowerUser says: "Black and white photography has a unique charm and is especially effective in portraying the raw energy of city life. And guess what, Midjourney is great for architectural images, and it can replicate and innovate in amazing ways."
PROMPT: A black and white street photograph of a busy New York City intersection with the Empire State Building in the background, capturing the energy and chaos of city life.
2. Underwater Wonders
MSPowerUser says: "Aerial views provide a unique perspective. Play with lens sizes to get wide shots. The Great Barrier Reef is a treasure trove of colors and patterns, so capturing it from above is visually stunning."
PROMPT: A majestic aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef, capturing the vibrant colors and patterns of the coral, with a focus on clarity and sharpness to show the delicate ecosystem, 12mm shot.
3. The Delicate Beauty
MSPowerUser says: "Macro photography allows you to immerse in the tiny details. Pay close attention to focus, as capturing the tiny droplets on a spider’s web can be challenging but rewarding. Play with keywords like “high resolution” to get those sharp, realistic results."
PROMPT: A close-up macro shot of morning dew on a spider’s web, with the focus on the intricate patterns and water droplets, giving it an ethereal quality, high resolution.
4. Wrinkles Tell a Story
MSPowerUser says: "Portraits are about capturing the soul. Natural lighting is key in highlighting the rich textures and stories hidden in the features of an elderly person. Midjourney for making portraits is absolutely stunning."
PROMPT: A powerful portrait of an elderly person, capturing the wrinkles, texture of the skin, and expressive eyes that tell a story of a lifetime, in high resolution and natural lighting.
5. Celestial Dance
MSPowerUser says: "In landscape photography, patience is crucial. To capture the Northern Lights, use long exposure and take multiple shots to get the perfect image. Make sure to play with the keyword “realistic” as it will give real-life results in no time."
PROMPT: A realistic landscape shot of the Northern Lights dancing over a snowy mountain range in Iceland, with long exposure to capture the motion and vibrant colors.
1. The Neon City
MSPowerUser says: "Cyberpunk themes offer a rich playground for creativity. Focus on creating a moody atmosphere with high-contrast neon lights, and attention to detail in the towering skyscrapers. Digital Art is quite easy for Midjourney to generate, and you can make your own stickers, t-shirts, and plenty of other cool things with these results."
PROMPT: A futuristic cyberpunk cityscape at night with towering neon-lit skyscrapers, flying cars, and a diverse crowd of humans and androids, in a highly detailed digital painting reminiscent of Blade Runner.
2. Enchanted Forest
MSPowerUser says: "When creating a fantasy environment, let your imagination run wild. Incorporate glowing elements and magical creatures to make the forest come alive."
PROMPT: A vibrant and whimsical fantasy forest with magical creatures, glowing plants, and a flowing river, in a digital painting style inspired by video games like Ori and the Blind Forest.
3. Steampunk Inventor
MSPowerUser says: "Character concept art requires attention to detail. With a steampunk theme, focus on mechanical elements and textures like metal and leather."
PROMPT: A character concept art of a steampunk inventor with mechanical limbs, wearing goggles and a leather trench coat, in a detailed digital painting with a focus on textures and materials.
4. Galactic Battles
MSPowerUser says: "Capturing the chaos and grandeur of a space battle requires an understanding of scale and action. Use vibrant colors for laser beams and explosions to create contrast."
PROMPT: A digital painting of a space battle scene, with intricate spaceships, laser beams, and explosions, inspired by the epic scale and visual style of Star Wars.
5. Underwater Serenity
MSPowerUser says: "In underwater scenes, lighting and water effects are crucial. Pay attention to how light filters through the water and how it affects the surroundings."
PROMPT: A serene underwater scene with a mermaid sitting on a rock, surrounded by colorful coral reefs and fish, in a digital art style with a focus on lighting and water effects.
PLEASE visit MSPowerUser here for more so you can see
how to write professional Midjourney prompts, too!
I also agree with MSPowerUser in starting out "simple."
Just type in a subject, its setting, and the action.
A cat (subject); in a summer garden (setting); smelling the roses (action).
Your prompt would be:
a cat in a summer garden, smelling the roses
Simply build up your prompt from there by adding to the end:
pixelart style --ar 5:4 --v 4
so the prompt - after typing "/imagine" (without the quotes) and hitting enter (to bring up the prompt field) would be:
a cat in a summer garden, smelling the roses, pixelart style --ar 5:4 --v 4
It would be remiss of me, right now, to NOT mention Katharyne Shelton who runs "iMAGINE with Katharyne" with her parter Isaac Gonzales. Their course (iMAGINE) taught me A LOT regarding how to write professional Midjourney prompts.
I purchased the course to learn all about creating stunning coloring books... and I created these:
the links take you to Amazon if you want to get a copy of these special Halloween coloring books for you and your kids! TIA.
The covers were created inside Midjourney; along with the black and white images! The trick to getting crisp usable black and white images suitable for a coloring book is by using their proprietary "Tangent Crystal" which is included inside the "iMAGINE" course, and how to use it is explained in detail..
Katharyne over-delivers (as per usual). I've known Katharyne and Isaac "for years." I also own their "Tangent Templates" app which has given me - over the years - 100% accuracy for my cover templates (for back and front dimensions, and spine thickness!) for Amazon KDP paperback book uploads. Kudos to Katharyne (and Isaac!)
But right now, you can buy iMAGINE with Tangent Templates included. If you're already a lucky owner of TT, then you have the option to purchase Katharyne's iMAGINE course on its own. It's easy to make your choice at 'check out,' just like I did.
Katharyne talks about "Styles," such as Art Nouveau, Kawaii, Pixelart, and Film Noir - to name a tiny fraction of what's "out there." She comes up with great ideas for (coloring book) subjects for people, animals, genre scenes, cities and architecture, mythical creatures, and more...
She also imparts her wisdom on "composition tips" and so much more. I don't think Katharyne ever sleeps...
Recap re iMAGINE; yes, it's primarily a course for coloring book-creating enthusiasts, but it's so much more. It taught me how to write professional Midjourney prompts and gave me the confidence to use Midjourney without trepidation.
Inside iMAGINE, you'll learn about which Midjourney versions do better for your desired outcome:
--v 4 (for black and white images)
--niji (for cute images)
The above are "commands" and they begin with a double dash "--" and then the "v 4" and "niji". There are a lot more...
Please read "Midjourney Popular Prompts for the Best AI Art" which also teaches you how to write professional Midjourney prompts. Thanks. It's one of my favorite pages on ePub Tech Reviews!
Guess what? Discord is a good pal for your Midjourney bot, truly making your AI art creation and sharing a breeze. To get the two buddies talking, all you need to do is set up accounts on both their platforms and then follow some pretty straightforward steps provided by our friend Midjourney and WPTuts to connect them.
Sure, it may feel a little tricky at first, but hey, remember when you first tried to ride a bike? With a bit of determination and some practice, you'll soon be freewheeling through this process.
I'll see you "over there." Please let me know if you enjoyed learning how to write professional Midjourney prompts by dropping me a line on my contact page!