How to Use Midjourney

What is Midjourney?

Midjourney is an AI tool that creates artistic images from text prompts. It operates mainly on Discord, fostering a space for creative collaboration.

Key Features of Midjourney

  • Artistic Image Creation: Generates unique, visually appealing images.
  • Community Collaboration: Uses Discord for user interaction and feedback.
  • Custom Prompts: Allows detailed and specific image requests.
  • High-Quality Art Generation: Produces high-resolution images with detailed, dreamlike qualities.
  • Style Adaptability: Mimics various artistic styles from classical to futuristic.
  • Prompt Flexibility: Excels with detailed instructions.

How to Use Midjourney

  1. Sign Up for Discord: Create a free Discord account.

2. Join Midjourney’s Discord: Visit the Midjourney website, join the beta, and accept the Discord invite.

3. Subscribe: Type /subscribe in a #newbies channel and select a plan.

4. Generate Images: Enter /imagine in the message box, type your text prompt, and press Enter. Wait a minute for four image variations.

5. Refining Images:

  • Use the U buttons to upscale images.
  • Use the V buttons to create variations.
  • The Re-roll button generates four new images.
  • Advanced controls include Vary, Zoom Out, Pan, and Make Square for more edits.

6. Editing with Pan and Zoom:

  • Vary (Strong) and Vary (Subtle): Create four variations of the selected image.
  • Vary Region: Select and edit a specific section of the image.
  • Zoom Out 2x and Zoom Out 1.5x: Zoom out your image and generate more content based on the original prompt.
  • Custom Zoom: Zoom out and add an additional prompt simultaneously.
  • Pan Arrows: Expand your image in the selected direction using the four pan arrows.
  • Make Square: Convert a panned image into a square crop.

Experiment with these features to create dynamic and expansive images. Note that while pan commands can generate images larger than 1024 x 1024 px, zoom commands cannot, which may result in lower resolution for zoomed-out images.

7. Save Images:
Once satisfied, click the image to expand it, right-click, and select “Save image.”

How to manage Midjourney settings

Midjourney offers various settings and options to customize your image generation experience. The /settings command is a convenient way to set default values for key options. These include:

  • Algorithm Version: Choose the version of the Midjourney algorithm, including Niji models for anime-style images.
  • Stylize Settings: Adjust how much Midjourney’s artistic style influences your images with options like RAW Mode, Stylize low, Stylize med, Stylize high, and Stylize very high.
  • Mode Speed: Select from Turbo mode (four times faster at twice the cost), Fast mode (default), or Relax mode (free and unlimited for Pro plan subscribers).
  • Variation Levels: Use High Variation Mode or Low Variation Mode to control the amount of variation when using the V buttons.
  • Remix Mode: Change aspects of your prompt when creating new variations for greater control, though it adds complexity.
  • Visibility Settings: Set your generated images to be public or private by default with Public mode and Stealth mode.

These settings help you tailor the image creation process to your preferences and needs.

Tips for Writing Effective Midjourney Prompts

  • Consider Elements First: Include subject, medium, lighting, and mood.
  • Be Brief: Midjourney responds best to concise prompts, under 40 words.
  • Be Descriptive: Use adjectives to describe colors, shapes, sizes, and textures clearly.
  • Avoid Ambiguity: Use clear and direct language to specify what you want.
  • Forget About Grammar: Proper grammar is less important in most cases.
  • Experiment with Keywords: Try different keywords and adjust to see varied outputs.
  • Use Negative Prompts: Specify what you don’t want in the image (e.g., –no hands).
  • Subscribe for Private Mode: Consider a subscription for private mode to work without distractions.
  • Modify Settings: Use the /settings command to adjust and save your default settings.

Follow these tips to create effective Midjourney prompts and enhance your design projects with Oksuro.

Prompt Elements

  • Subject: Define the main subject.
  • Action: Specify what the subject is doing.
  • Environment: Describe the setting.
  • Medium: State the artistic style.
  • Lighting: Describe the lighting conditions.
  • Color: Indicate color preferences.
  • Mood: Define the emotional tone.
  • Composition: Describe the layout.
  • Aspect Ratio: Adjust the width-to-height ratio to fit different platforms.
    • --ar 16:9 ▶ Adjust to the theater screen ratio.
    • --ar 2:1 ▶ 90s screen ratio.
    • --ar 1:1 ▶ Adjust to the Instagram default size (1:1) ratio.
    • --ar 4:5 ▶ Adjust to Insta portrait ratio.
    • --ar 4:3 ▶ Adjust to old TV screen ratio.
    • --ar 10:16 ▶ Adjust to portrait ratio.
    • --ar 9:16 ▶ Instagram, Snapchat size ratio.

Use Image References

Add URLs to images to enhance accuracy and create the exact image you want. Upload multiple images and use the /blend command to merge them into a new image. For style references, use --sref, and for character references, use --cref. This helps Midjourney incorporate key details, ensuring coherent and consistent images. Additionally, using /describe will generate four example prompts based on an uploaded image or URL.

Can You Use Midjourney Images for Commercial Use?

Yes, you can use images created with Midjourney for commercial purposes. Once you generate an image, it’s yours to use as you wish, provided you follow the community guidelines. However, be aware that AI-generated images cannot be copyrighted. This means while you can use and sell the images, they do not have traditional copyright protection. Full details can be found in the Midjourney Terms of Service, Section 4.

Midjourney vs. Stable Diffusion

What is Stable Diffusion?

Stable Diffusion is a free, open-source tool by Stability AI that creates high-quality images from realistic to artistic. It runs on personal computers, offering extensive customization.

For more details: What is Stable Diffusion?

Key Features of Stable Diffusion

  • High-Resolution Image Generation: Produces detailed images up to 1024×1024 pixels.
  • Photorealistic Images: Excels at generating realistic-looking images, though artistic quality can vary.
  • Prompt Customization: Interprets simple, direct prompts well and offers advanced control options like ControlNet for more precise outputs.
  • Community-Driven Development: As an open-source project, it benefits from contributions from a global community of developers and artists.

Comparison of Midjourney and Stable Diffusion

Originally, designers at Oksuro primarily used Stable Diffusion to create AI images. Recently, they’ve started incorporating Midjourney into their creative process. Both tools offer unique advantages, adding diverse artistic qualities to the projects.

FeatureMidjourneyStable Diffusion
Main FocusArtistic imagesCustomization
Setup DifficultyEasyModerate
Image StyleArtisticRealistic
CommunityDiscordVarious platforms
User InterfaceEasyTechnical
AccessibilityDiscordPublicly available

Explore Oksuro to discover and leverage the strengths of both Midjourney and Stable Diffusion for your creative projects. Whether you seek artistic flair or realistic imagery, Oksuro is the perfect platform to elevate your designs.

Which Users Are Best Suited for Midjourney or Stable Diffusion?

  • Midjourney: Ideal for users who appreciate artistic interpretations and don’t require high customization or offline access.
  • Stable Diffusion: Perfect for those who enjoy a customizable tool and are comfortable with a more technical setup.

Oksuro is the perfect platform for designers to create and share AI-generated images and prompts. Explore Oksuro to find inspiration and elevate your creative projects. Whether you use Midjourney or Stable Diffusion, Oksuro supports your artistic journey.

Visit Oksuro today and start your creative adventure!