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Write Better Prompts

Write Better Prompts

This Midjourney prompt guide will definitely help you write better prompts.

Getting the most out of air tools needs empathy.

You’ve gone too far, Samson.

Do not empathize with the machines.

What I mean is we need to understand what the machines understand.

And in today’s video, I’ll show you a tool called, which does a fantastic job at visualizing just this.

By the end of this video, you will have a better understanding of how to write effective prompts.

So let’s dive straight in and have a look at how it works.

Midjourney Prompt Guide

midjourney prompt guide
So when you come into, you have the option to select which of the neural networks you’re working with.
We’re going to give it a crack with Midjourney.
It also works with Stable Diffusion, Discord Diffusion, DALL•E 2, Craiyon, and others.
midjourney prompt guide
So the first thing it asks you to do is select the type of content that you’re creating.
midjourney prompt guide
So you’re either creating a drawing, a photo, a sketch, or a 3D render.
You have the option to include your own custom version of this.
So this is one of the basic things to define when creating your art.
In this instance, I’m going to go with a photo.

Writing Effective Descriptions

Now next up on this Midjourney prompt guide, it has this very useful tool that outlines some of the most important points for writing effective descriptions.
midjourney prompt guide
Being an effective prompt writer requires skills and articulation and description.
So, what you need to do is use at least three words, at least one noun, no negations which mean no notch, and say there are no hats for example.
At least one adjective and at least one dependent object, which means one object is using another object.
You don’t need to use all of these but it is suggested to get the most out of the tools.
So for example we could put a wise goat drinking tea.
midjourney prompt guide
So we’ve got all of these different tips.
We’ve got the dependent object which is the tea.
We’ve got the adjective which is wise.
No negations, at least one noun.
We’ve got the goat and cup of tea and it’s more than three words.
So you’ll also notice on the right-hand side a number of images are generated at the same time.
midjourney prompt guide
These come from a huge library that they have from Stable Diffusion, Midjourney, and DALLE.
And pick and choose the most similar images they have to the prompts that you are writing so you can instantly get a rough idea of what might come up.
But, bear in mind that none of these will be exactly what you’re looking for and your end results are likely to be vastly different.
So, go ahead and press next.
midjourney prompt guide

Defining Styles

The next thing that art generators love is defining styles.
So you can pick any artist, photographer, illustrator, or even artistic movement and inform the generator that this is the vibe that you’re looking for in this tool.
You also get a library of existing styles that you can view.
So you can go ahead and pick anything from here.
midjourney prompt guide
I’m going to pick Steve McCurry, this photographer.
But, feel free to put in a custom one as well.
midjourney prompt guide
You can put in anything like this.
You might put in Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Leonardo da Vinci, Alphonse Mucha, so much whoever floats your boat.

Find Color Palettes

Next up on this Midjourney prompt guide, it’s great to find the color palettes inside the works.
Now there are a few that I’ve been using that are not included in the suggestions here, which I recommend experimenting with as well.
You can ask it for a warm color palette, or a cold color palette.
You can ask it for a desaturated color palette or palette such as fluorescent, neon, pastel, effervescent, aquatic, mechanical, or cosmic color palette.
Use different types of color schemes such as analogous which uses colors that are more similar to each other and complement each other very well.
You could also ask for complimentary colors, which are colors that are opposites to each other on the color spectrum like orange and blue or purple and green.
Doing this refines the number of colors that are put into the piece generally unless you define the colors.
There is a hell of a lot of color bombing that goes on in these works.
The art generators will put every single shade that you’ve ever seen inside your piece.
So to get better prompts, to get better work, define your color palettes.
In this case, I’m going to use my own custom color palette.
I’m going to define it as a complementary color palette.

Add Texture

So, the next thing you can do is add a texture.
So the art generators understand textures very well.
It has a broad library of resources to draw from regarding texture.
However, adding in texture is not always necessary if it’s self-evident what you’re creating.
So in this case I’m not going to add a texture.
And you can simply put in a space and press OK in this tool to do that.

Choose Resolution

Now another thing that these art generators understand particularly well is resolution.
So you can have an extremely high-definition image or you can have an extremely low-definition image.
And the benefit of having a low-definition image is you can get some very distinct stylized examples, perhaps some pixel art.
But in most cases, you’re going to want to define the highest detail possible.
So it’s essential every time you create a prompt if you want it to be detailed that you say that.
And to do that you just have to use words like 4K ultra-high definition.
So in this example here it’s giving you this option.
So we’re just going to click on that.

Choose a Sense of Emotion

Now the tools have a sense of emotion.
They can feel love, they can feel sadness, they can feel inspired, they can give you works that are angry, they can give you some fun work, and they can elicit desire.
Contempt surprise.
One is amused.
And pain.
So when creating your artwork you want to give it a feeling.
Imagine how you want the viewer of your work to feel what is the emotion that’s carrying your peace.
I believe the greatest artworks have an intent of emotional response that they’re looking to elicit from the viewer.
To define that and for my example, I’m going to choose fun.

Define What Era You’re Looking For

Finally, we can define what sort of era it is that we’re looking for.
This can go all the way back to primitive society, cave paintings, to the future, giving it a futuristic feel.
So these are styles that really resonate well with the machines and you can pick whichever you like.
I’m gonna go with contemporary.
Finally, we get our prompt spat out.
And you can see that we’ve got a comprehensive description of what it is we’re looking for.
And this tool is great at making sure we consider all parts of a possible prompt.
But it’s not perfect and I very much recommend that you manipulate and coax, caress and refine this prompt to get what you want.

Adjust and Refine Prompt

So first of all I’m going to take this prompt.
I’m going to hop into Midourney.
I’m going to put in my /imagine command.
And I’m now going to adjust and refine this prompt.
So we’ve got a complementary color palette.
So we’re going to start arranging these things we’ve got.
I’m going to move the noun to the front which is a wise goat drinking a cup of tea.
I’m going to add a comma to separate this from the rest.
We’re going to keep the complementary color palette.
We’re going to move the photo to the front.
I am actually going to remove the style of Steve McCurry right here and also created that contemporary.
I’m gonna leave in 4K ultra-high resolution with a feeling of fun and I’m going to change fun to mischief.
I’m going to add it in the style of Wes Anderson, here’s one of my favorite film directors.
And we’re going to see if we get some relevant imagery from that.
I’m also going to change the aspect ratio for this example.

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I’m going to change it to three by four.
So what I’ve done here is I’ve refined the prompt that it gave us.
I’ve removed redundancies and I’ve added more detail where necessary.
So when you’re writing these prompts imagine there are these different parameters that the machine understands really well.
And if you use these it’s going to be able to communicate and collaborate in exactly the manner you expect it to.

Upscale Your Favorite Images

So here we have four options from our Midjourney prompt guide.
And we can choose which one of these we like to upscale.
You can see that we’ve got a wise goat.
It’s got complementary colors.
It’s in a style evoking that of Wes Anderson.
And it’s a very detailed consistent image apart from perhaps this first one where the goat is morphing slightly into the cup of tea.
And this one the relationship between the tea is not so striking.
Once you get some results you can also see what you want to fine-tune inside of the prompt.
I’m going to change Wes Anderson to one of his films which is going to be the Grand Budapest Hotel.
I’m going to remove the complementary color palette.
And I’m going to adjust slightly by lessening the importance of the cup of tea so just making it tea instead of a cup of tea.
So I’ve continued to use this exact prompt and just re-roll it and upscale my favorites, changing a few variations along the way.
Here are my two favorites, and I’m pretty pleased with them.
They certainly meet my expectations.
And these two perfectly match my intentions of how the piece wanted to be.
I think my favorite is certainly the one on the right.
With the colors and the face of this wise goat, certainly for me could fit into a Wes Anderson film.
There’s something slightly softer about the option on the left but I love the sincerity of this sweet goat and the details on the cup itself.

Final Thoughts

So that’s how to write better prompts with this Midjourney prompt guide.
Thank you for watching.
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It has been a pleasure to have you with me and I wish you a delightful day.
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