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How to Write AI Prompts for Midjourney

Midjourney is an AI tool that turns written prompts into beautiful works of art. You don't need drawing skills to create with Midjourney, but you do have to master prompt writing to make the image in your mind a reality. The prompt will tell the AI what shapes, styles, subjects, and colors to include in the image.

When you start writing prompts for Midjourney, you'll likely need to keep your prompts simple before delving into everything this software can do. Here are some examples of simple prompts:

  • /imagine a horse running in the style of Vincent VanGogh
  • /imagine a mountain covered in snow in abstract style
  • /imagine a cyberpunk cafe scene based on Nighthawks
  • /imagine a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in steampunk style

These prompts describe a subject and the style the AI should use. Your result will likely be different from what you wanted at this point, though. From here, you'll want to understand more details you can add to your AI prompt in Midjourney. These can include aspect ratios, chaos levels, or style tags.

Digital art can be complicated, and because art isn't easy to create, using Midjourney to get the exact results you want has a steep learning curve. Luckily, there are a lot of Midjourney prompt generators to help you use the correct tags, terms, and directions.

Tips for Creating an AI Prompt in Midjourney

There are a few basic pointers to remember when creating prompts for Midjourney:

  1. Be detailed and describe exactly what you want. The more information you include, the happier you'll be with your result.
  2. Try using a prompt generator to warm you up or get ideas flowing. New generators are developed often.
  3. Trying to create a strange or abstract image? Add "--creative" to your prompt. Don't forget to include the hyphens. You also need to add "--test" or "--testp" for this to work.
  4. Use the "--stylize" or "--s" tag for even more abstraction in your artwork.
  5. There are negative prompts and tags, too. Tags like this will help you eliminate elements you don't want to see. For example, people trying to make a traditionally beautiful human image will add tags like "--no ugly" or "--no asymmetrical."

Phrases and Elements to Use in Prompts for Midjourney

The most skilled Midjourney users use clear prompts and tags that can be categorized into these groups:

  • Artists to use as inspiration
  • Themes
  • Resolution
  • Effects
  • Camera/lens
  • Rendering
  • Subject
  • Mood
  • Environment
  • Color
  • Mood
  • Lighting
  • Composition

Midjourney Prompt Generators

With so much to learn about Midjourney prompts, many beginners find it easiest to begin with a prompt generator to guide them. Using these tools can help you master prompts and understand what you should ask for. Here are some Midjourney prompt creators to get you started:

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