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Mastering Midjourney: A Step-by-Step Guide

10 mins

Alina  Chernomorets

Published by: Alina Chernomorets

16 May 2024, 12:32PM

In Brief

Log into Discord to use Midjourney Bot.

Subscribe to a Midjourney plan via their website.

Join the Midjourney Server on Discord.

Use the /imagine command in a Newbie Channel.

Save and modify generated images as needed.

Create effective prompts.

Mastering Midjourney: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. Log In To Discord

First things first, you need to get into Discord. Whether you prefer using a web browser, mobile app, or desktop app.

Start page Midjourney

Start page (web)

Make sure you have a verified Discord account. This is your gateway to accessing the Midjourney Bot. If you press "Join the Beta" - you'll be offered to create a Discord account. You'll need to verify your account via email.

Create Discord account

Create Discord account

If you already have an account, you can simply sign in.

2. Subscribe to a Midjourney plan

Before diving into creating stunning images, you’ll need to subscribe to a Midjourney plan. Here's how:

  1. Go to  midjourney.com/account .
  2. Sign in using your verified Discord account.
  3. Choose a subscription plan that fits your needs.

Subscription tiers:

Each tier offers different pricing and features, so pick wisely!

Subscription prices


3. Join the Midjourney Server on Discord

Ready to start interacting with the Midjourney Bot? Follow these steps to join the Midjourney Server:

  1. Paste or type this URL:  http://discord.gg/midjourney .
  2. Click the Accept invite button in the pop-up window.
Join the server

Join the server

4. Go to any #Newbie Channel

Once you’ve joined the Midjourney server, look for channels labeled newbie-#. These channels are designed for beginners. The Midjourney Bot will only generate images in these channels.

Midjourney server

Midjourney server

5. Use the /imagine Command

To create images with the Midjourney Bot, you’ll need to use Discord commands. The most important command is /imagine.

How to Use /imagine:

  1. Type /imagine prompt: in the message field or select it from the list of slash commands that appear when you type /.
  2. Describe the image you want to create.
  3. Send your message, and the Bot will interpret your prompt and start generating images.
Start generating

Start generating

6. Accept the Terms Of Service

Before you start generating images, the Midjourney Bot will send you a message in the same window to accept the Terms Of Service. You need to agree to these terms to proceed.

7. Image Generation Process

Once you’ve submitted a text prompt, the Midjourney Bot will process your request.

Generating process

Generating process

Within a minute, you’ll get four unique image options.

Image options

Image options

After your images are generated, you’ll see two rows of buttons under your image grid:

  • U1, U2, U3, U4: Separate out your chosen image from the grid.
  • 🔄 Re-run: Generate a new grid of images from the original prompt.
  • V1, V2, V3, V4: Create variations of the selected image.

8. Enhance or Modify Your Image

When you select an image, more options appear:

Final image

Final image
  • 🪄 Vary (Strong) / Vary (Subtle): Create strong or subtle variations.
  • 🔍 Zoom Out 2x / 1.5x / Custom Zoom: Expand the canvas of your image.
  • ⬅️ ➡️ ⬆️ ⬇️: Pan the image to expand the canvas in any direction.
  • ❤️ Favorite: Tag your best images for easy access.
  • Web ↗️: Open the image in your gallery on  midjourney.com .

9. Save Your Image

To save your image:

  • Click on the image to open it full size.
  • Right-click and choose Save image. On mobile, long-tap the image and then tap the download icon in the top right corner.
Save image

Save image

All images are also available at  midjourney.com/imagine .

Gallery

Gallery

Master your prompts

Basic Prompts

A basic prompt is your starting point. It can be as simple as a single word, a phrase, or even an emoji. Keep it straightforward.

Examples:

  • Single Word: “Sunset”
  • Phrase: “Vintage car”
  • Emoji: 😊

Visual Guide:

Prompting Tip!

The Midjourney Bot thrives on simplicity. Use short phrases to describe your vision. Avoid long lists of requests. For instance, instead of saying:

Show me a picture of lots of blooming California poppies, make them bright, vibrant orange, and draw them in an illustrated style with colored pencils.

Try:



Bright orange California poppies drawn with colored pencils.



Advanced Prompts

Want to step it up? Advanced prompts can include image URLs, multiple text phrases, and parameters. These elements can help fine-tune your results.

Components of an Advanced Prompt:

  1. Image Prompts: Add image URLs at the beginning of your prompt to influence style and content.
  2. Text Prompt: Describe the image you want.
  3. Parameters: Modify how the image generates (e.g., aspect ratios, models). Parameters go at the end of the prompt.

Example Structure:

[Image URL] Bright orange California poppies drawn with colored pencils --ar 16:9

Prompting Notes

Word Choice

Specificity is key. Choose precise words to get the best results. For example, instead of "big," use "gigantic" or "immense."

Plural Words and Collective Nouns

Plural terms can be vague. Specify numbers or use collective nouns. Instead of "cats," try "three cats" or "a clowder of cats."

Focus on What You Want

It's better to describe what you want than what you don't. If you mention “no cake” in a party scene, you might still get a cake. Use the --no parameter for exclusions.

Prompt Length and Details

While short prompts rely on Midjourney's default style, more details give you greater control. Include elements important to you for a more tailored outcome.

Consider These Elements:

  • Subject: person, animal, character, location, object
  • Medium: photo, painting, illustration, sculpture, doodle, tapestry
  • Environment: indoors, outdoors, on the moon, underwater, in the city
  • Lighting: soft, ambient, overcast, neon, studio lights
  • Color: vibrant, muted, bright, monochromatic, colorful, black and white, pastel
  • Mood: sedate, calm, raucous, energetic
  • Composition: portrait, headshot, closeup, birds-eye view

Examples of Effective Prompts

  1. Simple Prompt: A serene forest
  2. Detailed Prompt: A serene forest in autumn, vibrant orange and yellow leaves, soft sunlight filtering through the trees, high-resolution photo
  3. Advanced Prompt with Parameters: [Image URL] A serene forest in autumn, vibrant orange and yellow leaves, soft sunlight filtering through the trees, high-resolution photo --ar 16:9 --q 2
  4. Using the --no Parameter: A serene forest in autumn, vibrant orange and yellow leaves, soft sunlight filtering through the trees --no people



Experiment with different prompts to see what works best. Start simple and gradually add more details and parameters. Remember, the Midjourney Bot is a creative tool designed to help you bring your visions to life with minimal effort. Happy creating!

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