Prompt Design Resources for MidJourney AI

by Shane McGeehan

Visitors in 2023!

About Me

My name is Shane and I am sort of a “swiss army knife” for anything digital. I work as a professional video editor, but also enjoys everything from cameras, to graphics, to sculpting 3D forms in Virtual Reality. I am a tech geek and weird artist who got an MFA because I was bored. Well, I got bored again and along came AI imagery. Since I love to teach, I created this website in order to help others master MidJourney and create new things, because creativity makes us happy, and we all deserve to have fun and explore our imaginations.

Prompter Guide is an incredibly detailed and organized resource with visual examples, insightful blog posts, and even a feature-packed prompt design tool. As MidJourney grows and evolves, I plan to keep this resource free and constantly updated – so you might as well bookmark it!

(me… as a muppet)

Recent Updates

Prompter 02/17 Update → Added Niji V6, and a text-only option for Stable Diffusion, Dalle, etc.
Version 6.0 → Version 6 compatibility added to all notes.
Video Released → How to Fine Tune your own Style!
Imagine Shirts → Just launched a shop page with some sweeeeeeeeet shirts.
About Me → Added a new page with some background info about me and my work.

Table Of Contents

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Chapter 1: Beginner Notes

  • MidJourney → A text-to-image artificial intelligence, that is awesome.
  • Prompter → A free tool to assist and inspire prompt building.
  • Beginner Tips → Useful info everyone starting out should know.
    Signing Up (Discord and Subscriptions)
    Pro Tips (what to know when you start)

Chapter 2: Discord Notes

Chapter 3: Prompting Notes

Chapter 4: Parameter Notes

New Blog Entries

Get Shpongled

Are you Shpongled? (if so, you rock) I’ve been playing around with the new cref feature that allows you to refrence facial details from another image, then randomly decided to put the Shpongle Mask in my prompts… Immediately, I laughed out loud. 🤣

Anyway, here is the Shpongle Man:
…in Star Wars with R2D2.
…in The Simpsons watching TV.
…in a photograph by Lewis Hine.
…in a Shpongle concert! 🍄

Hold up. You don’t know what the heck Shpongle is? Okay, I am warning you, be careful, this might change your life:
https://tinyurl.com/GetShpongled

(click the prompt to copy it!)

/imagine prompt: a movie scene from star wars of a man with r2d2 --ar 2:3 --cw 100 --cref https://s.mj.run/CvBGgkTWP7c --v 6.0

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Photography to Video, in RunwayML

A good artist experiments and explores, so I try to use all kinds of AI to learn how they function. 😎 I have been toying around with Runway ML lately, which is an artificial intelligence model that generates video clips from text prompts – however – you can input your own images to start with. Since I am a photographer, I wanted to see if I could use this new AI to create a short video from my still images in a very short deadline. Here is the result.

I will admit, it’s not perfect, but it is quite interesting, and shows the direction we are headed with these new powerful creative tools. I am excited to see where Runway as well as others like Pika take this new technology.

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Be Careful Out There

Here is a very different kind of blog post. A warning, or something like that.

We need to talk about something really weird that’s happening on facebook. Recently there has been a huge spike in random “pages” posting AI generated images of a person and art with stupid captions like “my wife made this wooden owl with his own hand, appreciate it” or “my son made this and no one likes it, please like” and then, because most people are fucking stupid, the image gets literally thousands of likes and shares, along with boomer comments like “amazing talent” and stuff (sorry, not sorry, because most of the commenters are boomers). Here are a few I collected in the last 48 hours.

Now, it seems harmless, but why would “Life Is Beautiful” or “Garden Flowers” or “Love Dogs” take the time to post awful AI images just for some likes? It doesn’t add up to me. Maybe I am overthinking things, but I feel like this could be either a simple way to gather a list of names and profiles of very gullible people to later scam out of money or passwords – or even darker, what if something like this was a big bait-and-switch plan, and when the US election season heats up “Love Dogs” becomes “Vote Freedom” or something and starts spreading political misinformation or even worst, false political AI images. Again, I don’t know, but it’s freakin’ weird and nothing can be done about it because Facebook is a runaway monster. I hope I am just paranoid, but you never know.

Anyway, be careful out there. Don’t accept everything as truth, and always look at images very closely to make sure they are not fake. Question everything, because as I see it, this is only the beginning.

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Evil Shane Styles

Evil Shane I made a custom “Evil Shane” style, and I encourage you all to make some Evil Shane’s and share them if you are up for it, prompt below… but, before you think this is some genius science, it’s not. It’s stupid. I love messing around with new tool, plus it’s fun, and I love fun.

(1) I used the new /TUNE feature with a URL link of a headshot of myself with a simple prompt “portrait” after it. (2) I selected a few really creepy Shane images to fine tune my style. (3) I then ran a bunch of PERMUTATION prompts to find the best looks with variable stylize and image weight. (4) I used the /PREFER OPTION SET command to make –EvilShane replace a prompt with my URLs headshot,style code, stylize, and image weight. (5) Lastly, I pushed through a bunch of random prompts adding –EvilShane to them to get really weird results! (keep in mind the –EvilShane thing is local, for me only, so you’ll need to copy the entire prompt below)

Want to make an Evil Shane? Just type in any prompt idea and add to it:

(click the prompt to copy it!)

/imagine prompt: YOUR PROMPT HERE https://s.mj.run/ZAVpESe9BOw https://s.mj.run/rATstUmIv6w --style buLsr5r9E9IERM-2U4NwPvHtUVQG --stylize 850 --iw 0.8

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Fine Tune Your MidJourney Styles

My last video about the Style Tuner was a quick intro, but now we dig deeper and really fine tune those looks. Here is a longer tutorial that goes more in depth, so you can be a pro in no time. Learn about the new Prompter and a few useful features, how to best use the Style Tuner for your work, and follow along with some random and funny prompts.

HERE is a link to the Style Tuner I used so you can play around, and below are style codes for the three example styles in the video. Feel free to copy and use in your own prompts while you watch!

(click the prompt to copy it!)

--style 1GRrA8D6rhfnB2c2nsN1E7euH (bright, washed out, vintage)

--style Hkrz0ovIoeA5q4U0cbR (dark, underexposed, creepy)

--style yVW0VP8Wuj (colorful, pop, surreal)

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