Prompt Design Resources for MidJourney AI

by Shane McGeehan

About Me

Table Of Contents

About Me

  • Biography → Learn about me, this website, and my thoughts on AI.
    └ Introduction, Prompter Guide, Support AI, The Future
  • Background → Some accomplishments in the field of art and tech.
    └ Education, Skills, Achievements, Experience, Exhibitions
  • Thoughts → Blog posts about my thoughts on AI, art, and stuff.
  • AI Art → Art that I make using MidJourney, from my Blog.
  • Contact Me → Questions, comments, or commissions.


▪ Introduction

My name is Shane and I am an AI educator and weird artist who got an MFA because I was bored. I love to help and teach others, so I created this website! Though I work as a Professional Video Editor, and have a strong passion for photography (4×5 to 35 / microscope to telescope) the computer has always been a source of creative inspiration for me. My passion for digital imaging stretches in many directions, from self-developed Photoshop actions for procedural manipulation, to large-scale psychedelic installations, to sculpting things in Virtual Reality via Medium & Masterpiece… and now using artificial intelligence to create experimental art animations and more.

Follow my Blog to learn more of my thoughts on AI, MidJourney tips and tricks, and a bunch of weird art experiments along the way. ✌

(me… as a muppet)

▪ Prompter Guide

When I first got into AI imagery, I had the idea to create Prompter, a Google Spreadsheet to assist and inspire prompt design for MidJourney. After a lot of attention, I decided to start a new idea – this website! A Visual Notebook to help others learn MidJourney, in a detailed but organized way. You can see how different terms affect an output, use seeds, stylize, chaos, and even image blending. My goal is to make a resource that is simple enough for beginners, but comprehensive and (hopefully) inspiring enough for you advanced prompters out there… and thanks to the thousands of visitors per month, I guess I’ll keep at it.

▪ Support AI

As an artist who spent much of his life learning, schooling, and making, I strongly support AI as a creative tool for many reasons. Technology evolves to make things easier and more accessible. I see this as a good thing. Think about photography: If we never evolved from the wet plate method, there would be exponentially fewer photographers and images. Film came around and made photography more widespread, then digital, then camera phones. Now we have more image-makers and more images to look at. This brings me to my next point – happiness. Exploring your imagination and being creative feels good, and so I think the evolution of technologies like AI allows more people to make things, which feels good, which makes the world a happier place.

▪ The Future

AI is changing fast (too fast?), and so as MidJourney grows and evolves, I plan to keep this free resource constantly updated. I am quite active in the official MidJourney Facebook group, and love to help people with prompt issues and questions, but will also share lots of experiments, testing, and prompts in my Blog, and soon some video tutorials – so bookmark the site, man! (…and I have decided not to include a typical long Shane rant here about how inevitably various forms of AI will get too good, too fast, to the point where society is unable to keep up with the evolution and we begin to crumble, our government doesn’t act accordingly or fast enough to keep things afloat and… ummm… anyway, it’ll be okay, I’m sure.)


▪ Education

MFA in Digital Art / Photography (The Ohio State University, 2015)
BFA in Computer Art (Syracuse University, 2007)
→ RISD Visiting Student in Photography (Rhode Island School of Design, 2006)
→ PhillyU Studies in E-Design (Philadelphia University, 2005)

▪ Skills

Artificial Intelligence – MidJourney, Visions Of Chaos, Stable Diffusion… Craiyon?
Digital Media Editing
– Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, Audition, Illustrator, DxO PhotoLAB
Photography – Digital (Fujifilm, Nikon, Canon), Film (35mm, 4×5, 120, 620, 110)
Virtual Reality – Adobe Medium, Masterpiece Studio, Google Tilt Brush
Other – Google Spreadsheets, WordPress, Macro Development, Adobe Actions & Scripts

▪ Achievements

Publication – Interviewed for an article “AI, Machines Rising” by Rob Wilson
Award – Adobe Photoshop grand prize, international Faking It contest
– Featured in the 6th edition of the international FRAMES Magazine
Commission – Hired to create graphics in Virtual Reality for a start-up
Grant – Judith Youshock 2015 Artist’s Grant
Article – Going Beyond My Borders, Featured Work in November’s Digital Companion
Lecturer – Photography in the Arts, 21st Century Photography Group
PublicationVirtual Reality sculpt features on “Masterpiece” official Steam website
Lecturer – My Work: Past & Present, Pike Image Council
Lecturer – Photography in the Arts, Northeast Photography Club
Television – Art installation featured in Broad & High, Ohio PBS

▪ Experience

AI Educator & Prompt Designer – Guide and Moderator for MidJourney AI, assisting people one-on-one with troubleshooting and prompt writing. Created a tool (Prompter) to assist, inspire, and ease prompt design, with a comprehensive interface and cloud database. Developed this website (PrompterGuide) as a free resource for the AI community.
Media Editing Lead
– Edited well over 1,500 videos, from reels to luxury real estate to television commercials. Created automated methods of editing in Adobe Premiere and Adobe Photoshop in order to expedite workflow.
Studio Lead – Managed a product photography studio with ProFoto lights, tethered dSLR cameras, and 360° photography equipment. Trained a team of three photographers and assistants. Edited thousands of images using my own streamlined RAW to JPEG workflow and actions in Adobe Photoshop.
Teaching Associate – Taught six semesters of digital photography to undergraduates at The Ohio State University. Prepared lessons on technique, and led group discussions on historical and contemporary issues within the medium.
Imaging Technician – Created custom Adobe Photoshop actions in order to speed up the photo editing process. Managed film development, negative scanning, post-processing, printing, and packaging.

▪ Exhibitions

Group Show – AI Video Art Exhibition, Emerging from Latent Space, Austin TX
Solo Show
 – Self-Portraits, Waverly Small Works Gallery
Solo Show – Redefining Nature Photography, CameraWork
Performance – Theta Waves, The Wonderstone Gallery
Solo Show – Altered States, AFA Gallery
Group Show – Altered Realities, PhotoPlace Gallery (Juror: Brooke Shaden)
Group Show – Members’ Exhibition, Summer, AFA Gallery
Performance – Theta Waves, NEPA Art Fair
Group Show – Gallery Opening, Keen Eye Studio, Folly Beach SC
Group Show – SCREAMworks II, SteamWorks gallery
Group Show – Scranton Fringe Festival
Group Show – Imagine the Fantastic, LH Horton Jr Gallery
Group Show – The 60th Annual Fine Arts Fiesta
Group Show – Geometry, Hera Gallery
Group Show – Phase Shift, OSU MFA Show

Thoughts (from my blog)

Combinatorial Explosion

The other day someone asked if it were possible for two people to settle on the same prompt and then get the same end result. Technically the answer is yes, because numbers always have a limit, however, the probability here is insanely rare. It's kind of a trippy...

ChatGPT Learns MidJourney

ChatGPT is the newest talk of the town in AI. The old Version 3 was neat, but the latest 3.5 is just so smart that it's creepy. GPT, or Generative Pre-trained Transformer, is a text-to-text AI that attempts to respond as if you are having a conversation with another...

Publication: AI, Machines Rising

I was recently interviewed by Rob Wilson to offer some of my thoughts about AI and photography for an article in the digital publication of FRAMES Magazine... I also created the example images from the author's photographs using 3 techniques and 3 different AIs - the...

Are Computers Artists?

I define art as something an artist calls art. Simple, right? Therefore, a person can make an amazing painting and call it art, or someone could scream at a rock and call it art. Critics might say "hey, yelling at a rock isn't art" but they are wrong. It's art because...

AI Art (from my blog)

Big Boat

I am an art photographer and I live by the beach. As one would expect, this means I am sitting on literally hundreds of sunsets and ocean shots. Too many. I can’t ever go out without my camera, and so the nature photographs just pile up on my hard drive. Since I began...

Art Photography to AI

I am a media editor. For money, sure, but I mean as a person. It is one of my many passions. I have edited probably 2,000 plus videos (commercial, social, interview), a shameful amount of photographs (nature, art, real estate) - and somehow it has never lost its...

The Film

People think AI is simple and you just type stuff - sure, sometimes. I have been working on this prompt for 5 days trying to get what I wanted, and still didn't quite get 100% there, but I decided to use what worked. This new piece is called "The Film" and is just a...

Strange Planet in 360 Virtual Reality

I am a bit of a virtual reality geek. There is something so surreal or trippy about being able to stand in a small room yet feel like you are flying a jet around New York City at sunset, or sculpting creatures with digital clay. I foresee a future where we can blend...

Contact Me

Got questions? Got suggestions? Want to team up? Want to commission work? You came to the right place. Send me a message and I’ll get back to you… You can always find me on LinkedIn, and I am incredibly active in the MidJourney Official Facebook group.

(click the prompt to copy it!)

/imagine prompt: black background, knolling photography of a circle made of metal circuit boards, wires and gears, led lights hue glow insanely detailed --v 4 --style 4b

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