Prompt Design Resources for MidJourney AI

by Shane McGeehan

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Corgi Van Gogh

We were out shopping and my girl saw some wall art of a corgi with a Van Gogh look. She wanted it, but I said “Wait, let’s just use MidJourney and Photoshop to make one that looks like Willow instead!” (our little fluffy tri-color corgi pup).

I rolled a few simple prompts (sometimes they are all you need) in different versions and styles and got one that was really close, and the Van Gogh brush strokes were really cool. I then upscaled the image in Visions Of Chaos, then used layers and generative fill in Adobe Photoshop to make it look more like her, with a little goofy eye and black stripe down her snout. I sent it off to print as a stretched canvas, and we are both (well, all three of us) incredibly happy with the new decor!

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/imagine prompt: a black tricolor corgi in the style of Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh --v 5.1 --style raw --ar 1:1

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Animation Progress

Hey, been a bit quiet lately. I’m busy working on an animation project using MidJourney and After Effects, a music video for an incredibly talented electronic musician in Colorado, Souliseum… I am currently in the process of moving 1,000 miles away, so it’ll likely take me a few more long weeks (months?), but I wanted to export a quick sample.

This is not the final music nor imagery, just a quick cut up render so I could share some of the flicker scenes I’ve been working on. Hope you enjoy. 🍄

Music by Souliseum (https://soundcloud.com/user-38310098)

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/imagine prompt: photograph of a long-hair man black shirt in a psychedelic multi-color lush forest at night large groups of glowing mushrooms from above volumetric lighting saturated color --ar 16:9 --v 5b

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Joseph Niépce’s Chickens

Most photographers out there are well aware of the grainy black and white image taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, famously known as the first photograph. What is lesser known (and not true at all, completely made up for the sake of humor) is that the image is not simply the side of buildings outside his window as we once thought, but rather a beautiful chicken farm that Niépce had lived on. As we zoom out from the original Heliograph we can see Niépce’s house, chicken coop, and all the wonderful hens of 1827.

Okay, so I am admittedly a huge photography geek. I went to art school for it, and even taught digital photography to college students. I really wish I was still teaching so I could use AI to mess with them, but a blog post will do… I just wanted to have some fun with the new Photoshop Beta and outpainting an old historical photograph. Might have to try some Daguerre, Talbot, or even Bayard next. Lol.

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Photoshop Generative Fill

Adobe just released a new Beta update adding an amazingly powerful tool to Photoshop called Generative Fill – and I stayed up way too late playing with it. I was actually shocked at the quality of the Firefly AI, but also the speed and ease of use. You just make a quick rough selection, type words, and in no time you have 3 options to pick from. Want more? Smack the button again, and now you have 6 options. You can even use the Generative Fill tool with other powerful selection tools. Rainy day? No problem. Click Select Sky, Generative Fill, type “blue sky with fluffy white clouds” – done.

I admit how excited I am about this new feature, and also am astonished at how well Firefly does, but I wanted to see how I could use this new tech along with my MidJourney obsession. Nothing can compare to MidJourney’s models, but they also don’t currently have inpainting or outpainting features. We are artists, so why not utilize multiple tools?

I created an illustrative treehouse scene in MidJourney V5.1 (using my new fun “discombobulate” prompt) then brought the image into Photoshop Beta to extend the canvas, adding more forest. I then got carried away and added the moon, a white wolf, mushrooms, then extended the canvas downward and added a red pond with a bridge. I could do this all day. Omg it’s fun… If you have Adobe Creative Cloud, I highly suggest you install the Beta Photoshop (a separate program) and bring your midjourney images in for some more flexibility.

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/imagine prompt: a cabin in the forest:: discombobulate::2 --v 5.1

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Discombobulate

With AI imagery, anything you do to a prompt changes it. Moving things around, even the addition of a comma or something. I love, however, when you stumble upon a term that is REALLY full of magic, even if kinda silly and gibberish-ish.

I am a photographer. Many months ago I tested the term “Knolling” and it blew my mind. Knolling Photography is when you lay objects in an organized manner, like a form of product photography, but when you combine something random with Knolling – things get really fun (and funny).

Well, today I stumbled upon a new magical word… Discombobulate! A term I rarely use in real life, typically meaning to disturb or confuse, creates the most complex surrealist images I have ever seen, similar to some gibberish prompting, but with really interesting results when paired with a main idea. I found that you can add a high weight of this term to any idea (just add “:: Discombobulate::2” to any idea) and things get really busy, silly, and nonsensical. It’s like a weird drug induced hallucination with hints of Hieronymus Bosch and Dr Seuss. Seriously though, you all need to try it!

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/imagine prompt: a city street in the winter:: discombobulate::2 --ar 16:9

/imagine prompt: a daguerreotype of a graveyard at night:: discombobulate::2 --ar 16:9

/imagine prompt: a circus of muppets:: discombobulate::2 --ar 16:9

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VR Sculpting to AI Imagery

I always seem to be attracted to things that feel like magic (AI is a clear example of this). Five years ago I got my first Virtual Reality headset. I never tried one, but when I saw videos about Google Tilt Brush and Masterpiece Studio and Adobe Medium, I needed to have it. Today I run everything wirelessly, but back then a long wire suspended from my ceiling with a series of retractable pulleys, wrapped around the room, and went into my gaming rig. It wasn’t ideal at all, but it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. VR was exactly what I wanted – pure magic. In an instant my boring, empty, dark room could be transformed into a beach at sunset, a multiplayer battleground, or a studio with endless clay.

I got really into virtual sculpting (like staying up until 3am with 6 hours straight in VR). It felt so intuitive, I mean, I get to use my hands to manipulate material in front of me. I can make it bigger, smaller, and walk around it as if the virtual object is actually in my room. I created a lot of stuff for fun, and even was hired to sculpt.

Now that AI is my new creative hobby, I wanted to see how this technology could take in things I’ve sculpted and make something new of them, maybe more detailed than I was able to sculpt. Here are three examples – an octopus, large format camera, and a circuit board. Not only was I shocked by the similarities to my own creations, but it got me thinking how we might soon be able to quickly sketch 3D objects and “paint in” more details via artificial intelligence. The entire game could change… I can’t wait until I can put on a VR headset, sculpt a quick asset I need for a project, then use AI technology and enhance the looks of my creation. Can you /imagine that?

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/imagine prompt: https://s.mj.run/0EV72P50DXo an octopus under water with bubbles and volumetric light --ar 128:95

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The Moth

I am working on a big video project using MidJourney imagery, a flicker film about nature and altered states. It is likely going to take a while (dozens of scenes ready to edit) but I wanted to share one work-in-progress because I thought it was a pretty cool example of what you can get out of a single prompt.

AI is simply a tool, and one you can combine with many other tools. This scene was made by masking out the moth in multiple images, sectioning it into wings, body, and background in Photoshop, then brought into After Effects to animate the flicker effect as well as the moth flying. It is not complete yet, but I plan to have multiple scenes to create a narrative (background music is just a temporary place-holder for what is to come, just a quick edit of me on piano and Terrence McKenna speaking).

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/imagine prompt: photograph of a multicolored luna moth flying in a lush forest at night neon lights psychedelic volumetric lighting neon specks of light --ar 16:9 --v 5b

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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 using MidJourney back in the V2 days, I have been wanting to merge the two mediums, but I never really got inspired until now… I loved this empty ocean image, but wanted to add a whimsical twist. After some prompt experiments, a lot of boats, some upscaling, and masking in Photoshop – here is a bit of reality mixed with a bit of fantasy. I hope it makes you feel happy.

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/imagine prompt: photograph of a large wooden ship carrying multicolored wood cabin style houses patchwork sails bright blue background realistic cinematic --ar 3:2 --v 5

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Prompter Typeface

Woah, I have been busy, but I’m finished. A new version of Prompter is now live. Go grab a copy HERE for free (to my supporters, thanks for all the donations, your kindness really makes me smile).

Live music is a passion of mine. I have seen Phish more times than I can count, grew up going to music festivals in my formative years, and I just love that moment when a large group of people all feel the same incredible joy as a whole. Since Prompter now has a new “Typeface Design” batching feature, I decided to make a fun announcement image of Prompter at a concert. A few re-rolls and photoshop masks later, and this was the outcome. Amazing how AI can speed up your creative flow.

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/imagine prompt: https://s.mj.run/r5aWDd6CGfI the letter P photograph of concert lights beams lasers crowd smoke volumetric lighting vibrant color --ar 4:5 --v 5b

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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 appeal. I always seek things that I find to feel magical: Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, OneWheel! I think there is magic in editing, like, I can turn something into something else. My hand is in it… I love to shoot – but most of the joy I get is in front of my PC working up the final piece.

Okay, romanticized chatter aside, I wanted to test MidJourney V5 by describing a photograph I made. I have done this with all the old versions and many did (what I thought was) quite well, but I picked a weird edited art image from my recent work (on the left) this time to toss the AI a strange curveball. I will say, I was incredibly shocked at how well it handled the prompt, but also the many other beautiful variations that I am not showing here. I picked this one (on the right) because it was similar to my vision, but also a new thing.

By the way, this post is not some comparison of AI to photography, or about skill or anything like that – just a fun example of seeing how two different creative mediums can… create.

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/imagine prompt: photograph of a line of solid black rectangle columns coming out of the ocean at sunset and stretching into the distance dark blue water orange sun magenta light vibrant colors --ar 3:2 --v 5

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