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.

Biography

▪ 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 my true love is photography (4×5 to 35mm to polaroid 100c to digital) 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 videos 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.

▪ 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 no, I have decided not to include a typical long Shane rant here about how inevitably various forms of AI will get so good that it literally changes the face of society, we begin to crumble, and our government doesn’t act accordingly or fast enough to keep things afloat… ummm… anyway, it’ll be okay, I’m sure.)

Background

▪ Education

MFA in Photography / Digital Art (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?
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
Publication
- 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
Publication - Virtual 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 1,000 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

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 - 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)

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...

Mimicking Photography

I am a photographer. I love it so much that I got a master's degree in the subject. I like to think about how much the medium has changed, and how much it will change in the future... A few photography clubs I am in have begun to chatter about AI and its place in...

AI Art (from my blog)

Photoshop Pattern Actions

Want to try out some free Photoshop actions? Read on! - I can remember being a kid staring at a big old computer monitor and making mirrored images using MS Paint. That's how far back my passion for repetition goes. More recently, I began developing a collection of...

New Technologies GIF

As creatives, sometimes we get "stuck" and aren't sure what to make, but it's best to just keep making. I challenged myself to create an animated GIF in less than an hour. Much of what I do is from "play" like this, experimentation, but bigger work usually grows from...

USA

This is a piece I began a little while ago and finally felt the need to finish, given the recent news. I don't plan to get political on this page often, but I also don't care if I turn people away because of this particular frustration. Something needs to be done, and...

CUBE³

I began this project a while ago (back in version 3) but set it aside while working on new ideas. I decided to dig up all the footage and finally get the idea out. I wanted this to be an experimental and experiential piece. Fast and confusing, and somewhat...

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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