AI art is becoming more advanced, and part of that includes becoming more accessible. Midjourney is one such example. This tool generates images based on your text prompts through the power of AI and machine learning.
This is similar to other AI art generators such as OpenAI's DALL-E. Once you really know how to use Midjourney, you'll have no trouble creating some truly unique pieces of art.
How to Access Midjourney
Gaining access to Midjourney is a lot easier than many other AI programs such as ChatGPT. There’s no program to install or convoluted libraries to set up, and if you already have a Discord account, you don't even need to sign up.
This is because Midjourney is accessed entirely through Discord. Discord is a free online text and voice chat service that allows hundreds or even thousands of users to come together and talk.
If you’re unfamiliar with Discord, then don’t worry, you can learn how to get started with Discord in no time.
Once you’re familiar with Discord, all you have to do is join the Midjourney Discord server. You can do this using this Discord invite link, or by navigating to the Join the beta button on the Midjourney website.
How to Use Midjourney
Just like that, you now have access to Midjourney. But what can you actually do with it? Using Midjourney is a pretty straightforward process, but if you’re new to Discord or just visiting the server for the first time, it can be a little overwhelming.
You’ll want to start by going to one of the rooms under the Newcomer section headers. These will be named newbies followed by a number. There’s no real difference between these rooms, so feel free to use whichever you’d like.
Once inside the correct room, you’re ready to begin. To get Midjourney to generate an image, you'll want to run a Discord command. All you have to do is type /imagine and then a text description of whatever it is you’d like Midjourney to generate.
There are tons of AI art prompt ideas worth giving a try, for example, typing “/imagine the night sky full of fireworks” will cause Midjourney to begin generating exactly that.
The Midjourney bot takes a little bit of time in order to give you your results, and will generate four different images based on your prompt.
When you use Midjourney for the first time, you'll be starting a free trial with the service that's good for approximately 25 image generations. After that, you'll only be able to use Midjourney if you sign up for a premium account. You can check how far through your trial you are using the /info command in the Midjourney Discord server.
How to Get the Most Out of Midjourney
As far as using Midjourney to get any result, that’s really all there is to it. But generating AI art isn’t as simple as just typing in what you want and the art bot reading your mind. Instead, there are a number of ways to get exactly what it is you're looking for from Midjourney.
The first and easiest thing you can do is use the buttons below your generated image to guide the AI toward what you want. The buttons labeled U are to upscale the corresponding image, with U1 upscaling the first image, U2 the second, and so on. Clicking any of these options will increase the resolution of the image, which is great for when Midjourney generates a beautiful piece of art that you want to make higher-quality.
Beneath that, you can find the buttons labeled V which correspond to the images in the grid in the same fashion as the U buttons. These buttons create variations of the selected image that are similar in their overall structure and style. This is what you want to select when Midjourney creates an image that is close to what you want, but not exactly right.
Finally, there’s also a redo button that will repeat the same prompt but generate entirely new results. You can repeat this process as many times as you wish, and it’s a good way to narrow down what you want when you’re already close. Of course, you can always try one of the best free AI text-to-art generators to create an image from what you type instead.
As with all AI, the key to getting good results is learning how to write the most effective prompts. If you're trying to figure out how to make Midjourney generate the best AI art that it can, then you want to make sure you give it the right information.
You can tell Midjourney to use certain art styles, colors, or themes in your prompt. Midjourney seems to respond best if you separate these details with commas, so if you’re looking for a certain art style, for example, you could input “/imagine the night sky full of fireworks, hyper realistic” to get more realistic AI art out of Midjourney.
The final thing that you can do to get better results out of Midjourney is to include parameters in your prompt. Midjourney supports a wide range of different parameter options that you can use to adjust the output of your AI art.
For example, if you want an image that is a certain size, you can use the aspect parameter. Midjourney generates its images as squares by default, which is less than ideal if you're planning to use Midjourney's AI art as your desktop background. The aspect parameter lets you have Midjourney generate art that matches your computer's resolution.
You can learn more about these parameters in the official Midjourney documentation.
AI-Generated Art Is a Game Changer
As you can see, getting started with Midjourney isn’t as difficult a process as it might initially have seemed. At the end of the day, it’s pretty easy, and a fun way to see just how far AI has developed over the years. So give it a try and see what you can create.