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How to Get Midjourney to Bring Your Vision to Life

May 30, 2024
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If you’ve ever used artificial intelligence (AI) art generators as a part of your mood boarding or design process, then you know how effective and useful they can be!

On the flip side, if you’ve ever used AI art generators as a part of your mood boarding or design process, then you also know how frustrating it can be too. Especially when these AI tools just don’t seem to “get” your prompts no matter how hard you try and keep spitting out off-the-wall and off-the-mark results.

So, if this is a common frustration for you, then allow us to assist you on your creative journey!

Today’s blog is your guide for mastering prompts for the popular AI image generator, Midjourney, so you can save time in your day, start getting the output you want, and start bringing your creative visions to life!

Why Your Midjourney Prompts Matter

AI, for as advanced as it is, is only as good and effective as the prompts you give it.

Convoluted or poorly worded prompts might generate interesting results, but chances are, those AI-generated images aren’t even close to the results that you’re looking for.

To be able to truly bring your creative vision to life, you’re going to have to have the right words and techniques to describe what you’re looking for to Midjourney’s natural language processors so that it creates images you can use!

*If you don’t yet have a Midjourney account, then you’ll need to get one to experiment with these Midjourney prompts! Click here to get a Discord account and start the process.

Your Guide to Mastering Midjourney Prompts

Regardless of how you use Midjourney in your design process, here are 8 tips to speed up the conceptualization process, get the high-quality images you need, and get on with your day!

Quick note: General Midjourney prompts begin with the command, /imagine. This command was used to create all of the images you'll see below.

1. Be Specific

When working with any AI art generator, you’ve got to be specific to get what you want, since they can’t read minds (not yet anyway).

So, be sure to be very specific in what you’re looking for if you don’t want to leave anything up to Midjourney’s interpretation.

For example …

Typing in the prompt, “dogs riding bicycles” is not nearly as specific as “4 dogs riding a red old-timey Victorian-style bicycle” if that’s the image you’re looking for (we aren’t here to judge if it is).

/imagine 4 dogs riding red old-timey Victorian-style bicycles

Or “a squirrel on a tree” is not as specific as “a hyper-realistic photo of a gray squirrel with blue eyes in an oak tree.”

See what we mean?

If you’ve got the creative vision in your head, put that direction in your prompts to save yourself time and get the images you’re looking for.

2. Be Descriptive

It also helps to be descriptive in what you’re asking for to give Midjourney some context.

Being descriptive about the subject or style you want can help generate images that are close to your artistic vision and need less time refining.

For example …

“A hawk flying through the mist above a beautiful, ethereal-looking waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation in a variety of vibrant colors.”

/imagine A hawk flying through the mist above a beautiful, ethereal-looking waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation in a variety of vibrant colors.

This will help generate images that have a specific aesthetic and help you get the vibe you’re looking for.

3. Refer to Specific Styles

If you’re looking for your AI images to vibe with a certain art style or the brand guidelines of your client, then it’s helpful to get down and get specific about what those styles look like.

For example …

Whether it’s something as simple as “hand-drawn, black-and-white cat doodle” or something a little more out there like, “Renaissance-style portrait of a tabby cat wearing a monocle,” referring to specific styles will help Midjourney give you results that are close to what you want.

/imagine Renaissance-style portrait of a tabby cat wearing a monocle

We’ll have a shortcut to help you achieve this more easily at the end of this article, so stay tuned!

4. Give it Some Character

If your image is character-driven, it helps Midjourney be more effective if your prompt gives your subjects some… character.

For example …

Descriptive words like “heroic,” “nervous,” and “overjoyed” can prompt Midjourney to give your subjects the vibe you’re looking for.

Giving them some stage direction can help as well. Prompts such as “a purple dragon gazing excitedly over a hedge, peering at his family happily setting up for his surprise birthday party. He thought they’d forgotten!” will help the AI generate characters with appropriate facial expressions and body language.

/imagine a purple dragon gazing excitedly over a hedge, peering at his family happily setting up for his surprise birthday party. He thought they’d forgotten!

5. Provide Reference Images

Will your final product be somewhat similar to an existing image or character?

No problem. Midjourney allows you to upload images, so upload away and give the Midjourney bot the reference it needs to give you what you want, eliminating the need for wordy prompts.

You can also get into Midjourney’s “mind” and ask it to describe what it’s seeing.

Simply upload your image, type the prompt /describe, and Midjourney will respond with 4 text prompts that describe what it's seeing, which can be very insightful for you and explain a great deal about the images it generates.


Use this insight to refine your prompts or simply use one of the prompts given to generate a similar but totally unique image.

6. Specify Output Resolution

Looking for imagery specifically for use on a certain platform?

Midjourney will allow you to not only choose the aspect ratio (more on that below) but also give you further control by letting you choose the type of camera you want to mimic, lens type, and output resolution to give you exactly what you need.

For example …

“A sunset over the ocean, DSLR camera, 50mm lens, 16:9 aspect ratio, 4K resolution.”

/imagine A sunset over the ocean, DSLR camera, 50mm lens, 16:9 aspect ratio, 4K resolution.

Very specific, but that’s okay because it’ll get you what you want.

7. Brush Up on Photography Terms

If your mind’s eye is seeing your image a certain way, you’re going to have to share that with Midjourney to properly capture it!

If you aren’t familiar with certain photography terms, then brush up because they are extremely helpful in streamlining the image generation process.

Here are some helpful terms to know:

  • Cinematic Lighting — Dramatic lighting that enhances the mood and tone, often used in films.
  • Bokeh Effect — Blurred background that highlights the subject, creating a pleasing visual effect.
  • Eye-Level Shot — A shot taken from the subject's eye level, providing a neutral perspective.
  • Close-Up — A shot that tightly frames a subject, showing detail and emphasizing facial expressions.
  • Glamor Shot — A photograph emphasizing beauty, often with soft lighting and flattering angles.
  • Wide-Angle Shot — A shot that captures a broad view of the scene, useful for landscapes and large spaces.
  • Satellite View — A shot taken from a high altitude, mimicking the perspective of a satellite.
  • Ultra-Wide — A very wide shot that captures an extensive view, even more so than a standard wide-angle.
  • High-Angle Shot — A shot taken from above the subject, often making the subject appear smaller or more vulnerable.

For example …

"a cinematic lighting scene of a city skyline at sunset, with bokeh effect on the lights in the background, captured from a high-angle shot, using an ultra-wide lens.”

/imagine a cinematic lighting scene of a city skyline at sunset, with bokeh effect on the lights in the background, captured from a high-angle shot, using an ultra-wide lens.

Oh yeah.

8. Specify the Level of Realism

It’s also very helpful to tell Midjourney just how real you want your images to be.

Whether it’s hyperrealistic, comic book style, Pixar style, or doodles, telling Midjourney what you’re looking for will cut down on the number of iterations you have to do to get to your final result!

For example …

“An Anime-style scene of a unicorn running through a meadow.”

/imagine An Anime-style scene of a unicorn running through a meadow.

Advanced Midjourney Prompts

Now that we’ve covered the basics, if you’re really looking for some specific results from Midjourney, here are some additional prompts that let you individualize your results even further.

- - aspect

Control the aspect ratio (how wide an image is compared to how tall it is) of your creation for complete control of your final design. Choose from 1:1, 4:3, 16:9, or 9:16. 

–chaos <number 0-100>

If you want to introduce some randomness, use this prompt followed by a number from 0-100 (the higher you go, the weirder things get) and Midjourney will add some abstract qualities.


- -iw <0-2>

Use this prompt to balance the influence of your image prompt relative to your text prompt. Useful for when you want the Midjourney bot to gather more inspiration from one or the other.

–no <your_choice>

Sometimes using negative prompts is just as useful to your final design. Using the prompt -no, followed by the element of the prompt you don’t want to see (ex. A floating island - -no palm trees) will eliminate an element from your design and cut down on how many reiterations you have to make.

- -quality <25, .5, or 1>


Increasing or decreasing this number will affect the amount of time Midjourney’s processors dedicate to your task. For a higher quality, final result type of image, go for 25. For a quick conceptualization image, go for .5 to speed things along.

- -seed <integer between 0–4294967295>

This common will let you influence the randomness of the image grids generated by the Midjourney bot. Specifying a seed value will make it easier to reproduce specific styles or results to add a bit of consistency to your work.

- -tile 

Use this prompt to generate images that can be used as repeating tiles to create patterns.

- -Turbo or - - fast

Speed things up by using one of the above prompts to get Midjourney to execute a job at a higher speed for fast mode, or at the highest speed with Turbo mode!

- -stop <integer between 10–100>

As you’ve probably guessed, this command terminates a job partway through the process. Useful if you’ve changed your mind and don’t want to waste time or if you’re looking for an intentionally blurry or less-detailed image.

- -Weird <number 0-3000>

Not sure what you’re looking for? Try this prompt to give the AI some creative control to come up with images that push the boundaries and let you experiment with some seriously unique aesthetics. The higher the number, the more experimental it gets!

 - -style <version_type>

Here’s that shortcut we promised earlier in the article.

To generate a certain style, use this shortcut, placing your desired style between the angle brackets.

- - repeat <1–40>

Create multiple jobs from a single prompt to make it easier to rerun a job multiple times. All you need to do is put the number of times you’d like it repeated in the brackets.

- - relax

This command doesn’t generate images on its own but it does override your current setting to run a single job and give you a less rushed and potentially more detailed output.

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