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How to get started with Midjourney?

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Our step-by-step guide helps you set up your account, join Midjourney on Discord, and write compelling prompts. Unlock limitless creative possibilities and elevate your projects with stunning AI-generated images.

Midjourney has quickly become one of the most popular AI image generators around, producing photorealistic outputs from simple text prompts. With Midjourney, photorealistic illustrations, photography-like images, digital art, and even fused media hybrids are easily within your reach.

However, while the results can be impressively creative and detailed, Midjourney may seem complex - especially at the beginning. This post aims to answer all your questions about getting started with Midjourney, to help you generate beautiful images and unlock your creativity.

What is Midjourney? And How Does It Work? Midjourney is an AI image generator that produces imagery based on text descriptions or "prompts" provided by its users. Its neural networks have been trained on massive datasets to interpret text inputs and output digital images.

The beauty of Midjourney is that it doesn't require any coding or technical skills. All you need to do is provide a detailed text prompt, and the AI does the rest. The more specific and descriptive your prompt, the better the resulting image.

At a high level, here's how it works:

The more detailed, specific, and imaginative your text input, the more accurately Midjourney can visualize and materialize your conceptual ideas into digital imagery.

Signing Up For An Account

To start using Midjourney, you'll need to sign up for an account and choose a subscription plan:

You'll receive a confirmation email to activate your account and set your password.

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Accessing Midjourney Through Discord

Once signed up, you'll need to access Midjourney through Discord to generate images. Here's how:

Join the Midjourney Discord Server!
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Generating Your First Image

The simplest command to generate an image is "/imagine" followed by a text prompt:

/imagine a person walking their dog on a beach at sunset

Within seconds, Midjourney will output four images interpreting your prompt in varying styles and realism. You can include parameters in your command to control aspects of the output. For example:

/imagine a person walking their dog on a beach at sunset --ar 16:9

The "--ar" parameter at the end of the prompt specifies a 16:9 aspect ratio. You can choose any other aspect ratio you like, for example 1:1 for a square image, or 9:16 for an image that fits an instagram story. Other popular ratios for photography are 2:3 and 3:2.

Midjourney offers various commands and parameters to refine the images:

/ask: Ask the AI a question
/blend: Combine two images
/fast: Shift to fast mode
/help: Learn how the Midjourney bot works
/imagine: Generate art from a prompt
/stealth: Shift to stealth mode (for Pro members)
/prefer: Create or manage a custom option
/remix: Shift to remix mode
/settings: Adjust settings
/relax: Shift to relax mode

--ar: Change the aspect ratio
--chaos: For unusual results, set a high chaos value
--no: Remove an element from the results
--niji: Access the anime-style model
--hd: Generate high-resolution images
--quality: Set the quality/rendering time
--repeat: Obtain multiple results from one prompt
--upbeta: Upscale without the upscale buttons

Once generated, you can upscale individual images, regenerate a new set, and/or remix specific images to further evolve them.

How to Make Prompts More Effective

The quality of your outputs is primarily determined by the quality of your prompt. Here are some tips:

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Uses For Businesses And Creators

With practice writing effective prompts and exploring the various parameters, you'll be amazed by what Midjourney can produce for your creative endeavors.