How to Prompt in Midjourney – Styles

You have finally found a style or an artist that you really like, but when using this style or artist it just doesn’t give you the results you were expecting. The image doesn’t quite look like the selected style or the artist’s style. Why is that? And more importantly, how DO you get that result?

The answer is not that difficult if you know what to do. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make your styles ‘stick’.

Example

Let’s say you like David Finch’s comic-book work. It’s an awesome style. And if you just add ‘by David Finch –ar 4:5’ into Midjourney, you will get a pretty good idea of what style you should get when you properly prompt something.

The example looks cool and I dig the intricate comic-book style Midjourney gives me. Let’s prompt something I want to see in the style of David Finch. ‘a redhead girl, by David Finch –ar 4:5’.

The output for the redhead girl initially looks pretty nice. However, you get three different styles (1 and 3 looking similar) in the first output. And although it looks cool, this is not quite the style you are looking for when comparing this image to the ‘by David Finch –ar 4:5’ output. I’m fine with the colors, but the style is lacking.

The Fix

There are two ways that you can fix this. You can use the so-called Brute Force method or you can make use of Sliders. Now keep in mind Midjourney still isn’t an exact science, so outcomes may vary. But both ways can get some good results.

Brute Force Prompting

Brute Forcing a style is the easiest way to ‘trick’ Midjourney into applying a selected style a bit better on the image. Here’s what you do.

If you add a word or series of words repeatedly to your prompt, those words will be picked up better by Midjourney. In this case, I want the style of David Finch to be applied more than anything else. The prompt I would try is now ‘a redhead girl, by David Finch, by David Finch, by David Finch –ar 4:5 –seed 548400527’.

Yes, I just repeated ‘by David Finch’ a couple of times to make sure Midjourney has a proper grasp of what I think is more important in this prompt. I will also use the same seed so I can properly compare the styles.

How to Prompt in Midjourney - Styles

Now, look at that! All four images have a way more consistent look and feel. They match each other in style far better than before.

Brute forcing a style onto an image works well with simple prompts, but it can become quite a challenge when you have bigger prompts. Also, you will never quite know how many times you should repeat the style or the artist. Some styles and artists are better trained than others or just overrule other parts of the prompt. That’s where using sliders comes in handy.

Sliders

Sliders are my preferred way of getting the proper style applied to my image. Also, this is not hard to understand. Let’s go back to the same prompt and seed, but instead of repeating the name of the Artist I will use a ‘slider’.

Because Midjourney is text-to-image a slider is not an actual slider. It is a way of telling Midjourney to use a certain part of the prompt heavier than another part of the prompt. In this case ‘a redhead girl, by David Finch:: by David Finch:: 0.5 –ar 4:5 –seed 548400527

The double colon is the key here. Double colons in a Mdjourney prompt mean that you are dividing the prompt into 2 separate parts. The program will mix both parts together as best as possible. You are actually writing two separate prompts which is called multi-prompting. But I will get into this in another tutorial. For now, I am just saying that ‘by David Finch‘ has a bigger weight than ‘a redhead girl, by David Finch’. The 0.5 is a positive weight and will add to the image.

As you can see, also this time the outcomes look way more similar than before. However, I do think the Brute Force method works a bit better in this particular case. This shows that not everything is set in stone in Midjourney. It is still a matter of trial and error. With that in mind, please make sure you experiment.

Also, keep in mind that everything you prompt in extra or different will generate different results. Even if you use the same seed. Midjourney ‘looks’ at the prompt and will interpret every change as something new. Outcomes will vary but the style will be better defined and applied.

Game on!


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