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Deconstructing the Midjourney Prompt: A Comprehensive Approach to Fantasy Scene Generation


Deconstructing the Midjourney Prompt: A Comprehensive Approach to Fantasy Scene Generation

Midjourney is an AI tool that allows users to generate stunning images based on their prompts. With Midjourney, you can create a visual representation of any idea or scene that you have in mind.


To use Midjourney, you simply use the /imagine command followed by a prompt that describes the scene you want to generate. The prompt is broken down into different parts, including style, scene descriptions, and shot descriptions. Midjourney uses these prompts to generate an image that matches your vision.


Basic Prompts

Here is the anatomy of a basic prompt.


/imagine prompt: renaissance style, an drow elf riding a white horse under a full moon on top of a ridge, forest far below in the background, ultra wide shot, high camera angle

Midjourney Prompt Structure
Basic Midjourney Prompt Structure

Prompts should not be too long or too short, they should focus on the main ideas of what you want to create.

Style

Scene Descriptions

Shot Descriptions

Time Travel: 1700's, 1800s, 1900s, 1920, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970 etc.

Text description of what you want to see.

Composition: Portrait, head-shot, birds-eye-view, close up

Emote: Happy, sad, fun, playful, sleepy, angry

Focus on what you want to see and not on what you do not want to see.

Mood: Dark, sedate, calm, energetic, raucous

Color: Green, Canary Yellow, Purple, Pastel

Subject: Person, object, animal, character, location

Lighting: Soft, overcast, neon, ambient, studio lights

Renaissance, Realism, Impressionism, Cubism, Pop Art, Tanjore

Environment: Indoors, Outdoors, Jungle, Mountains, Moon

Color: Vibrant, muted, bright, monochromatic

Style of Bansky, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso

Medium: Photo, painting, sculpture, doodle


a drow elf riding a white horse under a full moon, wide-shot, low camera angle, shallow depth of field
Midjourney: /imagine renaissance style, a drow elf riding a white horse under a full moon, forest in background, wide-shot, low camera angle, shallow depth of field

Here are some examples of basic prompts you can use with Midjourney:


Style

  • Fantasy Style: imagine a magical world filled with mythical creatures and majestic landscapes.

  • Gothic Style: imagine a dark and moody world filled with ornate architecture and eerie settings.

  • Steampunk Style: imagine a world powered by steam and filled with intricate machinery and gadgets.

  • Cyberpunk Style: imagine a dystopian world of high-tech gadgetry and urban decay.

  • Art Deco Style: imagine a world of glamour and sophistication filled with geometric patterns and bold colors.


Once you've chosen a style, you can add scene descriptions to create a more detailed image. Here are some examples of scene descriptions.


Descriptions


  • A majestic castle perched on a mountaintop.

  • A peaceful forest glen with shafts of light filtering through the trees.

  • A futuristic cityscape with towering skyscrapers and neon lights.

  • A haunted graveyard with mist shrouding the gravestones.

  • An underwater kingdom with shimmering coral and colorful fish.

  • Finally, you can add shot descriptions to create a specific visual perspective. Here are some examples of shot descriptions:


Shots

  • Wide shot: captures the overall scene.

  • Close-up: focuses on a specific object or character.

  • Low camera angle: creates a sense of dominance and power.

  • Shallow depth of field: blurs the background to focus on the foreground.


Try these basic prompts:


  • /imagine Color Field Painting Style, A majestic castle perched on a mountaintop, birds-eye view

  • /imagine Renaissance Style, A haunted graveyard with mist shrouding the gravestones, dark, painting

  • /imagine Ukiyo-e Style, human warrior with shield, sword, full body



Midjourney Gravestones
Midjourney: /imagine Renaissance Style, A haunted graveyard with mist shrouding the gravestones, dark, painting


Advanced Prompts

Once you've created your basic prompt, you can add advanced parameters to further customize your image. The --aspect parameter allows you to choose different aspect ratios, while the --chaos parameter controls how varied the initial image grids are. The --quality parameter changes how much time is spent generating an image.


Midjourney Advanced Prompt Structure
Midjourney Advanced Prompt Structure
  • URL: Image URLs can be added to a prompt to influence the style and content of the finished result. Image URLs always go at the front of a prompt. Midjourney will use these images as a base to work from.

  • Aspect Ratio: The --aspect or --ar parameter changes the aspect ratio of the generated image. An aspect ratio is the width-to-height ratio of an image.

  • Chaos: The more the chaos or --c parameter, the more variation will occur between the four images.

  • Quality: The --quality or --q parameter changes how much time is spent generating an image.

<url>

Aspect Ratio

Chaos

Quality

You can pull in multiple image urls

1:1 Default

Chaos ranges from 0-100

Quality parameters change how much time is spent generating an image.

2:1 or 1:2 Horizontal or vertical images

The more the chaos the more variation between each image

Higher quality settings take longer.

5:4 Common Frame

c-0 little chaos

Quality does not impact resolution.

3:2 Common Print Photography

-c 100 maximum chaos

-q.25 Low

7:4 Close to HD Screens

-q 1 High

Here are 5 prompts for you to try out.


  • /imagine prompt: Gothic Style, an abandoned castle at midnight, close-up shot of a ghostly apparition, --aspect 16:9 --chaos 20 --quality 0.5

  • /imagine prompt: Cyberpunk Style, a neon-lit city skyline at dusk, wide shot of flying cars racing through the streets, --aspect 7:4 --chaos 10 --quality 1

  • /imagine prompt: Steampunk Style, an airship floating over a city on the clouds, low camera angle, shallow depth of field, --aspect 3:2 --chaos 5 --quality 0.25

  • /imagine prompt: Art Deco Style, a luxurious ballroom filled with chandeliers and ornate decorations, high-angle shot of a couple dancing, --aspect 5:4 --chaos 0 --quality 1

  • /imagine prompt: Fantasy Style, a magical forest with mystical creatures, close-up shot of a unicorn, --aspect 1:1 --chaos 50 --quality 0.5



Midjourney Ballroom Image /imagine prompt: Art Deco Style, a luxurious ballroom filled with chandeliers and ornate decorations, high-angle shot of a couple dancing, --aspect 5:4 --chaos 0 --quality 1
/imagine prompt: Art Deco Style, a luxurious ballroom filled with chandeliers and ornate decorations, high-angle shot of a couple dancing, --aspect 5:4 --chaos 0 --quality 1

Each prompt starts with a different style (gothic, cyberpunk, steampunk, art deco, or fantasy) and is followed by a scene description (an abandoned castle, a neon-lit city skyline, an airship floating over a city on the clouds, a luxurious ballroom, or a magical forest). Then, there is a shot description (close-up shot of a ghostly apparition, wide shot of flying cars racing through the streets, low camera angle with shallow depth of field, high-angle shot of a couple dancing, or a close-up shot of a unicorn). Finally, each prompt includes different parameters, such as aspect ratio, chaos, and quality.


These advanced prompts demonstrate how you can use Midjourney's parameters to customize your prompts and create unique visual content. Whether you're looking to create a spooky gothic scene or a magical fantasy forest, Midjourney can help bring your ideas to life.


Midjourney is a powerful tool that can help you create stunning images based on your prompts. Whether you want to create a magical fantasy world or a futuristic metropolis, Midjourney can help bring your vision to life. Enjoy!



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