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Enhance Your D&D Campaigns with Midjourney & ChatGPT: Training the Tools to Work Together


Enhance Your D&D Campaigns with Midjourney & ChatGPT: Training the Tools to Work Together
Enhance Your D&D Campaigns with Midjourney & ChatGPT: Training the Tools to Work Together

As a Dungeon Master, you want to bring your Dungeons & Dragons campaigns to life with stunning visuals and captivating images. Finding the perfect tool to help you achieve this can be challenging, but look no further: Midjourney is the answer. In this blog, we'll explore why Midjourney and ChatGPT are the ultimate AI combination for D&D images for Dungeon Masters everywhere.

Overview: Understanding Midjourney Prompting and Supporting Specs


These are the most common prompts and specs that I use.


1. Quality for Variety in Your Images

Midjourney's advanced AI, specifically the V5 model, excels at interpreting natural language prompts, enabling you to generate detailed, high-resolution images tailored to your campaign's needs. With its cutting-edge AI architecture, Midjourney is the perfect tool to help you craft visual representations of creatures, places, objects, and more.

Quality --quality <.25, .5, 1, or 2>, or --q <.25, .5, 1, or 2> How much rendering quality time you want to spend. The default value is 1. Higher values cost more and lower values cost less.

2. Understand Seed, Image URL Prompts and Multi-Prompts

With the ability to handle complex prompts and incorporate multiple characters or objects, Midjourney ensures your images are not only visually stunning but also coherent and meaningful. This makes it easier than ever to create custom visuals for your campaign, whether it's a bustling marketplace, a mysterious ancient ruin, or a fierce battle between rival factions.

Multi-weighting is the ability to feed Midjourney with different prompts and to tell it how to read the prompts. For example Hot Dog results in a hot dog in a bun, and Hot :: Dog is treated as two independent statements.

Multi-prompts: Dark Castle Fortress with Twisted Spikes, Grim Statues, and Bleak Fog. - Aerial Kingdom::5 Majestic and awe-inspiring views of kingdoms and castles from high above::4 Bold colors and strong contrasts, evoking a sense of power and grandeur::3 Intricate details and patterns that give depth and texture to the scene::3 Avoids any clutter or unnecessary elements that detract from the overall epic feel of the landscape::-2 --ar 2:1 --c 10 --q 2

Avoids any clutter or unnecessary elements that detract from the overall epic feel of the landscape::-2 --ar 2:1 --c 10 --q 2



Finding the Midjourney Seed Value
Finding the Midjourney Seed Value

Seed: Seed values give you the ability to feed the image and set the base undertones of the image. You can add it to the end of a prompt by typing --seed <integer between 0–4294967295>


Seed --seed <integer between 0–4294967295> The Midjourney bot uses a seed number to create a field of visual noise, like television static, as a starting point to generate the initial image grids. Seed numbers are generated randomly for each image but can be specified with the --seed or --sameseed parameter. Using the same seed number and prompt will produce similar ending images.


Image URLs


/imagine {Insert URL} then the rest of the prompt. I use this to help anchor the Midjourney on the base image that I want it to create future images from.


3. Customizable Aspect Ratios and Settings

Midjourney offers a range of aspect ratios, allowing you to generate images that fit perfectly within your campaign materials. Additionally, the app boasts a wealth of adjustable settings, such as chaos, quality, and style, so you can fine-tune your images to match your creative vision.

Aspect Ratios: Common Midjourney Aspect Ratios --aspect 1:1 Default aspect ratio. --aspect 5:4 Common frame and print ratio. --aspect 3:2 Common in print photography. --aspect 7:4 Close to HD TV screens and smartphone screens. How to Change the Aspect Ratio Use Aspect Ratio Parameters Add --aspect <value>:<value>, or --ar <value>:<value> to the end of your prompt."

4.Specialty Models for Unique Styles


Midjourney's alternative models, like Niji, cater to specific image styles. If you're looking to create anime-inspired images or high-definition landscapes, Midjourney has you covered. With its extensive range of models, the app ensures that your campaign visuals are both unique and memorable.


Chaos --chaos <number 0–100> Change how varied the results will be. Higher values produce more unusual and unexpected generations. I use chaos initially to find an image that I like, then once I do, I use the image to feed future prompts and I also turn down the chaos.



Reusable Prompts for Midjourney


Simple Midjourny Prompts from ChatGPT

Create a high-resolution image of a rogue with elf features, wearing scalemail armor and wielding a bow. They should have blond hair and blue eyes. The background should be a fantasy city roofline. --v 5 --quality 2 --ar 1:2
Create a high-resolution image of a rogue with elf features, wearing scalemail armor and wielding a bow. They should have blond hair and blue eyes. The background should be a fantasy city roofline. --v 5 --quality 2 --ar 1:2

1. Fantasy Character Creation:

Create a high-resolution image of a {character_class} with {character_race} features, wearing {type_of_armor} and wielding a {weapon_type}. They should have {hair_color} hair and {eye_color} eyes. The background should be a {location_setting}. {lighting} --v 5 --quality 2 --c 50 --ar 2:1

Replace the values within the curly brackets with your desired inputs, such as 'Elf' for character_race or 'leather' for type_of_armor.

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Character Mood Board:

Create a {style:elven, adventure} fantasy equipment outfit mood board, {insert_style: majestic, clean, smooth}::5{insert_armor}{insert_weapons} ::4 –v 5 --c 100 –ar: 16:9

Example Styles

  • Majestic, clean, smooth

  • Rough, worn, broken

  • Magical, ornate, perfect


Create a elven equipment mood board, rogue, majestic, clean, smooth::5leather armor, bow::4 –v 5 –ar: 16:9
Create a elven equipment mood board, rogue, majestic, clean, smooth::5leather armor, bow::4 –v 5 –ar: 16:9

2. Fantasy Cities:

Generate an image of a sprawling fantasy city with {architecture_style} buildings, a {landmark_structure} in the center, and a {body_of_water} running through it. The city should be surrounded by {landscape_type},{lighting}. --v 5 --quality 1.5 --ar 16:9

Adjust the inputs within the curly brackets to customize your city, such as 'Gothic' for architecture_style or 'river' for body_of_water.



Generate an image of a sprawling fantasy city with roman buildings, a watch tower in the center, and a stream running through it. The city should be surrounded by hills,bright. --v 5 --quality 1.5 --ar 16:9
Generate an image of a sprawling fantasy city with roman buildings, a watch tower in the center, and a stream running through it. The city should be surrounded by hills,bright. --v 5 --quality 1.5 --ar 16:9

Lighting Types to Consider

  1. Soft Lighting: Soft lighting is characterized by diffused light that produces gentle shadows and even illumination. It's often achieved using large softboxes, umbrellas, or natural light sources, such as window light. Soft lighting is ideal for portraits, product photography, and creating a flattering, natural look.

  2. Hard Lighting: Hard lighting uses direct, unmodified light sources, resulting in strong, well-defined shadows and high contrast. It's often used to create dramatic, eye-catching images in fashion, sports, and editorial photography.

  3. Rembrandt Lighting: Named after the famous painter, Rembrandt lighting is a technique that creates a triangular highlight on the subject's cheek opposite the light source. This technique is achieved by positioning the light at a 45-degree angle and slightly above the subject, creating a dramatic and artistic look often used in portrait photography.

  4. Butterfly Lighting: This lighting technique is achieved by placing the light source directly in front of and slightly above the subject, casting a small, symmetrical shadow under the nose. Butterfly lighting is popular in beauty and fashion photography for its flattering effect on the subject's face.

  5. Split Lighting: In split lighting, the light source illuminates only half of the subject's face, leaving the other half in shadow. This technique creates a dramatic, high-contrast look and is often used in fine art, portrait, and editorial photography.

  6. Loop Lighting: Loop lighting involves positioning the light source slightly to one side and above the subject, creating a small shadow (or loop) beside the subject's nose. This versatile lighting technique is commonly used in portrait and headshot photography for its flattering effect.

  7. High-Key Lighting: High-key lighting is characterized by bright, even illumination with minimal shadows and high contrast. This technique is often used in fashion, beauty, and commercial photography for its clean, modern look.

  8. Low-Key Lighting: Contrasting high-key lighting, low-key lighting emphasizes shadows and deep tones, creating dramatic, moody images. This technique is commonly used in fine art, portrait, and some genres of commercial photography.

  9. Backlighting: Backlighting involves placing the light source behind the subject, creating a rim light effect that separates the subject from the background. This technique is popular in portrait, wedding, and nature photography for its ethereal, glowing effect.

  10. Cross Lighting: Cross lighting is a technique where two light sources are positioned on opposite sides of the subject, illuminating different parts of the scene. This technique creates depth and dimension and is commonly used in product, automotive, and sports photography.

  11. Window Light: Utilizing natural light coming through a window, this technique creates soft, directional lighting that's ideal for portrait, still life, and food photography. It's a simple yet effective way to achieve a natural, flattering look.

  12. Clamshell Lighting: Clamshell lighting involves positioning two light sources, one above and one below the subject's face, resulting in even, shadowless illumination. This technique is popular in beauty and portrait photography for its ability to minimize imperfections and create a flattering, glowing effect.

  13. Edge Lighting: Edge lighting highlights the contours of a subject by placing light sources to the sides or slightly behind the subject. This technique creates a sense of depth and dimension and is often used in product, portrait, and sports photography.

  14. Silhouette Lighting: By placing the light source behind the subject and underexposing the foreground, silhouette lighting creates a dark, featureless shape against a brighter background. This technique is used to create artistic, dramatic images in portrait, landscape, and product photography.

  15. Fill Light: Fill light is a secondary light source used to soften the shadows created by the main light (key light) and reduce contrast. This technique is widely used in portrait, product, and commercial photography for its ability to create balanced, even illumination.

  16. Broad Lighting: Broad lighting involves positioning the subject so that the side of their face facing the camera is well-lit. This technique can make the face appear wider and is often used in portrait photography to create a sense of openness and approachability.

  17. Short Lighting: The opposite of broad lighting, short lighting illuminates the side of the subject's face facing away from the camera. This technique creates a more dramatic, sculpted look and is often used in portrait and fine art photography.

  18. Paramount Lighting: Also known as "butterfly lighting," Paramount lighting is achieved by placing the light source directly in front of and slightly above the subject, casting a symmetrical shadow under the nose. This technique is popular in fashion and beauty photography for its ability to create a glamorous, high-fashion look.

  19. Motivated Lighting: Motivated lighting is a technique used in storytelling photography and filmmaking, where the light source is positioned to mimic a natural or practical light source within the scene, such as a lamp, window, or candle. This technique creates a believable, immersive atmosphere.

  20. Bounce Lighting: Bounce lighting involves reflecting light off a surface, such as a wall, ceiling, or reflector, to create soft, indirect illumination. This technique is often used in portrait, product, and interior photography for its ability to create natural, flattering light.


3. Dungeons Maps:

Create a detailed map of a dungeon, featuring {dungeon_theme} elements, and populated by {monster_type} creatures. Create a top down view. --v 5 --quality 1 --ar 16:9

Modify the values within the curly brackets to design your dungeon, such as dark, magical, or warm, for a theme.


Create a detailed map of a dungeon with 4 levels, featuring magical elements, and populated by spirit creatures. The dungeon should have various pit traps and hidden vaults. --v 5 --quality 1 --ar 16:9
Create a detailed map of a dungeon with 4 levels, featuring magical elements, and populated by spirit creatures. The dungeon should have various pit traps and hidden vaults. --v 5 --quality 1 --ar 16:9

/describe - this is the new prompt command that describes and image in Midjourney
/describe - this is the new prompt command that describes and image.

4. Mountain Adventures:

Generate an image of a mountainous adventure scene in {certain style}, showcasing a {mountain_type} with a {structure_on_mountain} at the summit. The landscape should include {hazard_type} hazards and {wildlife_presence} wildlife. --v 5 --quality 1 --ar 16:9


5. Forests:

Create a high-resolution image of an enchanted forest with {tree_type} trees, a {magical_feature} in the center, and {forest_creatures} roaming throughout. The atmosphere should be {time_of_day} and {weather_condition}. --v 5 --quality 2 --style 4b --ar 3:2

Adjust the values within the curly brackets to design your forest, such as 'ancient oak' for tree_type or 'sunset' for time_of_day.

Update the inputs within the curly brackets to customize your mountain scene, such as 'snow-capped' for mountain_type or 'dangerous cliffs' for hazard_type.



Advanced Prompt Training for ChatGPT

Overview: How to read the ChatGPT training information found below.

[I want you to read this input and the reply with “Ready, Enter Your Concept”. ]

This tells ChatGPT to read the entire prompt and wait for user input before it writes.

Structure: This is building the prompt by training ChatGPT to provide structure that Midjourney wants.

[1] describes the setting we are going after - it randomly chooses [2] tells Chatgpt to write a description of the chosen setting [3] tells ChatGPT to describe the environment [4] tells ChatGPT to describe the mood of the scene [5] tells ChatGPT what style it should be created in [6] tells ChatGPT what the vantage point, camera, or underlying materials

The next two sections complete the prompt by telling ChatGPT to choose the aspect ratio of the image, the version of Midjourney to use and finally puts the prompt together.

After that it tell ChatGPT to create 4 versions of this prompt.

Give it a try!

Train ChatGPT on how to create a Midjourney prompt.


----Copy All Content Below and Paste Into ChatGPT----


I want you to read this input and the reply with “Ready, Enter Your Concept”.


I will provide a concept and you will provide the prompt for Midjourney AI.


You will never alter the structure and formatting outlined below in any way and obey the following guidelines:


You will not write the words "description" or use ":" in any form. Never place a comma between [ar] and [v].


You will write each prompt in one line without using return.


Structure:

[1] = Pick one of the settings. Fantasy, High Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Steampunk, Sword and Sorcery, Urban Fantasy, Mythic Fantasy, Gaslamp Fantasy, FairyTale Fantasy, Heroic Fantasy, Magical Realism

[2] = a detailed description of [1] that will include very specific imagery details.

[3] = with a detailed description describing the environment of the scene.

[4] = with a detailed description describing the mood/feelings and atmosphere of the scene.

[5] = A style, for example: Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Abstract Impressionism, Art Brute, Naive Art, Gothic, Romanticism. [1]

[6] = A description of how [5] will be realized. (e.g. Photography (e.g. Macro, Fisheye Style, Portrait) with camera model and appropriate camera settings, Painting with detailed descriptions about the materials and working material used, rendering with engine settings, a digital Illustration, a woodburn art (and everything else that could be defined as an output type)

[ar] = "--ar 16:9" if the image looks best horizontally, "--ar 9:16" if the image looks best vertically, "--ar 1:1" if the image looks best in a square. (Use exactly as written)

[v] = If [5] looks best in a Japanese art style use, "--niji". Otherwise use, "--v 5" (Use exactly as written)


Formatting:

What you write will be exactly as formatted in the structure below, including the "/" and ":"

This is the prompt structure: "/imagine prompt: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [ar] [v]".


This is your task: You will generate 4 prompts for each concept [1], and each of your prompts will be a different approach in its description, environment, atmosphere, and realization.


The prompts you provide will be in English.


Please pay attention:

- Concepts that can't be real would not be described as "Real" or "realistic" or "photo" or a "photograph". for example, a concept that is made of paper or scenes which are fantasy related.

- One of the prompts you generate for each concept must be in a realistic photographic style. you should also choose a lens type and size for it. Don't choose an artist for the realistic photography prompts.

- Separate the different prompts with two new lines.


----End Copying-----


Try pasting this into ChatGPT and then feed it a image type that you want to see.


With Midjourney's powerful AI, you can generate captivating images of your NPCs, magical items, and artifacts, immersing your players in the world you've created. Additionally, Midjourney's image generation capabilities can inspire your world-building process, helping you craft a more intricate and engaging campaign setting.

In conclusion, Midjourney is the ultimate D&D image app for Dungeon Masters seeking to elevate their campaigns with stunning visuals. Its advanced AI, customizable settings, and range of models make it the ideal tool for creating immersive and captivating images that will delight your players and bring your world to life. Don't settle for mediocre visuals – embrace the power of Midjourney and take your Dungeons & Dragons campaign to new heights!


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