AI art

Midjourney usage (2023):

Warning: The interface to use Midjourney v5—currently the best possible text-to-image model as of mid-2023—is… clunky.

  1. You’ll need a Discord account.
  2. Create a new account.
  3. In Discord, go to any numbered #newbies channel or Direct Message your own Midjourney Bot if you have a paid plan (US$10/m).
  4. Type /imagine prompt: or select the /imagine command from the slash commands pop-up. Type a description of the image you want to create. To use the latest version (v5), add --v 5 with spacing exactly as shown. e.g. /imagine prompt: sydney palette knife oil painting --v 5
  5. Click return to send your message.
  6. Four images will be returned.
  7. If there’s an image you’d like at a higher resolution, select one of the four images (U1-U4 top-left, then top-right and so on) to upscale to the highest resolution.
  8. Click the image > Open in browser > Right-click > Save image to your computer.
  9. Read more in the Midjourney documentation.

Download source (PDF).

Download source (PDF).

The longest prompt (Jan/2023)

Cosmic nebula glowing leaf of life, magical, arcane, galaxy, High-speed photography, Color Grading, Ultra-Wide Angle, Depth of Field, hyper-detailed, insane details, intricate details, Unreal Engine, Cinematic , Color Grading, Editorial Photography , Photography, Photoshoot, Shot on 70mm lens, Depth of Field, DOF, Tilt Blur, Shutter Speed 1/5000, F/6.3, White Balance, 32k, Super-Resolution, Megapixel, Pro Photo RGB , VR , Lonely, Good, Massive, Half rear Lighting, Backlight, Natural Lighting, Incandescent, Optical Fiber, Moody Lighting, Cinematic Lighting, Studio Lighting, Soft Lighting, Conte-Jour, Beautiful Lighting, Accent Lighting, Screen Space Global Illumination, Ray Tracing Global Illumination, Optics, Scattering, Glowing, Shadows, Rough, Shimmering, Ray Tracing Reflections, Lumen Reflections, Screen Space Reflections, Diffraction Grading, Chromatic Aberration, GB Displacement, Scan Lines, Ray Traced, Ambient Occlusion, Anti-Aliasing, FKAA, TXAA, RTX, SSAO, hdr, --ar 2:3 --v 4 --q 2

— via Reddit (Jan/2023)

Becky Robbins and DALL-E 2 (Dec/2022)

Older AI art experiments (2021)

AI art generated by VQGAN + CLIP (Jan/2021)

coldplay chris martin concert comic unreal engine

love peace joy kindness artstationHQ

Greta Thunberg climate change campaigner

leta ai in berlin

life architect

mott macdonald artstationHQ

algorithm, google, cloud, deep learning, machine learning
In this blue image above, the keywords were suggested by Leta (GPT-3), so it is effectively AI generating AI images!

See more AI-generated art (including VQGAN + CLIP) at Berkeley ML

Technical details

GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks) are systems where two neural networks are pitted against one another: a generator which synthesizes images or data, and a discriminator which scores how plausible the results are. The system feeds back on itself to incrementally improve its score.

CLIP (Contrastive Language-Image Pre-training) is a companion third neural network which finds images based on natural language descriptions, which are what’s initially fed into the VQGAN.

VQGAN: Vector Quantized Generative Adversarial Network
Released by Katherine Crowson @RiversHaveWings and Ryan Murdoch @advadnoun in Apr/2021.

CLIP: Contrastive Language-Image Pre-training
Released by OpenAI in Jan/2021.

Seed: 42
Image size: 600×600

Please do not over-use this platform, as it is a small instance with a queue already!

AI art generated by GLIDE (Dec/2021)

californian forest

impossible labyrinth at night

joyful vivid color

lighting store candelabra

studio ghibli landscape


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This page last updated: 29/Oct/2023.