Updated 1/27/2024

Learn about Midjourney, an AI image generator used through Discord. Find the essential information, how to get started, and best practices.

midjourney featured image

Midjourney is an AI art generator that allows users to create images from text descriptions. It is a powerful tool that can be used to create various types of art, including paintings, sculptures, and even 3D models.

Get Started with Midjourney

A simplified process for beginning with Midjourney:

  1. Sign up for a Midjourney account. You can do this on the Midjourney website.
  2. Join the Midjourney Discord server. This is where you can chat with other Midjourney users and get help with the tool.
  3. Learn the basic commands. The most important command is /imagine. This is how you tell Midjourney what you want to see. For example, you could type /imagine “a beautiful landscape painting” or /imagine “a portrait of my cat”.
  4. Be creative. Midjourney is a powerful tool, but it’s up to you to be creative. The more specific you are with your prompts, the better the results will be. Try different art genres and types of images.
  5. Have fun! Midjourney is a great way to explore your creativity and create something truly unique.

Midjourney Tips

Follow these to get the most out of Midjourney.

Top Tips

Here are the highlights if you don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty:

  • Use keywords and adjectives to describe what you want to see. The more specific you are, the better the results will be.
  • Use negative words to exclude certain things from the image. For example, you could type /imagine “a beautiful landscape painting without any people” or /imagine “a portrait of my cat without any background.”
  • Use the /rate command to give feedback on the images that Midjourney generates. This will help the tool learn and improve its results.
  • Use the /variations command to generate multiple versions of the same image. This is a great way to experiment with different styles and compositions.

Use /settings to configure your defaults

Here’s a recommended general config. Some settings depend on your subscription.

Midjourney settings

Here are some of the key parameters to adjust:

  1. Version: Choose which you’d like to use, usually the latest model.
  2. Style: Lower values result in simpler images, and higher values make for more intricate and detailed images.
    1. Recommendation: Set it to Style med for general purposes.
  3. Remix mode: Use to adjust images when creating variations.
    1. Recommendation: Turn on Remix mode to provide more flexibility.

Using the adjustment buttons

These are what show up at the bottom of each result:

midjourney adjustment buttons

Here’s what they mean:

  • U: Upscales the image, generating a higher-quality image and render.
  • V: Varies the image, providing 4 new similar options.
  • ?: Re-rolls the job, creating fresh images from the same prompt.

The numbers correspond to each image:

  1. Top-left
  2. Top-right
  3. Bottom-left
  4. Bottom-right


If you click U1, it will upscale the first image so you can export it.

If you click V3, it will create four variations of the bottom-left image.

If you click ?, it will generate new variations from the same prompt.

Use Blend Mode

This merges two images together. Technically, it can go up to five images.

To do this, use the /blend command.

Mess with image weight

Say you want one image to have more weight when mixing them, such as 75% influence over the final image instead of 50%. You can do that with the Image Weight parameter.

To do this, use --iw, followed by the desired weight. That will depend on the version:

Version 5Version 4Version 3Test / Testpniji
Stylize default1NA.25NANA
Stylize Range.5-2NA-10000–10000NANA
Source: Midjourney

So, if you’re using Version 5 and want to adjust the image weight, you’d prompt something like this:

[/blend dogs.jpg cats.jpg] --iw .5

Which would result in an image that is mostly cats inspired by dogs.

Now here’s the confusing part: Lower values weigh the second image more, higher values weigh the first image more. So if this was the prompt:

[/blend dogs.jpg cats.jpg] --iw 2

It would be mostly dogs inspired by cats.

Further Resources

See these for more on using Midjourney.


Get Powerful Templates

Streamline your content management
with dynamic templates and tools.