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Oct. 3: MidJourney 301: Vector Graphics and More
Oct. 3, 2023
I’ve written a couple of newsletters last year on how to use MidJourney. The tool has made some improvements over the last several months and offers more features. This newsletter will explore some of them.
We’re eagerly awaiting the release of MidJourney, v6, which is expected to feature some of the prompt-writing assistance that the new DALL-E , released last month in ChatGPT Plus, now features. Stay tuned!
One of the things I’ve used MidJourney for lately is to design big tech-style vector graphics for JournalistsToolbox.ai and some training handouts. The results have been impressive.
Image by Mike Reilley in MidJourney
So how do you create them? Here are some prompts for writing business-tech vector graphics:
/imagine png white background, group training and workshops, in the style of big tech illustrations, office atmosphere, full body, text-based – style raw
/imagine Png white background, woman listening to music sitting at the desk with her laptop, in the style of animated illustrations, studyplace, full body, text-based –style raw
/imagine 4 png images, vector illustration pack, knolling style, no border, png white background, [enter subject here]
/imagine4 png images, vector illustration pack, knolling style, no border, png white background, person working with ChatGPT with ChatGPT icon and data in the background –style raw
Tweak the prompts to fit your specific needs and share them on X/Twitter and tag @journtoolbox and @itmikereilley
More Cool MidJourney Prompts
1. Press Image of a [product name here] standing in a warehouse. –ar 4:5 –style raw
/imagine Press Image of a BMW 340i standing in a warehouse. –ar 4:5 –style raw
2. A 3d model of [item here], focus stacking, tabletop photography
/imagine A 3d model of a train station, focus stacking, tabletop photography
3. Create a wireframe of [object here]
Midjourney was way ahead of other AI tools when it came to generating wireframes. A wireframe prompt in Midjourney is a text input that describes a 3D CAD model of an object or scene using wireframe as the style.
/imagine Create a wireframe of a Formula 1 race car
This prompt gave me three black-and-white options and one color option. I could add more detail (red car, specific make — Ferrari, Mercedes — and color for a more detailed look.
I’m an F-1 fan, so I compared the wireframes with some photos and models of current cars that I have. They were accurate within the car-design guidelines in the past few years. (Note differences in the front wings.)
4. Prompt adjustments. Try this same image, but in four different styles and see how AI designs it differently. How could this work for illustration art for, say, a magazine cover? Examples:
/imagine photo, man in kayak
/imagine digital art, man in kayak
/imagine rpg game, man in kayak
/imagine Movie still, man in kayak
5. Using the /shorten prompt
Midjourney released a new feature with 5.2 that will improve your prompts by rewriting them for you. The new 'Shorten' command lets you 'analyze' a prompt and receive recommendations on the tokens that are effective and those that are not being considered.
Example Prompt 1
/shorten colorful drawing in an abstract, sunrise, futuristic landscapes, metropolis, nature, streamlined, flat perspective, pigment pools --ar 16:9
Example Prompt 2
/shorten colorful drawing in an abstract, sunrise, futuristic landscapes, metropolis, nature, perspective, pools --ar 16:9
Example Prompt 3
/shorten colorful drawing in an abstract, sunrise, futuristic, metropolis, nature, pools --ar 16:9
Video: MidJourney Vector Graphics
Video: MidJourney Basics
For a review of MidJourney fundamentals, watch this short training video. It covers how to set up MidJourney and Discord, how to link them together and write basic prompts. It includes a few exercises with it.
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My new textbook, “The Journalist’s Toolbox: A Guide to Digital Reporting and AI” will be out on Routledge at the end of December. (Add to wishlist).
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