Midjourney tutorial: how to use Midjourney for image generation

Saturday, August 27, 2022 by yattishr
Midjourney tutorial: how to use Midjourney for image generation

Introducing Midjourney: AI-Engineered Visuals at Your Fingertips

Midjourney is an ingenious AI tool, developed and managed by the San Francisco-based independent research lab, Midjourney, Inc. Its specialty lies in crafting arresting images from natural language prompts, resembling OpenAI's DALL-E and Stable Diffusion in functionality.

Let's start!

There are two ways to experience the tools: the Midjourney Bot, which you can use to generate images, and the web app at https://www.midjourney.com/, where you can find a gallery of your own work and other users' creations.

You can use the Midjourney Bot on the official Discord server (https://discord.gg/midjourney) as well as on any other Discord server where it has been set up.

If you wish to invite the bot to your own community, follow the instructions on this page: Use Midjourney on your own Discord Server.

Step 1: Select one of the #newbies channel on Discord

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If you don't see any #newbies channels on the Discord server, try restarting your Discord app. The other reason might be that you are on the wrong Discord server. Here is the link to the Midjourney Discord server

Step 2: Use the /imagine command

To get started using the Midjourney Bot, use a Discord Slash Command in one of the newbies channels. Start typing /imagine and you will notice something pop up above your text

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When creating your Midjourney images be mindful of the following:

  1. Do not use Midjourney to make images that could inflame, upset, or cause drama. That includes gore and adult content
  2. Be respectful to other people and the Midjourney team.
  3. Make sure to be respectful of Midjourney's Content and Moderation policy
  4. Keep your images PG-13 and avoid explicit images of any sort. This is required wherever you are using the Midjourney bot.

You can also try pressing the Spacebar, Tab, or Enter keys to create the prompt field. Bot slash commands will only work in Bot channels. Note: typing the /imagine command will not work in regular Discord channels, such as $trialsupport.

Once you are satisfied with the image prompt you typed out, press Enter, or send message. That will send the request to the Midjourney Bot, which will begin generating your image.

Step 3: Wait as Midjourney processes your request

The Midjourney Bot will take a minute to generate four image options based on your /imagine prompt

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Step 4: Create variations or upscale your image

After your 2 x 2 grid of images has completed generating, two rows of buttons will appear:

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  • In the top row: U1, U2, U3, and U4 are buttons for Upscaling your selected image. Upscaling and image generates a higher resolution, roughly 1024x1024 image. By default, this also generates additional details

  • In the bottom row: V1, V2, V3, and V4 are buttons for creating Variations of your selected image. Creating variations will generate four new images, similar in style and composition to the image you selected.

After using the U button to upscale your image, you will have a few additional options:

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  • Make Variations does the same as the V buttons, generating new alternatives in a grid.
  • Upscale to Max upscales the image to a higher resolution of 1664x1664
  • Light Upscale Redo upcales the image once more, starting over, without adding further detail.


Using these buttons will also use upp some of your 25 free jobs. To check how many uses you have remaining, use the /info command in the same way you used the /imagine command.

Step 5: Save the image

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You can click the image to open it to full size, and right-click and choose Save Image to save it to your local computer. If you are on mobile, you can tap the image and tap the download icon in the top right corner

Your upscaled image (and 2x2 grid images) will immeditately be visible on your website gallery at (https://www.midjourney.com/app/). You have to be signed into Discord first.

Step 6: Send results to your Direct Messages (DMs)

You can ask the Midjourney Bot to send you a Discord direct message containing your final results. To do so, react with the envolope emoji to one of the bots messages which contain a generated image. This works with both the single upscaled images and 2x2 grids, as shown below;

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If you have any questions about the Midjourney Bot, these pages would be helpful:

  • The User Manual, for a full list of Midjourney commands and features.
  • Resource Links, for tips, tricks, and experiments by the Midjourney community

Additional Midjourney Info

  • The Midjourney Discord server can be found here; (https://discord.gg/midjourney)
  • In the #rules and #faq channels you can find additional information about Midjourneys services.
  • In the #announcements and #status channels you will find all important updates and news.
  • Visit the #trial-support or #member-support channels if you have additional questions

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