How to create synthetic AI art with Midjourney – News Block

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Go to the Midjourney website, click “Join Beta” and join the Midjourney Discord server. Enter one of the newcomer rooms and type /prompt (your prompt here) to generate an image using AI.

AI-based imagers like DALL-E 2 have gained popularity. People love to enter weird prompts and see what gets spit out. Midjourney is one of the most advanced tools for this and you can try it now.

What is half the journey?

Before we talk about Midjourney, let’s start with DALL-E 2, which you may have heard of. DALL-E 2 is at the high end of these AI-based imaging tools. You can create completely new images from a simple text message. Enter “a robot eating a taco” and create an image that represents a robot eating a taco.

At the most basic level is Craiyon, formerly known as “DALL-E mini”. This is a free web tool that anyone can use, but it’s not as sophisticated as DALL-E 2. The results are often weird and a bit creepy, but it’s still a lot of fun to play with.

Midjourney is located somewhere in the middle of DALL-E 2 and Craiyon. It also uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to generate images based on text prompts. The results are usually pretty good, but not as amazing as DALL-E 2.

How to use Midjourney Beta

The only thing you need to use the Midjourney Beta is a Discord account. This is where you will give the Midjourney bot text directions. You can sign up for a free account on the Discord website. After that, you can use Discord in a web browser or download the app for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iPhone.

Update, 03/30/23: Midjourney no longer offers a free trial, and the company hasn’t said if it will offer a free trial again in the future.

Once you’re all set up with Discord, we’ll head over to the Midjourney website and select “Join Beta”.

This will take you to Discord, where we can select “Accept Invite”.

We are in. There are a couple of things to know about the beta. Get started with a free trial that includes about 25 prompts. After that you can buy a full membership if you want.

To get started, go to one of the “Newcomer Rooms” channels in the sidebar. We’ll use “#newbies-42”, but there are several others.

Enter one of the newbie channels.

In the text box, enter /imagine and then write your notice and send it.

Get into "/imagine" and your notice.

You can see the progress as the four images are created.

Images being created.

When the images are finished, they will be displayed in a new message. Now you have some additional options.

  • U = Upscale – Creates a larger version of the image.
  • V = Variation: Creates a new image based on the one you selected.
  • Update: Get four new images from the same prompt.

Image options.

The results will be delivered in a new message as before, and you will have some new options to make more variations or improve it to the max.

Options after luxury.

If at any time you want to save the images, simply select the image and tap the download icon on mobile or “Open Original” on desktop to view the full size image to save.

Save the results.

That’s pretty much all there is to Midjourney Beta! just type /imagine and you can follow it with a prompt. Note that certain words are not allowed, but it’s mostly fair game, and you can see what others are creating. There’s some pretty crazy AI out there these days, have fun!

To generate images on your own PC, try Stable Diffusion. Unlike most AI imagers, it is open source and you can download and run it on your own hardware.

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