AI, or artificial intelligence, has had more than its fair share of “15 minutes of fame” moments (often attributed to Andy Warhol). While the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning took decades, the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT service gave it a big boost. Midjourney, an AI-generated art service launching in mid-2022, you’ve probably seen these images all over the internet.
In my post on advanced tips, ChatGPT success depends entirely on your tips, it did spark some conversations on social media for me. Everything is positive, but I know some people are not very happy with AI in education, work (resume) and many fields. More artists were furious with Midjourney, and in some cases rightfully so.
Having said that, the two posts from Forbes Contributor Rob Salkowitz gives you a quick look at some of the company’s developments, as well as an interview with Midjourney founder and CEO David Holz.
Midjourney uses Discord as its delivery/creation mechanism – which means you need to have or create a Discord account to try out the service. Soon, Discord was a place to chat and hang out. It started with gamers who wanted to talk in-game (voice or text-based chat). It caught on and many other groups used the platform to connect with others.
When you go to the Midjourney homepage, you’ll see a “Join Beta” button, which will take you to a new screen, “Continue to Discord,” which launches the app, where you can sign up for the service. Once you do that, it drops you into the web-based Discord, or you can download the desktop app (recommended), and you’re now in the community and able to start creating art and images.
The Midjourney service is free for a certain number of images (I believe it’s still 25, but it’s fast) then 200 is $10 (they’re fast too), $30 per month for unlimited and well worth it if you plan Do any serious creations.
It can be disorienting in Discord, so here’s a key thing to know: On the left nav (see screenshot below) is a room called “#newbies-179” or Newbies with another number.
- Step 1: You need to click on a newbie section to actually use the service, i.e. get a hint where you can enter text to describe the image you want. Click on “newbies-179” and go to the main part of the right window.
- Step 2: You will see an open box where you can type /imagine – that is a forward slash and the word imagine, then press space or tab, this will create another small prompt area with a blinking cursor .
The screenshot shows my prompt, which initially looks like this:
After typing /imagine, press Tab or Spacebar again, this will open the Hints area and the small black window where you can start typing your idea.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing other tips and advice posts I’ve received on Midjourney or developed through a lot of trial and error. Creating images and art can be fun if you feel like you’ve never been a creative person who was able to draw, sketch, and paint successfully. Midjourney makes this possible in several ways.
Now, just type /imagine and whatever you like, and you’ll get some creative versions of what you asked for. Discord discussions go fast, so your picture will probably be at the top of the chat area, so keep scrolling until you find it.