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5 Best Midjourney Prompts: February 2023
Here's your monthly dose of the best Midjourney prompts. Use these modifiers individually or mix and match to create unique prompt combos. Have fun creating!
All the past monthly prompts are now continuously added to this visual guide.
Greetings, fellow Earthlings!
Another week, another Thursday. That’s how calendars work.
Despite my earlier optimistic take, it looks like we might have to wait another month or so for Midjourney V5.
But while we do, let’s dive into your favorite monthly segment where I discuss the best Midjourney prompts for getting cool visual effects.
My philosophy about MJ prompts is clear: Less is more.
So what you find below are simple but impactful prompt ideas to get you started. Want these in your inbox going forward? Go ahead and subscribe:
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Prompt #1: Overlay images like a pro
This one’s perfect for placing an image on top of another to create a transparent, ghostly effect.
Midjourney prompt: [subject 1], [subject 2], double exposure
What it does: Double exposure is a method that layers two images over one another at different exposure levels and with less than full opacity, so you can see both at the same time. In Midjourney, this works best for portrait + scene combos, but try to experiment and see what you’ll discover.
Prompt #2: Make stuff glow in the dark
One of my personal favorites, great for creating a cosmic, sci-fi feel.
Midjourney prompt: blacklight [subject or scene]
What it does: Popularized by countless crime scene investigation movies, blacklight emits ultraviolet radiation that makes certain things light up while keeping the rest in the dark. The result is a cool rave-party-glow-stick effect.
Prompt #3: Peek inside objects
This one’s for fans of illustrated children’s encyclopedias.
Midjourney prompt: [subject or scene] cutaway diagram
What it does: Cutaway diagrams peel layers away from 3D objects to illustrate and explain what’s inside. Midjourney knows how to mimic them well, even though the actual internal content and text are gibberish.
Prompt #4: Create your own coloring pages
Finally, a Midjourney prompt that can have an immediate practical use.
Midjourney prompt: [subject or scene] coloring page
What it does: What you’d expect. It creates a black-and-white outline of your subject that you can print out and color in. You can add optional modifiers like “2D,” “simple,” “for preschoolers,” etc. depending on the skill level.
Prompt #5: Conjure up colorful, lively scenes
I love the somewhat childlike charm you get with this descriptor.
Midjourney prompt: [subject or scene] naive art
What it does: Naïve art typically describes stuff produced by someone without formal art training. In Midjourney, this tends to result in vibrant, colorful scenes filled with wonder. And it’s delightful.
Over to you…
That’s it for today, folks! Enjoy testing out the new prompts.
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