Jan 12, 2023Liked by Daniel Nest

I agree that "splatterprompting" does seem to have become unnecessary for most prompts. It's kind of a double-edged progression because while it does make it easier to develop compelling results, it also removes a sense of "secret sauce" that goes into the prompt.

You can have a sense of ownership over a long and complicated prompt that took 50 edits to be successful. A 3 word prompt? Not quite as much.

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Jan 12, 2023·edited Jan 12, 2023Author

I kind of see where you're coming from, though for me personally the sense of ownership comes not from the look I achieve by "hacking" the algorithm to spit out a certain style but by what I do with it.

In the "Spaghetti Western" example, every single prompt is just "[scene description] made out of spaghetti" or "spaghetti sculpture of [scene description]," but what makes it my own is the story I try to tell through the series of pictures.

Also, "splatterprompting" in my mind is less about the prompt itself being long but about the "style descriptor" part of it being long. You can still have a very intricate scene you want to convey within the "isometric" style for example, so your prompt might be "isometric medieval village with torches lighting up wooden huts around a blue lake at twilight." Long prompt, but definitely not splatterprompting.

(And it looks like this, by the way: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/1042019128518643742/1063159515241009182/WhyTryAI_isometric_medieval_village_with_torches_lighting_up_hu_9391a9a3-0224-4325-b893-905902b9e123.png - I had to go ahead and actually try it!)

Splatterprompting is more the whole "hyperdetailed, hyper intricate, extreme detail, super detailed, trending on art station, beautiful, amazing, awesome, HD, 4K, 16K" kind of stuff, where the impact of each individual descriptor can't even be fully measured.

Also, one can still mix and match descriptors at will to arrive at the "secret sauce" if that's what's important to the creator. What I'm happy about is that it's no longer strictly necessary to get great results.

I appreciate your comment!

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