Writing prompts from scratch can be fun, but it gets tiring fast - especially since longer prompts perform noticeably better in Midjourney V5.
Here's a stress-tested template that you can use to guide all of your prompts:
|Subject||Background, Environment, Atmosphere||What Style?||Parameters|
|a botanical-bearded fairy prince, flowing hair, sky-eyes, symmetrical mossy antlers, intensely sad gaze, wearing a floral diadem,||magical details, twilight atmosphere,||in the style of ArtGerm, Alyssa Monks, Studio Ghibli, close-up, glamour shot||--v 5|
This is set up the way it is because (1) prompt order matters and (2) style matters more than ever in V5.
If you do not specify a style, you will get photographic realism, because this is Midjourney V5's default style.
If you don't want this, you will need to reference art movements, artistic techniques, genres, media types, games titles, directors, artist names, influences, time periods, etc.
I find you get best results if you reference two or more of these:
- Art movement: Identifying the art movement in the prompt will introduce its style and techniques. Examples include
- Media type: Identifying the medium of an image will determine its aesthetic. Examples include
- Media title: - Identifying a media influence will influence its look. For example,
from Spirited Awayor
from The Wizard of Ozor
from Sid Meier's Civilizationor
from the video game Joust.
- Artist name: Referencing the name or the work of a specific artist will roughly invoke their unique style. Examples include
Vincent van Gogh,
Frida Kahlo, or
- Technique: Referencing techniques will add that style to the image. Examples include
- Time period: Identifying the historical context of an image will invoke its aesthetic. For example, images from the
- Geographic location: Referencing regions and countries will influence style. Examples include
Japanese Ukiyo-e prints,
African tribal art, or
American Abstract Expressionism.