Midjourney V5.2 Release Details Show Off New Features, Prompting and More!




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Midjourney V5.2 is OUT and users are very excited. Let’s go by the numbers through the new and useful features.

Midjourney has turned V5.2 ON by default for all users. If you want to use an earlier version, type /settings and select your version.

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New Aesthetic System

The headline of the official announcement.

Aesthetics are indeed better across most subjects and prompt understanding is better too.

Prepositions (words that show direction, time, place, location, spatial relationship) such as "above" and "within" are taken more seriously.

Just take a look at these images created with V5.2 to get an idea of the quality that we're working with now:

stars and galaxies around, illustrated, simple, featured on pixiv, muted colors with minimalism, kuzmina, a hazy memory --ar 16:9
book binding, old booker binder shop crowded with books, a beautiful day outside by Otake Chikuha, breathtaking illustrated, simple, featured on pixiv, muted colors with minimalism, irina nordsol kuzmina, a hazy memory --ar 16:9
Futuristic skyscraper with a biomorphic design, lush vertical gardens, and soaring glass facade, inspired by Zaha Hadid, photographed by Candida Höfer --ar 16:9 --c 3 --v 5.2
large interior by Kengo Kuma, Harmonious blend of natural elements and modern design, an eco-friendly structure, pools and falling water --ar 16:9 --c 1
detail interior view of master bath in Rosemary Beach, Florida, Fujifilm GFX 100, Sirui 50mm F/1.8 Anamorphic, architecture photography, morning light, dappled sunshine, cinematic lighting, photo realistic, rule of thirds --ar 16:9
pixel art map, JRPG, nostalgic, SNES --ar 16:9
a locomotive train going through a railroad stock vector art illustration, in the style of light gray and black, strong lines, toyen, skillful, eccentric props, hispanicore, tex avery --v 5.1 --s 500 --chaos 10 --ar 16:9

The announcement says that --stylize has been fixed so that it is stronger. This looks to be the case:

cat sitting on couch, golden hour --stylize 100
cat sitting on couch, golden hour --stylize 1000

New "Zoom Out" Feature

All image upscales now come with Zoom buttons:

  • [Zoom Out 1.5x] [Zoom Out 2x] pulls the camera out and fills in details on all sides
  • [Make Square] adds details on two sides to make a non-square image into a square one
  • [Custom Zoom] (advanced) gives you a popup text box that allows you to change the prompt as you zoom out as well as the aspect ratio or precise zoom. To change aspect ratio set --zoom 1 then change the --ar to your target. This option will try to remove black bars on your previous images.
Official Announcement

The most popular feature: use custom zoom to create interesting scenarios that you can turn into animations.

Here's our guide on Midjourney's Zoom feature and how to create animations EASILY.

New "High Variation Mode"

This mode is available after you've upscaled an image. You can also toggle this in settings.

Notice the new buttons Vary (Strong) and Vary (Subtle):

Vary Subtle:

Vary Strong:

Notice the differences in pose and environment. The compostion and character remain the same.

New /shorten command

This lets you 'analyze' a prompt and get suggestions on what words might not be doing anything and which ones might be key.

Here's our guide on Analyzing prompts with Midjourney 's /shorten command.

The best part of this feature is hidden under a "Show Details" button. It's a prompt analyzer with scores for different tokens.

New --weird parameter

Yes, this feature came out a few days after the V5.2 announcement, but we're going to include here anyways. This makes your images look more weird & edgy.

It goes from --weird 0 to --weird 1000 (actually 3000 but David Holz doesn't recommend it).

Check out: Guide to Midjourney's --weird.

--weird 0

--weird 1000

--weird 3000

Awesome free stuff? Why yes, we do have that...

Midjourney V5 Prompt Book: Fantasy & Worldbuilding

94-pages, 200+ prompts and techniques for creating the heroes and lost worlds of your imagination.

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