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Midjourney: everything you need to know about the AI capable of creating ultra-realistic images

By Steven, on April 27, 2023, updated on July 10, 2023 - 2 min read

Since the launch of its Open Beta version in July 2022, MidJourney has established itself as the undisputed leader in generative artificial intelligence software.

Introduced by an independent research lab and supported by a large ecosystem of developers, MidJourney now offers users the ability to create realistic images from descriptive text.

What is MidJourney?

MidJourney is a generative artificial intelligence software that creates realistic images from text or descriptions.

This AI aims at artistic beauty rather than realism, and has been trained on a large number of images.

It incorporates a feedback loop based on user activity and reactions to improve image quality.

Also read : 8 Unmissable free AI art generators: watch your words become beautiful images

How to use Midjourney ?

In order to use Midjourney you must first access the dedicated Discord server. Then, to create a realistic image, you just have to describe the desired image and specify the shot using appropriate keywords, then associate characterization keywords to improve the rendering.

The generated images are available in square format by default, but it is possible to change the format by using a specific command. Midjourney offers 25 free credits to each new user to test the tool.

Paid packages are also proposed with different credits and additional options.


What’s new: NijiJourney V5

MidJourney has recently launched a new AI model named NijiJourney v5 capable of creating illustrations with an aesthetic close to Japanese cartoons.

To activate this mode, you need to have an active subscription to MidJourney and activate the setting in the options with the “/settings” command or by adding the command at the end of the prompt.

The renderings produced are remarkable and may remind of Studio Ghibli movies or artists’ illustrations. It is possible to adjust the anime effect by increasing or decreasing the stylization with the “-s” command.


Midjourney is not the only AI of its kind, there are alternatives!

There are several other generative artificial intelligence tools. Among the main ones are:

  • DALL-E,
  • Craiyon,
  • Bing Image Creator,
  • Text to Image,
  • and NightCafe.

They are available for free (with limited functionality) or via paid plans that start at $10 per month.

If you’re intrigued by AI models like Midjourney, there are many open-source AI models that could take your projects to the next level. These models are not just limited to image generation, they span across multiple domains like natural language processing, computer vision, speech recognition and more. You can explore these models and more in the article Top 8 Open Source AI Models to Elevate Your Projects, which provides a deeper dive into the functionality and applications of these models.

What are the possible uses of Midjourney?

MidJourney is used for personal, professional and even therapeutic purposes by users.

However, it is important to note that gore or adult content is strictly prohibited on the tool.

In conclusion, MidJourney has quickly established itself as a practical and powerful artificial intelligence tool that allows users to create artistic images from descriptive texts.

With its new version NijiJourney V5, it also offers users a total immersion in the visual universe of Japanese manga thanks to an unmatched graphic quality.