Image Prompts
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    Article summary

    You can use images as part of a prompt to influence a Job's composition, style, and colors. Images prompts can be used alone or with text prompts—experiment with combining images with different styles for the most exciting results.

    To add images to a prompt, type or paste the web address where the image is stored online. The address must end in an extension like .png, .gif, or .jpg. After adding image addresses, add any additional text and parameters to complete the prompt.

    Image showing the Midjourney prompt structure.


    Prompts must have multiple image prompts or a single image prompt and a text prompt to work.
    An image URL must be a direct link to an online image.
    Your file should end in .png, .gif, .webp, .jpg, or .jpeg.
    In most browsers, right-click or long-press an image and select Copy Image Address to get the URL.
    The /blend command is a simplified image prompting process optimized for mobile users.


    Privacy Notes
    • Upload images in your direct messages with the Midjourney Bot to prevent other server users from seeing an image.
    • Image prompts and references are visible on the Midjourney website unless you're generating in Stealth Mode.



    How to Use an Image in Your Prompt

    1. Upload an image to Discord

    Follow these instructions to upload your image to Discord.


    2. Copy your image's URL

    *Discord Desktop App: Right-click on the image and select Copy Link (NOT "Copy Message Link").

    • Discord Web App: Click to expand the image, then right-click and choose "Copy image address."
    • Discord Mobile App: Tap and hold on the image, then select "Copy Media Link."

    If none of these methods work, you can click to expand the image, and at the bottom, select "Open in Browser" so you can copy and paste the image's URL.

    To incorporate an image into your prompt, you need a direct image link that ends with .png, .gif, .webp, .jpg, or .jpeg. If the image is on your computer or phone, you can send it as a message to the Midjourney Bot first to generate a link.

    How To Upload Your Image

    Add an Image URL to Your Prompt

    To add an image to a prompt, begin typing /imagine as usual. After the prompt box appears, drag the image file into the prompt box to add the image's URL, or right-click and paste the link within the prompt box.

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    Examples

    Starting Images

    Cropped image of a greecian statue generated with Midjourney

    Greecian style statue

    Cropped image of vintage flower illustraiton

    Vintage Flower Illustration

    Cropped image of Ernst Haeckel's Jellyfish

    Ernst Haeckel's Jellyfish

    Cropped image of Ernst Haeckel's Lichen

    Ernst Haeckel's Lichen

    Cropped image of The Great Wave off Kanagawa

    Hokusai's The Great Wave


    Midjourney Model Version 5

    Statue + Flowers

    Cropped image of the Bust of Apollo + Cropped image of vintage flower illustraiton

    Midjourney image prompt combining  a greecian style statue and a cropped section of a vintage illustration of cyclamen flowers

    Statue + Jellyfish

    Cropped image of the Bust of Apollo + Cropped image of Ernst Haeckel's Jellyfish Midjourney image prompt combining  a greecian style statue and a cropped section of jellyfish by Ernst Haeckel's

    Statue + Lichen

    Cropped image of the Bust of Apollo + Cropped image of Ernst Haeckel's Lichen Midjourney image prompt combining  a greecian style statue and a cropped section of lichen by Ernst Haeckel's

    Statue + Wave

    Cropped image of the Bust of Apollo + Cropped image of The Great Wave off Kanagawa Midjourney image prompt combining  a greecian style statue and a cropped section of the Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

    Statue + Lichen + Flowers

    Cropped image of the Bust of Apollo + Cropped image of Ernst Haeckel's Lichen + Cropped image of vintage flower illustraiton Midjourney image prompt combining  a greecian style statue, a cropped section of lichen by Ernst Haeckel's, and a vintage floral illustration


    Aspect Ratio Tip

    Crop images to the same aspect ratio as your final image for the best results.



    Image Weight Parameter

    Use the image weight parameter --iw to adjust the importance of the image vs. text portion of a prompt. The default value is used when no --iw is specified. Higher --iw values mean the image prompt will have more impact on the finished job.

    See the Multi Prompts page for more information about the relative importance between parts of a prompt.

    Different Midjourney Version Models have different image weight ranges.

    Version 6Version 5Version 4niji 6niji 5
    Image Weight Default11NA11
    Image Weight Range0–30–2NA0–30–2


    prompt example: /imagine prompt flowers.jpg birthday cake --iw .5

    Cropped image of painter Jan Davidsz de Heem's Vase of Flowers used a midjourney image prompt

    Image Prompt

    A midjourney image generated from an image prompt of an oil painting of flowers and the prompt, a birthday cake with the image weight parameter set to 0.25

    --iw .25

    A midjourney image generated from an image prompt of an oil painting of flowers and the prompt, a birthday cake with the image weight parameter set to 0.5

    --iw .5

    A midjourney image generated from an image prompt of an oil painting of flowers and the prompt, a birthday cake with the image weight parameter set to 0.75

    --iw .75

    A midjourney image generated from an image prompt of an oil painting of flowers and the prompt, a birthday cake with the image weight parameter set to 1.0

    --iw 1

    A midjourney image generated from an image prompt of an oil painting of flowers and the prompt, a birthday cake with the image weight parameter set to 1.25

    --iw 1.25

    A midjourney image generated from an image prompt of an oil painting of flowers and the prompt, a birthday cake with the image weight parameter set to 1.5

    --iw 1.5

    A midjourney image generated from an image prompt of an oil painting of flowers and the prompt, a birthday cake with the image weight parameter set to 1.75

    --iw 1.75

    A midjourney image generated from an image prompt of an oil painting of flowers and the prompt, a birthday cake with the image weight parameter set to 2.0

    --iw 2

    A midjourney image generated from an image prompt of an oil painting of flowers and the prompt, a birthday cake with the image weight parameter set to 2.0

    --iw 3



    Technical Details

    Prompts that only use images and no text are not compatible with the --stylize, or --weird parameters.