Midjourney: Your Guide to Getting Started

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Midjourney, an AI-powered image generation platform, presents a unique opportunity for not-for-profit organisations. By interpreting textual prompts into compelling visuals, it allows for cost-effective, high-quality content creation for digital campaigns, fundraising, and advocacy efforts. Its ability to generate personalised, striking visuals can enhance community engagement, streamline event promotion, and bolster overall communication strategies, offering not-for-profits a powerful tool to support their mission in the digital age.

Step 1: Visit Discord and Midjourney First, head over to the Discord website and register for an account if you don’t already have one. Then, navigate to the Midjourney website. Midjourney is the AI image generator we’ll be using, and it operates through Discord.

Step 2: Sign Up On the Midjourney homepage, you’ll see a “Join the Beta” button. Click it. You will receive an invitation to join the Midjourney Discord channel. Accept this invite. Now, you’re part of the Midjourney community on Discord.

Step 3: Subscribe to a Midjourney Plan In the Midjourney Discord channel, you’ll find several newcomer rooms labeled as #newbies. Go into one of these channels and type “/subscribe”. This command prompts you to choose and sign up for a paid Midjourney plan. Plans start at $10/month for the Basic plan, which gives you around 200 image generations per month.

Step 4: Generate Your First Image You’re ready to start creating images. Type “/imagine” into the message box, followed by a text prompt describing the image you want to create. For instance, you might type “/imagine A sunset over a serene lake.”

Step 5: Edit and Refine Your Image Beneath each generated image, you’ll find several buttons labeled U1, U2, U3, U4, V1, V2, V3, and V4. These buttons allow you to upscale your image (adding more detail) or create variations of your image. Play around with these options to get your image just right.

Step 6: Experiment and Have Fun Now it’s time to experiment and learn. The more specific and detailed you can be with your prompts, the better your results. You can also add images as part of your prompt or blend multiple images together. Don’t be afraid to play around and see what you can create! After all, Midjourney is a tool for artists, and part of being an artist is exploring and experimenting.

Kyle Behrend