Stable Diffusion is a new AI system that can generate images from text descriptions. Getting the prompts right is key to creating high quality AI art. In this article, I’ll share my top prompt examples and tips as an experienced Stable Diffusion user.
Crafting Effective Prompts
A good prompt should clearly describe the desired image while allowing room for creativity. Here are some examples:
Specific Style References
A scenic photograph of a Victorian house with intricate gingerbread trim on a sunny day, depth of field, by Gustave Dore
Referencing a specific art style helps steer the output. I included depth of field to mimic a camera lens.
Adjectives for Detail
An intricate oil painting of a detailed dragon wearing armor, by Greg Rutkowski
Using adjectives like “detailed” and “intricate” prompts Stable Diffusion to render higher quality images.
A cute, silly portrait of a baby panda laughing while eating bamboo, by Norman Rockwell
Emotion helps set the tone and style. This prompt uses an upbeat, warm tone fitting for the desired family-friendly panda art.
Follow these tips when writing Stable Diffusion prompts:
Be Specific Yet Flexible
Give the AI enough detail to work with, but room for interpretation. Overly rigid prompts generate less creativity.
Name a specific artist to mimic their style. This hugely impacts the aesthetic.
Use Adjectives Wisely
Adjectives like “beautiful” are too vague. Use descriptive words that add meaningful details.
Specify Medium or Method
For example, say “oil painting” or “pen and ink drawing” to get that look.
Prompt Structure Tips
Structure prompts like this for best results:
Start prompts with the main subject, then describe the style.
Good: “An oil painting portrait of a wizard”
Bad: “A fantasy style oil painting of a wizard”
Set the Tone Next
After the subject, set the emotion and tone. Is it serious, funny, cute, etc?
Then add visual descriptors – adjectives for colors, textures, lighting, etc.
Optionally specify the art medium if you want a particular style.
Artist Reference (Optional)
Finally, reference a specific artist. This has a huge impact on aesthetics.
Here are some great sites for learning more about Stable Diffusion prompts:
- Stability AI’s Documentation – Official prompt guidance
- PromptMania – Prompt examples and ideas
- Lexica – Curated prompt inspiration