Stable Diffusion Prompts Examples

Stable Diffusion is an AI system that generates images from text descriptions. To get good results, you need to provide prompts – detailed descriptions of the image you want the AI to generate. Writing effective prompts requires creativity and an understanding of how Stable Diffusion works.

This article provides examples of good prompts across different categories to spark ideas and help you improve your prompting skills.

Prompt Structure

A typical Stable Diffusion prompt has the following key components:

  • Subject – The main focus of the image. For example, “a painting of a girl”.
  • Style – The desired artistic style. For example, “in Andy Warhol’s pop art style”.
  • Details – Additional descriptive details about the subject, setting, etc. For example, “sitting against a blue background”.
  • Guidance – Instructions that guide the image generation process. For example, “intricately detailed digital art”.

Here is an example prompt demonstrating this structure:

An intricately detailed digital art painting of a girl with red hair sitting against a blue background in Andy Warhol's pop art style

When writing prompts, ensure you provide enough details and context to reduce ambiguity. Let’s look at some category-specific examples.

Portrait Prompts

Portraits focus on capturing the essence of a person. Some examples:

  • A realistic portrait of a 20 year old woman smiling subtly, straight brown hair, depth of field
  • Black and white high contrast photo of an elderly bald man with bushy eyebrows staring pensively to the side
  • Waist up picture of a middle aged businessman in a suit, greying hair, warm lighting

Pay attention to facial features, expressions, angle of view, lighting conditions and other relevant details.

Landscape Prompts

Landscapes showcase natural scenery or cityscapes. Some examples:

  • Aerial photography of the great barrier reef in Australia with bright turquoise water and white sand beaches
  • Misty alpine mountains reflecting off a perfectly still lake at sunrise
  • Bustling Times Square in New York City at night with neon signs and light trails from traffic

Describe the location, time of day, weather conditions and other details that set the scene.

Still Life Prompts

Still life prompts render arrangements of ordinary objects. Some examples:

  • Colorful fruit bowl with apples, oranges, bananas, grapes and pears on a wooden table
  • Open vintage suitcase packed with books, postcards, map and camera
  • Cut crystal glass vase with a dozen red roses and baby’s breath on marble

List the objects, their positions, colors and other visual qualities.

Abstract Prompts

Abstract images showcase imaginative designs and shapes. Some examples:

  • Geometric shapes and mathematical formulas in the style of a colorful kaleidoscope
  • Flowing organic lines and splashes of paint reminiscent of Jackson Pollock
  • Futuristic network of glowing particles and fibers in neon colors

Describe forms, patterns, styles, palettes and moods. Give creative freedom to the AI.

Character Prompts

Character prompts generate fictional people and creatures. Some examples:

  • An elf ranger adventurer wearing a green cloak sitting on a tree stump in a mystical forest
  • Fierce orc warrior clad in skull embellished armor screaming a battle cry
  • Cute cartoon turtle wearing small round glasses and a bowtie holding a stack of books

Specify species/race, clothing, accessories, poses and other character details.

Text Prompts

Text prompts integrate letters into images. Some examples:

  • Old typewriter with the words “Top Secret” typed out in black ink on white paper
  • Scrabble tiles spelling “Game Over” scattered over a wooden table
  • Calligraphy of the word “Imagine” in an abstract watercolor style

Indicate font styles, sizes, colors and positions that complement the rest of the image.

Prompt Guidance Techniques

In addition to details about the subject and style, prompts can provide guidance to improve image quality:

  • Artistic medium – oil painting, pencil sketch, vector art
  • Rendering style – realism, cartoon, pixel art
  • Composition – symmetrical, rule of thirds, golden ratio
  • Quality – high resolution, photorealistic, cinematic
  • Lighting – soft lighting, chiaroscuro, rim lighting

Apply one or more techniques to guide the AI creatively.

Prompt Ideation Strategies

Here are some methods to come up with new prompt ideas:

  • Browse PromptHero or Lexica for inspiration
  • Pick a random word and build a prompt around it
  • Find reference images and describe them in detail
  • Mashup concepts from different categories
  • Iterate on prompts that show promise
  • Collaborate with others to merge ideas

Creativity and experimentation are key to mastering the art of prompting.


With practice, you can learn to write prompts that produce breathtaking images with Stable Diffusion. Start by studying example prompts and understanding how to provide key details. Apply prompt guidance techniques to further improve results. And don’t be afraid to try unusual concepts – let your imagination run wild!

The prompts you write are in many ways more important than the parameters. An excellent prompt can produce stunning images even with default settings. I hope these examples and tips help you on your journey to become an expert prompter.