Midjourney's NEW Secret Weapon - Style Reference

Making AI Magic
7 Mar 202413:16

TLDRMidjourney has introduced a new feature called Style Reference (sref) for its version six, which is designed to help users replicate a specific style they admire. This tool is particularly useful for those who find it challenging to describe the style they want or wish to blend different styles. Unlike image prompts that focus on composition, sref aims to capture the visual style of an image, maintaining a consistent look across different scenes. Users can combine sref with other parameters like stylize and style raw for unique aesthetics. The sref parameter works with an image URL, which can be used in Discord or on the Midjourney website. Additionally, users can adjust the style weight (SW) to control the intensity of the style reference in the generated image. The feature is not a style transfer tool but rather a reference to guide the AI in creating images with a desired aesthetic. Midjourney's sref allows creators to quickly achieve the look they want without the need for detailed verbal descriptions.

Takeaways

  • 🎨 **Style Reference Tool**: Midjourney introduced a new feature called 'Style Reference' or 'sref' in February 2024 for version six, allowing users to replicate a style from an image they like.
  • πŸ“ˆ **Style Parameters**: Midjourney version six has different style parameters like 'style raw' and 'stylize', which can be combined for varied image aesthetics.
  • πŸ”„ **Style Consistency**: The sref tool is aimed at creating a consistent style across multiple images, which is particularly useful for projects like graphic novels.
  • πŸ–ΌοΈ **Image and Style Focus**: While image prompts focus on composition, sref captures the style of an image, helping maintain a similar look across different scenes.
  • πŸ“· **Using Style Reference**: To use sref, users need an image URL, which can be an online image or one uploaded into Midjourney, and then used as a reference for style.
  • 🌐 **Platform Usage**: The sref parameter can be used in both Discord and the Midjourney website, with slight variations in the process.
  • πŸ”„ **Combining Parameters**: Users can combine sref with other parameters like 'stylize', 'weird', and 'chaos' for unique image results.
  • βœ… **Style Weight (SW)**: The SW parameter allows users to adjust the intensity of the style reference, with a scale from 0 to 1000, providing more control over the style application.
  • πŸ”„ **Combining Image Prompts and Style References**: Both can be used simultaneously, focusing on different aspects of the inspiration image for a blended result.
  • πŸ“š **Upcoming Features**: Midjourney is planning to release a 'character reference' parameter (cref) to focus on recreating character references.
  • πŸ” **Blending Multiple References**: Users can blend multiple style references by adding space between each URL or dragging multiple images into the prompt bar, with the ability to assign different weights to each reference.

Q & A

  • What is the main purpose of Midjourney's style reference tool?

    -The style reference tool, or sref, allows users to replicate a specific style they like by simply pointing at an image and saying 'make it look like that.' It is particularly useful for those who find it difficult to describe the style they want or for combining styles.

  • When was the style reference tool released by Midjourney?

    -The style reference tool was released in February 2024.

  • Which versions of Midjourney support the style reference tool?

    -The style reference tool is only compatible with Midjourney version six and Niji version six.

  • What is the difference between style raw and stylize parameters?

    -Style raw removes many of Midjourney's style preferences and stays closer to the user's prompt, but it may not make the image as beautiful. Stylize, on the other hand, is a measure of Midjourney's beauty and can be adjusted from 0 to 1000 to increase or decrease the Midjourney aesthetic touches.

  • How does the style reference parameter differ from image prompts?

    -While image prompts focus mainly on composition and to a lesser extent on color and style, the style reference parameter captures the overall look and style of the image, and to a lesser extent, the composition, helping to keep the style consistent across different images.

  • What is the SW or style weight parameter used for?

    -The SW or style weight parameter is used to adjust the intensity of the style reference. It works on a scale from 0 to 1000, with the default being 100. Users can increase or decrease the style weight to get the desired level of influence from the style reference image.

  • How can the style reference parameter be used in conjunction with other parameters?

    -The style reference parameter can be used with other parameters such as stylize, weird, chaos, and even style raw to achieve different and interesting looks.

  • What is the process of using the style reference parameter in Discord?

    -In Discord, users can drag their inspiration image into the chat and copy the URL. Then, in the message bar, they type '/imagine' followed by their text prompt, then '--sref', a space, and paste in the image URL.

  • How can users use the style reference parameter on the Midjourney website?

    -On the Midjourney website, users can upload an image by clicking the plus icon and dragging the inspiration image into the prompt bar. They then add the style reference by dragging the image into the 'add style reference' box and type their text prompt in the bar.

  • Can multiple style references be blended using the style reference parameter?

    -Yes, multiple style references can be blended by adding a space between each URL or dragging multiple images into the web prompt bar. Users can also assign different weights to each style reference to control their influence on the final image.

  • What is the character reference parameter (cref) mentioned in the script?

    -The character reference parameter (cref) is an upcoming tool that will focus primarily on recreating a character reference. It will help maintain the consistency of a character's appearance across different images.

  • How does the style reference tool contribute to creating a graphic novel with a consistent style?

    -The style reference tool (sref) helps in maintaining a consistent style throughout the graphic novel by allowing the user to set a style reference image. This ensures that the aesthetic of the novel remains uniform, even as the action in the images changes.

Outlines

00:00

🎨 Introducing Midjourney's Style Reference Tool

Midjourney has introduced a new tool called Style Reference (sref) for version six and Niji version six, released in February 2024. This tool allows users to replicate a style they like by pointing at an image and saying, 'make it look like that.' It's particularly useful for those who struggle to describe the style they want or prefer to combine styles. Unlike image prompts, which focus on composition, sref captures the style and look of the image. The tool is part of Midjourney's efforts to create consistent styles, which can be beneficial for projects like graphic novels. Users can use an image URL as a style reference to maintain a similar style across images while changing the action depicted. The character reference parameter (cref), which is upcoming, will focus on recreating character references.

05:01

πŸ“š Using the sref Parameter in Discord and the Midjourney Website

The sref parameter can be used in both Discord and the Midjourney website. In Discord, users can drag and drop an inspiration image, copy its URL, and then use the sref parameter followed by the image URL in their prompt. On the Midjourney website, users can upload an image directly into the prompt bar and use it as a style reference or an image prompt. The website also features a shortcut for using an image as a style reference by clicking the style button at the bottom of an image on the Explore page. Additionally, users can adjust the style weight (SW) parameter to increase or decrease the influence of the style reference on the generated image. Combining sref with other parameters like stylize, weird, chaos, and style raw can produce a variety of looks.

10:02

πŸ”„ Combining Image Prompts and Style References for Enhanced Creativity

Users can combine image prompts with style references to focus on different aspects of the inspiration image. For instance, one might like the subject or composition of one image and the colors and vibe of another. The sref parameter should be used after the text prompt in Discord and in the designated style reference box on the website. It's important to note that sref is not a style transfer tool but rather a reference that guides Midjourney to create something new each time. Users can also blend multiple style references by providing multiple image URLs with weights to give more prominence to a particular style. The style reference tool is an efficient way to achieve a desired look in images without the need for detailed verbal descriptions.

Mindmap

Keywords

πŸ’‘Midjourney

Midjourney is a creative tool that allows users to generate images based on textual prompts. It is the main subject of the video, showcasing its new features and capabilities. In the script, Midjourney is described as having released a new tool called 'style reference' for its version six, which is significant for users looking to replicate or combine styles in their image creations.

πŸ’‘Style Reference (sref)

Style Reference, abbreviated as sref, is a new parameter introduced by Midjourney that enables users to direct the tool to replicate a specific style from an image. It is particularly useful for users who find it challenging to describe the style they want in words. The script explains that sref is different from image prompts as it focuses more on capturing the style rather than composition.

πŸ’‘Style Raw

Style Raw is a style parameter in Midjourney that reduces the tool's inherent style preferences, allowing the generated images to stay closer to the user's prompt. It is mentioned in the script as a popular choice for users who want more control over the final look of their images, although it may require additional descriptive words in the prompt to enhance beauty.

πŸ’‘Stylize

Stylize is a parameter that controls the degree of Midjourney's aesthetic influence on the generated images. With a default value of 100, users can adjust it to zero for a more neutral style or increase it up to 1000 for a more pronounced Midjourney touch. The script highlights that lower values might improve prompt understanding, while higher values could enhance the visual appeal.

πŸ’‘Style Weight (SW)

Style Weight, denoted as SW, is a parameter that works in conjunction with the Style Reference tool. It allows users to adjust the intensity of the style influence from the reference image on the generated image. The script provides an example of how to increase the style weight by adding '--sw' followed by a number to the prompt, with higher numbers intensifying the style effect.

πŸ’‘Image Prompts

Image prompts are a feature in Midjourney that allows users to guide the image generation process by providing an example image. Unlike Style Reference, image prompts primarily focus on composition and layout. The script discusses how image prompts and style references can be used together to combine the desired aspects of different images.

πŸ’‘Character Reference (cref)

Although not fully explained in the script, Character Reference, or cref, is mentioned as an upcoming tool that will focus on recreating a character reference. It is implied that cref will help maintain character consistency across different image generations, which is a step towards creating more coherent visual narratives like graphic novels.

πŸ’‘Discord

Discord is a communication platform where the Midjourney tool can be used. The script provides instructions on how to use the Style Reference parameter within Discord, including uploading an image, copying its URL, and incorporating it into a command to generate images with a desired style.

πŸ’‘Alpha Website

The Alpha website is an online platform where creators can access and use Midjourney's tools. The script mentions that the Alpha website is opening up to more creators and provides a guide on how to use the Style Reference parameter on this platform, including uploading images and using them as style references.

πŸ’‘Style Tuner

Style Tuner is a feature from Midjourney's version five that allows users to select their preferred styles based on image choices. By choosing favorite versions of an image, users receive a unique style code that can be used for future image generations. The script suggests that similar functionalities might be introduced in version six.

πŸ’‘Anime Style Options

Anime Style Options refer to specific stylistic choices available in Midjourney's Niji version five, such as scenic, cute, expressive, and original. These options allow users to generate images with distinct anime-inspired styles. The script briefly mentions these options in the context of version five's capabilities.

Highlights

Midjourney has introduced a new tool called Style Reference (sref) for version six in February 2024.

Style Reference allows users to replicate a style they like by pointing at an image and saying 'make it look like that'.

Sref is particularly useful for those who struggle to describe the style they want or prefer combining styles.

Style Reference is different from image prompts, focusing more on capturing the style and look of an image.

Sref works exclusively on Midjourney version six and Niji version six.

Style raw is a popular parameter for version six that reduces Midjourney's style preferences and stays closer to the prompt.

Stylize is a parameter that controls the level of Midjourney's beauty in the images, with a default value of 100.

Stylize and style raw parameters can be used together for unique image outcomes.

The new style reference parameter includes SW or style weight, which ranges from zero to 1000.

Version five of Midjourney featured a style tuner that allowed users to choose their favorite styles based on image choices.

Sref is a step towards creating consistent styles, which is beneficial for projects like graphic novels.

Using an image prompt helps with composition, but Sref focuses on maintaining a consistent style across images.

The character reference parameter (cref) is an upcoming tool that will focus on recreating a character reference.

To use sref, you need at least one image URL, which can be an online image or one uploaded into Midjourney.

Sref can be used in both Discord and the Midjourney website, with different methods for each platform.

An image can serve as both an image prompt and a style reference, offering flexibility in image creation.

The website offers a style reference shortcut, allowing users to quickly set an image as a style reference for new images.

The SW or style weight parameter can be adjusted to increase or decrease the influence of the style reference on the final image.

Sref and image prompts can be used simultaneously, focusing on different aspects of the inspiration image.

Multiple style references can be blended, with the ability to assign different weights to each reference for varying levels of influence.

Style Reference is a powerful tool for quickly achieving a desired look in images without the need for detailed verbal description.