ANDREI KOVALEV'S
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REMIX MODE
NOV 21 2022

A QUICK ONE

You can turn Remix mode on by activating its button in /settings. After that, all Variation buttons (V1–4, Variations) will summon a text window where you can adjust or completely change your prompts.
To illustrate how it works, I’ll start with a story. To put the then-recent Remix mode to the test, I started with a generation of a beetle and then used Remix to obtain a beetle-theme head-piece/mask.

FASHION DESIGN WITH
REMIX MODE

Remix mode is one of the most impactful features in Midjourney. It gives us the next level of control over our generations.

With Remix, it is possible to develop one generation throughout multiple iterations to be as close as possible to our initial idea. Here is another fashion experiment: using Remix, I aimed to obtain an iridescent Yeezy unibody coat inspired by the shape of a tardigrade.
[ORIGINAL PROMPT]
space tardigrade --ar 2:3 --v 3
[UPSCALE]
space tardigrade --ar 2:3 --v 3 →
[REMIX #1]
→ iridescent space tardigrade --ar 2:3 --v 3
[UPSCALE]
iridescent space tardigrade --ar 2:3 --v 3 →
The idea is to start with the reference shape and then step by step approximate its features to the wanted result. For instance, we started with a general picture of floating space tardigrade and then added iridescence. Next step: transforming into a piece of clothing.
[REMIX #2]
→ unibody costume --ar 2:3 --v 3
[UPSCALE]
unibody costume --ar 2:3 --v 3 →
[REMIX #3]
→ oversized puffed up unibody costume by Yeezy --ar 2:3 --v 3
[UPSCALE]
oversized puffed up unibody costume by Yeezy --ar 2:3 --v 3
On the last step I added more details and referenced a specific style (Yeezy).

It's time for a Remastering and Variations!
Midjourney AI. Prompt: by Anton Corbijn --ar 9:16 --v 3
oversized puffed up unibody costume by Yeezy --ar 2:3 --test --creative
Remix is terrific that way. It virtually lets us build very complex prompts by not keeping all the prompt parts in one line. Instead of generating ABCD, you first generate A, then add B, then add C, then finish it with D.

Could we start with a complex prompt from the beginning? Yes, and we could have succeeded, or not. And we definitely have less control this way.
[ORIGINAL PROMPT]
oversized puffed up tardigrade shaped iridescent costume by Yeezy --ar 2:3 --v 3
[UPSCALE]
oversized puffed up tardigrade shaped iridescent costume by Yeezy --ar 2:3 --v 3
[REMASTER]
oversized puffed up tardigrade shaped iridescent costume by Yeezy --ar 2:3 --test --creative
And yes, V4 can do, too!
oversized puffed up tardigrade shaped iridescent unibody costume by Yeezy --v 4
oversized puffed up tardigrade shaped iridescent unibody costume by Yeezy --v 4
oversized puffed up tardigrade shaped iridescent unibody costume by Yeezy --v 4
By the way, speaking of V4...

FASHION DESIGN WITH
REMIX MODE IN V4

Let's conduct the same experiment but use --v 4 instead of --v 3.
SPOILER: It didn't go as I expected...
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

So first thing, I tried the exact same setup. Start with a space tardigrade, then move to the unibody.
[ORIGINAL PROMPT]
frontal view of space tardigrade --v 4
[UPSCALE]
frontal view of space tardigrade --v 4 →
[REMIX]
→ frontal view of iridescent space tardigrade --v 4
[UPSCALE]
frontal view of iridescent space tardigrade --v 4 →
[REMIX]
→ oversized iridescent puffed up unibody --v 4
[UPSCALE]
oversized iridescent puffed up unibody --v 4
[REMIX]
→ oversized iridescent puffed up unibody by Yeezy --v 4
As you can see, it kind of broke half-way, and "Yeezying" it out didn't help much. I also tried less abrupt transitions: instead of going straight to oversized iridescent puffed up unibody I first went to just unibody costume, but weirdly enough, --v 4 didn't bring back good results, only bizarre ones.
unibody costume --v 4
iridescent oversized unibody by Yeezy --v 4
unibody costume --v 4
I felt Remix mode in V4 was more difficult than V3 and less responsive. However, I am sure it has great potential and is a must-try for any dedicated Midjourney explorer.

STYLE SWAP

As you have seen, you can change the style of a particular generation on the go.
[ORIGINAL PROMPT]
moonlit night over Ipanema. Photograph by Andreas Levers --ar 2:3 --v 3 →
[REMIX]
→ moonlit night over ipanema. Painting by Marc Chagall --ar 2:3 --v 3
[REMASTER]
moonlit night over ipanema. Painting by Marc Chagall --ar 2:3 --test --creative →
[REMIX]
→ moonlit night over Ipanema. Photograph by Andreas Levers --ar 2-3 --test --creative
And not just that. In some cases, you can swap specific details, even the subject of your scene!
[ORIGINAL PROMPT]
Rio de Janeiro favelas by Andreas Levers --ar 2-3 --v 3 →
[REMIX]
→ Rio de Janeiro favelas at sunrise by Andreas Levers --ar 2:3 --v 3
[REMASTER]
XIX century ancient man archbishop by Paolo Roversi --ar 2-3 --test --creative →
[REMIX]
→ XIX century beautiful young lady archbishop by Paolo Roversi --ar 2-3 --test --creative
This archbishop has a remix history of his own, and it's a good example of how style AND subject swap work in V3. The last one is our guy before Remaster!
[ORIGINAL PROMPT]
XIX century young man archbishop by Caravaggio --ar 2:3 --v 3 →
[REMIX]
→ XIX century female archbishop by Caravaggio --ar 2:3 --v 3 →
[REMIX]
→ XIX century female archbishop by Paolo Roversi --ar 2:3 --v 3 →
[REMIX]
→ XIX century ancient man archbishop by Paolo Roversi --ar 2:3 --v 3

REMIX IN V4

What about V4? Let's check with roughly same ingredients. I upscaled three of the first variants of the prompt and remixed different elements for each of them.
[ORIGINAL PROMPT]
female archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4
[U1]
female archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4
[U2]
female archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4
[U3]
female archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4
[U1]
female archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4 →
[REMIX]
→ cyberpunk archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4
[U1]
female archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4 →
[REMIX]
→ young man archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4
[U1]
female archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4 →
[REMIX]
→ iron archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4
I'd say, pretty impressive. What about style transfer? It works, too.
[ORIGINAL UPSCALE]
young man archbishop by Paolo Roversi --v 4 →
[REMIX]
→ young man archbishop by Masaccio --v 4

BEETLE TO SAMURAI.
V4 EDITION

I decided to put V4 Remix mode to another test—to compare it to V3 experience. Remember the Beetle to Headpiece case? Here the premise is close: I wanted to travel from a drawing of a beetle to a Napoleon Army samurai. V4 gave me hard time...

I started with a blueprint of a beetle, and then went on to give the beetle some volume and make it more realistic.
[ORIGINAL PROMPT]
blueprint of samurai beetle --v 4
[U3]
blueprint of samurai beetle --v 4 →
[REMIX]
→ samurai beetle --v 4
[U3]
samurai beetle --v 4 →
Happy with the last beetle, I proceeded to turn it into a samurai.
[REMIX]
→ XIX century samurai --v 4
[REMIX]
→ XIX century French samurai --v 4
Didn’t really work: I wanted a full body portrait, so I came back to square "Beetle" and started again from there.
[REMIX]
→ 07 XIX century dieselpunk samurai. Full body portrait --v 4
[U4]
07 XIX century dieselpunk samurai. Full body portrait --v 4
[REMIX]
→ 09 XIX century dieselpunk samurai from Napoleon Army --v 4
Once again, third step, an attempt to add Napoleon vibes, didn't work. I came one step back and tried again. And then it broke again. :/
[REMIX]
→ Napoleon Army dieselpunk samurai. Full body portrait --v 4
[U1]
XIX century dieselpunk samurai. Full body portrait --v 4 →
[REMIX]
→ Napoleon Army French samurai --v 4
I mean, Napoleon guys are technically what I was asking for, but I almost lost the shape of the beetle there. So I went once step back once again and tried yet again from my previous U1.
[REMIX]
→ French dieselpunk samurai. Full body portrait --v 4
[U3]
French dieselpunk samurai. Full body portrait --v 4
That was close enough, yet somehow V4's Remix experience was less smooth, often leading to dead-ends. So my personal preference stays with V3, at least until the next iteration of V4 is out. ಠﭛಠ

MIDJOURNEY AI REMIX MODE:
CONCLUSION

Conclusion? Remix is an amazing tool to build up very complex prompts or to drive a generation through a series of changes to achieve a completely different result based on the initial prompt.
Midjourney AI. Prompt: by Anton Corbijn --ar 9:16 --v 3
It started at intricate insect. 1900s lab scientific photograph by Karl Blossfeldt --ar 4:5 --v 3 ...
Midjourney AI. Prompt: by Anton Corbijn --ar 9:16 --v 3
... and ended at intricate urban samurai blueprint layout by Rick Owens. Photograph by Anton Corbijn with marks and notes--ar 4:5 --test --creative
Happy midjourneys!

— Andrei Kovalev

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