ANDREI KOVALEV'S
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MIDJOURNEY
VERSION 4
NOV 6 2022

Midjourney has revealed its Version 4, or --v 4, in prompts. Long story short: it's BIG.

I've run a series of lab tests trying to reveal a tiny fraction of how it sees the world. Here are the results of my research.

[pictures are clickable]
MRI scan of robot samurai --v 4
Japanese fox god of winter death and rebirth --v 4
intricate raven god --v 4

QUICK FACTS

  • 1
    This is still an Alpha version—so expect a lot to change in the nearest future!
  • 2
    To better understand the intricate workings of V4, here is what Midjourney-people say about V4 ↗
  • 3
    You can turn Version 4 ON for your generations via /settings (or add --v 4 to a prompt).
  • 4
    UPDATED! In addition to default 1:1, Aspect Ratio can now be set to 2:3 or 3:2.
    So far, the only supported Aspect Ratio is 1:1. And upscales go to 1024x1024 pixels.
  • 5
    UPDATED! Remix mode has been added now
    No Remix, so switch off your Remix mode before generating Variations. ಠ╭╮ಠ
  • 6
    Version 4 support Image Prompts! And that's a nuclear bomb. See below!

EMOTIONAL RESPONSE

The --v 4 blows your mind. It exceeded my expectations almost every single time. It knows what's "beautiful" for humans and sends it back to us tenfold. It has excellent attention to detail and knows composition perfectly.
anime girl wearing intricate bird mask
dimensional astrolabe
Slavic goddess of winter and floral decay
digital glitch Thom Yorke
infographics of all know multiverses. 1980s Japanese graphic design
anime girl wearing intricate bird mask
colossal ancient god of deers. Photograph by Josef Sudek
And—it seems to become a feature for Midjourney—even when the results are off or glitch-y, they are off beautifully. I encourage you to experiment!
layout of dissected bird on lab table. Scientific photograph with notes and marks
colossal Sphynx cat looming over rainy London by Josef Sudek
huge cat on lab table. Top view. 1900 scientific photograph with notes and marks

IMAGE PROMPTS

As a portrait photographer, I am overly fascinated by the limits of Image Prompts. I was very impressed by it in V3, but Version 4 takes Image Prompts to the moon. Thus they will be my focus today.

Meet Francis, a friend whom I photographed in Paris some years ago.
And that's what happened when I first "fed" that portrait to --v 3.
large format film monochrome photograph by Richard Avedon with shallow depth of field --iw 0.9 --ar 4:5
no text prompt --stylize 625
wearing cyberpunk mask visor --ar 4:5 --iw 0.5 --stylize 1625
no text prompt --stylize 5000
Sidenote: Francis taught me another important lesson: the more pronounced a person's features are, the better Midjourney "captures" and "reinterprets" them. Bottom line: choose subjects with strong, pronounced characters, and images with clearly visible and well lit features. Also, Francis is ideal for our test.

Today, I asked --v 4 to reimagine the portrait of Francis with a simple addition as someone. And here are the results:
young dramatic actor
knight
fashion designer by Paolo Roversi
cyberpunk preacher
vigilante superhero from 1920s
beetles collection
Summer Of Love child
Wong Kar Wai movie character
guerilla Rock Star by Vivienne Westwood. Photograph by Anton Corbijn
political star by Annie Leibovitz
Japanese folk theatre mask
by Anton Corbijn
fashion icon by Tim Walker
Chernobog
first man to evolve to artificial intellegence. Digital glitch, computer art, VHS distortions
digital glitch god
Lord of Thieves by Rembrandt
Venetian merchant by Masaccio
cruel world ruler
cyberpunk mugshot
ASCII art
eternal interdimensional being beyond Time and Space
opium smoker by René Magritte
Japanese poster graphics
As you can see, V4 is crazy good here. It truly catches the character and carefully transitions the style. And it seems to successfully put together even the craziest combinations! (see below)

Even though V4 knows most artists' styles from my experiments, some confuse AI. In some cases, it seems to only apply a part of the style: like light, color, and composition, but not the actual brushstrokes; or use the artist's style as a backdrop or even some scene elements.
by Franz Kline
by Edward Hopper
as smoker by Vincent Van Gogh
I then tried some of my other portrait work, including more detailed, wide-frame scenes.
[ORIGINAL PHOTO]
by Tim Walker --v 4
by Tim Walker --v 4
by Tim Walker --v 4
[ORIGINAL PHOTO]
by Tim Walker --v 4
by Tim Walker --v 4
[ORIGINAL PHOTO]
as 19th century photograph by George Melies --v 4
by Georges Méliès --v 4
by Georges Méliès --v 4
[ORIGINAL PHOTO]
in mirror dimesion --v 4
in mirror dimension --v 4
[ORIGINAL PHOTO]
by Gregory Crewdson --v 4
[ORIGINAL PHOTO]
as collage from pieces of pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov --v 4
[ORIGINAL PHOTO]
--v 3
mediating cybermonk in glitching virtual temple. Ghost In The Shell style --v 4
I see a lot of people use Midjourney for previsualization in their photographic projects. I think its a very cool idea! In my days *coughs* we used Photoshop to put digital collages together, and some more intricate ones could consume hours to prepare. Let's feed one of those old-school collages to Midjourney and compare the result with text-only prompt generation.
[ORIGINAL PHOTOSHOP MOCKUP]
[IMAGE PROMPT]
futuristic samurai fights mecha Godzilla in wasteland --v 4
[TEXT PROMPT]
wandering futuristic samurai with colossal plasma sword in post-apocalyptic wasteland fighting gigantic mecha Godzilla --v 4
[TEXT PROMPT]
wandering futuristic samurai with colossal plasma sword in post-apocalyptic wasteland fighting gigantic mecha Godzilla --v 4

MULTI-IMAGE PROMPTS

And that wasn't enough, here comes the ground-breaking part. You can "feed" Midjourney two images and see how it magically blends them together. Yes, you could do it in --v 3, too. But V4 takes it to a whole new level.

To see how it works, I took a few iconic movie scenes and asked Midjourney to mix them with the portrait of Francis.
The Shining
Blade Runner
Get Out
The Revenant
2046
Predestination
Of course, I tried blending Francis' portrait with some other images from both photographs and even Midjourney generations.
[ORIGINAL PHOTO]
[ORIGINAL MIDJOURNEY GENERATION]
Bonus track: try sending Midjourney its own generations, changing artist's style on each step.
[ORIGINAL PHOTO]
by Tim Walker --v 4
by Hayao Miyazaki --v 4
by Tim Walker --v 4
by René Magritte --v 4
by Ib Kamara --v 4
Mind. Blown. Thank you, Midjourney!

-- Yours, Andrei
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