Midjourney draws attention with a quantum leap in the release of the new image generator with artificial intelligence
Photo service AI Midjourney on Saturday began releasing an alpha 4 (“v4”) test version of a text-to-image composition model, available to subscribers on its Discord server. The new model provides more detail than was previously available, inspiring some AI artists to point out that Version 4 almost makes getting high-quality results from simple prompts “very easy”.
Midjourney opened to the public in March as part of an early wave of artificial intelligence photomontage models. She quickly gained a large following because of her signature style and because she was publicly available before DALL-E and Stable Diffusion. Not long after, artworks designed by Midjourney made news by winning art competitions, providing material for potential historical copyright recordings, and appearing on illustration websites (later banned).
Over time, Midjourney has improved its model with more training, new features, and greater detail. The current default model, known as “v3”, debuted in August. Now, Midjourney v4 is being tested by thousands of Discord server members of the service who create images through the Midjourney software. Currently users can try v4 by appending “–v 4” to their prompts.
“V4 is an all-new database and entirely new AI architecture,” Midjourney founder David Holz wrote in the Discord announcement. “It’s our first model that has been trained on a new Midjourney AI suite and has been working on it for over 9 months.”
In our tests of the Midjourney v4 model, we’ve found that it offers much more detail than v3, better understanding of stimuli, better compositions of scenes, and sometimes a better fit in its themes. When looking for realistic images, it can be difficult to distinguish some of the results we’ve seen from actual images at a lower resolution.
According to Holz, other features of v4 include:
– Greater knowledge (of creatures, places, and more)
Much better at getting the little details right (in all situations)
Handles more complex claims (with multiple levels of detail)
– Better with multi-object / multi-character scenes
– Supports advanced functions such as photo prompt and multiple prompts
Supports –chaos arg (set from 0 to 100) to control a variety of image grids
Reaction to the Midjourney v4 has been positive on the service’s Discord, and note fans of other photomontage models – who regularly struggle with complex claims for good results.
A Redditor named Jon Bristow posted on the r/StableDiffusion community, “Does anyone else feel that Midjourney v4 is ‘too easy’? This was a ‘close-up of a face’ and it looks like you didn’t make it. Like it was prepped.” In response, one joked, “Sad for the professional motivators who are going to lose their new job created one month ago.”
Midjourney says Version 4 is still in alpha, so it will continue to fix quirks in the new model over time. The company plans to increase the resolution and quality of improved v4 images, add custom aspect ratios (such as v3), increase image sharpness, and reduce text distortions. Midjourney is available for a monthly subscription fee of between $10 and $50 per month.
Given the progress Midjourney has made over his eight months of work, we wonder what next year’s progression will bring in his photomontage.
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