Midjourney v5 is out: How to use it?

Eray Eliaçik
Mar 16, 2023
Updated • Mar 22, 2023
Apps, Software

The newest version of the popular AI image generator's neural network, Midjourney v5, can produce strikingly lifelike visuals. The v5 model employs cutting-edge tools and a new neural architecture to generate aesthetics and designs.

It took five months to complete the updated edition of Midjourney, and yes, it can draw hands now! The team announced the news on the project's official Discord channel.

Credit: Nick St. Pierre

Midjourney v5: What is new?

According to the announcement, these are the changes that come with the update:

  • Much wider stylistic range and more responsive prompting.
  • Much higher image quality (2x resolution increase) improved dynamic range.
  • More detailed images. Details are more likely to be correct. Less unwanted text.
  • Improved performance with image prompting.
  • Supports --tile argument for seamless tiling (experimental).
  • Supports --ar aspect ratios greater than 2:1 (experimental).
  • Supports --iw for weighing image prompts versus text prompts.

What do they mean?

  • Stylistics: Midjourney v5's aesthetic range is greater, and it understands user requests more accurately. The significance of mentioning the artist's or movement's names has grown in recent years. If no style is specified, the neural network will use its default to create photorealistic output.
  • Quality: There is now twice as much resolution and a wider dynamic range. Now, high-quality images may be made instantly. In version 4, the request was processed while the user waited for each image to be up-scaled by hand. As of right now, clicking the Upscale button will immediately load a larger version of the image.
  • Detailing: When it comes to small details, the neural network excels. Therefore, it makes five fingers on each hand and doesn't add hundred even teeth. Developers also claimed to have "dramatically" enhanced facial detailing.

This new edition of Midjourney will let users create photorealistic visuals, which may throw off more than one person's ability to tell reality from simulation. We have come a long way in just a few months with Midjourney v4, and now we can find images with a higher level of graphic detail than we ever could have anticipated.

Credit: Nick St. Pierre

The creators caution that two-word requests may not be as effective as before and instead suggest coming up with longer, more specific prompts. The beta phase of development for the fifth generation is still under progress. The developers caution that the neural network may undergo significant changes before the final release. Generation, though, is already accessible to people

How to use Midjourney v5?

Currently, Midjourney's default neural network version is v4. You have two options for activating the fifth:

  • Just type /settings in Discord, choose the MJ option and hit the enter key to apply the changes. Choose MJ 5 in the menu that appears, and then click Apply.
  • Add —v 5 at the command prompt when generating an image.

Midjourney v4 vs Midjourney v5

The fifth edition is a significant improvement, especially when it comes to creating well-known figures from popular culture. The distinction is most noticeable when the neural network attempts to depict a realistic scene, such as an image, landscape, or indoor space.

You can check out more examples by looking at Nick St. Pierre's tweet series.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

  14. TelV said on October 4, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    The only “Hot” aspect about this discussion is that all the users are psychic and have discovered a way to comment on a particular topic a couple of weeks before it actually appears i.e. the article is dated 3 October while the comments date from August 18.

    Is this an example of how the super intelligent AI is going about its business?

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