Best Stable Diffusion models and how to use them

Onur Demirkol
Aug 30, 2023
Updated • Aug 29, 2023

Stable Diffusion is one of the most popular image generators in the world, and you can use different models for different purposes. Here are the best Stable Diffusion models and how to use them!

At its essence, a Stable Diffusion model empowers you to give dynamism to your visual concepts. These models undergo training on specific datasets, enabling them to craft images in distinct styles. Whether it's a photograph's authenticity or a hand-crafted illustration's enchantment, Stable Diffusion models excel at reproducing these styles with remarkable accuracy.

Best Stable Diffusion models and how to use them

The Stable Diffusion models are available in versions v1 and v2, encompassing a plethora of finely tuned models. From capturing photorealistic landscapes to embracing the world of abstract art, the range of possibilities is continuously expanding.

Although Stable Diffusion models showcase impressive capabilities, they might not be equally adept in every domain. For instance, generating anime-style images is effortless, yet certain sub-genres could present challenges. As a result, identifying the most suitable Stable Diffusion Model for your specific requirements becomes essential.

Here are some of the best Stable Diffusion models for you to check out:


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DreamShaper boasts a stunning digital art style that leans toward illustration. This particular model truly shines in the realm of portraiture, crafting a remarkable piece that flawlessly captures the essence and visual characteristics of the subject.

DreamShaper's prowess extends to crafting intricate, vibrant artwork that vividly portrays various landscapes. The image showcases captivating colors and an array of geometric elements that contribute to its depth and visual appeal.

You can use Stable Diffusion negative prompts to get positive results

For those seeking AI models capable of generating artistic visuals, DreamShaper is an ideal choice. Additionally, you have the flexibility to adjust several parameters to fine-tune the final results, achieving a digital art aesthetic reminiscent of skilled human illustration.


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Protogen, a Stable Diffusion model, boasts an animation style reminiscent of anime and manga. This model's unique capability lies in its capacity to generate images that mirror the distinctive aesthetics of anime, offering a high level of detail that is bound to captivate enthusiasts of the genre.

Whether you're crafting characters, constructing intricate environments, or designing props for anime and manga, Protogen proves to be a valuable tool that simplifies and enhances the creative process, ensuring your creations align seamlessly with the beloved art style of this genre.


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OpenJourney is known for conjuring bizarre and surreal visuals that captivate the imagination. Its remarkable capacity to transcend conventional boundaries often yields astonishing and perplexing scenes that leave viewers in a state of awe.

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The model proves exceptionally effective in materializing abstract realms, fantastical creatures, and extraordinary scenarios, making it an ideal tool for bringing imaginative worlds, creatures, and events to vivid life.

Stable Diffusion Waifu Diffusion

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Waifu Diffusion

Since its initial release, Waifu Diffusion has emerged as a prominent modification to the established anime model, Stable Diffusion. Fine-tuning, also known as transfer learning, involves taking a pre-trained model that has been trained on a vast dataset and refining it further with a smaller dataset that holds specific relevance.

The latest iteration, Waifu Diffusion v1.4, represents an enhancement over its predecessor, Stable Diffusion v2. It utilizes an impressive collection of 5,468,025 text-image samples sourced from the renowned anime imageboard, Danbooru.

Realistic Vision

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Realistic Vision

When it comes to instructing machines in generating images, achieving realism poses one of the most intricate challenges. Our human ability to discern even the slightest imperfections and nuances makes it arduous for computers to produce images that are genuinely photorealistic. Nonetheless, the trained model of Realistic Vision has achieved remarkable results in this endeavor.

The model managed to craft a lifelike depiction of a woman that closely aligned with our objective, with only the "white backdrop" posing a minor challenge. On the contrary, the depiction of the scenery is breathtaking, flawlessly capturing the scene's natural beauty. The visual presentation concludes by showcasing Realistic Vision's keen attention to the intricacies of digital art detail.

How to use ControlNet Stable Diffusion extension

Exploring this model is highly recommended for anyone interested in leveraging AI to generate lifelike images. You can further enhance performance by employing techniques such as prompt engineering, increasing the number of steps, and more.

How to use Stable Diffusion models

These are some of the best Stable Diffusion models but do you know how to use them? Here is a guide on it:

  1. Get the model from its designated source repository. The process might differ slightly based on the platform you are using.
  2. Once the model is successfully downloaded, access your Stable Diffusion directory.
  3. Then, transfer the .ckpt or .safetensors file to the "models" > "Stable-diffusion" directory within the folder.

That is it, you're all set!


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  1. Seeprime said on September 8, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Missing from the “story”: Ukraine’s agreement to never use Starlink for military purposes. This is why.

    Ghacks quality is AI driven and very poor these days since AI is really artificial stupidity.

    1. Karl said on September 12, 2023 at 9:10 pm

      “Elon Musk biographer Walter Isaacson forced to ‘clarify’ book’s account of Starlink incident in Ukraine War

      “To clarify on the Starlink issue: the Ukrainians THOUGHT coverage was enabled all the way to Crimea, but it was not. They asked Musk to enable it for their drone sub attack on the Russian fleet. Musk did not enable it, because he thought, probably correctly, that would cause a major war.”

      1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm

        I posted above comment to:

        Not to the following article about Geforce where I currently also can see it published:

  2. Anonymous said on September 11, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Well, using Brave, I can see Llama 2 being decent, but it is still not great?
    All these AI stuff seems more like a ‘toy’ than anything special, I mean, it is good for some stuff like translations or asking quick questions but not for asking anything important.

    The problem is Brave made it mostly for summarizing websites and all that, but all these Big tech controlled stuff, won’t summarize articles it doesn’t agree with, so it is also useless in many situations where you just want it to give you a quick summarization, and then it starts throwing you little ‘speeches’ about how it doesn’t agree with it and then it never summarizes anything, but give you all the 30 paragraphs reasons why the article is wrong, like if I am asking it what it thinks.

    SO all this AI is mostly a toy, but Facebook with all the power they have will be able to get so much data from people, it can ‘train’ or better say, write algorithms that will get better with time.

    But It is not intelligence, it is really not intelligence all these AI technology.

  3. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
    Article URL: []

    The eternal problematic of regulating, here applied to AI. Should regulations (interventionism) have interfered in the course of mankind ever since Adam and Eve where would we be now? Should spirituality, morality, ethics never have interfered where would we be now? I truly have always believed that the only possible consensus between ethics and freedom is that of individuals’ own consciousness.

    Off-topic : Musk’s beard looks like a wound, AI-Human hand-shake is a quite nice pic :)

    1. Karl said on September 14, 2023 at 5:55 pm

      Haha, oh dear, Tom.
      I thought that the comments system issue where comments shows up under a totally different article was fixed. But seeing your comment here, the “error” is clearly still active. Hopefully it is sorted as soon as possible.

      1. Tom Hawack said on September 14, 2023 at 6:40 pm

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        Hi Karl :) Well, let’s remain positive and see the good sides : one’s comment appearing within different articles (the one it was written form and for, another unrelated one) brings ubiquity to that comment : say it once and it’s published twice, double your pleasure and double your fun (“with double-mint, double-mint gum” and old ad!). Let’s forget the complications and inherited misunderstandings it leads to. Not sure the fun is worth the complications though. Which is why, with a few others here, I include Article Title & URL with comment, to ease a bit the pain.

        This said, I’m trying to find a logic key which would explain the mic-mac. One thing is sure : comments appearing twice keep the same comment number.

        For instance my comment to which you replied just above is originally :


        It then got duplicated to :


        Same comment number, which let’s me imagine comments are defined by their number as before but now dissociated in a way from their full path : that’s where something is broken, as i see it.

        First amused me, then bothered, annoyed (I took some holidays to lower the pressure), then triggered curiosity.
        I’m putting our best detectives on the affair, stay tuned.

      2. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 8:58 am

        Hehe, yes indeed, staying positive is what we should do. Good comes for those who wait, as the old saying goes. Hopefully true for this as well.

        Interesting that the comments number stays the same, I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.

        Not useful for us, but hopefully for the developers (if there are any?), that perhaps will be able to sort this comments error out. Or our detectives, I hope they work hard on this as we speak ;).

        Cheers and have a great weekend!

      3. Karl said on September 16, 2023 at 9:18 am

        Whoops, my bad. I just now realized that the error I saw in your example URL (error-code-0x0003) was part of the linked article title and generated by Geforce! Oh dear! Why did I try to make it more confusing than it already is lol!

        Original comment:


      4. Tom Hawack said on September 16, 2023 at 9:20 am

        Article Title: Tech leaders meet to discuss regulation of AI
        Article URL: []

        @Karl, you write,

        “I noted that one thing is added to the duplicated comment in the URL, an error code, the following: “error-code-0x0003”.”

        I haven’t noticed that up to now but indeed brings an element to those who are actually trying to resolve the issue.
        I do hope that Softonic engineers are working on fixing this issue, which may be more complicated than we can imagine. Anything to do with databases can become a nightmare, especially when the database remains accessed while being repaired, so to say.

        P.S. My comment about remaining positive was, in this context, sarcastic. Your literal interpretation could mean you are, factually, more inclined to positiveness than I am myself : maybe a lesson of life for me :)

        Have a nice, happy, sunny weekend as well :)

      5. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 12:35 pm

        Correct: AI is certainly overhyped, it’s also advertised by some shady individuals. It’s can also be misused to write poor quality articles or fake your homework.

        16 September 2023, this website is still experiencing issues with posts erroneously appearing in the wrong threads. There are even duplicates of the exact same post ID within the same page in some places.

      6. 💾 said on September 16, 2023 at 8:41 pm

        Clerical error “[It] can also be misused …” you just can’t get the staff nowadays.

        Obviously [#comment-4573795] was originally posted within [/2023/09/14/artificial-intelligence-regulation-tech-leaders/]. However, it has appeared misplaced within several threads.

        Including the following:

  4. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    “How much radiation is dangerous?
    Ionizing radiation, such as X-rays and gamma rays, is more energetic and potentially harmful. Exposure to doses greater than 1,000 millisieverts (mSv) in a short period can increase the risk of immediate health effects.
    Above about 100 mSv, the risk of long-term health effects, such as cancer, increases with the dose.”

    This ban is about NON-ionizing radiation limits, because there is too much radio wave power from the iphone. This has nothing to do with the much more dangerous ionizing radiations like X-rays, that are obviously not emitted at all by mobile phones. I invite you to correct your article.

  5. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    “ makes history as the first official UFO website”

    I wonder if it’s just smelly crowdsourcing for the spotting of chinese balloons or whatever paranoia they’re trying to instigate, or if they are also intentionally trying to look stupid enough to look for alien spaceships, for whatever reason. Maybe trying to look cute, instead of among the worst butchers of history ?

  6. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 9:12 pm

    “The tech titan’s defense”
    “Whether he provides a clear explanation or justifies his actions”
    “the moral compass”

    You take it for granted that this company should agree being a military communications provider on a war zone, and so directly so that his network would be used to control armed drones charged with explosives rushing to their targets.

    You don’t need to repeat here everything you read in the mainstream press without thinking twice about it. You’re not just pointing interestingly that his company is more involved in the war that one may think at first and that this power is worrying, you’re also declaring your own support for a side in an imperialist killfest, blaming him for not participating enough in the bloodshed.

    Now your article is unclear on how this company could be aware that its network is used for such military actions at a given time, which has implications of its own.

    Reading other sources on that quickly, it seems that the company was: explicitly asked ; to extend its network geographically ; for a military attack ; at a time when there was no war but with the purpose of triggering it, if I understood well. You have to be joking if you’re crying about that not happening at that time. But today you have your war, be happy.

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