June 27, 2023
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Using Midjourney for Avatar Inspiration

Welcome avatar enthusiasts and creators alike! In the dazzling world of virtual reality, the ability to visualize unique avatar concepts is essential, whether you're looking to commission a unique avatar that encapsulates your personality or you're an avatar designer in search of fresh inspiration. Enter Midjourney, an intuitive AI image generator that breathes life into your descriptive ideas, serving as your creative companion.

In this blog post, we'll guide you through the exciting process of transforming vague concepts into vividly illustrated avatar designs using Midjourney. We’ll explore how you can leverage this innovative tool to create inspiring concept art, expand your avatar portfolio, or even brief an artist for a custom commission. So let's strap in and embark on this creative journey together, as we unlock the power of AI in the realm of avatar design.

Midjourney: Your AI-Powered Design Partner

When it comes to avatar design, getting a solid idea on paper—or on screen, in this case—can sometimes be the hardest part. Enter Midjourney: an innovative AI image generator that transforms your creative concepts into digital reality.

Accessible through Discord, Midjourney empowers you to generate unique images simply by describing what you want to see, leaving the AI to bring your vision to life. This intuitive approach to design makes it an excellent tool for avatar creators, opening up a world of inspiration and a fresh stream of character ideas.

In essence, Midjourney offers a potent combination of artificial intelligence and creative freedom to generate unique, saleable avatar designs. It's not just about creating images; it's about embarking on a journey where your imagination is the only limit.

Understanding Midjourney's Subscription Plans

As of May 2023, Midjourney has shifted from its previous freemium model to an all-subscription approach. While they no longer offer a free tier, the platform provides three comprehensive subscription plans to cater to different user needs, from individual designers to larger companies. Here's what each plan entails:

1. Basic Plan ($10/month)

The Basic Plan is ideal for those who are just starting their journey or don't need to generate a vast number of images. For just $10 a month, you can create up to 200 unique AI-generated images.

2. Standard Plan ($30/month)

If you're a heavy user who needs a bit more elbow room, the Standard Plan is perfect for you. For $30 a month, you get unlimited image generation when working in "relaxed" mode. Just keep in mind that you're limited to 15 hours of usage per month.

3. Pro Plan ($50 - $60/month)

Tailored for larger companies with annual gross revenue exceeding $1,000,000, the Pro Plan offers flexibility with its pricing. Depending on your chosen payment plan, it will cost between $50 and $60 per month.

All plans come with access to the Midjourney member gallery, the official Discord community, and general commercial usage terms. This means if you're subscribed, you can use your images pretty much any way you want.

Navigating Midjourney

To use Midjourney, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Sign up for a Discord account if you don't already have one, then login to Midjourney using said Discord account.
  2. Subscribe to a Midjourney plan.
  3. A Midjourney bot will DM you on Discord with your subscription confirmation.
  4. In the same DM, type "/imagine" followed by a text description of what you want Midjourney to generate.
  5. Wait for Midjourney to generate several different versions of the image based on your description.
  6. Choose the image you like the most and upscale or create variations of it using the U and V buttons.
  7. Rate the images using the smiley buttons to give feedback and receive rewards.
  8. Save your image by clicking on it.

Mastering Midjourney

Let's venture into a real-world example and unleash our creativity with Midjourney. Imagine we're envisioning a female sci-fi sorceress as our next avatar concept.

To kick off, we'll start with by typing in "/imagine female sci-fi sorcerer," into Midjourney's AI. 

Midjourney Sci-fi sorcerer prompt examples

Exciting, isn't it? From this point, we have a smorgasbord of options. We could choose to upscale any of the generated images, enhancing its size and resolution. Alternatively, we might direct Midjourney to concoct four new iterations, similar to a selected image, or we could give it another whirl with the same prompt to spawn an entirely fresh batch of images. Images are numbered: top left (1), top right (2), bottom left (3), and bottom right (4).

midjourney sci-fi sorcerer discord example

By default, Midjourney crafts square images. But, fear not, you can modify the aspect ratio of the image outputs. To go portrait, add ::-ar 1:2 at the end of your prompt, or use ::-ar 2:1 for landscape.

As we run the process again, this time in portrait mode, Midjourney weaves us a plethora of new images. After a couple of iterations, we've stumbled upon a winner and decided to upscale it to its highest resolution.

midjourney sci-fi sorcerer upscale example

However, we're not completely satisfied. We crave a better glimpse of the outfit details - coat, shoes—the works! That's when Midjourney's zoom-out feature comes into play.

midjourney sci-fi sorcerer discord example zoom out

This tool allows us to generate four more images, akin to our chosen one but with a wider perspective. Continue upscaling and zooming out until you've achieved your desired outlook. After a couple of rounds of zooming out—twice to 2x and once to 1.5x in our case—here's our final enchanting sci-fi sorceress:

midjourney sci-fi sorcerer zoom out upscale example

Unleashing the Full Potential of Midjourney

Using Midjourney in your avatar creation process is like having a brainstorming partner that never runs out of ideas. Here's other tips to make the most of it:

  1. Explore the Designs: Let Midjourney generate a variety of character designs and take some time to explore these visuals. You'll be surprised at how many new design ideas you can discover!
  2. Mix and Match: Don't limit yourself to just one design or prompt. Feel free to mix elements from different Midjourney outputs to create your unique avatar. You can be as specific or as general as you’d like in your prompts!
  3. Test and Refine: As always, make sure to test your creations extensively. Evaluate how your avatar looks in different VR environments and refine the design as necessary to ensure the best user experience.
  4. Maintain Realistic Expectations: Consider Midjourney as your inspirational mood board rather than an exact blueprint tool. This rings especially true when commissioning an avatar—don't anticipate the same level of detail in the final avatar as displayed by Midjourney. However, the AI generator is excellent at conveying core themes and concepts to shape your avatar's design direction.
  5. Stay Informed: Regularly tune into Midjourney's updates as they continually enrich their AI with novel features, expanding the horizon of what you can create. 


And there you have it, folks—an enlightening dive into the innovative world of Midjourney, an AI-powered ally that's set to revolutionize your avatar creation process. Armed with these insights, you're now ready to navigate the enchanting realm of Midjourney, leveraging its powerful capabilities to envision, conceptualize, and create stunning avatars. Whether you're commissioning a unique virtual identity or designing innovative avatars for the bustling VR market, Midjourney promises a creative journey like no other, offering limitless design opportunities right at your fingertips.

Now, it's time to bring your Midjourney-inspired avatars to life! Visit the LIV Store today to explore a marketplace where buyers and sellers unite in the pursuit of exceptional virtual identities. Whether you're looking to buy avatars that captivate or eager to showcase your own creations to the world, the LIV Store provides a platform that connects you with a thriving community of avatar enthusiasts. If you are a seller interested in joining our invite only beta, you can apply here. If you're interested in recieving blog posts like this straight to your inbox, feel free to subscribe to our Avatar Entrepreneur newsletter.

Happy designing, and until next time, may your creative journeys be fruitful and your avatars, captivating!

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