Midjourney AI is a fantastic AI tool for generating images outside of the box. All you have to do is enter a text prompt and let Midjourney do the rest. But do you know How to Use Reference Photos in Midjourney AI?

People love to alter their photos in Midjourney to add a comedic touch, make an image stand out, or let others know they are interested in AI.

Midjourney is a tool that leads to the door of limitless creativity, transforming human imagination into visual art. Only this time, we will unlock it not with words but with images.

On Midjourney, an image can be utilized as a prompt, providing a reference to the art that will be generated. You must combine them with different photos, texts, and other elements. You can even get more creative outputs with a bit of thinking freely. Starting on this will be a breeze with a helpful guide.

How Does Image Prompting Work?

Midjourney allows you to upload one (at least two if no text prompt) or more pictures that will serve as a reference for the Artificial intelligence in creating a new output. Note that the result will have similar attributes to the source images, but they will not look exactly like the subjects in your photographs. But with enough patience and much trial and error, you can achieve consistent features or characters.

It’s hard to say how long it’ll take to get your desired look. It’ll range from 3-40 minutes. The determining factor is how complex the design is and your tolerance for flaws.

How to Swap Your Face in Midjourney

To face-swap your photo in Midjourney, install the Picsi.AI Discord app on your Midjourney server. It is super easy to use, only takes 1 second to generate, and the results are AMAZING!

How to Upload Reference Images in Midjourney

To begin using reference photos in Midjourney, you must first upload your image. There are two primary methods to do this:

 Method 1: Using images via the web

Midjourney conveniently supports images via web URLs. This means you may copy and paste a link to an image from the web into the Midjourney text field. Remember that the URL must end with an image file format such as.jpg ,.png,or.gif.

Method 2: Uploading your images

Midjourney has you covered if you prefer to utilize your images. To upload your image, the platform offers a simple process. How to do it is as follows:

  • Drag the image file you want to use to any newcomer channels on Midjourney.
  • Image upload can be handled by hitting the Enter key.
  • Click on the image for an enlargement after the upload finishes.
  • “Copy Link” must be selected after right-clicking the image that has been enlarged.
  • For your Midjourney prompt, rejoice as you now hold the URL of your image. That’s all there is to it!

How to Use Reference Photos in Midjourney AI

Use your photo as a reference in Midjourney by following these five simple steps:

Step 1: Select the Photo to Enhance

If you desire to create an image, it’s good to have relevant photos, though any can work. One can find reference photos of cats in different poses and facial expressions for a cat image.

Step 2: Upload the photo to Discord

Hit enter after selecting your image to upload to Discord by either choosing ”Upload a File” or double-clicking the + icon accompanying the text bar.

Step 3. Copy the image link

After uploading, remember to copy the image link.On your desktop, choose the photo and click it.Access the browser by selecting ”Open in Browser,” after that, the link with a .jpg or .png extension should be copied from the address bar.

Tap and hold the image in the Discord mobile app, then select ”Copy Media Link.”

 Step 4: Start your prompt with the link to the image

Type/imagine and paste the image’s URL in the text bar.

You can add other keywords and your image resolution after the URL.

 Step 5: Send the prompt and await some incredible results!

Midjourney will generate images similar to your reference once your prompt is ready.

Edit Images with Upscaling and Variations

Each set of images you generate has eight buttons: U1, U2, U3, U4, V1, V2, V3, and V4.

  • If you use a version of Midjourney before V5, the U buttons upscale the selected image, creating a new, larger version with additional details. The current models automatically generate 1024 × 1024 px images, so the U buttons separate these for additional editing and more accessible storage.
  • The V buttons generate four stylistically and aesthetically similar versions of the selected image.
  • A Reroll button is also available to rerun your prompt and generate four new images.

These buttons help you fine-tune and better control the Midjourney images.

Diverse Ways of Using /Referencing in Midjourney

There are diverse ways you can use the reference functionality in Midjourney. For example, you can use an image as a reference and turn it into an oil painting or utilize a different artistic approach.

How to Use Image Weight in Midjourney

You can change the outcome by including an Image Weight (IW) in your prompt. The Image Weight option lets you choose how closely Midjourney attempts to imitate your uploaded image.

  1. -IW 2 is more similar to the reference image.
  2. -IW 1 has additional random objects and people.
  3. -IW 0.5, there are even more random objects and people.

How to Combine Two Photos in Midjourney

You can use the /blend functionality to combine two images. However, if you wish to include instructions, provide two image URLs in your prompt with additional keywords that are more accessible.

ImprovingYour Results with The Rerolling Feature

Only some pieces of work you create with Midjourney will be a masterpiece. You may be dissatisfied with the results at times. That is where rerolling comes in.

Rerolling is letting Midjourney rerun the generation process to produce different image variations. However, before rerolling an image, you must first enable Remix Mode.

Type/prefer remix into any text field on Midjourney’s Discord to activate Remix Mode. With Remix Mode enabled you may quickly change prompts, aspect ratios,parameters, and other settings to create fresh and distinct variations of your initial image.

Use The Describe Functionality in Midjourney

If you want to find out the specific style of an existing image or get innovative ideas for prompts, you can use the /describe function in Midjourney and upload your image.

  1. In your text bar, type /describe to obtain the opportunity to add an image.
  2. Upload your image and hit enter.
  3. Midjourney will give you four descriptions that you can use for new prompts.


Midjourney is an excellent platform for allowing creativity and creating breathtaking works of AI art. Mastering reference images in Midjourney may expand your creativity and produce unique and visually attractive results. After reading this article, I hope you know how to use reference photos in Midjourney AI.

Therefore, get started, play with various images and prompts, and let your creativity run wild! Remember, there are no limits in AI and art – only possibilities. Happy creating!


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