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How to Combine Images in Midjourney

Want to know how to combine images in Midjourney?

While image prompts served a certain purpose and could be useful, they didn’t quite meet the expectations of what users wanted to achieve.

In this guide, we’ll show how Midjourney v4 opens up an entirely new world of possibilities and how you can easily combine images in Midjourney.

Let’s dive right in.

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How to Combine Images in Midjourney

Infographic showing how images can be combined in Midjourney
Infographic showing how images can be combined in Midjourney

That’s right, you can now combine images in Midjourney in ways that weren’t possible before.

For example, you can take the portrait of a person and combine it with a larger scene and Midjourney will then combine them into a new image that still reflects the essence of both source images.

Based on my experiments, there are effectively two different ways of using this new feature:

  1. Combine images in Midjourney without additional prompts
  2. Combine images with additional prompt alterations

Let me show you how both of these approaches are done.

Before we get started, it’s important to note that this feature only works with version 4 of Midjourney’s algorithm.

That’s entirely up to you.

Key Points (tl;dr)
  • To combine 2 or more images in Midjourney, simply insert them as image prompts in your /imagine command and make sure you activate v4 of the algorithm (i.e. --v 4).
  • Combining images does not require any additional text prompts, however, adding more information will usually result in much better images.
  • Experimenting with art styles, as well as fine-tuning images with Remix mode tends to produce the best results.

Combine Images without Text Prompts

Step-by-step guide on how to combine images in Midjourney WITHOUT text prompts.
Step-by-step guide on how to combine images in Midjourney WITHOUT text prompts.

Combining two images in Midjourney is extremely simple.

In fact, it’s so simple that we can summarize it in just a few bullet points:

In our example above, I’ve used the following basic prompt:

/imagine <image1> <image2> --v 4

My first image is a portrait of Elon Musk and the second one is a stylized wallpaper of Kevin de Bruyne.

That’s it.

Say hello to “Elon de Bruyne”, CEO and Footballer extraordinaire!

When you want to combine images in Midjourney, I generally recommend doing so without adding any additional text prompts first.

Midjourney already does a good of blending them together into something new.

However, you can achieve even better results if you add elements and styles to it.

I’ll show you how to do that in the next section.

Combine Images with Text Prompts

Step-by-step guide on how to combine images in Midjourney WITH text prompts.
Step-by-step guide on how to combine images in Midjourney WITH text prompts.

So this time we’re going to use the exact same images as before, but we’ll be adding more information.

The objective is to not just combine images in Midjourney, but also allow the AI to create an entirely new image with its distinct style.

Let’s retract our previous steps, except for one slight change.

If you’ve already uploaded your images, you can skip ahead to Step 3:

  • Step 1: Choose 2 images that you want to use as image prompts.
  • Step 2: Upload both images to Discord.
  • Step 3: Copy the image links and add them to your /imagine prompt as image prompts.
  • Step 4: Insert additional text prompt information, including objects, the background, and also the overall art style.
  • Step 5: Add “--v 4” to your prompt if version 4 isn’t activated by default.
  • Step 6: Send the command and wait for the image to generate.

So this time my prompt looks a bit different:

/imagine <image1> <image2> , cartoon style, cheering crowd in background, Tesla logo on chest, --no suit --v 4

Notice the additional text prompt elements?

My objective was to:

  • Switch to a more “cartoonish” style
  • Add a crowd of cheering fans in the background
  • Add a Tesla logo to Elon de Bruyne’s shirt
  • Get rid of the weird suit using negative prompting

The result is pretty amazing, isn’t it?

And these are just two basic examples of how to combine images in Midjourney.

Towards the end of this guide, I show you numerous other examples of what you can achieve with this new feature.

Building on Top of an Image in Midjourney

If you’ve been using Midjourney for a while then you’re probably already familiar with image prompts.

That being said, it seems like the Midjourney team has finally understood that its users want more control.

Considering the limitations of the Discord platform, it will be interesting to see whether Midjourney eventually builds its own web-based editor as well.

Examples of Combined Images in Midjourney

The following examples on how to combine images in Midjourney are simply meant to provide you with some inspiration.

You’ll notice that I’ve created distinctly different images in order to illustrate the breadth of this feature’s capabilities.

1. Travel Back in Time

Example 1: Combine images in Midjourney to travel back in time.
Example 1: Combine images in Midjourney to travel back in time.

Prompt:

/imagine <image1> <image2> , old photography, 1930s, cheering crowd in background, Tesla logo on chest, --no suit, --v 4

2. Blend Contrarian Themes

Example 2: Combine images in Midjourney to blend contrarian themes.
Example 2: Combine images in Midjourney to blend contrarian themes.

Prompt:

/imagine <image1> <image2> , in the style of Pixar, dystopian, cyberpunk, --v 4

3. Defining Surreal Scenes

Example 3: Combine images in Midjourney to define surreal scenes.
Example 3: Combine images in Midjourney to define surreal scenes.

Prompt:

/imagine <image1> <image2> , running into battle, epic scene, zombie people, hyperrealistic, --v 4

4. Stylizing People into Roles

Example 4: Combine images in Midjourney to stylize people into roles.
Example 4: Combine images in Midjourney to stylize people into roles.

Prompt:

/imagine <image1> <image2> , a general motivating his soldiers, in the style of anime, --v 4

5. Blending People with Themes

Example 5: Combine images in Midjourney to blend people with themes.
Example 5: Combine images in Midjourney to blend people with themes.

Prompt:

/imagine <image1> <image2> , cute style, --v 4

6. Combining More Than 2 Images

Example 6: Combine more than 2 images.
Example 6: Combine more than 2 images.

Prompt:

/imagine <image1> <image2> <image3> , --v 4

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Before we close off this guide, let’s quickly address some of the most common questions related to how to combine images in Midjourney.

  • Can Midjourney use images?

    Yes, Midjourney has always supported the use of so-called image prompts to give the AI model an aspirational target for its generations. However, with the release of version 4 of the algorithm, Midjourney now also supports combining 2 different images into something new.

  • Can Midjourney combine 2 images into 1?

    Yes, Midjourney v4 is able to blend 2 or more images into an entirely new scene. You can also insert additional text prompts to control the final images. For example, you can change the art style, add details, and even remove parts that you don’t like.

  • Which version of Midjourney can combine images?

    While previous versions were not capable of blending images together, Midjourney v4 has introduced this capability. Using the feature is as easy as inserting 2 or more image prompts into your command.

Conclusion

AI art generators are improving their models and algorithmic capabilities at an unprecedented speed.

Furthermore, the increased competition between major players in the industry is forcing them to push boundaries that were previously considered off-limits or not necessary.

Midjourney, arguably the most creative of the bunch, is clearly taking the next step toward giving its users a lot more control over content creation.

Here at Tokenized, we want to help you learn as much as possible about the AI software industry. We help you navigate the world of tech and the digitalization of our society at large, including the tokenization of assets and services.

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