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Explained: Midjourney Creative Command

Want to know what the Midjourney –creative command is used for?

Unfortunately, the official Midjourney documentation offers very little information on what this elusive parameter is used for and how exactly it impacts the “creativity” of the images.

In this guide, we’ll what the Midjourney --creative command is mostly used for and how it actually impacts your images.

Let’s dive right in.

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What is the Midjourney –creative Command?

Infographic showing that the Midjourney Creative command isn't valid without --test or --testp.
Infographic showing that the Midjourney Creative command isn’t valid without –test or –testp.

Despite what many people think, the Midjourney --creative command isn’t actually a standalone command.

In fact, it’s not even a Midjourney command at all.

--creative” is what is usually referred to as a parameter or a flag, while the command that it can be used with is /imagine.

We don’t necessarily want to bore you with such details, but it’s actually quite important in order to properly understand what people are talking about.

Anyway, the Midjourney --creative parameter was initially introduced in August 2022 when the --test and --testp parameters were launched.

--test and --testp are 2 distinctly different modes that offer a stronger emphasis on artistic style or photo-realism.

At the same time, the team was also trying to figure out how creative their image-making system should be.

If you try to use the --creative parameter by itself, you’ll get an error that says that it is invalid unless you use it in connection with --test or --testp.

What this is means is that Midjourney’s --creative parameter is used to give your test images a more creative spin.

Some of you may like that and some may not.

Based on the initial response, preference ultimately depends on what sort of image you are trying to create.

Specifically, in cases where users were trying to create photo-realistic images (i.e. photos), there is a strong preference for less creativity.

The Midjourney --creative command definitely adds an element of chaos that produces very unexpected results, although that isn’t always a bad thing.

Key Points (tl;dr)
  • The Midjourney --creative flag essentially instructs the AI to give the image a more creative spin.
  • You cannot use --creative by itself. It only works in conjunction with --test and --testp.
  • Midjourney also has a parameter called --remaster, which is a shorthand for --test --creative.

How Does –creative Change Your Image?

You might be wondering how the --creative flag actually impacts your images.

Today, we’re going to show you how those images are changed even more by adding --creative to the prompt.

1. Indigo Geisha

Here’s the artistic prompt:

/imagine indigo-colored japanese geisha --seed 1 --test
/imagine indigo-colored japanese geisha --seed 1 --test --creative
Comparison of Midjourney --test and --testp with --creative for "Indigo-colored Japanese Geisha"
Comparison of Midjourney –test and –testp with –creative for “Indigo-colored Japanese Geisha”

Now the photo-realistic prompt:

/imagine indigo-colored japanese geisha --seed 1 --testp
/imagine indigo-colored japanese geisha --seed 1 --testp --creative

2. Gandalf the Grey

Here’s the artistic prompt:

/imagine gandalf the grey standing on a mountain --seed 1 --test
/imagine gandalf the grey standing on a mountain --seed 1 --test --creative
Comparison of Midjourney --test and --testp with --creative for "gandalf the grey standing on a mountain"
Comparison of Midjourney –test and –testp with –creative for “gandalf the grey standing on a mountain”

Now the photo-realistic prompt:

/imagine gandalf the grey standing on a mountain --seed 1 --testp
/imagine gandalf the grey standing on a mountain --seed 1 --testp --creative

3. The End of the World

Here’s the artistic prompt:

/imagine the end of the world --seed 1 --test
/imagine the end of the world --seed 1 --test --creative
Comparison of Midjourney --test and --testp with --creative for "the end of the world"
Comparison of Midjourney –test and –testp with –creative for “the end of the world”

Now the photo-realistic prompt:

/imagine the end of the world --seed 1 --testp
/imagine the end of the world --seed 1 --testp --creative

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Before we close off this guide, let’s quickly address some of the most common questions related to the Midjourney Creative parameter.

  • Can I use the –creative parameter by itself?

    No, the --creative parameter is not a standalone flag. It is only a valid parameter when used in conjunction with --test or –-testp.

  • Is –remaster the same thing as –test –creative?

    The --remaster in Midjourney is a shorthand and is equivalent to used adding --test --creative to your prompt. It is commonly used to “upgrade” images that were previously created with version 3 of Midjourney’s algorithm.

Conclusion

The spectrum of possibilities with Midjourney is seemingly endless, leaving even the most professional users speechless at times.

Every time a new command or parameter is added to the mix, Midjourney seemingly opens up an entirely new world.

Some of the most iconic images that you’ve seen come out of Midjourney probably include these parameters at one time or the other.

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