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Explained: Midjourney Test & TestP Commands

Want to know what the Midjourney –test and –testp parameters do?

Even though Midjourney’s official documentation is actually very helpful, you may have noticed that some commands and parameters seem to be missing.

In this guide, we’ll show you what the Midjourney --test and --testp parameters are meant to do and how they impact results.

Let’s dive right in.

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What is the Midjourney –test Parameter?

In August 2022 the Midjourney team began testing a new image-making system.

The objective of the test was an effort to unify aesthetics and coherence into a single system.

In other words, they were trying to identify how strict it should be when interpreting prompts.

This Midjourney test actually consisted of not 1 but 2 separate test modes:

  1. –test: A general purpose artistic mode
  2. –testp: A photo-realism mode

Each mode is invoked by adding the parameter to your command but can also be toggled via the /settings panel in Discord.

Each one of these special modes produces distinctly different images than the default settings.

However, it should be noted that there are some limitations:

  • These modes do not support multi-prompts or image prompts.
  • The maximum aspect ratios supported are 3:2 and 2:3.
  • Each command only makes 2 square images or one non-square image.
  • Words at the front of the prompt may matter more than others.
  • The system tends to lock onto nouns more than adjectives.

Despite all of the above, we should emphasize that these experimental features and most likely subject to frequent changes.

Key Points (tl;dr)
  • Both --test and --testp are experimental features that were introduced in August 2022.
  • The objective was to test a new image-making system in an effort to unify aesthetics and coherence into one system.
  • While --test will produce much more artistic results, --testp does the opposite and produces more photo-realistic images.

Side-by-Side Comparison of Images

You’re probably wondering how the Midjourney --test and --testp modes actually differ from the default settings.

The best way to find out is to simply compare different images side-by-side.

We’ve put together a small list of comparisons in order to give you a better feeling about what they do.

By using the Seed command we also make sure that the final results use a similar composition.

1. Indigo Geisha

Here are the prompts we used:

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

2. Gandalf the Grey

Here are the prompts we used:

/imagine Gandalf the grey on a mountain --seed 1
/imagine Gandalf the grey on a mountain --seed 1 --test
/imagine Gandalf the grey on a mountain --seed 1 --testp
Comparison of Midjourney --test vs --testp for "Gandalf the Grey on a Mountain"
Comparison of Midjourney –test vs –testp for “Gandalf the Grey on a Mountain”

3. The End of the World

Here are the prompts we used:

/imagine The end of the world --seed 1
/imagine The end of the world --seed 1 --test
/imagine The end of the world --seed 1 --testp
Comparison of Midjourney --test vs --testp for "The End of the World"
Comparison of Midjourney –test vs –testp for “The End of the World”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

  • What is Midjourney Test Mode?

    Midjourney’s --test parameter is an experimental feature that was originally introduced to unify aesthetics and coherence into a single image-making system. The parameter activates a general-purpose “artistic” mode and tends to generate images that look more like art, rather than real objects.

  • How are Midjourney Test and TestP different?

    The --test and --testp parameters are both part of the same experimental feature set introduced in August 2022 by Midjourney’s team. While –test produces more “artistic” images, --testp produces more photo-realistic results.

Conclusion

If you really want to use Midjourney effectively, you’re going to have to learn how to craft effective prompts.

Unfortunately, a lot of the more experimental features aren’t properly documented on Midjourney’s own website and are only explained inside its Discord server.

That’s why we’ve decided to put together this little guide so that you know exactly where to look next time you want to learn more about how Midjourney works.

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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