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How Midjourney Developed Over Time (Evaluating V1 to V6 Outputs)

It is onerous to imagine that, two years in the past to this date, AI was largely handled as science fiction.

It wasn’t till November of 2022 that ChatGPT turned publicly out there. DALL-E was solely accessible to a choose few. DeepMind and OpenAI had been the one two firms that had been closely investing in deep studying.

One of many earliest mainstream AI merchandise was launched early that 12 months: Midjourney. It now has thousands and thousands of every day customers worldwide. With its newest mannequin, we’re witnessing how superior and terrifying AI artwork could be for the long run.

However it hasn’t at all times been that approach.

Midjourney had a difficult begin, to say the least. Now, sufficient time has handed that we will look again at its enhancements over the past 23 months. Here’s what Midjourney seemed like two years in the past, in comparison with the place it’s immediately:

Midjourney’s Evolution Via Photos

Individuals who had been late within the recreation by no means skilled the tough beginnings of Midjourney. There was a time when folks questioned if it was actually price pursuing AI picture era due to poor outcomes from each DALL-E and Midjourney. Listed here are some reminders of how far we have come since then:

Portraits – Day

top quality images of a younger Japanese lady smiling, backlighting, pure pale mild, movie digital camera, by Rinko Kawauchi, HDR

There’s not a lot distinction between V1, V2, and V3. The photographs produced by these fashions are a whole mess, however they are a product of their time. It was a interval the place the one accessible AI picture fashions had been the primary iteration of DALL-E (which was acquired higher by critics) and a few early makes an attempt at creating life like pictures from a dataset like ThisPersonDoesNotExist.

V4 was Midjourney’s actual turning level. It removed the jigsaw-like faces and changed it with a better approximation of how a human face ought to appear like. Nonetheless, it nonetheless had points with overemphasis. For instance, once I specified that I wished a Japanese lady as my topic, V4’s first intuition was to go overboard with monolid eyes (all of the variations’ eyes appear like the one depicted above).

V5 is ten occasions higher than V4. My solely situation with it, as I’ve talked about in my earlier articles, is that it tends to create flawlessly clean faces, that are lifeless giveaways that a picture is AI. V6 solved this situation by creating extra life like facial options and an asymmetrical construction.

Portraits – Night time

portrait, a fantastic younger lady, glamour avenue medium format images, female, shot on cinealta, evening, pastel hues

All the things that I’ve already mentioned above applies on this set of photographs as effectively. An absence of logical construction characterizes V1 to V3, however you may nonetheless decide what the mannequin is attempting to make. V4 is the actualization of these ideas: creating coherent and extra life like portraits, though a little bit uncanny.

V5, once more is the place it begins to change into higher, however the topic continues to be too good. V6’s topic and background particulars are much more refined, which makes for higher realism whereas rising its creativity.


panorama, an autumn within the lake throughout nightfall, tranquility

V1 is definitely a little bit amusing since you may clearly see a Shutterstock emblem on the bottom-left nook, displaying us the place the Midjourney crew initially sourced the coaching information and an perception into how they refined their dataset pre-processing. V2 and V3 is much more coherent right here than their counterparts, however they nonetheless cannot generate HD pictures. The reflections on the water are additionally inconsistent.

V4 is extra artistic, but it surely nonetheless has some nuance points, as seen within the timber submerged within the lake. V5 perfected reflections however nonetheless hasn’t resolved its realism points but. After which we have now V6, which precisely emulates actual images by including little particulars akin to small waves and pure sky gradients.

Meals Pictures

a photorealistic cheeseburger, white clear background, business images

If I had been to explain V1 to V3’s pictures in a sentence, I might say it is what aliens should assume a cheeseburger seems like. V1 and V2’s burgers, particularly, do not even have patties — solely onions and an enormous block of cheese.

Then V4 creates an nearly good burger, however the proportions appear a bit off and it seems to have a texture resembling Play-Doh. If I had been to nitpick V5‘s output, I might say there are just a few sesame seeds on the backside when there should not be.

Should you’re searching for a photorealistic cheeseburger, V6 will not disappoint you.

Product Pictures

business images, a girls’s necklace with a sunflower pendant, minimal background, pure mild

If there’s something that the sooner variations of Midjourney lack, it is construction. Within the pictures above, it is clear that it does not see form the best way we do, and that situation does not get resolved till V4.

On this case, I am pleased with V4, V5, and V6‘s outputs. They’re all good product mockups in their very own proper, even when that they had totally different interpretations of my output.

Pixel Artwork

pixel artwork scene, the eiffel tower at midnight, metropolis lights, romantic

This is likely to be controversial however I believe V4 has one of the best pixel artwork art work right here. The scale of the “pixels” are extra constant and the artwork type jogs my memory a variety of earlier 8-bit video games. That mentioned, I nonetheless desire V5 and V6’s outputs visually. The one factor weighing them down is the inconsistency of pixel sizes, which is extra obvious within the former’s output for those who zoom in.


anime film nonetheless, studio ghibli, a lady going to the seashore alone

It happens to me that immediate comprehension is not an enormous situation with the sooner variations of Midjourney, at the very least for easy prompts. After all, they’re nonetheless unpolished, however you may see that they’ve managed to grasp “how” to create what I am asking for, they only did not have the instruments to make it.

V4 is a large step up but it surely’s nonetheless a low-resolution. As for V5, there is not any seashore on this planet the place its waves bodily make sense, and it does not resemble Studio Ghibli art work. V6 manages to seize the hand-drawn realism of Studio Ghibli anime movies whereas creating a fairly darn good animation nonetheless.

Textual content Era

evening images, a neon signal outdoors a restaurant saying “Dinner is served”

One thing bizarre that I observed on this comparability is how shut V2 and V3 are to writing “Dinner is served,” which means that Midjourney should’ve pulled its focus away from textual content era after they rolled out with V4 and V5.

I’ve already mentioned that is in my different V6 articles, however Midjourney is without doubt one of the greatest AI picture fashions in the case of textual content, and its output above proves that time additional.

A number of Topics [High Context]

a rabbit, a porcupine, two cats, and a wizard having a tea social gathering:: 90s animated television collection

None of those pictures nailed the immediate in any respect, however V6 is the closest one. It has two rabbits (as a substitute of 1), a cat (who additionally occurs to be a wizard), and a few kind of cat-porcupine hybrid. Midjourney continues to be removed from DALL-E 3’s nuance, but it surely’s getting there.

Some Observations

After going via all these pictures, I’ve come to the conclusion that every Midjourney mannequin will need to have centered on just a few points each time they’ve upgraded after V3. To be extra particular:

  • V4: Immediate cohesion and output construction. Determining put shapes and concepts collectively to create a coherent picture.
  • V5: As soon as they’ve discovered create coherent pictures, they improved the generator’s total creativity.
  • V6: That is one among their greatest updates to date, with important enhancements on realism, textual content era, and understanding.

The Backside Line

Via these pictures, we will clearly see how Midjourney has improved over the past two years. It isn’t solely higher than most AI picture turbines, however it could actually additionally genuinely create artwork higher than folks.

Midjourney V6’s realism, creativity, and pace of enchancment are each fascinating and scary. For us hobbyists and reviewers, it is a cool product for creating art work. For artists and the world on the whole, it has the potential to erase jobs and gasoline faux information due to deepfakes.

However that is not for at the very least a few years. For now, let’s simply get pleasure from what Midjourney has to supply. Have enjoyable prompting!

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