Last updated August 4, 2022 | After nearly three months as a daily user, I still love making Midjourney portraits. With all of this experience under my belt, my Midjourney examples—generated straight from the bot—keep improving as my prompt-writing skills get better. Now that I have rendered several thousand portraits (and cleaned up at least 100 of those outputs), I wanted to share some of my tried-and-true tips for fixing MidJourney faces.
If you make AI portraits using MidJourney, you know I’m talking about those faces and bodies that—no matter what adjustments you make to your prompt or variations you run—still look a little off.
Read on to get the skinny my recommended four easy ways for fixing MidJourney faces with strange clothes or wonky facial features—eyes, ears, noses, lips, teeth, etc.—even if you don’t have years of retouching experience or even license for Adobe Creative Cloud.
Estimated reading time: 17 minutes
Do You Have to Be a Photoshop Whiz to Fix Midjourney Faces?
Knowing how to use Photoshop certainly makes cleaning up faces created with MidJourney easier. And, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that the same skills I’ve used every day for the last 20 years in my day job as a designer helps me make AI art creations look better than the default output from MidJourney’s bot.
But, you don’t have to be an expert at Photoshop to improve any rendered MidJourney faces you’re not 100% happy with if you use the tricks of an art director for post-processing and “beauty retouching.”
I can’t count the number of times a client has given me a lackluster stock photo or low-quality image to use in a marketing piece. Learn from my experience and steal these four strategies for making not-so-great pictures look better on the fly. Use them together, in pairs, or individually. Every picture will have different needs for which different ways to fix will be appropriate.
Practice definitely makes perfect! As you play around, you’ll get more comfortable with these tactics. The more you play around, the easier it will be to know which tool or trick will give you the best solution when you want to fix a MidJourney face.
Four Ways to Improve MidJourney Faces … Without Using Photoshop
MidJourney’s bot always blows my mind at how absolutely amazing (and quickly) it can take a simple prompt and turn it into awesome AI art. But, if you’ve been using the tool for a spell, it’s likely that you’ve probably also created a few monsters that could use a digital “facelift,” too.
Here are four ways you can improve MidJourney faces that need some love.
1. Adjust Messy Parts With Other AI ART Tools
If you want to keep your work entirely digital and use only “smart” text-to-image bots to finalize a face you’ve created with MidJourney, there are some programs you can use for targeted clean-up tasks. Two that I like to play with to complete touch-ups to problem areas on MidJourney faces are FaceApp and Luminar AI.
- FaceApp Apple | Google (free with a pro-version available with expanded editing tools)
- ARC: Face Restoration (free, works best on desktop)
- Luminar AI (free trial, $47-lifetime access)
The benefits of FaceApp include that it’s really an all-in-one solution. Plus, it really is so easy to use. You can solve a lot of problems directly there, such as:
- Smoothing Out Skin (it is good at eliminating wrinkles and hiding other distracting artifacts)
- Correcting Smiles (it can help you fix strange lips and get rid of Chiclet-like baby teeth)
- Improving Hairlines (it can correct “bad hair days” with one click and even switch up hair color)
- Changing Makeup, Glasses, and Even Facial Hair (it includes options to tweak these features)
FaceApp’s pro version also includes a full range of effects and filters. You can even do tasks like face swaps in seconds to further refine a MidJourney face that is close to being perfect. Just be careful to not go too far and get rid of all of the characteristics that help make your portrait unique and interesting.
In terms of other drawbacks, you should be aware that there has been a lot of buzz about cybersecurity concerns related to FaceApp and data security. I’m not an expert in this area so if it’s of concern to you I’d recommend checking Google for more authoritative information before you download and install the app.
ARC: Face Restoration
ARC does one thing and it does it pretty well. That is to say, if you just want to smooth out a MidJourney face that’s a bit rough around the edges, it will smooth out your original output.
It won’t remove a second nose or add in a missing ear, but it will help you get more realistic results if that’s what you’re going for in your finished AI art.
Note: If you are curious how ARC stacks up against other popular and free (or free trial) AI apps (e.g., Artomaton, Fotor, FaceMagic, Fotor, Gradient, and Remini), wonder no more. I tested my original Frank Sinatra image in all and got just about the same results as you see in the example above. So, if you prefer one of those other options and already have an account, there’s no need to change from your usual “one-tap-to-enhance” choice. Just stick with what you like best to get similar results.
Though its tools are not nearly as robust as those available in the neural filters area of Photoshop, Luminar AI is good for making quick changes to MidJourney faces.
One of my favorite features with Luminar AI is its “Skin Defects Removal” tool that is smart enough to leave the bits in your portrait that help make the face distinctive (like freckles) while removing anything odd. Bensguide has a nice video on YouTube that shows how this works.
What About DALL-E2?
Don’t get me wrong … I love DALL-E2, but I can’t recommend it as a tool for cleaning up your MidJourney faces that need some help where you erase the problem areas and have its tool recreate something better.
That’s because, when you’re invited to use DALL-E2, you have to agree to their current policy that prohibits uploading realistic faces. So while you could potentially edit a MidJourney face directly in DALL-E2 (e.g., using its eraser tool to remove and reimagine any problematic parts of your portrait), using their bot in this way might get you kicked off that platform because it would be breaking their rules.
However, if your Midjourney face isn’t in the “realistic” realm, there’s nothing in their guidelines that says you can’t use its AI tool to clean-up art that is more fantastical.
I used MidJourney to make a Funko Pop version of Steve Buscemi, but their text-to-image bot kept adding way more detail than I wanted. Inserting the rendering into DALL-E2 and using the erase tool to have its bot “redraw” the overdrawn parts was a quick and easy way to finalize my image.
To sum up, if you are trying to create realistic images, it’s better to save DALL-E2 for complete start-to-finish portrait creation to abide by its terms of service guidelines. Though different than MidJourney, with enough prompt refinement and patience, you can create some cool AI faces with the tool.
What About the Wombo Dream Mobile App?
Alas, Wombo Dream’s bot turned my Frank Sinatra image into an even bigger mess with its AI post-processing, even though I had “no style” selected.
Sadly, it’s not worth using to fix your MidJourney faces … unless, of course, you want to turn your original into something more akin to Sloth from Goonies or Potato Jesus.
2. Hide Distracting FlawS
Have you ever heard someone tell a photographer that “this is my good side” when they have their picture taken? They may be doing this because they prefer one side of their face or just want to hide a zit.
Obviously making tweaks before an image is rendered is always ideal, but sadly just yet you don’t have that kind of control with AI art renderings (without really overwhelming your prompts with lots of –no commands).
When it comes to fixing a MidJourney face that already exists, a great way to hide or minimize flaws is to use “beauty-enhancing” techniques. Here are some of my favorites.
Creative Post-processing tricks
- Lighting Effects (e.g., lens flare)
- Radial Blur
Recommended Free Tools
- Adobe Express
3. Crop Out Iffy Bits
Cropping is an artist’s secret weapon. A good crop adds drama while helping you remove parts of a Midjourney faces that aren’t working.
Don’t be afraid to make cosmetic crops that eliminate parts of your MidJourney face that would be hard to fix using other tools and techniques.
The biggest negative with this strategy is that it only really works for problems on the periphery of your image, like bad haircuts, weird shoulders, goofy necklines, strange ears, funky chin, etc. Unless you want a dramatic result, you can’t crop to fix noses, mouths, or eyes of MidJourney faces.
How to Tell a Story With Your Cropping
Cropping a MidJourney face is an art. For a more interesting portrait, think about your final presentation. Think about framing and consider what you want the viewer to feel.
If you’re familiar with the rule of thirds, keep that in mind to see if there are opportunities to use this design principle to your advantage with your cropping.
Here are some common portrait cropping ideas to consider:
Try Eye-Level Cropping
Struggling to fix an out-of-whack nose or mouth but have a MidJourney face with amazing eyes, eyebrows, forehead, and hair? Go for drama and zoom to create a more engaging, unexpected composition.
Or, if you have someone known for one specific feature and MidJourney nailed that part of the face in its output, you can even choose to crop to focus on only that of the face, all by itself.
Avoid Joint Cropping
Often, if a photo makes you feel weird, it’s because the photographer or designer cropped it at a joint. For the best possible result with portraits that show more of a person’s body, try to stick with crops that don’t hit at a person’s joints.
Use the Power of Consistency to Your Advantage
Are you presenting your MidJourney face as part of a series alongside other AI portraits? If so, consistent cropping will improve the flow of your pictures. Think about the rows of smiling faces in your yearbook or the video grid of actors in the opening credits of the Brady Bunch. Consistency in cropping so heads are the same size and eyes line up will help to add harmony, even if other aspects of your portraits are varied.
Put Your Portrait in a Shape
Want your crop to look more like a deliberate design decision? Put your image in a shape, like an oval, star, or heart. Choose a shape that will help you hide weird parts.
Experiment With Rotation
As you make a crop, consider also flipping your Midjourney face 180 degrees. Or maybe just twist it to the side. Changing the rotation of your portrait is another way to distract your viewer from imperfections.
Recommended Free Tools
4. Put Your Portrait into a Design
Create a MidJourney Face “Collage”
In high school, when I would get a forehead zit, I’d wear swooping bangs to hide my blemish. I still use this trick to divert eyes from occasional acne outbreaks.
Including type or layering color blocks, shapes, graphic elements, and gradients overtop of your AI portrait is just a digital way to “add bangs” to your image … except this trick is a lot more flexible.
Channel your inner Warhol and get kitschy. Turn that not-so-wonderful Midjourney face that’s hard to fix into the striking design feature. Convert your art into a faux album cover, book jacket, magazine cover, Wheaties box front, poster, etc.! Just have fun with it.
Depending on where and how you place these components on your image, it is a quick and easy solution. Consider it as a way of hiding flaws on just about any AI face.
Recommended Free Tool
- A Design Kit: Collage Maker (free, with the option of in-app purchases)
How to Quickly Animate Your MidJourney Face
I can’t explain why, but if a not-so-great MidJourney face is moving, its flaws seem a lot less noticeable. And, a quick way to add motion to your AI art is to upload it to MyHeritage’s Deep Nostalgia tool.
Best of all? It’s completely free. To use it, all you need to do is log in with your Gmail or Facebook account. Then, you’ll be asked to agree to get their marketing messages. (You can later unsubscribe from if you don’t find them useful to receive.)
How to Easily Remove the Background From a Face Created With Midjourney
What if the problem isn’t with your MidJourney-generated portrait but with its background? PFPMaker has a free tool (no login necessary). You can use on it to remove backgrounds from images in seconds. Even if the subject’s body isn’t clearly defined, it will make a decent guess and trim out your image appropriately.
How to Turn a MidJourney Face Into an Avatar
PFPMaker can do more than just help you remove the background from a photo. You can also use it to turn your MidJourney face into an avatar with only a couple of clicks.
First, you upload your source image. Then, about a minute later, their bot will share a variety of reinterpretations. Each of these variations you can download and save out!
Before You Give Up Completely, Try MidJourney’s Light Upscale Redo
It might seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that MidJourney’s built-in “light upscale redo” feature sometimes is all you need to fix a pair of eyes or clean up another part of your portrait that includes a few too many minor but noticeable strange details. I always like to give this action a try before I completely call it quits on a prompt concept. Give it a try—what do you have to lose?
Have An Especially Tricky MidJourney Face to Fix?
I’m happy to check it out and make a recommendation. Just connect with me on Discord and share your image. I’d be glad to share advice on things you could do to help make your picture better. My username is joyous#8616.
Do you have Facebook? Prefer to get a fast answer from the “hive mind”? Consider joining the unofficial Midjourney AI group. It’s full of really talented folks. Everyone shares MidJourney tips on a wide range of issues. They could be a great additional resource if you’re struggling to clean up a MidJourney face.
Before giving up completely on an odd MidJourney face, here’s how you can make yourself feel better. Try to improve your portrait by giving it a pair of laser eyes. That’s what I like to do for a laugh!
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Can I use Midjourney free? ›
You can make your first 25 images on Midjourney for free. But you are not going to want to stop at 25! The Basic Membership monthly subscription lets you create up to 200 images. The higher-level Standard Membership subscription gives you unlimited creations if you work in “relaxed” mode.How do I find my images on Midjourney? ›
Your upscaled image (and 2x2 grid images) will immediately be visible on your website gallery at midjourney.com/app (you need to Sign In with Discord first.How does Midjourney AI work? ›
Midjourney is currently only accessible through a Discord bot on their official Discord, by direct messaging the bot, or by inviting the bot to a third party server. To generate images, users use the /imagine command and type in a prompt; the bot then returns an image. Midjourney is also working on a web interface.Is Dalle 2 free? ›
DALL•E 2 is currently free to use, but there is a catch. You're allotted 50 free credits during your first month's use and 15 free credits after that.How can you tell fake faces generated by AI? ›
- Straight Hair Appears Like Paint. Usually, long hair takes a hyper-straight look where a small patch seems good. ...
- Asymmetrical Jewelry or Facial Features. ...
- Teeth. ...
- Surreal Background. ...
- Non-Stereotypical Gender Presentation. ...
- Strange Backgrounds or Clothing. ...
- To Sum Up.
Dall-E is not entirely free. The service runs on "credits(Opens in a new window)." You get 50 free credits at signup, and then 15 credits free per month after that, but they don't roll over. Paid credits do roll over month to month, for up to 12 months; get 115 credits for $15.Is there a free AI art generator? ›
starryai is an AI art generator app. You simply enter a text prompt and our AI transforms your words into works of art. AI Art generation is usually a laborious process that requires technical expertise, we make that process simple and intuitive. starryai is available for free on iOS and Android.How much does Dall-E cost? ›
Pricing for the DALL-E 2 API varies by resolution. For 1024×1024 images, the cost is $0.02 per image; 512×512 images are $0.018 per image; and 256×256 images are $0.016 per image.What's the best AI image generator? ›
If you are looking for an AI image generator to create good-quality images without restrictions on features or picture quantity, Dream by Wombo is the ideal tool.What is the best free AI art generator? ›
- Deep Dream Generator. ...
- Artbreeder. ...
- Stablecog. ...
- DeepAI. ...
- StarryAI. ...
- Fotor. ...
- Runway ML. ...
- WOMBO Dream. Closing out our list of 10 best AI art generators is WOMBO Dream, which is an AI NFT creator app developed by Canadian startup WOMBO.
Does Replika learn from you? ›
Replika is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform that takes the form of an interactive, personalised chatbot. It learns how to 'replicate' genuine human interaction through conversations with the user who created them.What algorithm does Midjourney use? ›
Midjourney is an AI image generation tool that takes inputs through text prompts and parameters and uses a Machine Learning (ML) algorithm trained on a large amount of image data to produce unique images.Is Midjourney the best AI? ›
Midjourney is one of the best AI art generator widely available for common users in 2022. Midjourney: This tool is great for creating abstract or surrealistic images. It's also really easy to use, so it's perfect for anyone who wants to create art without having to put in too much effort.Is DALL-E legal? ›
Because some of DALL-E's images are entirely machine-made, with the user contributing only an idea via text prompts, the results are likely not copyrightable at all. That would land them in the public domain, where everyone and no one “owns” them.Why is DALL-E 2 restricted? ›
Attempts to create images of public figures are prohibited and the dataset used to train DALL-E 2 was filtered to remove obviously violent, sexual or hateful images.Is DALL-E mini free? ›
DALL-E mini is free and easy to use. All you have to do is go to Craiyon.com and type a prompt into the “What do you want to see?” box. After a few minutes, or sometimes seconds, it will give you nine images in an attempt to match the prompt, according to Business Insider.Which AI algorithm is used for face recognition? ›
The most common type of machine learning algorithm used for facial recognition is a deep learning Convolutional Neural Network (CNN). CNNs are a type of artificial neural network that are well-suited for image classification tasks.Are there AI programs for photos for face recognition? ›
Phototheca utilizes face recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, which can extract those facial features from a photo and build a unique faceprint of a face. Then Phototheca can compare faceprints of every found face to each other and recognize if faces on different photos belong to the same person.How do you detect a deepfake image? ›
One simple way to detect a live deepfake is to ask the person on a video call to turn their profile to the camera. Here a person is using a live deepfake to impersonate actor Jim Carrey and you can see the distortion of the image when the person turns 90 degree to the camera.Can you use DALL-E images for free? ›
In the eyes of the Copyright Office, the public is free to reproduce, publish, or sell your DALL-E 2-generated masterpiece, no strings attached.
Can I access DALL-E 2? ›
DALL-E 2 access is now for everyone
We've removed the waitlist for DALL·E. Sign up and start creating immediately!
Yes, it is now available for everyone! Please sign-up below.What is the best free AI photo enhancer? ›
- YouCam Perfect.
Chatting with Replika will always be free! For free, you may also choose & customize an avatar, chat 24/7, & more!What is the AI drawing app called? ›
Your friends are turning themselves into digital art with the help of an artificial intelligence-generated app called Lensa. Lensa AI is currently the top free app in Apple App Store, though you'll have to pay to use the AI artwork feature.Is Dall E Mini DALL-E 2? ›
Is Dall-E Mini related to Dall-E 2? No, they're not associated. Dall-E 2 is also a tool for generating AI images that was launched as a research project this year. It was created by the AI research and deployment company OpenAI and is not widely available.Is Dall E mini private? ›
Firstly, Dall-E 2 is a private service, offering access based off a long waitlist. Dall-E mini, on the other hand, is free to use for everyone.Can I sell DALL-E? ›
Subject to the Content Policy and Terms, you own the images you create with DALL·E, including the right to reprint, sell, and merchandise – regardless of whether an image was generated through a free or paid credit.Is Midjourney hard to use? ›
Gaining access to Midjourney is actually a lot easier than you might initially expect. There's no program to install or convoluted libraries to set up. Instead, Midjourney is accessed entirely through Discord.What does U and V mean in Midjourney? ›
Each button has a meaning: the “U” buttons upscale a particular image, for 1 to 4; the “V” buttons ask the AI to provide a variation the theme on the particular image.
Does Midjourney cost money? ›
Midjourney is available for a monthly subscription fee that ranges between US $10 and $50 a month.What is the best AI image Upscaler? ›
Topping our list of best AI image & upscaler tools is Icons8, an AI image upscaler driven by intelligent AI algorithms. You can use Icons8 to upscale images online for free. The tool relies on machine learning to enable you to upscale an image by 2x or 4x without losing any quality.Which algorithm is best for image processing? ›
CNN is a powerful algorithm for image processing. These algorithms are currently the best algorithms we have for the automated processing of images. Many companies use these algorithms to do things like identifying the objects in an image. Images contain data of RGB combination.How does AI improve image quality? ›
AI super resolution uses machine learning (ML) algorithms to infer from an original image ways that more pixels may be added to improve that image in some way. Fundamentally, the technology increases the resolution by creating a version of the image with more pixels that can offer greater detail.What AI image generator is everyone using? ›
There are two AI art generators dominating everyone's Instagram feeds. The first is called Lensa, a photo editing app which takes your selfies and turns them into what Lensa refers to as “magic avatars”. The app was launched in 2018 by Prisma Labs, but gained renewed interest this month after launching its avatar tool.How much does AI art generator cost? ›
As one would expect, this AI art generator is not free to use. You get the first 25 image creations for free, but you need to pay US$10 a month for the membership, which lets you create up to 200 images.Is Replika OK for kids? ›
No moderation – The platform has said they do not use human moderators. Users can flag bugs or report issues with the AI to the support team, but vulnerable children or young people can still be exposed to inappropriate or suggestive interactions, or not receive appropriate help needed in a time of crisis.How long does it take for your Replika to not be tired? ›
Replika gets tired after chatting with your for a while & maxing out the XP that can be earned in a 24 hour period. Don't worry though! You can still chat with your Replika just like usual, the only change is earning XP slowly until your next 24 hour period begins.Is Replika a real AI or a person? ›
Is Replika a real person? Even though talking to Replika feels like talking to a human being, rest assured — it's 100% artificial intelligence.Can I sell my Midjourney art? ›
MidJourney: If you are using a free or a trial account for Midjourney, you are granted a Commons Noncommercial 4.0 Attribution International License. This simply means that you can use the images, as long as you don't sell them or make money off them, and as long as you give credit (“attribution”) to Midjourney.
What does octane render do in Midjourney? ›
Octane is a rendering tool for digital 3D work, designed primarily to render things with realistic physical properties and accurate lighting. You'll see it frequently used in Midjourney pieces aiming for a specific look. You can see aspects of this in the way the ring of light is lighting the ground.Why is Midjourney so good? ›
Midjourney avoids generating straight-up 'everyday' photography, but it can create beautiful images that are 90% or more of the way there: like a very detailed piece of art, a convincing piece of CGI, or perhaps a real photograph that's been heavily Photoshopped to create an artistic effect.Is there an AI like replika? ›
This app will recognize your command and respond to what you say through voice commands. Thus, Google Assistant is one of AI apps like Replika that deserves a spot on this list. Thus, if you need to talk to someone then you can say it to Kajiwoto. The system will later adapt to your habit, which is highly personalized.Is there anything better than Midjourney? ›
There are more than 25 alternatives to Midjourney for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Linux, iPhone, iPad and Mac. The best alternative is Craiyon, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Midjourney are DALL-E 2, Dall-E, Stable Diffusion Online and DALL-E FLOW in Google Colab.Can I use Midjourney images commercially? ›
Can You Use Images Generated with Midjourney Commercially? Yes, if you are a paid member, you can use images generated with Midjourney commercially according to their terms . Subject to the above license, you own all Assets you create with the Services.How do you fix Deepfakes? ›
The best way to handle Deepfakes through technology will come from a combination of the two most promising algorithmic methods, which are Generative Adversarial Networks and Blockchain technology.
The challenge of security
This brings us to another significant challenge – security. Using FRT poses a significant security threat to its users because it uses biometric data (facial images), which can be easily exploited for identity theft and other malicious purposes.
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Celebrities and cartoon characters can often come out as blobs that vaguely resemble the original, and an even weirder issue, the model really can't do faces. “The image is encoded into a very shot sequence of numbers so that the model can learn faster. Because of this, the model makes a lot of mistakes.Can deep fakes be detected? ›
“Although the brain accuracy rate in this study is low – 54 percent – it is statistically reliable. That tells us the brain can spot the difference between deepfakes and authentic images.”
Is it hard to do deepfake? ›
Deepfakes are simple to make. Scarily simple if you are concerned about abuse. Early deepfakes were - perhaps unsurprisingly - focused on pornography. More terrifying use cases include the use of deepfakes for fake alibis in courtrooms, extortion, or terrorism.How do you install a deepfake? ›
Simply download the code from http://github.com/deepfakes/faceswap/ - For development it is recommended to use git instead of downloading the code and extracting it. For now, extract the code to a directory where you're comfortable working with it. Navigate to it with the command line.How accurate is AI facial recognition? ›
According to the report, when utilised in this manner, face recognition algorithms can achieve accuracy ratings of up to 99.97 percent on the Facial Recognition Vendor Test conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.How can I Unblur a picture for free? ›
Looking for a fast and simple way to unblur images on your phone? Fotor's photo enhancing app can help you fix blurry images and make them clear with ease. Just open your picture in Fotor app, select the “One-Tab Photo Enhancing” tool and let it run. It will automatically adjust and unblur picture for you in a snap.How can I make a blurry picture clear online for free? ›
You can quickly sharpen a blurry photo to make it clear and crisp with Fotor's free online image sharpener. Just drag and drop a blurry image to Fotor, then watch how Fotor's sharpening tool transforms the blur image into a clear image. The result will be super sharp with no halos and artifacts.Is DALL-E free to use? ›
Dall-E is not entirely free. The service runs on "credits(Opens in a new window)." You get 50 free credits at signup, and then 15 credits free per month after that, but they don't roll over. Paid credits do roll over month to month, for up to 12 months; get 115 credits for $15.How do I fix distorted images? ›
Go to the Develop module -> Lens Corrections tab. There is a slider control under the Distortion section that allows the user to adjust how much distortion to correct. Moving the slider to the left corrects the pincushion distortion, while moving to the slider toward the right corrects barrel distortion.