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How To Use The New Midjourney Style Reference + 3 Gorgeous Aesthetic Styles to Test it!

Midjourney launched a new functionality that lets you easily copy a consistent aesthetic. Here’s how to use the Midjourney Style Reference with three free examples!

Midjourney dropped a fun new update today with a totally new algorithm that lets you use images as style references to copy aesthetics easily. It’s called Style Reference.

How To Use The New Style Reference Function in Midjourney - Style Reference 80s examples 2

The introduction of Midjourney Style Reference is the first step of their plan to create a “Consistent Character” feature that will be added soon and will work with the new –sref parameter.

Difference between image prompt and style references

The Style References option works similarly to image prompts, where you use an image as a reference for your prompt.

But where an image prompt focuses more on copying the composition of the reference image, the style reference focuses more on transferring the overall aesthetics.

How to use Midjourney Style Reference

Step 1: Upload the image you want to reference to Discord by double-clicking the + icon next to the prompt box or selecting ‘Upload a File.’ After you choose the correct file, hit enter to upload it.

How to use your photo as a reference in Midjourney - Midjourney AI Art for Beginners - Sprinkle of AI

Step 2: On desktop, click the image, choose ‘Open in Browser,’ and copy the URL from the address bar. The link should end with .jpg or .png.

When using the Discord mobile app, tap and hold the image and choose ‘Copy Media Link.’

Step 3: Type /imagine in the text bar and write your prompt. At the end of your prompt, type the parameter –sref and paste the image URL. The URL gets shortened after you hit enter.

Make sure there is a space between the parameter and the URL, like in the example below:

A cat with a flower crown --sref urlA.png 

TIP: Turn on Remix for easy experimenting

Make sure to turn on the remix setting via /settings. This will allow you to edit the prompt before rerunning it and easily apply the reference style to different subjects without copying and pasting the reference URL.

Examples of Midjourney Style Reference

I’ve posted three Reference Styles below that you can download and use as examples to play around with the new –sref function.

I can’t wait to discover what you make with these reference styles! Please tag me on Instagram @sprinkleofai so I can see it!

Reference Style: 70s – Gray and Cyan colors

Download the image below and upload it to Discord to use as your Midjourney Style Reference.

How To Use The New Style Reference Function in Midjourney - Style Reference 70s

Examples Using Midjourney Reference Style

How To Use The New Style Reference Function in Midjourney - Style Reference 70s examples

Reference Style: 80s – Bright Colors

Download the image below and upload it to Discord to use as your Midjourney Style Reference.

How To Use The New Style Reference Function in Midjourney - Style Reference 80s 2

Examples Using Midjourney Reference Style

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Reference Style: Colorful Illustration

Download the image below and upload it to Discord to use as your Midjourney Style Reference.

How To Use The New Style Reference Function in Midjourney - Style Reference illustration

Examples Using Midjourney Reference Style

How To Use The New Style Reference Function in Midjourney - Style Reference illustration examples

You can see more examples in the sref showcase on Midjourney’s Discord channel.

Tips

Here are my best tips to make the most of the new style reference option in Midjourney.

How to set the total strength of the style reference

You can set the total strength of the style reference via style weight –sw 100, where 100 is the default, 0 is off, and 1000 is the maximum.

This means using –sw 1000 will follow the reference image more closely, and –sw 50 will ignore most of the reference style.

A cat with a flower crown --sref urlA --sw 800

How to prompt conflicting styles with Style Reference

If you want to prompt a conflicting style, for example, change your reference image of an illustration to photorealism or the other way around, emphasize this in your written prompt.

The same applies to different ages. Make sure to include in your prompt what age the subject should be if it differs from the style reference.

How to use multiple Reference Styles in one prompt

You can use multiple reference styles for one prompt. Here’s an example of how to add the image URLs to your prompt:

A cat with a flower crown --sref urlA urlB urlC

How to set Style Weights in your prompt

You can set relative weights to each style to blend multiple aesthetics but give more importance to one image URL over the other.

Set relative weights of styles like this:

A cat with a flower crown --sref urlA::2 urlB::3 urlC::5

How to use Style Reference with Image Prompts

You can even use style references while using a regular image prompt. Make sure to add the URL of your image prompt before the –sref parameter like so:

A cat with a flower crown Imageprompturl --sref urlA

You can learn more about image prompts and using reference images in this handy guide.

How to add Chaos to your Style Reference

You can set the amount of chaos via –c, where 0 is the default and 100 is the maximum.

A cat with a flower crown Imageprompturl --c 50 --sref urlA

How to use permutations with Style Reference

You can easily apply the reference style to multiple prompts via permutations. Permutations allow you to dictate the subjects of multiple similar prompts in one go. Here’s an example that will generate 4 different image grids :

{cat, dog, horse, house} --sref urlA

That’s a Wrap!

I hope this Midjourney Style Reference guide has been helpful to you! Please add me on Instagram @sprinkleofai to ask me any questions you still have, and don’t forget to tag me in all your wonderful AI Art!

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About the author

My name is Marloes Ratten, and I love to make things. During the day, I’m a Macrame teacher, and at night I love to go a little crazy in Midjourney.

If you would like to see more of my AI artwork, follow Sprinkle of AI on Instagram or check out more posts on my blog sprinkleofai.com!

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