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Scenario 11: Miscellaneous

This chapter covers some of my favorite scenes that don't fit other categories. After writing this though, I realized they're all great for creating physical goods!

Stickers​

Not sure if others also like sticking stickers on laptops like I do. While sites like AliExpress are great, my tastes are pretty niche and hard to satisfy there. So I tried having AI generate some custom stickers, using Stormtroopers and Darth Vader as examples:

PromptExplanation
What is the type?stickerMaking a sticker
What is the subject?Stormtrooper, cuteCute chibi Stormtrooper
What is the environment?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the composition?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the shooting medium?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the style?vectorAdded vector since I'm thinking of printing
ParametersnullNo parameters

The results have nice white borders and vector art style suitable for printing (great for AliExpress sellers!):

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Papercutting​

I really like layered papercutting art but it's quite difficult to make manually. So I tried with AI:

PromptExplanation
What is the type?layered paper artLayered paper shadowbox
What is the subject?Death Star, shadowbox, volumetric lighting,The Death Star, but I don't just want a flat shadow, I want a 3D shadowbox with lighting like products I've seen on AliExpress
What is the environment?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the composition?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the shooting medium?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the style?nullNot critical, let AI decide
ParametersnullNo parameters

The initial results were decent but the lit sphere in frame 3 didn't look right. Frames 2 and 4 were closer to the layered 2D paper look I wanted, so I added "diorama" to enhance the flat shadowbox style.

voilà~ The addition really improved it (right 4 images) - so beautiful, hope to find on AliExpress someday:

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Postage Stamps​

Not sure if people still know about postage stamps in 2023, but I still collect them as a hobby. Thought it'd be fun to generate some retro Star Wars designs:

PromptExplanation
What is the type?vintage postage stampVintage stamp
What is the subject?Stormtrooper, red ink,Stormtrooper and Darth Vader again. Specified red ink color.
What is the environment?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the composition?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the shooting medium?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the style?line engraving, intaglioTraditional stamps used plate printing, often line engraved and etched. So I added those terms - one for line engraving, one for etching.
ParametersnullNo parameters

The final images are so artistic:

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Posters​

Finally, let's look at posters:

PromptExplanation
What is the type?movie poster
What is the subject?Star War
What is the environment?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the composition?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the shooting medium?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the style?studio ghibli, retro animeI wanted a retro Studio Ghibli anime style
ParametersnullNo parameters

Posters don't have to just be movie posters - you can also make advertising posters by changing the type:

PromptExplanation
What is the type?advertising poster
What is the subject?Darth Vader points his finger at the viewer
What is the environment?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the composition?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the shooting medium?nullNot critical, let AI decide
What is the style?studio ghibli, retro animeSame as above
ParametersnullNo parameters

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Tip 17: Reconstructing Prompts​

Simplest way is just asking the creator.

If you can't, Midjourney has an image-to-prompt feature. First enter /describe:

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Click describe, then upload image and hit enter.

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Midjourney will return possible prompts - click the 1,2,3,4 buttons under the image to directly send prompts to the bot for image generation. On the right are images generated from prompt #1 and #4. It seems decent for reverse engineering composition, subject, style of original images, but don't expect identical results:

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