Learn How to Prompt by Making it Fun
Recreating memes is an easy way to learn prompt engineering.
When you first begin the fine art (and science) of “prompting” or “prompt engineering” it can be difficult to know where to start. What I’ve discovered is that you should start with something fun and something that keeps you entertained.
It’s really like anything else in life; for instance, if you really want to learn how to play a new sport then you should practice something that you genuinely enjoy as opposed to something that isn’t holding your attention.
Children do this instinctively as they intuitively gravitate toward activities and exercises they naturally like while as adults we’ve somehow forgotten this fundamental aspect of skill training and development.
So I started with memes (and found others that have done the same).
One way to easily create these is via your new Stable Diffusion XL build by adding an “Input Source” or using any other service like Midjourney or DALL-E.
Here’s one conversation I had with the latter that helped train and teach the system to become more accurate in my desired outcomes.
I first asked:
Please create a hyper realistic version of this image.
But, I clearly don’t want the hair. So I simply asked it to remove that feature:
Remove the hair
I though the output was a bit too “clean” so I kept prompting:
Make him a bit more ugly.
This was clearly the wrong outcome and I certainly don’t want him masculine and zero facial hair:
No, ugly and awkward with no facial hair.
You get the picture (no pun intended). It really is as easy as having a conversation — and that’s the point! Getting started with (image) prompting isn’t hard and as the conversational user interfaces get better (and the models that it employs) it’ll become even easier and with better results.
As with anything, the more you practice the better this will all become for you.
The Wojak Series via DALL-E
Here are a few examples of using a system like DALL-E to recreate life-like portrayals of the very popular meme, Wojak. Sometimes the tool gets it right on the first try while other times — like above — you’ll have to continue to prompt to get the outcomes that you want.
I giggled a bit too hard on many of these.
The Fat Arthoe
The Trad Wife
The Doomer Girl
The Doomer Boy
The Nordic Gamer
The Daddy’s Girl
The Withered Wojak
The Happy Zoomer Kid
The Born to Feel
The Psycho Wojak
The Wholesome Wojak
The Serious Hat
The Crying Apu Apustaja
The Apu Crying with Guitar
The Catboy Wojak
The I Love Science Wojak
A Few Personal Experiments
Finally, here are a handful of images that I’ve created recently using SDXL on my local Mac — I’m particularly interested in cyberpunk / steampunk-type of styles and all types of gadgets and gear. Some of these are better than others.
Continue to experiment my friends!