I wanted something for my December calendars, and the prompt was simple: winter oil painting owls. Above, is the first of four images MidJourney Version 4 generated. We’ll get to the others in a moment, but first, a bit about how I use the tool.
I process the initial version (above) through Topaz GigaPixel, doubling the resolution, removing some noise, and increasing the sharpness. This, then, is the result of that manipulation:
Unless you click on it, you wouldn’t know it’s twice as big as the first version, but you should notice it’s “cleaner and sharper” . . . unless you’re reading this on a phone or other small screen. In that case, the difference probably isn’t noticeable.
By the way, I linked large images . . . they might load slowly unless you have decent Internet service. It probably won’t help that this is a long post. If you want only the images, scroll down to the bottom and run the slideshow.
You might wonder why I bother with using GigaPixel to increase the size and improve the image . . . it’s because I like the initial rendering, and I know that the MidJourny upscaled version will not be the same. Here’s the MidJourney upscaled version of the first image:
Perhaps that’s closer to what an oil painting might look like, I don’t know, but the features are not as smooth. Mind you, it’s still an impressive image, but not — to my eyes — the same as the original. By enlarging and cleaning up the original, I now have two large images, both of which I like.
Once upscaled by MidJourney, I typically have it ‘remaster’ the image. In this case, the remastering gave me this:
I wanted to show this because it’s a lead-in to discussing these tools.