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How to use Style Reference in Midjourney

How to use Style Reference in Midjourney

Midjourney’s V6 update introduced a powerful feature called “Style Reference.” This allows you to use an image as a reference, influencing the artistic style of the image that Midjourney will generate.

 
Step 1: Get your reference image's URL ready
  1. If your image is from Midjourney, upscale your chosen image by clicking the upscale buttons [U1, U2, U3, U4] at the bottom. 
    Upscale your chosen image from Midjourney
  2. If your image is a personal photo or from an external source, upload it using the “+” button next to the prompt box. 
    Upload your reference image by using the “+” button
  3. Click on the upscaled or uploaded image. In the bottom left corner of the image, click the "Open in Browser" link to open the image in a new tab.
    Click on your reference image, then click "Open in Browser"
  4. Copy the image URL from the new browser tab
    Copy the image URL from the new browser tab

 

 

Step 2: Apply the style reference code (--sref) to your prompt
  1. In the prompt box, type "/imagine" and press "Enter" 
    In the prompt box, type "/imagine" and press "Enter"
  2. Describe what you want Midjourney to create (e.g., "A portrait of a woman with flowing hair")
  3. Leave a space after your prompt text
  4. Add the style reference code (--sref) after your prompt description)
  5. Paste the URL you copied in step 1.4 after the space
  6. For multiple references, separate URLs with commas. 
    Sample prompt using style reference

 
Here are some images we generated using Style Reference:

Style reference and generated image of a Futuristic tech male elven
Right image prompt: Futuristic tech male elven --sref https://s.mj.run/raHWwNmC2sE --ar 4:5 --v 6.0


Collage style reference
Right image prompt: a collage of a Mother, son running towards a house with solar panels, grass, --ar 4:5 --sref https://s.mj.run/pQYMYTvl14Q --v 6.0



Style reference and generated image of a Man in the future, half human, half robot
Right image prompt: Man in the future, half human, half robot, bright, clean and modern --ar 2:1 --sref https://s.mj.run/6VZdwFU2NWc, https://s.mj.run/rfFxCD-hOps --v 6.0

 

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