How to Write Good Prompts for AI Art Generators: Prompt Engineering Made Easy

Write Good Prompts for AI Art Generators: Prompt Engineering Made Easy

The advent of artificial intelligence has made a significant impact in many fields. For example, the GPT-3 model and its impact in fields such as content writing, copywriting, customer support, and product design.

The next field AI going to revolutionize is art. From the start of the year 2022, the talk of an AI art generator has begun. People have witnessed the release of AI art generators, such as DALL.E 2, Midjourney, Disco Diffusion, and Stable Diffusion month after month.

In this article, you will learn what is prompt and how to communicate with AI art generators. Though this article is primarily focused on Open AI’s DALL.E, you can apply this knowledge to other AI art generators as well.

What are Prompts?

Prompts are descriptions in natural language that acts as an input for AI art generators, such as DALL.E 2, Midjourney, Stable DIffusion, Disco Diffusion, and other machine learning models. It is the communication medium for AI art generators, also known as machine learning models.

Prompts convey your ideology to the text-to-image machine learning models.

Prompts can be as simple as a single line or they can be vague. Sometimes you can even use emojis as prompts and get the optimal output.

How to Use AI Art Generators

Image Prompts

Prompts are not always natural language text, but can also be images.

Yes, you can edit existing images and build upon them or you can make new variations of the existing image in DALL.E and also in other AI art generators as well.

Prompt Examples

Some examples of text-to-image prompts are as follows:

  • Scarlett Johansson, portrait, Cool Color Palette
  • Zendaya smiling, oil painting
  • kobe bryant shooting free throws, pencil drawing, realistic
  • kingfisher bird, by Akihito Yoshida, Cool Color Palette
  • A beautiful woman sitting on the top of the building, looking at the stunning mountains, Trending on artstation
  • A girl, makoto shinkai style, anime, japan animation’s background, 80mm camera lens, wide angle, night view, city, building, edge, high detail
  • a deserted city, empty buildings, vegetation, trending on artstation, high detail, high definition, high quality, photo-realistic, ultra realistic, hyper-realistic, 4k

Why Does Creating a Good Prompt Matter?

All AI art generators are pre-trained using millions of datasets of text-image pairs. They work based on the caption matching technique.

Hence, if you want extraordinary artwork, you need to give an extraordinary prompt with proper keywords.

Of course, you will get a result for whatever you give as a prompt. But, to create proper art, you need to craft your prompt well organized.

The output of the AI-generated artwork is directly proportional to the quality of the prompt.

How Do AI Art Generators work?

To write good prompts, it is essential to know how AI art generators work.

AI art generators are not pre-programmed by developers. It is pre-trained on millions of text-image pairs. I.e., it was exposed to millions of labeled images using the neural network called CLIP (Contrastive Language–Image Pre-training).

With that exposure, the AI art generator built some kind of understanding. Out of that understanding and diffusion models, it is generating the art based on the prompt given. Nobody knows how AI art generators will react to certain prompts.

By now, you must have understood how AI art generators work and the importance of text descriptions.

It is essential to construct your prompt with multiple keyword elements as explained in this article to bring out the best from AI art generators.

Tips to Write Good Text-to-Image Prompts

To write good text-to-image prompts, just follow the elements mentioned below. By following this structure, anyone can easily create well-organized prompts.

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A noun is a very important element in a prompt as it denotes the subject. The prompt will not be completed without a noun. However, you can get a result without a noun, but it will not be meaningful.

Sometimes, emojis are counted as nouns by AI art generators. Cool, isn’t it?


Adjectives always bring certain vibes to the artwork. It gives the artwork life by allowing you to infuse it with multiple feelings.

Examples of adjectives include, beautiful, magnificent, realistic, colorful, massive, etc.

In addition to being used emotionally, adjectives can also be used technically.

A simple word like “sports photography” will indirectly convey technical details, such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and burst mode to the AI machine learning models. Just like this, adjectives always save you when you don’t have technical knowledge of any field that you want to include in your artwork.

Prompt: Kobe Bryant shooting free throws, realistic, sports photography

Dall.E generated artwork
Artwork by DALL.E

Artist Names

Just by including the artists’ names in your prompts, you can bring the artistic touch of your favorite artist.

For example, if you want to include surrealism, the style of cubism and neoclassicism, you can include the name of Pablo Picasso in your prompt.

If you want to include a bizarre, hilarious, and grotesque kind of style, you can include the 21st-century artist Beeple in your prompt.

Unbundling Technique

If you want to have Pablo Picasso and Beeple style but with some variation, you can use “Unbundling” technique.

Unbundling is an expansion technique proposed by “Bakz T. Future”. In the unbundling technique, you will be giving a long description of a particular style of the artist’s various characteristics and components instead of just giving the artist names.

This brings more variations with a familiar style of your favorite artist.

Prompt (Without Unbundling): Kobe Bryant shooting free throws, in the style of The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso, digital art

Dall.E created artwork
Artwork without unbundling

Prompt (With Unbundling): Kobe Bryant shooting free throws, The painting has a simple composition, with just three primary colors: red, blue and yellow. However, it is also packed with hidden meanings and visual complexities, digital art

Unbundling technique using GPT-3
Unbundling technique using GPT-3

I have used the GPT-3 tool for “Unbundling technique”. If you want to use the same, try Jasper or Writesonic. Otherwise, you can use Google or your own description.

Dall.E created artwork
Artwork with Unbundling technique


To use your own style instead of inheriting the style of other artists, you just need to include keywords that are related to certain styles, such as fantasy, surrealism, symmetry, contemporary, modern, minimalism, pixel art, and so on.

Prompt: Kobe Bryant shooting free throws, symmetry, digital art

Artwork by AI art generator
Artwork by DALL.E

Computer Graphics

Apart from the normal styles, the next level is computer graphics (CG). To smartly enhance the effectiveness and meaning of artwork, you can include CG keywords, such as Octane render, Cycles, Unreal Engine, Ray tracing, and 3D rendering

Prompt: Kobe Bryant shooting free throws, 3D rendered , digital art

Write Good Prompts for AI Art Generators: Prompt Engineering Made Easy
Artwork by DALL.E


Lastly, you can specify the quality of the AI-generated image. To do so, you need to add keywords, such as high, 4k, and 8k.

Prompt: Kobe Bryant shooting free throws, digital art, highly detailed, 8K

AI generated art
Artwork by DALL.E, a highly detailed – look at the muscles and body!

Art Platform Names

Adding art platform names is another way to include styles that you might not be aware of. For example, adding keywords like “trending on artstation, trending on Behance, Unreal Engine, Weta Digital, Wētā FX, WLOP”, and etc in the prompt will result in the style extracted from these platforms.

If you have no clue about the styles, you just mention any one of these names in your prompt and reap the benefit.

Prompt: Kobe Bryant shooting free throws, digital art, trending on artstation

AI generated artwork
Artwork by DALL.E

Art Medium

Another element that you don’t want to miss is mentioning the medium of art. There are many types of art mediums that you can leverage. To do so, use keywords, such as

Drawing: pencil art, chalk art, ink art

Painting: tempera, oil pastel, watercolor

Sculpting: bronze, marble, and wood

Photography: digital art and film still

Prompt: Kobe Bryant shooting free throws, oil pastel, detailed

Artwork by AI art generators

List of Adjective Prompt Words 


  1. Positive Mood X Low Energy
  2. Positive Mood X High Energy
  3. Negative Mood X Low Energy
  4. Negative Mood X High Energy

1. Positive Mood X Low Energy

  • Balmy
  • Calm
  • Comforting
  • Cozy
  • Delicate
  • Elegant
  • Ethereal
  • Graceful
  • Light
  • Mild
  • Pastel
  • Peaceful
  • Placid
  • Quiet
  • Relaxed
  • Serene
  • Soft
  • Soothing
  • Subtle
  • Tender
  • Tranquil

2. Positive Mood X High Energy

  • Brash
  • Bright
  • Bright
  • Colorful
  • Dynamic
  • Ecstatic
  • Energetic
  • Exciting
  • Expressive
  • hot
  • Joyful
  • Kaleidoscopic
  • Lively
  • Passionate
  • Psychedelic
  • Rich
  • Romantic
  • Saturated
  • Spirited
  • Vibrant
  • Vivid

3. Negative Mood X Low Energy

  • Bleak
  • Depressing
  • Desaturated
  • Dismal
  • Dreary
  • Dull
  • Funeral
  • Gloomy
  • Grey
  • Melancholic
  • Mournful
  • Muted
  • Pale
  • Sad
  • Somber
  • Subdued
  • Tired
  • Washed-out
  • Weary

4. Negative Mood X High Energy

  • Apocalyptic
  • Dark
  • Doom
  • Dreadful
  • Forbidding
  • Frightful
  • Ghastly
  • Ghostly
  • Gloomy
  • Harrowing
  • Haunting
  • Hideous
  • Ominous
  • Shadowy
  • Shocking
  • Sinister
  • Stormy
  • Terrifying
  • Terror
  • Threatening
  • Unnerving


  1. Big X Structureless
  2. Big X Structured
  3. Small X Structureless
  4. Small X Structured

1. Big X Structureless

  • Amorphous
  • Big
  • Bold
  • Chaotic
  • Churning
  • Curvaceous
  • Distorted
  • Earthy
  • Emotive
  • Flowing
  • Intuitive
  • Lush
  • Natural
  • Organic
  • organic
  • Random
  • Riotous
  • Swirling
  • Tumultuous
  • Turbulent
  • Uneven
  • Unshaped
  • Unstructured

2. Big X Structured

  • Angular
  • Artificial
  • Bifurcate
  • Blocks
  • Composed
  • Defined
  • Dignified
  • Geometric
  • Imposing
  • Lines
  • Manmade
  • Minimalist
  • Monumental
  • Ordered
  • Perspective
  • Rhythmic
  • Rigorous
  • Robust
  • Straight
  • Unified

3. Small X Structureless

  • Brash
  • Casual
  • Daring
  • Experimental
  • Expressive
  • Extemporaneous
  • Improvisational
  • Jaunty
  • Light
  • Loose
  • Offhand
  • Playful
  • Random
  • Sketched
  • Spontaneous
  • Unplanned

4. Small X Structured

  • Accurate
  • Clear-cut
  • Decorative
  • Delicate
  • Detailed
  • Elaborate
  • Elegant
  • Exact
  • Fine
  • Intricate
  • Lavish
  • Meticulous
  • Neat
  • Opulent
  • Ornamented
  • Ornate
  • Precise
  • Realistic

List of Style Prompt Words

  1. Vaporwave
  2. Post-apocalyptic
  3. Gothic and Fantasy
  4. Cybernatic and Sci-fi
  5. Steampunk
  6. Memphis
  7. Dieselpunk
  8. Afrofuturism
  9. Cyberpunk
  10. Biopunk

Check out this huge collection of words!

List of Artists’ and Art Movement Names to Use in Prompt

  1. Agnes Lawrence Pelton
  2. Akihito Yoshida
  3. Albert Bierstadt
  4. Andy Warhol
  5. Annibale Carracci
  6. Anthony Van Dyck
  7. Asaf Hanuka
  8. Assassin’s Creed
  9. Aubrey Beardsley
  10. Ben Enwonwu
  11. Beeple
  12. Bob Byerley
  13. Camille Corot
  14. Caravaggio Michelangelo Merisi
  15. Caspar David Friedrich
  16. Charlie Bowater
  17. Claude Monet
  18. David Mann
  19. Diego Rivera
  20. Dorothea Tanning
  21. Edward Munch
  22. Fernando Botero
  23. Frank Frazetta
  24. Frida Kahlo
  25. Hassan Mossoudy
  26. Hayao Miyazaki
  27. Hazem Taha Hussein
  28. Hieronymus Bosch
  29. H.R. Giger
  30. Ismail Inceoglu
  31. Ivan Shishkin
  32. Jeff Koons
  33. John Constable
  34. John Kenn Mortensen
  35. Jose Tapiro Y Baro
  36. Karol Bak
  37. Katsushika Hokusai
  38. Kiki Smith
  39. Kim Tschang Yeul
  40. Ko Young Hoon
  41. Laurie Lipton
  42. Lee Man Fong
  43. Lemma Guya
  44. Lisa Frank
  45. Mahmoud Sai
  46. Malika Agueznay
  47. Maria Sibylla Merian
  48. Mark Brooks
  49. Michael William Kaluta
  50. Nam June Paik
  51. Paolo Uccello
  52. Pauline Haynes
  53. Pebble Tay
  54. Pieter Bruegel The Elder
  55. Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
  56. Raffaello Sanzio
  57. Ralph Steadman
  58. Remedios Varo Uranga
  59. Rene Magritte
  60. Richard Dadd
  61. Roy Liechtestein
  62. Salvador Dali
  63. Sonia Delaunay
  64. Takashi Murakami
  65. Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka
  66. Tony Diterlizzi
  67. Victto Ngai
  68. Wanda Gág
  69. Wangechi Mutu
  70. Yaoy Kusama
  71. Yoshitaka Amano
  72. Zeng Fanzhi

If you want to see the visual comparison of these artists, go to promptoMANIA and expand the “Mimic the style of an artist” tab.


This article is intended to cut the jargon and present the importance of prompts and how to construct a great prompt—prompt engineering. With this article, prompts are no more a strange thing and anyone can create a great prompt with these instructions.

A bonus tip: Learn to Steal Prompt Ideas from Other Artists Like a Boss!


1. Does the prompt have to be in English?

Yes, currently all machine learning models support the natural language of English. However, there is a possibility in the future that these AI art generators will be trained in multiple languages.

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