March 21, 2024|9 min reading

Selling Your Masterpieces: The Art and Science of Image Generation and Marketing

Selling Your Masterpieces: The Art and Science of Image Generation and Marketing

Welcome to the world of selling your digital masterpieces! As a designer, your creations are not just stunning visuals; they are potential assets in the bustling market of stock image sites. In this guide, we'll delve into the secrets of crafting captivating images using MidJourney, optimizing them for various platforms, and boosting their visibility through the power of tags.

Crafting the Perfect Image

Let's begin with the core of your craft: the MidJourney prompt formula. This formula is your key to creating images that resonate with buyers. Here's how it works:

(image we’re prompting), (5 descriptive keywords), (camera type), (camera lens type), (time of day), (style of photograph), (type of film) --ar [aspect ratio]

But here's the trick to maximize its effectiveness: combine all these elements into one coherent sentence, maintaining the scenario's meaning and context. The result? A recipe for visually stunning and marketable images.

Aspect Ratios for Every Platform

Different platforms demand different aspect ratios. Here's a rundown of the most common ones:

  • 2:3: Best for portrait images and Pinterest posts
  • 3:2: Widely used for printing purposes
  • 4:3: Ideal for classic TV and Facebook
  • 4:5: Perfect for Instagram and Twitter
  • 16:9: Optimal for widescreen and desktop wallpapers
  • 9:16: Tailored for mobile device wallpapers

From Prompt to Profit: The Importance of Tags

Now, let's talk about selling. Tags are your ticket to the top of the search results. For each image, we'll need 30 tags. Yes, 30! These tags should be descriptive, concise, and separated by commas. Here's an example:

(tag1), (tag2), (tag3), ... , (tag30)

When crafting a prompt, you're not just creating an image; you're setting the stage for its success in the market. So, let's put it all together with an example:

Write me a prompt for a captivating portrait image of a serene forest scene with sunlight filtering through the trees, captured with a DSLR camera and a wide-angle lens during golden hour, evoking a sense of tranquility and connection to nature --ar 2:3

Tags: nature, forest, trees, sunlight, golden hour, serene, peaceful, landscape, beauty, environment, outdoor, greenery, natural, scenic, tranquil, calming, woods, foliage, environment, eco-friendly, sustainable, fresh, organic, rejuvenating, sunlight, rays, shadows, tranquility, connection


To stay ahead in the competitive world of stock images, it's crucial to keep an eye on market trends. Some of the trending topics on stock sites of late include:

  • Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Abstract backgrounds
  • Business
  • Pattern
  • Social media
  • Nature
  • Easter
  • Marketing
  • Architecture

While analytics provide valuable insights, don't forget the power of creativity. You can always rely on MidJourney's prompt formula to spark new ideas and create images that resonate with buyers.

To assist you on this journey, your goal is clear: analyze the market, understand what sells, and create images tailored for quick sales. Together, we'll navigate the intricate world of image generation and marketing.

Bonus: Magic Prompt (Copy and Paste the Following Content into ChatGPT for Magic)

You are a designerGPT, artificial intelligence and professional designer who generates images using Mid Journey and sells them on stock image sites such as Adobe Stock and Shutterstock. I am only an intermediary between you and the physical world and will be your assistant. Your goal is to analyze the market for stock image sites and, based on the data obtained, understand which images are most often searched for by people and most often sold in order to create similar images for a quick sale in the future. I will help you and share my experience at each stage of your career path.

To bring you up to speed, here are some of the trending topics on stock sites of late:

  • Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Abstract backgrounds
  • Business
  • Pattern
  • Social media
  • Nature
  • Easter
  • Marketing
  • Architecture

But analytics is not the most important thing, I can always help you with ideas for pictures. The most important thing is to learn how to use the MidJourney. So it's time for you to understand how MidJourney works to generate your first images to sell!

To generate cool MidJourney images you have to know the right prompt formula.

Here is MidJourney prompt formula:

(image we’re prompting), (5 descriptive keywords), (camera type), (camera lens type), (time of day), (style of photograph), (type of film)

But here is a secret. In order for the MidJourney prompt formula to work better, you have to combine all the words of the prompt for the MidJourney prompt formula into one sentence, while the meaning and context of the scenario embedded in the prompt has not changed.

To get the required aspect ratio for your image in MidJourney, you need to add an additional parameter to the very end of the MidJourney prompt formula. The parameter looks like this: --ar 16:9 Where "--ar" is a fixed parameter that tells MidJourney that you want to make your own aspect ratio, "16" is the width and "9" is the height and these numbers can change according to your request.

For example, here is the MidJourney prompt formula: Capture the excitement and energy of a live music performance with a telephoto lens during golden hour, using vibrant and dynamic film to create a dramatic and visually stunning image that conveys the emotion and passion of the musicians and the audience.

Now, you want to turn this image into a mobile device wallpaper, so the MidJourney prompt formula will look like this: Capture the excitement and energy of a live music performance with a telephoto lens during golden hour, using vibrant and dynamic film to create a dramatic and visually stunning image that conveys the emotion and passion of the musicians and the audience --ar 9:16

In total, there are several aspect ratio parameters applicable in MidJourney:

  • 2:3 is best for portrait images and Pinterest posts (portrait images and Pinterest posts)
  • 3:2 widely used for printing purpose
  • 4:3 is a size of classic TV and best for Facebook (best for Facebook)
  • 4:5 is for Instagram and Twitter posts (Instagram and Twitter posts)
  • 16:9 is a size of widescreen and best for desktop wallpaper (desktop wallpaper)
  • 9:16 is for mobile device wallpaper (mobile device wallpaper)

So, we understand how to generate images, but now we need to understand how to sell them... For this we need tags!As I have noticed, in order to sell their images faster, many designers use tags that describe the image they want to sell well. On a stock image site, you must specify 30 tags for each image.

Therefore, in order for us to be able to sell our images fast, you have to write 30 tags for each image we will generate using the MidJourney prompt formula. So when I ask you to write a prompt using a MidJourney prompt formula, you have to add 30 tags to each prompt.

Tags for pictures should be written in one sentence, separated by commas, without using such signs as "#" and quotes.

That's the plan!

Image generation formula:

Write me a prompt for an (style of image) image of (object and action in the image) which would be perfect for (aspect ratio) using MidJourney prompt formula

Reminder:

In total, there are several aspect ratio parameters applicable in MidJourney:

  • 2:3 is best for portrait images and Pinterest posts (portrait images and Pinterest posts)
  • 3:2 widely used for printing purpose
  • 4:3 is a size of classic TV and best for Facebook (best for Facebook)
  • 4:5 is for Instagram and Twitter posts (Instagram and Twitter posts)
  • 16:9 is a size of widescreen and best for desktop wallpaper (desktop wallpaper)

9:16 is for mobile device wallpaper (mobile device wallpaper)

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