How to use AI to draw a satisfactory image?

In summary, here are some valuable strategies to consider:

  1. First and foremost, you should have a clear idea of what kind of icon you want!

  2. Describe your icon in English in a clear and concise manner, separating words with commas!

  3. The more important the word, the earlier it should be placed. By default, the weight of the word is greater the earlier it is!

  4. Try to limit the number of words in your prompt to 30, as anything beyond that may have less impact on the image!

  5. Use specific shape words, or names of objects with very distinct visual features!

  6. If you're still unsure, you can refer to the prompt words for all the public icons on the website, comparing well-written ones with those that are not as effective. You'll quickly master the art of writing prompts in the field of AI image generation. Of course, you can also visit some AI painting keyword websites to see prompt words, to help stimulate creative inspiration (links at the end of the article)!

Recently, we've received feedback from some users expressing confusion about what kind of prompt words to input in the AI Icon Generator to get the AI to create an icon that meets their expectations. They intended to generate a specific icon, but ended up with something completely different.

How to generate a good icon?

Now, let's say you're a teacher and you need to create some PPT materials or PPT icons to enrich your PPT lesson plans. You describe to the AI Icon Generator as "PPT icon" or "PPT material". You'll find that no matter which style you choose to draw in AI Icon Generator, it might be difficult to create an icon that satisfies you (as shown below).

What's going on? Is the AI too unintelligent to understand us?

Actually, that's not the case. The real issue is that the AI doesn't understand what kind of icon we specifically want. We haven't expressed our needs to it using specific "shape" words that it can understand. It doesn't know what we really want to draw. We often see some users input prompts like: a company's logo, or even, some directly input a company's name that we've never heard of or a very niche professional term (which the AI doesn't recognize at all). In these cases, the AI has no way of understanding what kind of icon we really want, so it just has to improvise.

So, what kind of prompt language can the AI Icon Generator recognize and understand? How should we express our needs to the AI?

Let's first understand what the often-mentioned "Prompt" in the AI generation field refers to.

What does "Prompt" mean in the AI generation field?

In the AI generation field, a Prompt refers to a command issued to a computer system in written or verbal form. These commands can guide the network to generate outputs that are more in line with requirements. In the field of image generation, Prompts can be used to guide the generation of ideal images.

Using appropriate Prompts can help image generation algorithms generate the required images more accurately, and can greatly improve the quality and effect of the generated images. Computers do not directly understand text. In order for computers to understand text, a series of processing is required.

Prompt words are a quick guide for us to tell AI "what kind of response I want from AI". They are language cues designed to guide user input or help users better understand system functions.

How should we write an appropriate Prompt?

Generally speaking, a Prompt can be written in the following format:

+ Subject Details
+ Environmental Background
+ Composition Perspective
+ Style,

When writing, you don't need to include all elements, just choose the ones you need the most.

1. Subject + Subject Details

The subject is the soul of the image and the key to anchoring the content of the image. When generating an image, the subject must be described in detail and accurately so that the AI Icon Generator can understand our needs.

Take the scenario we mentioned at the beginning about creating some PPT materials or PPT icons to enrich PPT content. When you want to create some PPT materials, you need to consider what the theme of your current PPT is centered around. For example, if your PPT content is about harmonious coexistence between humans and nature, then the subjects you can draw can revolve around some animals, plants, and other natural organisms, such as a butterfly, a flower, a bird, etc. Instead of simply giving the AI Icon Generator a simple conceptual description like "PPT material" (as shown below).

Prompt: a beautiful butterfly, colorized, flat

Prompt: a beautiful butterfly, colorized, flat

Prompt: lighting art,Best quality, Masterpiece, glowing water,glowing rose, (transparent petals:1.2), Petal texture

Prompt: lighting art,Best quality, Masterpiece, glowing water,glowing rose, (transparent petals:1.2), Petal texture,

Prompt: There is a hamster inside the pink peach

Prompt: There is a hamster inside the pink peach

For instance, if we want to draw a girl and only write "1girl", the AI Icon Generator will randomly generate an image of a girl, which makes it difficult to achieve the effect we actually want. Therefore, we need to describe the girl's appearance, clothing, actions, and other details more specifically to it. You can write according to the following template: Character + Role + Age + Facial Features + Expression + Hairstyle + Clothing + Action + Others.

For example: "A little girl, long hair, blue eyes, wearing a cartoon dress, cute,"

Prompt: A little girl, long hair, blue eyes, wearing a cartoon dress, cute

We need to describe to the AI Icon Generator what the image we want to draw specifically looks like, rather than just giving it a very conceptual word.

For example, if you want to draw a logo for a certain company, you need to describe whether the logo is round or square, what kind of graphic is on it, or what shape the logo is composed of, whether it's an eagle or a torch. It (AI) can only recognize such specific content. If you just give it a sentence like "an icon for XXX company" without a specific shape description, it may not be able to recognize your needs well, and of course, the generated icon may not satisfy us.

2. Composition Perspective

Common perspectives include:

  • dynamic angle
  • from above
  • from below
  • high-angle shot
  • low-angle shot
  • while the lens
  • wide shot
  • telephoto lens
  • macro lens
  • fisheye
  • aerial view
  • wide sho
  • panorama
  • medium shot
  • close shot
  • close-up
  • full body
  • upper body

3. Artistic Style

Different artistic styles have different characteristics and forms of expression.

Common artistic style include:

  • illustration
  • photography
  • oil painting
  • comic
  • cartoon
  • sketch drawing
  • digital painting
  • ink painting
  • water colors
  • graffiti
  • surreal
  • pencil drawing
  • 3d model
  • chibi
  • cyberpunk
  • flat color
  • science fiction

4. Additional Details

Using additional information can add atmosphere to the image, such as texture, material, etc.

Using these more specific words appropriately can help the AI Icon Generator better understand our requirements for the image, thereby generating an image closer to what we need.

Of course, for beginners, if you find it difficult to write a good prompt at the beginning, or if you have no idea about the icon you want to draw, you can refer to some other AI drawing platforms, see what the prompt words related to some pictures you like are, and then selectively learn their prompt words or keywords, to generate satisfactory images for free on the AI Icon Generator.

Here are some AI art keyword websites for reference:

  • OpenArt provides various prompt templates with detailed prompt words.
  • Lexica has a vast collection of AI-generated images to inspire creativity. Simply input keywords or upload an image to receive a variety of stylistic photos. Clicking on a photo reveals the complete AI keywords.
  • PromptHero offers a rich selection of prompt templates along with detailed prompt words.
  • PromptHunt provides numerous exciting image prompt words, with most supporting the viewing of complete AI keywords.
  • ArtHub features a plethora of AI art pieces and keywords generated by artists and designers. It supports keyword search and categorizes different image types for easy viewing.

By Alison Bass

Published at: 2024-04-19