Another day, another jaw-dropping advance from an AI image generator. This time it's the turn of Midjourney. Just days after adding its own version of DALL-E 2's Outpainting concept, which allows images to be 'uncropped', it's just added a new approach that allows an image to be expanded beyond its frame by panning in any direction.
The new feature allows users to intuitively expand AI images, generating more imagery simply by using four arrow buttons: up, down, left and right. Each button allows you to extend the image in one direction in what is one of the best AI art generators.
Loving this already! #midjourney #midjourney52 #pan #1970s #scifi #scifiart #Panorama pic.twitter.com/BoV4DKcaskJuly 3, 2023
In practice, the new tool is similar to Zoom Out, which Midjourney added last week. Like that tool, it generates new visuals beyond the original frame of the image, but this time it goes only in one direction rather than zooming out on the whole image and adds extra pixels for improved resolution. This makes it much more flexible, allowing users to create wide panoramic scenes. It also means Midjourney has partly closed the gap on a function it lacked compared to DALL-E 2.
Recent updates to Midjourney have made it arguably the most reliable AI image generator, at least when it comes to producing convincingly realistic images and human characters. But the lack of a versatile expansion feature like DALL-E 2's Outpainting meant that some users would use Midjourney to generate initial images and then take them to DALL-E 2 to expand them. Now Midjourney can do pretty much everything, which for some people, will make up for the unintuitive nature of its Discord-based interface.
The new tool does have its downside. You can only use it on images created in Midjourney itself and you can only expand an image on one plane (that is, either left and right or up and down). Many users on Twitter have been blown away by the feature. Some have reported it to be a bit glitchy so far, but that's perhaps to be expected for a tool that's just hours old.
Midjourney just dropped a new feature.You can now Pan right, left, up, or down. It's like zoom out, but you only go in one direction.Here's a quick example (full thread later) pic.twitter.com/Enq9SlqjS2July 3, 2023
High resolution is a game changer. Full disclosure, I extended it a little further in photoshop but the core was all created in Midjourney. pic.twitter.com/X1pzuPAxaOJuly 3, 2023
premier test avec 8 extensionsbeaucoup plus emballé que par le zoomout qui ne changeait pas la résolution de l'image, la on a un vrai outpainting ! pic.twitter.com/uiF1dHyAmoJuly 3, 2023
How does the new Midjourney pan feature work?
Earlier I shared a crude Midjourney Panning example, but this is a more interesting flow:Starting prompt > Pan down > Pan down > Custom Zoom & adjust --ar > Pan right > Pan left > Custom Zoom & adjust --ar > Pan up > Pan down > Make squareHere's that visualized step-by-step:July 4, 2023
The Midjourney panel feature is pretty intuitive. After upscaling an image generated in Midjourney, you'll find four new buttons below it. You can use these to expand the image either horizontally or vertically (and keep clicking to keep going).
For more control, you can alter the prompt for each new generation by activating 'Remix' using the '/settings' command (see our pick of the best AI art tutorials for more pointers on using Midjourney and other AI image generators).