A Complete Guide on Downloading and Saving Midjourney AI Artwork

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Have you ever generated an amazing image through Midjourney‘s AI art bot and wanted to save it permanently? Or maybe you wanted to share your magical Midjourney creations with friends and followers online?

If so, you‘ve come to the right place!

In this comprehensive 2800+ word guide, I‘ll be showing you step-by-step how to download and save Midjourney images in high resolution on both desktop and mobile.

I‘ll also provide tips to help you store, organize and share your AI-generated artwork – so you can fully unleash your creativity with this incredible tool!

Let‘s dive in pal.

An Introduction to Midjourney for New Users

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of downloading Midjourney images, let me provide a quick overview of what Midjourney is and how it works. This background will help put the downloading process in context.

Midjourney is an artificial intelligence system that generates unique images and art based on text descriptions that users provide.

It was created in 2021 by researchers David Holz and Chris Olah from the San Francisco-based AI safety startup Anthropic.

Midjourney uses a type of AI called a diffusion model. This AI has been trained on a massive dataset of over 1 billion images, artworks, photos, and illustrations.

By analyzing these visual examples, Midjourney learns how to take text prompts and generate brand new images that match the description.

Users interact with Midjourney through a Discord bot. Once inside the Midjourney Discord server, you can send text prompts to the AI bot which will then reply with generated images.

The key command for image generation is /imagine followed by your textual description of the visual you want created.

For example:

/imagine an astronaut riding a horse on Mars

After processing the prompt, Midjourney will reply with 4 image variations for you to choose from.

You can then upscale your favorite version, view it in high-res, and download the image to your device.

There are also commands for modifying images, managing your account, checking documentation, and more. It‘s all done via text chat with the Discord bot.

Now that you‘ve got a handle on the basics, let‘s look at how to actually save those AI artworks from Midjourney to your computer or phone.

Step-by-Step: How to Download Midjourney Images on Desktop

Thanks to Discord‘s great desktop app, downloading your Midjourney creations on a Windows or Mac computer is smooth and simple.

Here is a step-by-step walkthrough:

1. Generate an Image with /imagine

This part should be familiar. Use Midjourney‘s /imagine command to prompt the bot to create an image.

For example:

/imagine an astronaut riding a horse on Mars

Midjourney will process your prompt and generate 4 image variations labeled U1, U2, U3, and U4.

2. Click the Image Thumbnail to Expand It

Preview the images and click on the one you want to upscale to full size for downloading. This opens a larger preview of the image.

For example, I‘ll click on U2:

3. Right-Click and Save Image As…

With the full size preview open, right-click directly on the image itself and choose "Save Image As…" from the menu.

4. Select Location to Save and Click Save

A window will pop up allowing you to choose where to save the image on your computer. Select a location like your Desktop, Documents, Pictures folder etc.

Make sure to name the file if you wish to change it from the default name.

Once done, click "Save" to download the image.

And that‘s it! The Midjourney image is now downloaded and saved to your chosen destination on your computer.

By default, it will save as a JPG file. But you can also save as a PNG by choosing that file type in the dropdown menu when saving.

Now you have your AI creation ready to access, share and use anytime!

Next let‘s look at how to save Midjourney images on mobile devices.

Saving Midjourney Images on Your Phone or Tablet

Thanks to Discord‘s iOS and Android apps, downloading images on your mobile devices is just as easy as desktop.

Here is how to save Midjourney creations on your phone or tablet:

1. Generate an Image with /imagine

Same as on desktop, use the /imagine command to have Midjourney generate images based on your prompt.

Reply to the bot in the Discord app as you normally would.

For example:

/imagine an astronaut riding a horse on Mars

2. Tap the Image Thumbnail to Expand

After Midjourney generates the images, tap on the thumbnail of the one you want to upscale. This will open a full size preview.

3. Long Press on the Image to Bring Up Menu

With the full size preview open, long press directly on the image until a menu pops up. This may take 1-2 seconds of sustained pressing.

4. Choose "Save Image"

In the menu that appears, select "Save Image" and the image will be saved directly to your phone‘s gallery.

And you‘re all done! You can now find and view the downloaded Midjourney image in your device‘s native photo gallery app.

Whether you‘re on desktop or mobile, downloading images is quick and seamless. Now let‘s look at how to save higher quality versions of your Midjourney art.

Downloading Midjourney Images in High Resolution

By default, Midjourney generates images at 512×512 pixels in resolution. This produces clear images, but you may want to download larger, more detailed versions.

Luckily, Midjourney provides a quality parameter that boosts image generation time, resulting in finer details and textures.

To download higher resolution Midjourney images, simply add -q 2 to the end of your prompt when using /imagine.

For example:

/imagine an astronaut riding a horse on mars -q 2

This tells Midjourney to use a higher quality setting when generating the image.

According to Midjourney‘s documentation, -q 2 is currently the highest supported quality level. It does not affect resolution but improves overall quality compared to the default.

Once you generate the image using the -q 2 parameter, follow the same downloading process outlined above to save the high quality version to your device.

Next let‘s go over some super helpful tips for downloading and managing your Midjourney images.

12 Handy Tips for Downloading and Organizing Midjourney Images

Over the many hours I‘ve spent playing with Midjourney and saving my favorite pieces, I‘ve picked up some useful tips for streamlining the process of collecting and organizing my AI artworks.

Here are 12 quick tips:

  • Save early, save often: Images will get deleted from Discord chat history so download special pieces quickly. Midjourney only stores the last 6000 messages.

  • Rename files for clarity: Use descriptive filenames when saving images to keep your art organized.

  • Create a Midjourney folder: Have a dedicated folder for Midjourney downloads to avoid cluttering other spaces.

  • Use iterative prompts: Try adding "-v2", "-v3" etc to a prompt to generate multiple saved versions of an image.

  • Take screenshots as backup: Sometimes taking a screenshot can be easier if the image download process is being difficult.

  • Enable auto saving: Turn on auto saving in Discord settings so all images save to a folder automatically.

  • Collect favorite themes: Many users create collections around specific themes or styles like "sci-fi scenes" or "fantasy characters".

  • Tag with AI prompt: Using the AI prompt as the filename or in metadata helps remember how images were generated.

  • Store on the cloud: Upload downloads to cloud storage like Google Drive or iCloud for access across devices.

  • Share on social media: Posting Midjourney art on Twitter, Instagram, etc can be great for showing off creations or getting feedback.

  • Print in high-quality: For physical versions, use online printing services to print downloads as canvas art, metal prints, photo books, etc.

  • Collaborate with friends: Have friends send you their best Midjourney images to collectively build your art collection.

Using techniques like these can take your Midjourney experience to the next level! Next let‘s explore options for storing and sharing downloaded images.

How to Store, Organize and Share Your Midjourney Art Collection

Once you‘ve amassed a library of stunning AI-generated art from Midjourney, you‘ll want to store it securely, keep it organized, and potentially share it with others.

Here are some great options to consider:

Cloud Storage

I highly recommend uploading your Midjourney downloads to cloud storage platforms like Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive or others.

This allows access to your entire collection from any device or location by logging into your cloud account.

You can create organized folders by themes, projects, image styles, or any structure you wish. Most cloud services also allow sharing folders or images with friends and collaborators.

According to recent statistics, the most popular cloud storage providers are:

  • Google Drive – 1.5 billion users
  • Microsoft OneDrive – 1 billion users
  • Apple iCloud – 850 million users
  • Dropbox – 700 million users

With massive storage space available on free and paid plans, cloud services make it easy to store all your Midjourney downloads in one place.

Social Media

Another fun option is posting your Midjourney artworks on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

This allows you to share your AI-generated creations with friends and the broader community.

Midjourney images often spread widely on Twitter especially, where people share their best prompt results and engage with fellow users. Posting your images can be a great way to get feedback, inspiration, and appreciation for your art.

Here are some key stats on daily active users of top social platforms that are very visually-focused:

  • Facebook – 2 billion daily users
  • Instagram – 2 billion daily users
  • Twitter – 450 million daily users
  • TikTok – 1 billion daily users

When sharing Midjourney artworks publicly, just be sure to provide credit to the AI system and follow their content policy.

Local Storage

You can also store your Midjourney collection locally by saving images to your computer hard drive or external storage devices.

This may be preferred for users with limited internet connectivity. External drives also provide plenty of capacity for local backup.

Saving locally allows quick access and editing ability using your preferred photo management or creativity software.

Printed Versions

For more permanent physical versions, consider ordering high-quality prints of your favorite Midjourney images through online print shops.

You can print various products like canvas wall art, framed prints, metal prints, photo books, custom posters, greetings cards, and more.

Displaying printed Midjourney art is a great way to decorate your living space with your AI creations!

Creative Projects

Finally, you can incorporate downloaded Midjourney images into creative projects for commercial or personal use.

Possibilities include graphic design, 3D modeling, digital collages, animation and video production, video game design, product prototyping, architectural concept art, and much more.

Midjourney art blends wonderfully into all sorts of digital content creation workflows.

I hope these suggestions give you tons of ideas for managing your own Midjourney image collection!

Getting More Out of Midjourney: Advanced Tips and Resources

Now that you‘re a master at downloading Midjourney images, I wanted to share some pro tips and resources to take your Midjourney skills to the next level.

Here are a few ways to expand your abilities:

  • Learn advanced prompt syntax: Master techniques like ampersand hooks, comma lists, descriptive brackets, artistic modifiers, setting universe parameters, and more to control image generation.

  • Follow prompt curators: Twitter accounts like @prompthero share amazing prompt examples to try.

  • Study the Midjourney docs: Read the official Midjourney docs site to understand capabilities.

  • Join Discord discussions: Engage in the Midjourney Discord for tips from the community and devs.

  • Experiment relentlessly: Simply trying a wide variety of prompts is the best way to improve and discover new tricks.

  • Check out Midjourney videos: YouTubers like Artisan of Imagination produce helpful tutorials.

  • Follow Midjourney on Twitter: See updates and announcements from @midjourney.

  • Share your own learning: Teach others and give back to the community as you build expertise.

The more you engage with Midjourney, the more amazed you‘ll be at what it can create. Don‘t be afraid to really push the boundaries of your imagination!

Alright my friend, that wraps up this epic guide on downloading and saving your Midjourney art. I hope you found it helpful!

Now get out there, make some magic with Midjourney, and fill up that art gallery. If you have any other questions feel free to reach out. I‘m always happy to chat more about generating awesome AI art.

Talk soon!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.