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Dall-E 3 vs MidJourney - Which is better?


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OpenAI recently released the third version of DALL-E. Of course, the biggest news from this is the integration with ChatGPT. This could be a huge step forward in prompt creation. But we're not going to focus on that part today. We will examine the output of Dall-E 3 and see if it's better than Midjourney.

Recently, I've been using Midjourney more for image generation. Dall-E 2 was good, but not as good as Midjourney. Has that changed? Let's throw a few simple prompts at it to see.

Prompt: A realistic portrait of a cat wearing a wizard's hat

Dall-E 3

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

Midjourney

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

This first example is clear. Midjourney definitely looks better. More realistic and detailed. Our prompt may be too simplistic. Let's try something else.

Prompt: A red Tesla Roadster driving down a highway. Illustrated in the style of Looney Tunes. In the background is a typical Looney Tunes city. However, the car is a modern Tesla.

Dall-E 3

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

Midjourney

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

Okay, once again, Midjourney is blowing Dall-E out of the water. Neither look like a Looney Tunes cartoon, but Midjourney certainly comes closer.

Let's take some prompts from "The 30 best Dall-E 2 prompts for amazing results" and see what we can come up with.

Prompt: Whimsical painting of an enchanted forest with mythical creatures, vibrant colors, and intricate details.

Dall-E 3

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

Midjourney

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

Prompt: Victorian-era painting of a masquerade ball with elaborate costumes, contrasting colors, and soft lighting.

Dall-E 3

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

Midjourney

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

This one is a little closer. I like the Midjourney one better, but only because of the paintings' additional detail and different framing. The angles and framing of the Dall-E renderings are dull, and the subject isn't clear. But it's fairly close.

Let's try the #1 best prompt according to that article.

Prompt: Realistic painting of a dystopian industrial city with towering factories, pollution-filled air, and a gloomy sky.

Dall-E 3

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

Midjourney

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

With this one, the style and the rendering of Dall-E 3 aren't bad. It looks more like an actual painting. However, the Midjourney one is far more exciting and engaging.

Let's try one of my favorite prompts: putting a 2005 Mustang GT Like mine in different settings.

Prompt: a 3D render of a red 2005 Ford Mustang GT on a deserted country highway

Dall-E 3

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

Midjourney

"Dall-E 3 vs Midjourney"

The difference here is drastic. One certainly looks more like a 3D rendering than the other.

Conclusion

Midjourney still produces better images overall than Dall-E. However, this is my experience, and with enough prompt tuning, I'm confident someone can make a fool of me and generate a much better image with Dall-E. Also, the ChatGPT integration is a nice bonus. Being able to tweak prompts using advanced techniques makes all the difference.

What has your experience been like? Let me know!

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Scott Reno

I have no experience with Dall-E 3 but I use Midjourney fairly regularly and I'm very impressed with it.

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Peter Vivo

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I just works with midjourney a half years ago, but the DallE-3 is very accurated image generator

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xucian

here's some info that'll prove useful:

  • midjourney is made to impress, I prefer it in 95% of cases
  • dalle, OTOH, can take you "more seriously", for ex. I needed "alien life on a distant planet" and it created some fungus-like organisms -- spot on --, while MJ constantly tried to impress me with shiny stuff