Midjourney V5 vs Stable Diffusion: An in-depth comparison

Unlike other deep learning text-to-image models, Stable Diffusion is not confined to cloud
An AI-generated picture. — Canva/File
An AI-generated picture. — Canva/File

Midjourney and Stable Diffusion are two of the most fascinating image-generating artificial intelligence (AI) text-to-image algorithms that are currently accessible. They make it really simple to produce artwork that looks fantastic using only a few text prompts as input. 

But which is the greatest AI art program for you to use if you want to create some fresh AI art for your Dungeons & Dragons (DnD) character portrait or some concept art for anything you are working on? In the argument between Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, which approach is more successful? Let's have a look at these two different deep-learning technologies to discover which one would be more beneficial for you.

FeatureStable diffusionMidjourney
AvailabilityPublic since August 2022 

Discord bot released in July 2022

Local usageCan be run locally on PC or Mac (with at least 4GB VRAM) 

Accessible through Discord bot on your server

Cloud usageAvailable via various cloud services 

Not primarily designed for local PC usage

Beta testingN/A

Open beta testing phase ongoing

Text-to-image generation 
Image size customisationCustomizable down to individual pixels 

Aspect ratio and generation options available

Seed value selection 
AvailableNot mentioned
Samplers for AI feeding 
Not mentioned
Art models availability 
Hundreds of art models 

A few tens of model variants

Art style diversity 
Offers diverse art styles based on prompts 

Limited variety and possibilities compared to Stable Diffusion

Both Stable Diffusion and Midjourney are comparable programmes in the sense that they use text instructions to generate attractive graphics made by artificial intelligence; nevertheless, these two programmes have very different feature sets, and there are perks and drawbacks to using either one. 

The choices for customising the image in Stable Diffusion are significantly more in-depth. You have the ability to customise the image size all the way down to the individual pixel, choose how strictly the AI should follow your prompts, set the seed value, and choose which samplers are used to feed the AI engine. There are hundreds of art models from which to choose, all of which help to develop diverse art styles based on your prompts. 

Even while you can change the aspect ratio and select which generation of Midjourney's algorithm to employ, it does not provide nearly as much variety or as many possibilities as Stable Diffusion does. Midjourney only has a few tens of different model variants.