How to write a good AI art prompt?

Ira Mataić / 16 Apr 2024
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What Are AI Art Prompts?

AI art prompts are instructions for AI-powered generators that instruct what kind of image is created.

They are similar to art instructions, but the artist in this case is a complex computer program.

To get the desired result, it is important to have a clear, specific, and detailed prompt so that the AI ​​understands what we want.

Benefits of Using AI Art Prompts

There are two big reasons why AI art prompts are really useful.

First, they help save time. A good prompt will help you spend less time and frustration trying to refine the generated artwork.

Second, you can more easily define what exactly is it that you need. With a good structure, you can generate various art styles and layouts, depending on your needs.

Other good things about using AI prompts:

Saving money

Often we say that time is money, and by using affordable AI tools you can get started with ideas faster and create more content for less time and money.


By prompting the AI in a specific way, you can get more consistent designs, bringing your ideas to life.


You can easily recreate the same idea in various styles and colors, choosing what suits you best.


Image generators can help explore new ideas, layouts, color schemes, and can also help coming up with new and innovative ideas.

How to Write Good AI Art Prompts?

In order to write a prompt that works, it’s best to include the following: how should the image look like, what is the main subject of the picture, any details you’d like included, style ideas or colors, and any other characteristics the generated picture should have.

Here is an example:

Start by deciding what type of art you want.

Choose if you want a photorealistic image, a drawing, a sketch, a painting, or a 3D picture.

Then, define what the main subject of the generated art will be.

Next, give details about the main segments of the image.

Describe the colors, shapes, and sizes, using the words such as “abstract”, “simple”, or "immersive" to describe how the image should look like.

Lastly, give a lot of detail about the overall art look.

Define a specific style of art, describe should the lighting be cool or warm, what are the dimensions of the final image, and from what angle should the subject be shown.

AI prompt examples

Just like for any other blog, we need an image cover for this one.

Let us go over the steps we used to generate a cover photo in ChatGPT, specifically the integrated DALL·E text-to-image model.

Following the stages of writing a good art prompt:

1. Determine the format: Generate an image…

2. Describe the subject: Generate an image for a blog…

3. Add details: Generate a cover image for a blog that shows a hand drawing…

4. Describe the style: Generate a landscape image for a blog cover, showing a robot hand painting an image…

5. Add more details: Generate a landscape image for a blog cover, showing a robot hand painting an image. The hand drawn image should be shown from a top right corner perspective, lying on a wooden table. The image should depict a natural scene, traditionally painted with light tones, complete with a mountain, a river, and trees.


ChatGPT generated a picture we described, but it was overly brown and dull, so we decided to further refine the prompt.

“The picture should show a natural scene with a mountain, a river, trees, and it should be more colorful and less brown.”


After we have asked for a few modifications, some elements like the extra hands, we did not want. So we asked for a final adjustment, using the result as a cover image for this blog.

If you are not happy with your results after one adjustment, you can try adding more detail and better describing the image you want to generate.

The AI ​​behaves according to your prompts. If you write prompts such as: Include/don’t include...; The target group is…; Give me an example...; the program will more easily understand what you want to create.

Prompts are not rocket science; rather, they provide the needed clarity, specificity, and detail, to bridge the gap between your idea and art generative AI software.