Stable Diffusion prompting cheatsheet

Last updated October 6th, 01:50   |   Special page

Painting of sisters in Victorian England, flowers in their hair, raw output
The further to the beginning of the prompt a word is placed, the greater its effect. Use multiple exclamation marks !! to stress a word and brackets () to reduce its strength. The latter does not work with all implementations. In the Automatic1111 webui () will stress a word instead.

3D renders & realism

unreal engine, octane render, bokeh, vray, houdini render, quixel megascans, depth of field (or dof), arnold render, 8k uhd, raytracing, cgi, lumen reflections, cgsociety, ultra realistic, volumetric fog, overglaze, macro photography, analog photo, polaroid, 100mm, film photography, dslr, cinema4d, studio quality
Try experimenting with the names of professional cameras (e. g. Fujifilm XT3 or Canon Eos 5D) and lens specifications (e. g. 80mm Sigma f/1.4 or any ZEISS lens).

2d art

digital art, digital painting, color page, featured on pixiv (for anime/manga), trending on dribbble (for vector graphics), trending on artstation, precise lineart, tarot card, character design, concept art, symmetry, golden ratio, evocative, award winning, shiny, smooth, surreal, divine, celestial, elegant, oil painting, soft, fascinating, fine art, official art
Note that Stable Diffusion's output quality is more dependant on artists' names than those of DALL-E and Midjourney. Without atleast one artist name the output might look like a beginner's work.


stunning environment, wide-angle, aerial view, massive scale, street level view, landscape, panoramic, lush vegetation, idyllic


wallpaper, poster, sharp focus, hyperrealism, insanely detailed, lush detail, filigree, intricate, crystalline, perfectionism, max detail, 4k uhd, spirals, tendrils, ornate, HQ, angelic, decorations, embellishments, masterpiece, hard edge, breathtaking


god rays, hard shadows, studio lighting, soft lighting, diffused lighting, rim lighting, volumetric lighting, specular lighting, cinematic lighting, luminescence, translucency, subsurface scattering, global illumination, indirect light, radiant light rays, bioluminescent details, ektachrome, glowing, shimmering light, halo, iridescent


vibrant, muted colors, vivid color, post-processing, colorgrading, tone mapping, lush, low contrast, vintage, aesthetic, psychedelic

Negative prompts (derived from here, u/booktail & u/AcademicInside)

This requires an implementation that supports negative prompts, such as the Automatic1111 webui. It will prevent some common artifacts and result in better human portraits.

dehydrated, fuzzy, nipple, ugly, duplicate, morbid, mutilated, out of frame, extra fingers, mutated hands, poorly drawn hands, poorly drawn face, mutation, deformed, blurry, bad anatomy, bad proportions, extra limbs, cloned face, disfigured, gross proportions, malformed limbs, missing arms, missing legs, extra arms, extra legs, fused fingers, too many fingers, long neck