5 ways you can use Photoshop to fix your midjourney AI art

Creatives can create beautiful images with text input-based AI programs like Midjourney. The problem is that not every picture is perfect when you look at the details up close. Photoshop to the rescue!


In this tutorial, we’ll examine some common midjourney graphics issues and five ways to fix them in Photoshop.


Common problems with midjourney images

Artificial intelligence, despite all its praise and hype, has yet to conquer some of the most basic drawing skills. Skills beginners probably would have mastered by now if they had started drawing when Midjourney first went online. It’s everything else that Midjourney “gets right” in a few brief moments, which is truly amazing.

But let’s talk about a few nagging issues that remain to be resolved for many prompts produced in Midjourney version 4 at this time.

  • Details of the face, especially eyes and teeth.
  • Strange artifacts that don’t belong, placed seemingly randomly.
  • Too many fingers and unnatural hand positions, especially when holding objects.
  • Additional Partial Members.
  • Botched feet and toes.
  • Some images have what appears to be the artist’s signature at the bottom.
  • Unnatural postures, especially when people are involved in an activity.

Passionate midjourney users could add more to the list. But the good news is that many of these problems can be fixed with a little help from Photoshop.

Before we jump in, let’s show you how you can use Midjourney to create AI art if you’re new to the program.

To replace broken pixels in your midjourney artwork, you should use Photoshop to make a selection from one of your upscaled midjourney variations. The selection tool you use depends on the subject.

As an example of replacing an eye, let’s use the lasso Tool to circle the eye.

It’s okay to circle more pixels than necessary, they can always be hidden. Press ctrl + J to copy the selection to a new layer.

eye on its own layer

Click and drag the new layer onto the original Midjourney file.

Click and drag the eye layer onto the original image

We now have a new eye in the original file to work with.

New layer in original file

Remember that there are other Photoshop tools to make selections. We’ll walk you through using the Subject Selector tool when you have more pixels to work with.

the transform Tool in Photoshop will be your friend when it comes to replacing bad pixels in midjourney art. Once you’ve imported the new pixels on a fresh layer, all you have to do is press ctrl + T to activate the transform tool.

The transformation tool

Next, we drew the new eye and placed it over the subject’s right eye.

Drag the eye at the top to the right

Using the handles we resized the eye to fit it better and then clicked OK.

Used handles to reshape the eye

The new eye looks pretty good. We just have to hide the unwanted pixels to clean them up.

Next we use the brush Tool to hide the unwanted pixels in the new layer. We’ll show you how to use the Brush tool in Photoshop if you’re new to the program.

To prepare this step we need to create a layer mask, select a soft round Brush and set the foreground color to black. Then just paint in the unwanted pixels.

Brush out the unwanted pixels

We’ve just covered three basic tools; the lasso tool, the transform tool, and the brush tool. All three were used for a single purpose, to import pixels from a variation to be used in the original midjourney image. The same technique can be used for other replacements such as limbs, fingers, and toes.

the clone stamp The tool is great for correcting pixel clusters that need to be blended with their surroundings.

In the image below, steam rises from the side of the man’s face, which looks more like cigarette smoke compared to the abstract patch of vapor below. Let’s remove this troubled area with the Clone Stamp Tool.

Smoke must be removed

First we’ll create an empty layer so we can work non-destructively. Then press S for the clone stamp tool and start removing the smoke. If you need a refresher, check out our in-depth guide on using the clone stamp tool in Photoshop.

smoke cleaned up

With the smoke cleared we can fix a few other things like the extra handle on the mug and the odd looking utensils. Create a blank layer for each area you’re working on for ultimate control.

Café scene cleaned up

This midjourney artwork looks a lot better now thanks to the clone stamp tool.

Depending on the scene, you can also use the Healing Brush, Spot Healing Brush, and Patch tool to perform the same task.

5. Combine new elements in midjourney art with neural filters

Photoshop has a number of neural filters that can greatly enhance your mid-journey artwork. We focus on those harmonization Tool, as it is excellent for the production of composite materials.

In this example, we want to add a cafe menu to the wall behind the man.

Import cafe menu

We import the menu into our midjourney file and use the first three tools to properly mask it; Lasso, transform and brush.

Fix the menu

The new menu looks very good. But we can improve it by using the harmonization Tool to color it and adjust exposure levels according to the original image.

Use of the harmonization tool

Now the menu blends much better with the original image. We set the Strength slider to maximum and darkened and desaturated the image a bit so it doesn’t stand out too much.

Photoshop can fix almost any problem in your mid-journey art

We’ve shown you five handy tools and methods to improve your mid-journey graph. Of course, Photoshop has many more tools and features to help you fix your art. However, this should be a good starting point for fixing the most common issues in your midjourney graph and you don’t have to worry about discarding them due to errors.

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