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Writing effective prompts

Learn how to write a good AI prompt to generate extraordinary and relevant content.

Prompts are instructions given to AI to perform a task or generate an output. They play a crucial role in guiding the AI's behavior and influencing the quality and relevance of its responses. Write descriptive prompts to generate extraordinary and vibrant images — if you don't like the results, reword your prompt to get closer to what you want.

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Be specific

Use at least three words in your prompts, and avoid using words like generate or create. Stick to simple, direct language with a subject, descriptors, and keywords.

  • A fluffy cat sitting on a windowsill looking out at a cityscape.
  • Series of three upside-down waterfalls in a fantastical alien landscape
  • Time traveler's cluttered workshop filled with a mix of futuristic gadgets and historical artifacts
Image generated using Firefly with an ambiguous prompt
Image of a cat.

Image generated using Firefly with a little specific prompt
Image of a cat, digital painting.

Image generated using Firefly with a more specific prompt
Cat with bold stripes, digital painting, 2 colors, sitting by the window, shallow depth of field, cyberpunk fantasy.

Be descriptive

If you can describe it, you can create it, and the more descriptive you are the possibilities are endless. Let your imagination run wild and see what you can come up with.

  • Woman with long flowing hair and blue eyes, white dress, field of flowers, realistic picture
  • A tropical island paradise, pristine turquoise waters, lush greenery, and vibrant exotic fruits, realistic
  • Steampunk submarine underwater navigating past bioluminescent sea creatures
Image generated using Firefly with a non-descriptive prompt
A blue-colored toy truck.

Image generated using Firefly with a descriptive prompt
A blue-colored toy truck with a ladder and psychedelic textures of neon red and yellow.

Image generated using Firefly with a more descriptive prompt
A blue-colored toy truck with a ladder and psychedelic textures of neon red and yellow driving down a road surrounded by tall trees.

Be original

Push Firefly to create unique results by using natural language to describe what you want to achieve, including feeling, style, lighting, and more.

  • Serene beach at sunset, gentle waves, palm trees
  • Distant galaxy teeming with colorful nebulae, twinkling stars
  • Stylish burgundy high heels, futuristic design with translucent materials featuring intricate metallic details
Image generated using Firefly with a basic prompt
Studio shot of futuristic high heels

Image generated using Firefly with a little complex prompt
Studio shot of futuristic high heels, warm lighting

Image generated using Firefly with a more complex prompt
Studio shot of futuristic high heels, warm red blue gel lighting, shallow depth of field, mechanical materials as props

Be empathetic

Bring empathy to your creations to cut through the noise and reach your target audience — think about what’s important to them. Use words like love, gentle, and playful to generate a heartwarming image, or powerful, strong, and uplifting to create an inspiring one.

  • A lonely man standing on the edge of a desolate cliff, overlooking a vast and barren landscape, lo-fi
  • Tender moment of a child sharing a heartfelt conversation with their elderly grandparent, love, wisdom
  • A joyful carnival filled with colorful balloons, lively performers, rainbow-hued decorations, orange, purple
Image generated using Firefly with a basic prompt
Clay art, a little girl wearing a raincoat standing in the rain.

Image generated using Firefly with a little complex prompt
Clay art, a little girl wearing a raincoat standing in the rain with a backdrop of an iceberg.

Image generated using Firefly with a more complex prompt
Clay art, a little girl with a big smile wearing a raincoat standing in the rain with a backdrop of an iceberg.

Use professional tools

Generative AI offers adaptability, allowing you to explore beyond your original ideas. You can modify your text prompts and experiment with the AI controls until you achieve the desired output. Then, manually refine them for perfection using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.

Learn from others

Ask the Community

The best way to learn is to start using Firefly and trying to explore the generative AI features. To learn from others, get inspiration, and expert tips, visit Discord or the Adobe Firefly Community forum. Connect with our team and fellow users to exchange ideas and share your creations.

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