Using Unsplash + Midjourney To Create Featured Images

Nick Nolan
6 min readMay 29
Photo by Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash

It took me a while, but I finally jumped on the Midjourney train. I tried to use Midjourney once before, and it was too confusing for me. I’m not a fan of Discord at all, so trying to figure it out didn’t seem to be worth the effort.

I also wouldn’t describe myself as an artist or designer, so it seemed like it wasn’t something for me.

After using it for a few days, I realized Midjourney is a lot easier and a lot more fun than I thought. Following Kris Kashtanova on Twitter also gave me some much-needed inspiration for my MJ creations.

One of my goals is to find practical use cases for AI tools. Midjourney provides a lot of entertainment, like creating a photo of an old school Rolls Royce that flies. But, I wanted to find a more “professional” way to use it.

ps. would you take a ride in this?

One of the first practical use cases for Midjourney that I’ve discovered and tried is creating featured images.

Unsplash is my go-to for featured images for my blogs and newsletters. I’ve used Unsplash for years, and will continue to use it. I’m a huge fan. I also have a Plus subscription to support the talented photographers who’ve built the Unsplash library.

But, there are still times when I can’t find what I’m looking for on Unsplash.

I’ve published 445 articles on Medium. Many of them are about the same handful of topics. So, even though Unsplash has 5,146,052 photos, it can be difficult to find a good quality, unique photo that’s somewhat related to the topic I’m writing about.

After writing 80+ articles on SEO, the SEO images start running low. I don’t want to use the same photos — even though most people would never notice.

This is where Midjourney comes in to save the day.

Using the /describe feature

Midjourney has a few different features.

A quick “How to use Midjourney” Google search made my learning journey very easy.

Nick Nolan

Freelance marketing consultant | Writing about Copywriting, SEO, and Social Media

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