DALL·E 3 image generator prompts crib sheet

Shadowy beagle
Shadowy beagle
Shadowy beagle. Lighting: Moonlight. Composition: Reflections. Special effects: Edge detection.
Generated by DALL-E-3 using oik-ai. Revised prompt: A beagle standing in the darkness, illuminated faintly by the stunning glow of moonlight. The scene is balanced and enhances the beagle’s silhouette, emphasizing its distinctive shape and features. Its reflection can be seen on a glassy, still surface below, adding depth and intrigue to the composition. The image is processed with an edge detection technique to help highlight the structural details of the scene, enhanced by the atmospheric light of the moon, illuminating the shadowy beagle and its mirrored image.
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If you’re considering writing your own prompts for DALL·E 3 then you may find these crib sheets useful. Pick a couple of the categories and a term for each and add them to your prompt.

In this example, I’m using a very simple prompt for the subject.

Shadowy beagle. Lighting: Moonlight. Composition: Reflections. Special effects: Edge detection.


Albrecht Dürer, Alfred Sisley, Amedeo Modigliani, Andrea Mantegna, Andy Warhol, Camille Pissarro, Caravaggio, Caspar David Friedrich, Cézanne, Claude Monet, Diego Velázquez, Eugène Delacroix, Frida Kahlo, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Joan Miró, Johannes Vermeer, John Singer Sargent, Leonardo da Vinci, M. C. Escher, Mary Cassatt, Michelangelo, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Paul Klee, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Piet Mondrian, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Raphael, Rembrandt, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Sandro Botticelli, Theo van Gogh, Titian, Vincent van Gogh, Vassily Kandinsky, Winslow Homer.


Abstract, Abstract Expressionism, Action painting, Art Brut, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, Byzantine, Classical, Color Field, Conceptual, Cubism, Dada, Expressionism, Fauvism, Figurative, Futurism, Gothic, Hard-edge painting, Hyperrealism, Impressionism, Japonisme, Luminism, Lyrical Abstraction, Mannerism, Minimalism, Naive Art, Neo-expressionism, Neo-pop, New Realism, Op Art, Opus Anglicanum, Outsider Art, Photorealism, Pointillism, Pop Art, Post-Impressionism, Realism, Renaissance, Rococo, Romanticism, Street Art, Superflat, Symbolism, Surrealism, Tenebrism, Ukiyo-e, Western Art, YBA


Abstract, Action, Aerial, Agricultural, Animal, Architectural, Artistic, Astrophotography, Bird photography, Black and white, Candid, Cityscape, Close-up, Commercial, Conceptual, Corporate, Documentary, Event, Family, Fashion, Fine art, Food, Food photography, Glamour, Industrial, Landscape, Lifestyle, Macro, Nature, Night, Portrait, Product, Sports, Street, Travel, Underwater, Wedding, Wildlife


Ambient, Artificial light, Backlight, Black light, Blue hour, Candle light, Chiaroscuro, Cloudy, Color gels, Continuous light, Contre-jour, Direct light, Direct sunlight, Diffused light, Firelight, Flash, Flat light, Fluorescent, Fog, Front light, Golden hour, Hard light, Hazy sunlight, High key, Incandescent, Key light, LED, Low key, Moonlight, Natural light, Neon, Open shade, Overcast, Paramount, Party lights, Photoflood, Quarter light, Reflected light, Rim light, Shaded, Shaded light, Silhouette, Side light, Single-source, Softbox, Soft light, Split lighting, Stage lighting, Studio light, Sunburst, Tungsten, Umbrella lighting, Underexposed, Venetian blinds, Warm light, White balance


Abstract, Action, Animals, Architecture, Candid, Cars, Cityscapes, Events, Flowers, Food, Landscapes, Nature, Night, People, Portrait, Seascapes, Still life, Street, Underwater, Wildlife


Aperture, Active D-Lighting, Auto Exposure Bracketing, Auto Focus Mode, Auto Focus Point, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Auto Rotate, Aspect Ratio, Audio Recording, Auto ISO, Chromatic Aberration Correction, Color Space, Continuous Shooting, Distortion Correction, Drive Mode, Dynamic Range, Exposure Compensation, Flash Mode, Focus Mode, Focus Peaking, Frame Rate, GPS, Grid Overlay, High Dynamic Range, Highlight Tone Priority, Image Format, Image Stabilization, Interval Timer Shooting, ISO, ISO Auto Setting, Lens Correction, Live View, Long Exposure Noise Reduction, Manual Focus, Metering Mode, Movie Mode, Movie Quality, Noise Reduction, Picture Control, Picture Style, Quality, Self-Timer, Shutter Speed, Time-lapse Interval, Time-lapse Recording, Virtual Horizon, Video Format, White Balance, Zebra Stripes


Asymmetrical, Balance, Centered, Close-up, Color blocking, Contrast, Cropping, Diagonal, Documentary, Environmental Portrait, Fill the Frame, Framing, Golden Ratio, High Angle, Leading Lines, Long Exposure, Low Angle, Macro, Minimalism, Negative Space, Panning, Patterns, Photojournalism, Point of View, Portrait, Reflections, Rule of Thirds, Saturation, Scale, Selective Focus, Shallow Depth of Field, Silhouette, Simplicity, Snapshot, Street Photography, Symmetry, Telephoto, Texture, Tilt-Shift, Time-lapse, Tracking Shot, Travel, Triptych, Ultra-wide, Vanishing Point, Viewpoint, Vintage, Wide Angle, Zoom Blur, Zoom In/Zoom Out


2K (2560×1440), 4K (3840×2160), 480p (854×480), 720i (1280×720), 720p (1280×720), 1080i (1920×1080), 1080p (1920×1080)


CMY, CMYK, Grayscale, HEX, HSL, HSV, LAB, LCH, LUV, Pantone, RGB, XYZ, YCC, YCbCr, YCgCo, YCoCg, YDbDr, YIQ, YPbPr, YUV

Special effects:

3D, Add Noise, Black and White, Blur, Bokeh, Brightness and Contrast, Camera Shake, Cinemagraph, Clarity, Color Balance, Color Pop, Color Temperature, Cross Processing, Crop and Rotate, Dehaze, Denoise, Diffuse Glow, Displace, Distort, Double exposure, Duotone, Edge Detection, Emboss, Exposure, Fish Eye, Flare, Flip, Fractalius, Glowing Edges, Gradient Map, Grayscale, Halftone, HDR, HDR Look, High Pass, Hue and Saturation, Impressionist, Infrared, Invert, Lens Correction, Lens flare, Lomo Effect, Motion Blur, Night Vision, Oil Painting, Old Photo, Orton Effect, Panorama, Pinch, Pixelate, Polar Coordinates, Posterize, Radial Blur, Rain, Reflect, Ripple, Sharpen, Slow motion, Solarize, Starburst, Stop-motion, Sunburst, Timelapse, Tilt-shift, Vignette, Zoom blur

PS. AI just suggested that the title for this post should be “Comprehensive Guide to Writing Effective DALL·E 3 Prompts: Artist Styles, Photography Techniques, and Special Effects”.


I know it’s not a comprehensive guide. I cribbed the terms from AI Power’s Image Generator settings.


These crib sheets are designed to inspire your prompts for DALL·E 3, offering a wide range of categories to explore. For example, a simple subject prompt could be: “Shadowy beagle. Lighting: Moonlight. Composition: Reflections. Special effects: Edge detection.” Other options encompass various artists, styles, photography techniques, lighting strategies, subject matters, camera settings, compositional elements, resolutions,…

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