Is Midjourney worth it anymore, now that DALL.E 3 is inside of Chat GPT? In this post, I’m going to share my views on this and why I’ve downgraded my Midjourney subscription.
While I haven’t completely severed ties with Midjourney, I’ve made significant changes to my subscription. In fact, I’ve downgraded it to the cheapest subscription, and I’m even considering cancelling it in the next few months if I don’t find myself using it more.
The truth is, I haven’t been using Midjourney much lately, and the $60 monthly bill was starting to feel like a waste of money. It just didn’t make sense to keep shelling out that amount for a service I wasn’t utilizing to its fullest. So, I made the decision to switch to their cheapest $10 plan to see how things go, and I might just end up saying goodbye to it altogether.
Part of the reason for this change is that DALL.E 3 is now available in ChatGPT, along with several other fantastic GPTs in the store that can effortlessly generate various images for KDP purposes.
It’s easier than ever now because ChatGPT can quickly provide suitable prompts, eliminating the need for me to figure out the structure myself.
With an ever-expanding array of GPTs and continuous improvements, I currently don’t see the need to continue using Midjourney right now.
While Midjourney undoubtedly creates better images, DALL.E does do a pretty decent job when it comes to illustrated imagery and for the most part, that is exactly what I’m going to be looking for when it comes to KDP.
If you’re interested in seeing a direct comparison, I recommend this Midjourney V6 Vs DALL.E 3 comparison video.
In my mind there is a clear winner and that’s Midjourney and it may be better for most of your needs but for what I require at this point in time, I think DALL.E 3 will be sufficient.
I do maintain a paid version of ChatGPT, which is well worth the $25 a month, especially with the new GPT store now available. I don’t constantly create a multitude of books, and not all of them are AI-generated, so it doesn’t justify paying for the most expensive plan.
Additionally, the images created using DALL.E can be used for commercial purposes, which is good to know.
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However, there is one downside I’ve encountered—GPT 4 has a usage cap. As a paying user, it’s a bit frustrating to encounter such limits. After all, isn’t that partly what we’re paying for?
While there’s no official word on a higher tier with potentially unlimited usage yet, it seems like they are testing things at the moment.
As I was exploring the GPT store for this post, I hit that usage limit message. To be fair, it did tell me I could return in about an hour, which isn’t too bad.
The GPT store is a recent and valuable addition to ChatGPT. As mentioned earlier, you need to be a paying member to access it, but it has proven worthwhile, especially after reducing my Midjourney subscription.
Additionally, I use an upscaler tool, mainly “Enhance,” but you can use any upscaler of your choice. I then upload the images to Canva, where I can remove backgrounds, work with characters, or use clipart. Of course, you can also utilize tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, or Affinity Designer for these tasks.
You can even create your own GPTs, which seems fascinating, though I haven’t ventured into that territory just yet!
As it says above – you OWN the images you create with DALL.E, including the right to reprint, sell and merchandise. It doesn’t matter if your image was generated through a free or paid credit.
Just ensure you adhere to their content policy. Which basically asks you to not upload offensive images that could cause harm and so forth.
If you are using the images on KDP, you must declare whether your images are AI generated and where you created them. At least, this is the case at the time of writing this in January 2024.
Various KDP GPT’s:
There are already a tonne of different GPT’s that can be used for KDP. Some definitely better than others and you can tell that many are really just in infancy and bound to get better in time.
For example; there is a KDP research one that I certainly wouldn’t use on its own. Some of its low competition examples certainly were not really low competition, for example.
But it can still be reasonable for generating potential ideas if you are stuck and even just to get on the Amazon platform and discover new things.
I get more of my information from the actual first pages in the results and don’t actually pay much attention to search results at all.
That’s because I have sometimes ranked fairly easily under keywords that have 50,000 results or more – and not always easily for keywords with far far less. The real key information you want to look at is in the results themselves, because numbers can be misleading.
Perhaps there are only 5000 results, but the top 20 pages could be filled with highly established books that have been around for years.
By contrast, there may be thousands of results and many of those may be irrelevant to the keyword you’ve searched for, many of them may be poor quality or not selling well at all — there are many reasons and it’s up to you to do a bit of detective work.
Anyway, that aside there are still some useful GPTs. Especially if you’re looking for coloring page images or to create individual characters, or even clipart and stickers.
Some of those include….
I found this to be pretty hit and miss so far and probably best for those who are new to CANVA, but I can imagine this getting a lot better over time.
So, for example, you could ask this GPT to create a book cover in a certain niche. The issue is, it may not do what you ask or come back with something quite irrelevant.
I still thought it was nice to see Canva on here and am hopeful that this will improve over time.
Upload any image and get a similar one using DALL.E 3 with a detailed prompt. However, I only seem to get a detailed prompt when I actually ask. Nevertheless this is quite useful.
You could upload any image you like but could also input your own doodles and creations.
As the name suggests, this can help you to create Adult coloring pages and will even give you ideas if you’re lacking those too. There are many coloring page versions popping up.
As the above but aimed specifically at kids books. I found this to be a lot better at creating coloring pages because it would produce simple images without the greyscale often found in the adult coloring pages.
Also, many of the adult ones originally come out overly complex and may have errors within them, (such as elements not being complete).
You can ask the GPT to simplify things and that helps but I find the kids coloring book examples to be usable as they are.
These are just two coloring page examples but be aware that there are MANY others that I haven’t looked at at all and these will be growing all the time.
This is a great one and there are several of these popping up as well. If you recall, I did a couple of videos about creating consistent characters using Midjourney and the process took several steps a a fair amount of time.
But now there is no need to do any of that because this GPT does it all very fast.
Simply describe the character you want and in what poses and it will create the same character for you in different poses.
You can then easily remove the background in something like CANVA and use these characters to create your own kids storybook, or simply use as clipart for your other designs.
There are various other ones for KDP – like a keyword generator but the keywords it gave to me so far probably wouldn’t be ones I’d use. It may be good at getting ideas though.
These things will hopefully improve overtime and it is good that all this is included within your one Chat GPT subscription…… At least, it is for now. But like I said, I am anticipating higher tiers coming up.
It’s truly remarkable how fast these advancements are occurring. The future of AI is both exciting and a bit nerve-wracking, as we can only imagine the profound changes it will bring in the next few years alone.
I’m filled with a mix of excitement and concern about the speed of these advancements. It’s like being in a room without windows, having a vague idea of what lies beyond, but not really knowing until we step out into the unknown. Our understanding of AI’s potential impact on our lives is still largely theoretical, so the journey ahead is certainly going to be an intriguing one.
Do you use an Ai generator to help you with your KDP books? Let me know in the comments.
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