# Deep Coral Treasure ![](https://i.imgur.com/1UVWlNm.jpg) tl;dr Midjourney and Disco Diffusion as fancy photoshop filters. --- The following is an exploration of utilizing some of the latest machine learning clip diffusion techniques, collaborating with text to image algorythms and combining them into a collage in order to arrive at a final composition. ## Starting with Disco Diffusion (DD) My first prompt for this was inspired by basket stars, which in themselves are quite interesting creatures to look at.![](https://i.imgur.com/q4eXVxb.png) Beginning with DD 5.6 and some tweaks for portraits that I've found useful for other purposes, I used the following prompt: > "A ceramic sculpture of a basket star and sea fans intertwined with coral by Ernst Haeckel and Gustav Klimt and Rebecca Guay and Alex Grey, trending on artstation:18", "earthtone colors. underwater, sea foam and bubbles:14", "ceramic, glass, and metal materials:12", "DOF:-5", "depth of field:-3", "blur:-4", "hair, beard:-1" The artists in the prompt have themes of swirls, colors, and tiny details whose styles I thought would lend themselves well to this tiny creature. The following are samples from those artists mentioned in the prompt: ![](https://i.imgur.com/KFDgJxh.jpg) ![](https://i.imgur.com/g1mg6S5.jpg) ![](https://i.imgur.com/1ZIZa9t.jpg) ![](https://i.imgur.com/fatiV0X.jpg) This helped me arrive with some of these basic forms: ![](https://i.imgur.com/R8EkHF5.png) ![](https://i.imgur.com/PQLGfnc.png) ![](https://i.imgur.com/xaEimnA.png) Using Krita, I combined these forms into a collage: ![](https://i.imgur.com/50EEkl9.jpg) Then processed them again with roughly the same prompt and settings through DD: ![](https://i.imgur.com/X5Wjj6P.png) ![](https://i.imgur.com/r5ApBa3.png) ![](https://i.imgur.com/A2ZcIR5.png) I combined these into another collage and framed it with a custom background and base: ![](https://i.imgur.com/5qs2UrC.jpg) Processing this through DD again with the same prompt yields some interesting results, but weren't yet to my liking. ![](https://i.imgur.com/BMGID9a.png) ![](https://i.imgur.com/xDxT35p.png) ![](https://i.imgur.com/M1Hgio4.png) I changed up my skip steps for these initial images and added in some new images generated quickly from Midjourney: > A full-body portrait of a mermaid with a humanoid body and fish tail with scales by Ernst Haeckel and Gustav Klimt and Rebecca Guay and Dan Mumford, trending on artstation. earthtone colors. underwater, sea foam and bubbles. ![](https://i.imgur.com/boP3a8B.jpg) > underwater cityscape with bright lights in the distance, by Ernst Haeckel and Gustav Klimt and Rebecca Guay and Dan Mumford. ![](https://i.imgur.com/eAnUoue.jpg) The collage: ![](https://i.imgur.com/hMOSHRB.jpg) Results were interesting here, but felt too busy to me: ![](https://i.imgur.com/LI3igGE.jpg) ![](https://i.imgur.com/NMHfySn.jpg) ![](https://i.imgur.com/dgRqXsk.jpg) So I generated another background image quickly from Midjourney: >underwater looking up ![](https://i.imgur.com/5C6GixZ.jpg) And pulled the mermaid-like images in closer to frame the subject coral wall: ![](https://i.imgur.com/iQ4SZpp.jpg) This end result is something I'm pretty happy with abandoning at this point ;) ![](https://i.imgur.com/bX1Yb8R.jpg) ![](https://i.imgur.com/7CbNcS6.jpg)