Negative Prompting

Negative Prompting

Using negative prompts in Stable Diffusion effectively enhances the output of your text-to-image generation. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you understand and utilize negative prompts in Stable Diffusion:

What are Negative Prompts?

Negative prompts in Stable Diffusion are keywords or phrases you specify to avoid certain elements, styles, or environments in your generated images. Essentially, they tell the AI what not to include in the picture, helping you fine-tune your image creations to align better with your vision.

How to Use Negative Prompts

  1. Entering Negative Prompts: Most interfaces of Stable Diffusion, including online platforms and local installations, provide a separate box for negative prompts. You should enter these prompts before generating the image.
  2. Keyword Switching Technique: This technique involves initially using a low-impact negative prompt and then switching to a specific, more impactful negative prompt at a later stage of the image generation process.
  3. Modifying Styles and Content:
    • To Sharpen Images: Instead of using positive prompts like "sharp", use "blurry" as a negative prompt to sharpen the image.
    • For Photorealistic Images: Use negative prompts like "painting, cartoon" to guide the tool towards more photorealistic results.
  4. Importance in Different Versions: Negative prompts are particularly crucial in Stable Diffusion v2.1 due to changes in the underlying language model and training data. They help in improving the aesthetic quality of the images.
  5. Practical Examples:
    • To Remove Unwanted Elements: For instance, if there's an unwanted object in an image, you can specify this object as a negative prompt to have it removed from the generated image.
    • Image Modification: Use negative prompts to subtly adjust certain aspects of your image, like facial features or the environment surrounding the subject.
  6. Universal Negative Prompt: A comprehensive negative prompt can be crafted to apply across various types of images, effectively improving overall quality and eliminating common issues like poor anatomy or unrealistic elements.

Tips for Using Negative Prompts

  • Understand the context and requirements of your image to select appropriate negative prompts.
  • Experiment with different negative prompts to see how they affect the output.
  • Use negative prompts in conjunction with positive prompts for more controlled and precise image generation.


Negative prompts offer a powerful tool to refine and customize the output of Stable Diffusion. By understanding their functionality and applying them appropriately, you can significantly enhance the quality and relevance of your generated images.

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