Digital Transformation in Charities

Furniture Bank's Story (so far)

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A how-to guide for generating AI photos

Impact drove the process

“As a university student, I really needed a desk to study at, a place to store my books. It's pretty hard to study on a bare floor, and I couldn't just get up and go to the library with a toddler.”

“Sleeping on the floor was painful. Without anything in my apartment, every little noise was amplified. Those blank white walls were black once the sun went down.”

“Right now, it still feels like I am homeless because I got an apartment but nothing in it—no bed, no furniture, no pots and pans. I got a key for the place but there’s nothing to sit on, just our clothes to sit on and sleep on.”

“When your place is empty, you feel empty. I’m grateful to be out of the shelter but it’s been sad here without furniture. These walls aren’t what makes a home.”

“Furniture Bank brought me a chance. This is my chance at a do-over. I have a place to live, and now, a place to sleep. With nothing in it, this room used to feel like a cell. Now I’m allowed to say I have a home.”

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9 steps to get started

Make sure you have a Discord login. Midjourney works entirely on Discord, so you’ll need an account there to use it. Signing up for Discord is also free if you haven’t done it yet. Very popular with younger generations – ask around they can show you too!
Here, choose Join the beta. This will automatically take you to a Discord invite.
Accept the Discord invite to Midjourney. Choose to Continue to Discord.
Your Discord app will not automatically open. When it does, select the ship-like Midjourney icon on the left menu.
 
In the Midjourney channels, locate the Newcomer rooms. There will typically be a number of newcomer rooms open, with names like “newbies-108.” You can select any of these to begin.
 
Now you’re ready to begin creating AI art. Before you get started, note that you only have a certain number of prompt options available as part of your free trial. You can create around 25 free images. After that, you’ll have to purchase a $10/ month membership to continue. 
When ready, type “/imagine” in the Discord chat for your newbies room. This will create a prompt field where you can type the image description. The more precise that you can be with your description, the better the AI will be able to produce good results.
 
 
Be descriptive, and if there’s a particular style that you are looking for, include it in your description.
 
When finished, select Enter to send your prompt.
Give Midjourney a minute to generate your images. Typically, the AI will create several different versions based on your description. You now have a number of options to continue.
 
 
Look below the images, and you’ll see a section of U and V buttons labelled 1 through 4. The numbers correspond to the four images that Midjourney produced. Choosing U will upscale that particular image into a larger, more defined version. Choosing V will create an all-new image based on the present image that you choose. You will also see a refresh button to the side to request a new set of images. Keep in mind that each of these choices will use up some of your available free prompts, so only do it if you are sure you want to proceed.
If you find an image that you like and choose U to upscale it, you will be given a new set of options. You can choose to Make variations on that image, Upscale to max before you download, or choose a Light upscale redo if it’s not quite what you wanted, among other options.
When finished, you can DM the image directly to yourself by selecting the Envelope emoji and adding it to your chat. That allows you to save and download the image whenever you want.
If you plan on using a lot of Midjourney, you can use any bot channel in Midjourney’s Discord and type “/subscribe.” This will create a link that you can follow to pay for a subscription. Those who are really serious about using Midjourney in the long term will also want to take a look at the manual, which will provide you with a greater list of commands and some advice about how to create images.

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