OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 is one of the most impressive AI tools available today for generating realistic images from text. However, to truly unlock its full potential and create high-quality visuals, it’s important to understand how to craft effective prompts and refine results. In this blog post, I’ll share my top tips for using DALL-E 2 after months of experimentation. Follow these guidelines to start mastering image generation with this revolutionary tool.

Tips for Using DALL-E 2

Tips for Using DALL-E 2 to Generate Images

Tip #1: Get Specific About the Style 

One of the most important elements to include in your prompt is the desired artistic style. Clearly mentioning the style, such as “an astronaut riding a horse in an impressionist style” will guide DALL-E 2 to apply those visual characteristics. You can explore different genres like impressionism, pop art, cubism and more. Getting specific about the style is key for focused results.

Tip #2: Describe Every Element in Detail 

The more details you provide in your prompt, the more accurately DALL-E 2 can represent your vision. Don’t just say “a dog”, describe attributes like breed, color, size and pose. For landscapes, specify elements like trees, mountains, water etc. and their arrangement. Providing rich descriptions of all components ensures highly detailed outputs.

Tip #3: Don’t Forget About Colors 

In addition to describing shapes and textures, you must also guide DALL-E 2 regarding the desired color palette. Mention the colors of objects, backgrounds, lighting etc. Prompts like “a red apple on a green grass field under a blue sky” work much better than vague prompts lacking color details.

Tip #4: Convey Emotions and Mood 

You can influence the emotional tone or atmosphere of generated images by describing the mood. Prompts incorporating words like “happy”, “sad”, “mysterious”, “joyful” etc. help DALL-E 2 capture the intended feelings. Emotions are a powerful tool for creative expression when combined with visual elements.

Tip #5: Dictate Composition and Layout 

In addition to elements, also provide guidance on their arrangement and relationship. Mention if an object should be at the center, edges or corners. You can instruct foreground, middle-ground and background placement. Describing the intended composition style, like “bird’s eye view” helps create cohesive scenes.

Tip #6: Keep Prompts Concise and Clear

While DALL-E 2 allows lengthy prompts, complex prompts with too many conditions can overwhelm the model. Stick to the most essential details and keep language straightforward. Avoid run-on prompts that may confuse the AI. Shorter, to-the-point prompts tend to produce better results.

Tip #7: Leverage Quick Actions 

After generating an image, don’t forget to explore the Quick Actions menu. Here you can create style variations by applying different art mediums. You can also generate outpaintings to expand and refine parts of the original image. The Quick Actions are powerful tools to tweak initial outputs into polished final images.


By following these expert tips for using DALL-E 2 and leveraging quick actions, you can truly maximize your creative potential with DALL-E 2. Have fun exploring different art styles and compositions. Websites like offer a treasure trove of prompt ideas to inspire your image creations. With practice, you’ll be a pro at generating stunning visuals from text. DALL-E 2 is an immensely powerful tool when used strategically – I hope these guidelines help you master it.


What is the character limit for prompts?

DALL-E 2 prompts have a limit of around 110 characters. It’s best to keep prompts as concise as possible while including all key details to make the most of this limit.

Can DALL-E 2 generate images that violate content policies?

While very capable, DALL-E 2 has filters to avoid generating harmful, unsafe, graphic or illegal content. Prompts must be respectful and consistent with its principles of being helpful, harmless, and honest.