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32 of the Coolest and Most Complex DALL-E 3 Prompts

DALL-E 3 is known for its great prompt accuracy and text generation, but its creativity has always been underrated. As a showcase, here are some of my favorite DALL-E 3 prompts.
Updated January 11, 2024
A green eye (symbolizing OpenAI) visualizing its own universe, generated with Midjourney
A green eye (symbolizing OpenAI) visualizing its own universe, generated with Midjourney

DALL-E 3 has been an amazing AI image generator for prompt comprehension and text generation. However, I've always believed that it's not as creative as Midjourney, especially with the release of V6.

This might prove things a bit wrong. I've been exploring DALL-E 3 through Bing Create, and let me tell you, I've been pleasantly surprised with how creative it can be given the right prompts.

Here are a few of my favorite examples:

Prompts To Create Amazing Artwork with DALL-E 3

Unlike our Midjourney V6 prompts article, the complexity of these prompts lie in figuring out which style you're going for, rather than the prompt phrasing. This is because DALL-E 3 works better with conversational language.

So, without further ado, here are some of the coolest DALL-E 3 prompts I've found:

Realism

A cinematic realism image. A close-up of a woman standing on the street in golden hour backlighting. Warm color palette with natural light. Realistic with cinematic photography.

An analog candid photo of a young man lost in thought. Urban photography with 90's film grain, taken with a DSLR at f1.8. Work of a great photographer.

A selfie photo of an average young man in the streets. Photorealism.

Product photography of a whiskey bottle. Wood background. The image has musky undertones. Natural lighting with a bit of shadowplay.

A piece of butter isolated on a white background. The image is hyperrealistic.

A book cover depicting a neutron star. The book's title is "When Stars Die." It must capture the essence of both wonder and fear of the cosmos. Top view.

90s flash photo 35mm iso 200 scratches and dust chromatic aberration slow shutter speed drippy candid đź’€ a young green-haired woman reaching up to the sky, city lights in the distance. [Credits to u/uauzo for finding this prompt]

A close-up photo of a golden retriever looking up at the camera.

A polaroid photo of a group of young women attending a concert.

A security camera footage of Bigfoot wandering campus halls.

A bustling Tokyo street scene at dusk, neon lights reflecting off rain-slick pavement, creating a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. The image must be photorealistic.

A panoramic view of the Grand Canyon at sunrise, layers of rock bathed in vibrant hues of orange, red, and purple, the Colorado River snaking through the depths.

Digital Art

A pixelated art scene of a library at night. Windows showing the universe. The photo depicts a feeling of wisdom and wonder.

Watercolor pixel art depicting a graceful marathon runner racing under a soft rain of pastel-colored petals.

a 70s japanese anime style, a man who can control the nature, glitch effect, static, ultradetailed anime, 4k, surrealist

A vintage animation in 50s style. Glitch effect. A woman exploding in pixels and bubbles. Rainbow static explodes on her face. Psychedelic shapes and colors in the distance.

Style of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto:”Angel’s Egg, cell shading, dreamy vibrance, surreal, grainy, vintage anime, overlapping visual channels, interference, dystopian sky, tilted” Classic Anime; in the woods, the transformation of man to god, this is truly everlasting beauty. The very moment where the glorious light of godly power merges with man. Camera looking down. Very vibrant and surreal. Dark Smokey 80’s anime. [Credits to u/_Sn_MrM]

Angel’s Egg, La Cité interdite, cell shading, dreamy vibrance, surreal, grainy, vintage anime, overlapping visual channels, interference, dystopian sky, tilted. Fantasy, girl looks at her reflection in water, the reflection back is an angelic creature, looking back up at her, very vibrant and surreal. [Credits to u/_Sn_MrM]

a painting with a man creating the universe, in the style of psychedelic illustration, hyper-detailed illustrations, vivid colors, bold, colorful portraits, necronomicon illustrations, concert poster, tumblewave

painting of street in city, in the style of pop art silkscreening, solarization effect, dark yellow and green, thai art, liquid emulsion printing, richly colored skies, woodblock prints

Neon-line drawing of a young girl eating ramen noodles.

A young woman standing on a sandy beach in front of the ocean, in the style of anime art, vray, romantic landscapes, traditional landscapes, painterly style

Logo & Sticker Design

A logo for a basketball team called the "Goldtown Penguins". Two-tone gold and black.

A minimalist logo for an art supplies store called "Dallie's". The name "Dallie's" must be below the logo.

A logo design depicting a gradient silhouette of a woman with her hair flying in the air. The name "Florence's" is below the logo.

A distinctive vector logo for a pottery shop with the name "Clay's"

A logo design depicting a blue, red, white and black mountain silhouette. Wavy and strong linear elements.

A sleek vector icon representing nature.

A logo design depicting a beach silhouetted by palm trees at sunset with a sunset in the background, in the style of retrowave, graphic black outlines, cute and colorful, rounded.

A simple Christmas tree logo design on a beige background. In the style of intricate minimalism, charming illustrations. Reminiscent of storybook illustrations.

A flat vector logo design of a whale, minimal, black and gold, by Paul Rand.

A vector logo design of a basketball shoe. In the style of vintage minimalism, dark orange and light maroon. The image has a clever use of negative space.

The Bottom Line

DALL-E 3 is incredibly capable once you figure out how to navigate it. With these prompts, I'm giving you a few starter templates on how you can get started creating amazing artwork with DALL-E 3.

However, would I say it's as creative as Midjourney V6? Not yet, but I could think of a few instances when I'd rather choose DALL-E over Midjourney.

For one, it's completely free through Bing Create. In fact, every prompt above is generated using that tool. But more than that, its deep nuance and understanding of prompts set it above its competitors.

These are just a glimpse of what you can do with DALL-E 3. Feel free to modify any prompts you find here. If you want a more in-depth review of this tool, also check out our full review here. Have fun!

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Written by John Angelo Yap
Hi, I'm Angelo. I'm currently an undergraduate student studying Software Engineering. Now, you might be wondering, what is a computer science student doing writing for Gold Penguin? I took up studying computer science because it was practical and because I was good at it. But, if I had the chance, I'd be writing for a career. Building worlds and adjectivizing nouns for no other reason other than they sound good. And that's why I'm here.
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