Setting a character’s face can be challenging sometimes, so here’s some quick tips to get you on the right path.

Tip 1: Less is more

Sometimes when we prompt a dramatic sentence like “the man looks scared” you may get a cartoony “oh face” that doesn’t quite capture what you really wanted to see.  Instead, try to narrow down on exactly what you want to see, like raised eyebrows, biting her lip, looking away, and so on.

Tip 2: Try edit and a lower strength

The /edit and /remix commands can also add an expression. You’ll need to add a parameter to control “how much”, called strength, a value from 0.1 – 1.0.  Example

/edit /strength:0.5 looking ((curious))

Tip 3: Move the expression to a different part of the prompt

The words towards the start of the prompt matter the most, so try moving the expression closer or further towards the back to control how much the AI pays attention to the request.  Consider these four ideas:

  • /render portrait of a beautiful woman, looking tired
  • /render portrait of a beautiful woman, looking (tired)
  • /render a (tired looking) beautiful woman
  • /render a tired looking beautiful woman

The longer the prompt is, words in the tail end of the prompt may need (emphasis) to be taken into consideration.  But doing that too early in the prompt may result in a cartoony facial expression, too.

But remember, locking your /seed /concept /guidance and /sampler are important when comparing results. We have a great guide about this.

Tip 4: Try a different model

Some models are more expressive than others.  Try the same prompt with other models and study the results.  You can then /remix into the style that you want when you have the expression down!

Tip 5: Try these words instead

Here’s an arsenal of words to help you get started

grinning, cheerful, smiling, chuckling, amused, amazed, pouty, astonished, relaxed, pleased, curious, surprised, interested, attracted, bewildered, unhappy, annoyed, frustrated, angry, agitated, furious, mad, shouting, screaming, depressed, irritated, grumpy, yawning, worried, contemptuous, horrified, nasty, jealous


looking ((curious))
looking ((anxious))

Add more or less parathesis for emphasis. The inverse also works. If they look too happy, use the negative [happy] or [[[[[happy]]]] for very unhappy!

Render ahoy!


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