SDXL Guide

SDXL is the newest model of stable diffusion, providing images of the highest quality at a fixed image resolution of 1024x1024. This guide aims to offer comprehensive information and recommendations for using SDXL (SFW), highlighting its key features and optimal usage.

This Model Excels In

  • Creating a wide variety of high quality images.
  • Providing a fixed image resolution of 1024x1024 pixels.
  • Efficiently handling simple prompts without the need for extensive positive/negative prompts.
  • Generating outstanding images with clean details and great clarity.

What To Be Aware of

  • The engine is slightly biased towards paintings and other artwork styles.
  • Initial colors may appear dull, especially in photography, due to a stronger grayscale map for lifelike shadows.

Prompt Component Order

  1. Style of image
  2. Subject
  3. Details
  4. Realism Modifier
  5. Lighting
  6. Shadows
  7. Quality

Text Prompting


Positive Prompt : (the word "Fuck" {on paper|in calligraphy|in the best quality}),[colorful] [street chalk]

Negative Prompt : (fibbinoci fractal, repetitive patterns)

Simple Text Syntax

To generate images with text in them, it's important to start with the text you want to appear in the image. For example: the word "fuck"

  • The word must be enclosed in " " and should not have a space.
  • The word will still be read as a term, ie the word 'fire' will cause flames in the image.

Tips for text:

  • Keep the prompt simple.
  • Test terms and balance them appropriately.
  • Compose the prompt with the text as the main subject.


Positive Prompt : digital illustration,three men, [a knight|an elf|a mage], (confident) features, square chin, facial hair, adventure guild, anime style, colored shadows, dappled lighting, backlighting, (high detail:1.3), [faded castle ruins] background, proportionate,[foreground silhouette],(chiaroscuro:1.2), (masterpiece:1.3), (best quality:1.2), atmospheric perspective, (acrylic paint), (lineart), crayon

Negative Prompt : (repetitive patterns:1.5), (low quality:1.5), (worst quality:1.5), (grayscale:1.3), monochrome

Sample Prompts

Male Angel


Positive Prompt : (closeup:1.5), digital painting, black background, (masterpiece:1.5) (male figure),[angel wings], looking at viewer, [AGGRESSIVE|DISTINCTIVE,beard, manly], thick body, a portrait, [light color wash], watercolors, pen and paper, shallow focus, shallow depth of field, deep shadows, (chiaroscuros:1.3), cinematic lighting, holy backlighting, oil painting layers, impasto, mixed media, acrylic highlights, (best quality:1.5), (maximum detail:1.5), (robe:1.2), (male underwear),( holy light effects, best shadows), dry brush, mindbending, realistic textures, vray,( best render:1.5),

Negative Prompt : (sketch:1.5), repetitive pattern, fractals, monochrome, (worst quality:1.5), grayscale, normal quality, low quality

SDXL Mecha Angel


Positive Prompt : (high quality, high detail:1.2), vray, (mecha angel), winged, glowing, (chiaroscuro:1.3), galaxy background,(glass), deep focus, (bokeh effect:1.2), soft ambient lighting, dramatic shadows, diffuse backlighting, (film grain:1.2), (best quality:1.5), (high contrast), floating particles,( antialiasing), cinematic shot, [red|orange|pink|deep blue] color scheme

Negative Prompt : figure, (repetitive patterns:1.5), low quality, normal quality, (worst quality:1.5), (worst render:1.5)

Prompt Style Comparison

Below you can see the difference in generation quality between applying only the general prompt style and applying the recommended style specific to this model.


closeup portrait shot, a woman standing in the forest, ultra realistic, (best quality:1.5), extremely detailed, soft light, soft shadows, soft backlighting, (best image:1.5)

Final Words

SDXL is a SFW model capable of a wide array of image styles, but it's worth noting that SDXL struggles with accurately rendering hands and may delve into excessive detail, which users will have to manage using the negative prompt. Additionally, challenges with skin texture may arise due to the SDXL refiner, which autocorrects the final image. Despite these drawbacks, SDXL increased resolution capability, and ease of multilpe character creation sets it apart.