How to Create Sharable Microsoft Designer Prompt Templates

Artificial intelligence (AI)

If you haven’t seen it yet, Microsoft Designer is the new AI artwork generator by Microsoft using DALL-E 3 and GPT 3.5. It allows you to generate digital artwork for your social media posts, invitations, digital postcards, graphics, and more, all in a flash. This will make getting artwork for your presentations so much easier, especially with prompt templates.

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What’s super interesting is how you can reuse and share prompts. This then allows you to create a prompt, provide input fields within a prompt and share it or simply reuse it time and time again.

So, what’s the benefit? Well recently a post went viral on LinkedIn, users were generating cartoon versions of themselves. Below is an example of my inputs to the prompt:

However, rather than having to write all of that myself, a link was shared that had input fields. The prompt was shown as:

Viral Prompt Example

This obviously made the experience so much more consistent for everyone participating in the viral post, so how was this done and how can you do it yourself?

Where to start

You can either watch this easy to follow how-to walkthrough video or scroll down for the text-based guide:

Firstly, lets open the designer site;

Secondly you need to write your prompt, lets use a more simple example;

Now we need to identify key areas that we want to change to be an input field, I’m going to identify that I want the city and country to be an input and the sports team to also be an input.

We then need to add the prompt to the prompt area:

Add prompt to prompt field

Creating the Inputs

Then click the prompt to reveal the share button:

Prompt example

Select the Share button to reveal an option popup explaining templates:

Templates popup

Click continue. You need to highlight a word or words that you want to add a custom input field to, if you do not highlight a word the button will not be selectable. As seen below:

Highlight custom field example

Once you select the Add Custom Field button, it will place [ ] around the word. However, in my example having Vancouver as the example text is not informative to the user. To make this a better experience for yourself, your team or the general public you need to highlight what you’re expecting to be input, such as a noun, adjective, city, country, sports team etc.

Adding custom fields to a prompt

Generating the Link

Once complete, select next. You will then have a link generated, that will display a prompt with input fields when opened. Here’s the link I’ve created: Click here.

This is what the user sees when they open it:

Prompt with inputs example

You now have a fully reusable prompt template that you can share, and change specific inputs easily.


Vancouver Example

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