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Creating SDXL LoRA Models on Kohya (by ThinkDiffusion)

Creating SDXL LoRA Models on Kohya (by ThinkDiffusion)

An introduction to LoRA's

LoRA models, known as Small Stable Diffusion models, incorporate minor adjustments into conventional checkpoint models.

Typically, they are sized down by a factor of up to x100 compared to checkpoint models, making them particularly appealing for individuals who possess a vast assortment of models.

Welcome to your new lab with Kohya. Let's start experimenting!

This tutorial is tailored for newbies unfamiliar with LoRA models. It will introduce to the concept of LoRA models, their sourcing, and their integration within the AUTOMATIC1111 GUI.

( For more info on how to use LoRAs, check out my post here )

Why LoRAs?

LoRA (Low-Rank Adaptation) represents a training technique tailored for refining Stable Diffusion models.

Yet, amidst existing techniques like Dreambooth and textual inversion, what sets LoRA apart?

The significance of LoRA lies in striking a favorable balance between file size and training effectiveness.

Just how big is a LoRA model?

LoRA's Enhance Existing Checkpoint Models

Similar to textual inversion, a LoRA model can't function in isolation. It necessitates synergy with a model checkpoint file. LoRA brings about stylistic variations by introducing subtle modifications to the corresponding model file.

In addition to this, with the release of SDXL, StabilityAI have confirmed that they expect LoRA's to be the most popular way of enhancing images on top of the SDXL v1.0 base model.

Let's create our own SDXL LoRA!

For the purpose of this guide, I am going to create a LoRA on Liam Gallagher from the band Oasis!

Collect training images

You will need around 20 - 30 good quality images of your subject and for SDXL LoRA's these should be at a resolution of 1024 x 1024. I have 30 images at a resolution of 1024 x 1024 that I am going to use. An example of one is shown below:

Choose 20-30 high quality pictures of your subject for training your LoRA model

Choose 20-30 high quality pictures of your subject for training your LoRA model

We then need some Regularisation images. To work out how many regularisation images we need, we can multiply the number of subject images we have by the number of repeats we have, which will be 25 in this scenario. Therefore 25 (repeats) x 30 (subject images) = 750 regularisation images.

There are various datasets available, such as https://huggingface.co/datasets/ProGamerGov/StableDiffusion-v1-5-Regularization-Images/tree/main to grab images.

I decided to generate them through Stable Diffusion through the txt2img tab.

Here's how I did it:

  • (1) Set the model to sd_xl_base_1.0.safetensors

  • (2) Positive Prompt:
    'A man, 4k, ultra detailed, masterpiece'

  • (3) Negative Prompt:
    'nude, nsfw, topless, canvas frame, (high contrast:1.2), (over saturated:1.2), (glossy:1.1), cartoon, 3d, ((disfigured)), ((bad art)), ((b&w)), blurry, ((bad anatomy)), (((bad proportions))), ((extra limbs)), cloned face, (((disfigured))), extra limbs, (bad anatomy), gross proportions, (malformed limbs), ((missing arms)), ((missing legs)), (((extra arms))), (((extra legs))), mutated hands, (fused fingers), (too many fingers), (((long neck))), Photoshop, video game, ugly, tiling, poorly drawn hands, 3d render'

  • (4) Sampling method: Euler a

  • (5) Sampling Steps: 20

  • (6) Resolution 1024 x 1024

  • (7) Batch count 94 and Batch size 8
    (Gives us 752 images which is what we need)

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface using txt2img to generate your regularisation images

Use txt2img or download pre-existing datasets to generate your regularisation images

Folder structure

The folder structure is important in Kohya so we need to make sure we set this up correctly.

Here's the overall picture of the folder structure we'll be creating in Kohya

Here's the overall picture of the folder structure we'll be creating

( For more info on how to navigate and use your personal drive on ThinkDiffusion, click here )

  • Within the kohya/inputs folder I have created a new top folder called Li4mG4ll4gher_LoRA

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the inputs folder

  • Within this folder, create 2 new folders, called Img and reg

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the LoRA model folder you just created

  • Within the Img folder, create a sub folder, called 25_Li4mG4ll4gher, which represents the xx_triggerword class.

  • xx represents the number of repetitions, which in our case is going to be 25. You can typically set this to between 25-100

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the img subfolder in the LoRA model folder

  • Upload your subject images to this 25_L14mG4ll4gher sub folder. In my case, I have uploaded 30 source images

  • Within the reg folder, create a subfolder with the following format: x_class where:

  • x - number of repetitions. I usually set this to 1

  • 'class' should be the same as the one used in the naming of your image folder.

  • Our folder name for for placing the regularisation images is 1_man

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the reg subfolder in the LoRA model folder

  • You then need to upload your regularisation images to the 1_man folder. I have 752 images that I created in txt2Img that I have uploaded to this folder

  • Finally, create a subfolder called model within the Li4mG4ll4gher main folder. This is where our eventual LoRA will be outputted to.

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the output model subfolder in the LoRA model folder

Captioning

We are now ready to caption our source images!

Head over to the Utilities tab and the Blip Captioning tab:

  • (1) Copy and paste the link to our source images that we want to caption, in this case it is: ../user_data/kohya/inputs/Li4mG4ll4gher_LoRA/Img/25_Li4mG4ll4gher

  • (2) Set the Prefix to Li4mG4ll4gher, (with a comma and a space)

  • (3) The batch size can be set to 1-2 or higher if you have enough Vram

  • (4) Set the number of beams to 10 as this will help produce better sentences

  • (5) Set the minimum length to 25, otherwise the captions will be too short

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing BLIP captioning in the utilities tab to quickly generate captions

Use BLIP captioning in the utilities tab to quickly generate captions

  • Hit Caption Images and a .txt file will be spit out for each image

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the txt files just outputted by BLIP captioning

The txt files outputted by BLIP captioning

  • You can then manually inspect each .txt file and see if it captures the image in text format. It is advisable to manually edit these to provide more accuracy.

We now have all of our images and our folder structure set up and we can now head back over to the LoRA tab:

Source Model

In my user_data/kohya/inputs/Models/ folder, I have uploaded the JuggernautXL_version3 checkpoint model.

Protip 💡: You can upload models by URL with 1-click, more info here

Next, under the Source model tab we:

  • (1) Set the Model Quick Pick to Custom

  • (2) Copy and paste the path of the uploaded checkpoint model to the Pretrained model name or path textbox: ../user_data/kohya/inputs/Models/juggernautXL_version3.safetensors

  • (3) Select the ✅ SDXL Model checkbox

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface the source model tab onto which the LoRA will enhance

Defining your source model onto which the LoRA will enhance

Protip 💡: You can grab the file path by hovering over the file and clicking the 🔗 icon. More info on getting a file path here

Set Folder Paths

Let's moving on to the Folders sub tab.

We correctly set up our folder structure earlier, and now we can simply copy the paths into the relevant fields

  • (1) Set the image folder to our source images: ../user_data/kohya/inputs/Li4mG4ll4gher_LoRA/Img

  • (2) Set the Regularisation folder to our regularisation images folder: ../user_data/kohya/inputs/Li4mG4ll4gher_LoRA/reg

  • (3) Set the ouput folder to:
    ../user_data/kohya/inputs/Li4mG4ll4gher_LoRA/model

  • (4) Set the model name to Li4mG4ll4gher as this is what our LoRA will be named as

  • (5) Set the Training comment to trigger: Li4mG4ll4gher as this will be our trigger word to activate the LoRA

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface with the various paths for Kohya to pull from and output into

Various paths for Kohya to pull from and output into

Parameters

Head over to the Parameters tab where we can really get into the weeds of training our LoRA!

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the parameters tab where the bulk of the LoRA set up will occur

Here's where the bulk of the set up will occur with creating your LoRA model

The Basic Subtab:

  • 1. Train Batch Size: 8
    As we are using ThinkDiffusion we can set the batch size to 8, but if you are on a lower end GPU, then you should leave this as 1. The batch size determines how many images the model processes simultaneously. The higher the batch size the faster the training will be but it will be more demanding on your GPU

  • 2. Epochs: 4
    Set the number of Epochs to 4. You can experiment with this figure but as a rule the higher the number of Epochs, the more chance of overtraining the model. Epoch's represent a cycle of training. For example, if we have 20 repeats and 30 images and 4 Epoch's then this would equate to 30 x 20 x 4 = 2,400 steps.

  • 3. Save every n Epoch's: 1
    This is useful to see if you are undertraining or overtraining your LoRA. If we are running 4 Epoch's and we save every 1 Epoch then a LoRA will be created at the end of each Epoch. In essence, we will have 4 LoRA's that are created at the end of each Epoch cycle

  • 4. Caption Extension: .txt
    Use the '.txt' extension for your captions. This is necessary as Kohya now requires captioned images to avoid warnings.

  • 5. Mixed Precision: bf16
    Set your training precision to 'bf16'. If you are using ThinkDiffusion then you can go with the bf16 precision as it is demanding on your Vram. If you are running locally with a lower graphics card then you should opt for a precision of 'fp16'

  • 6. Save Precision: bf16
    Use 'bf16' for saving model checkpoints, with the same considerations as for Mixed Precision mentioned above.

  • 7. Cache Latents: Uncheck
    It's advisable to uncheck this option, especially if you're using regularisation images, as caching latents can significantly increase training time.

  • 8. Learning Rate: between 0.0001 and 0.0003
    Set to between 0.0001 and 0.0003  - Typically, the higher the learning rate, the sooner you will finish training the LoRA

  • 9. LR Scheduler: Constant
    Change the LR Scheduler to Constant.

  • 10. LR Warmup: 0
    Set the LR Warmup (% of steps) to 0

  • 11. Optimizer: Prodigy
    Set the Optimizer to 'prodigy'. If you select 'prodigy' then you will need to add some extra optimizer parameters of 'weight_decay=0.01 decouple=True d0=0.0001 use_bias_correction=True'.

    If you are running locally with a lower graphics card, you can select Adafactor as the optimizer and enter the following extra arguments 'scale_parameter=False relative_step=False warmup_init=False'.

    Below is the syntax for using 'Prodigy' on ThinkDiffusion

  • 12.  resolution: 1024,1024 or 512,512
    Set the max resolution to be 1024 x 1024, when training an SDXL LoRA and 512 x 512 if you are training a 1.5 LoRA

  • 13. Enable Buckets: Keep Checked
    Keep this option checked, especially if your images vary in size. This is a very useful feature in Kohya that means we can have different resolutions of images and there is no need to crop them. Essentially Kohya will drop your images into separate buckets of the same sizes.

  • 14. Text Encoder learning rate: 0.00005
    Set the Text Encoder learning rate to 0.00005

  • 15. Unet learning rate: .0003
    Set the Unet learning rate to around 0.00.3

  • 16. Network Rank: 96
    Set the Network Rank to 96. This parameter influences the AI's expressiveness. A higher value allows for more creativity. This can typically be set between 32 to 256 as a rule of thumb. The higher the network rank, the bigger the file size of the LoRA will be. However, a larger network rank will also help the LoRA retain more details to improve the quality of the images

  • 17. Network Alpha: 48
    Set Network Alpha to approximately half of the Network Rank value, which in our case would be 48. This parameter acts as a creativity regulator.

  • 18. Scale weight norms: 5

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the parameters > basics tab where the bulk of the LoRA set up will occur

The parameters > basics tab where the bulk of the LoRA set up will occur

Advanced settings subtab

  • (1) Gradient checkpointing: Check ✅!  

  • (2) CrossAttention: xformers  

  • (3) Noise Offset: 0.1.

  • (4) Rate of Caption Dropout: 0.1

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the parameters > advanced tab where the remaining LoRA set up happens

The parameters > advanced tab where the remaining LoRA set up happens

Sample Images Configuration subtab

  • (1) Sample Every n Steps: 250
    Set this value to 250 for the interval at which you generate sample images.

  • (2) Sample Prompts:
    Format your prompts like 'triggerword, a photo of a class.' For example, 'Li4mG4ll4gher, a photo of a man.'

A screenshot of the Think Diffusion interface showing the Parameters > samples tab where the final LoRA settings are configured

Parameters > samples tab where the final LoRA settings are configured

You are now ready to hit 'Start Training!'

After Training is Finished

Once you have your LoRA, you can then upload this to your normal version of auto1111 within the ../user_data/a1111/models/Lora folder.

We can now test generating a picture with our LoRA and without our LoRA to see the difference

Here are the prompts with and without LoRA selected:

Two screenshots of the Think Diffusion interface showing our prompt without and with the LoRA trigger word

Our prompt without and with the LoRA trigger word

Below you can see the difference that our LoRA had on creating a much more accurate image!

An image of Liam Gallagher without and with our LoRA

You can see that by using our SDXL LoRA, we can create a much more realistic image of our subject!

Any of our workflows can run on a local version of SD but if you’re having issues with installation or slow hardware, you can try any of these workflows on a more powerful GPU in your browser with ThinkDiffusion.

You can find the original article here: https://learn.thinkdiffusion.com/creating-sdxl-lora-models-on-kohya/

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