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April 11, 2011


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It's Fractal Week for Project Educate!

Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects and representing the calculation results as still images, animations, and media. Fractal art is usually created indirectly with the assistance of fractal-generating software.

So, you want to get started making fractals but don't know where to begin?

First you need a fractal generating program.  Luckily there are a few out there to pick from!

Apophysis (freeware) and a great plug in pack The Aposhack Plugin Pack by phoenixkeyblack
Elliptrack by SaTaNiA Spectrum Coil by lindelokse Busy Mobius by SuicideBySafetyPin

Ultra Fractal (paid)
Best Wishes by heavenriver Awaking Dragon for Jimpan1973 by carlx Ducky Marbles by Jimpan1973

Fractal Explorer (freeware)…
fractal land 3 by Loony-Lucy Mandelfire by VickyM72 The dream of a butterfly by titiavanbeugen

Mandelbulb3d (freeware)… custom formulas…
Groovy Pad Baby by jim88bro Roulette by jim373 :thumb192262583:

Mandelbulber (freeware)…
Metal balls by hmn Ice Temple by Kaeltyk Mandelbulber Revisited by VickyM72

Incendia (freeware)
incendia knotwork by cyberxaos Incendia University by AureliusCat Thought Generator by Capstoned

Mind Boggling Fractals (freeware)…
MBF - 3 by Sterlingware What A Ride by Actionjack52 Cheerful by iuliasan

XenoDream (paid)
Cubik Olympic by DigitalPainters 110510 by Pasternak blue rondo by gateman45

You have your program, so now you need to learn what to do with it!  Luckily there are many great tutorials right here on dA.  You can find these by browsing in Resources and Stock Images/Fractal Resources/Tutorials.  Here are a few to get you started.

Apophysis Apophysis Guide v.2.1 by ClaireJones Apophysis Tutorial by Sya Apo - Tiles_Tuto by Fiery-Fire Julian Rings Tutorial by mfcreative Exploring Apophysis 3D by TsukinoHikari20 and TaraRoys has a great series of tutorials at…

Ultra Fractal Learning Ultra Fractal by Velvet--Glove UF gradient demonstration by esintu Ultra Fractal Beginners Guide by Jimpan1973 and there's a good in program tutorial to get you started

Fractal Explorer Fractal Explorer Tutorial by VickyM72 Fractal Explorer Tutorial I by mario837 Sending FE Spots in dA Notes by wolfepaw

Mandelbulb3d Mandelbulb 3D Tutorial by HalTenny Mandelbulb 3D Tutorial 2 by HalTenny Mandelbulb3D Tutorial 3 by HalTenny

Incendia :thumb89694377: INCENDIA tutorial by Botolinus How To Make Incendia Gradients by 1389AD

Mind Boggling Fractals Beginning with MBF by MindBogglingFractals Layering Fractal Renders by 16stepper


There are many great resources at :iconfractal-resources: and :iconaposhack:

Tutorials are great, but sometimes it's nice to have people to talk to as well!  You can visit the #Aposhack chat room where people are happy to help.  There is also the :iconfractalmentorproject: where you can sign up for one on one help with someone who is experienced.

Lastly here are a few of the fractal groups that are active on deviantArt

:iconapophysis: :iconultra-fractal: :iconfracstract: :iconfractal-resources: :icongnarlissimo: :iconuf-artists: :iconfractaldreams: :iconmarbliciousfractals: :iconshareyourfractals: :iconincendiaryart: :iconallthingsfractal: :iconmandelbulbers: :iconfracman: :iconfractalfaces: :iconmetaphysis: :iconfractalmentorproject: :iconfractalcircles: :iconchaoscopers: :iconthe-fractal-sphere: :iconfractaldatabase: :iconfractalvisions: :iconimanipulatefractals: :iconfractopia: :iconroundrobin-central: :iconfractalmanips: :iconfracturk: :iconfractalutopia: :iconchaoticafractals: :iconform-constant: :iconfractal-explorer: :iconimagersfractaldds: :iconfractalfeelings: :iconpsych3delicious: :iconlovely-fractals: :iconthe-fractal-sphere: :iconfractalhousewives: :iconfractal-walps: :iconclub-fractal: :iconfractalised-minds: :icondichromate: :iconfractalmanips: :iconfractaldatabase: :iconfractalanimate: :iconthe-aposhack: :iconxtremefractals:
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snow-valkyrie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank goodness for the MANY tutorials on DA! Wonderful feature.
TsukinoHikari20 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Thank you so much for including my tutorial :love:
caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm planning on using it myself :D
TsukinoHikari20 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
Have fun with it, btw, if you're using Apop 7x, don't go with the locations I include. For some reason the locations don't work with that version, eyeball it via the screenshots :P

Thank you :)
HalTenny Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Thanks for having me here! Much appreciated!
caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! First time I opened m3d EVERYBODY pointed me towards your tutorials!
Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
A good summary of fractal programs and resources, thanks for compiling this! Thanks too for mentioning my Ultra Fractal resource, Learning Ultra Fractal, I appreciate it. :D :wave:

PS. I'm not sure that listing the UF group as being an "active" fractal group was a good idea, though, that group has shown no hint of any official activity for over two years now. :shrug:
caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, I found your tutorial very helpful myself! :D

And you are right, #UF-artists kinda took over where the UF group left off.
mfcreative Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Interface Designer
Thank you for including my tutorial :) :heart:
caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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