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
Ultra Fractal (paid) [link]
Fractal Explorer (freeware) [link]
Mandelbulb3d (freeware) [link] custom formulas [link]
Mandelbulber (freeware) [link]
Incendia (freeware) [link]
Mind Boggling Fractals (freeware) [link]
XenoDream (paid) [link]
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 and *TaraRoys has a great series of tutorials at [link]
Ultra Fractal and there's a good in program tutorial to get you started
Mind Boggling Fractals
There are many great resources at and
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 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