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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) www.ultrafractal.com/
Best Wishes by heavenriver Awaking Dragon for Jimpan1973 by carlx Ducky Marbles by Jimpan1973

Fractal Explorer (freeware) www.eclectasy.com/Fractal-Expl…
fractal land 3 by Loony-Lucy Mandelfire by VickyM72 The dream of a butterfly by titiavanbeugen

Mandelbulb3d (freeware) www.fractalforums.com/index.ph… custom formulas www.fractalforums.com/mandelbu…
Groovy Pad Baby by jim88bro Roulette by jim373 :thumb192262583:

Mandelbulber (freeware) sourceforge.net/projects/mande…
Metal balls by hmn Ice Temple by Kaeltyk Mandelbulber Revisited by VickyM72

Incendia (freeware) www.incendia.net/
incendia knotwork by cyberxaos Incendia University by AureliusCat Thought Generator by Capstoned

Mind Boggling Fractals (freeware) www.simtel.net/product/view/id…
MBF - 3 by Sterlingware What A Ride by Actionjack52 Cheerful by iuliasan

XenoDream (paid) www.xenodream.com/index.html
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 www.acm.uiuc.edu/~troys2/tutor…

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

XenoDream fractalarts.com/ASF/XDtut1.htm…

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.
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TsukinoHikari20 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Thank you so much for including my tutorial :love:
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm planning on using it myself :D
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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 :)
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HalTenny Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Thanks for having me here! Much appreciated!
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! First time I opened m3d EVERYBODY pointed me towards your tutorials!
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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:
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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.
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mfcreative Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Interface Designer
Thank you for including my tutorial :) :heart:
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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wolfepaw Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful news article! I'm sure new and experienced fractalists alike will find this very useful! Thank you so much for including one of my tutorials for FE!
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! And you are welcome, thank you for writing the tutorial :D
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zesk8 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good work , great contribution :D
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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buddhakat9 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
:)
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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VickyM72 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweetness! Thanks for adding my humble things! :love:
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :D
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phxwhite Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
I just starting messing around with fractals so the timing of this is perfect
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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Sya Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for mentioning my tut. Happy fractaling everyone!
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:iconcaffe1neadd1ct:
caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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jim373 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Digital Artist
Great article! Thanks so much for including one of my images! :D :love:
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! You're welcome :D
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gateman45 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
thanks for adding Xenodream to the list, and my humble work also.
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :D
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jim88bro Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great and informative piece you have put together here and honored that my work was included. Thanks :)
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it, and you are welcome!
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iuliasan Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!
Thanks for including my work!:hug:
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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carlx Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Superb and thx!
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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lindelokse Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Digital Artist
:clap: great article Vicky, very rich of useful informations :hug:!!! and thanks so much for including my fractal :aww: :thanks:!!!
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :hug: and you are welcome :D
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Loony-Lucy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! Thank you for including my work :-)
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
nicely put together!
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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LaxmiJayaraj Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice info...:clap:
Fractaling is fun!!....addictive too...;)
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fractaling is very addictive! :lmao:
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CoffeeToffeeSquirrel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   General Artist
Happy fractaling!!!!! :iconilavplz:
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:boogie:
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Actionjack52 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great article! Thanks for including my MBF image! =D
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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coby01 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
wonderful :clap:
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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piethein21 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wohoe :D
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Jimpan1973 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! And thanks for including my stuff. :hug:
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caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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