REMINDER -COLOURS OF SUMMER CHALLENGE 2015Just a reminder that this challenge is still on-going and we look forward to seeing many more entries over the next couple of monthsMore Like This
ALSO: :iconDouble-Ducks: and :iconDailyFractalFeatures: are holding a Flower Festival. Take a look at this blog
We are looking for beautiful fractals made with Ultra Fractal depicting the Summer Season and in particular, the Colours of Nature in Summer. These are open to individual interpretation depending on whereabouts in the globe you are living. You may produce a scene, or you can go conceptual and use the style you feel suits you best.
Here's an example of a scenario you might like to imagine:
You are walking up the side of a Swiss mountain in the early evening of a Summer's day, and all around you are pretty little wild flowers in full bloom, some peeking through the short grass, others growing tall and strong. The views are extra
February-March Challenges FEATUREBlack White and Yellow ChallengeMore Like This
We had a good 44 entries to this challenge with some beautiful imagery, making it particularly difficult to pick out our top choices from the selection. You can see all of the submissions here http://ultra-fractal-redux.deviantart.com/gallery/53044401/Feb-Mar-2015-Black-White-and-Yellow-Challenge
Here are the ones we picked out with reasons for the choices made:
(Please scroll down to see all of them.)
"Really like the design and texture of this piece."
"Beautiful, sensuous shapes perfectly accentuated by the yellow fringe around each. A well crafted and lovely work!"
"Fantastic spiral with great shapes and wonderful texture work. Very well put together."
"Beautiful spiral with excellent metallic textures"
"The beautiful organic looking spiral with its pretty textures and beguiling little orbs, all set against a background of wicker-styled squares, are simply stunning, and in some s
Winner of Theme ChallengeAt the Ultra Fractal monthly Challenge Redux I won the March Theme Challenge which was the Awakening challenge!More Like This
With the coming of spring (in the Northern hemisphere, at least), nature is waking up, and that's what we're dedicating this Theme challenge to. Represent awakening - not necessarily nature's awakening - in a fractal in the best way you can, and show it to us! This is my winning fractal:
A stunning piece in its own right, with a faint, delicate background and a sudden outburst of energy coming straight from the depths of the horizon, like a second sun coming to a glorious dawn. Powerful vision, and excellent rendition to boot! Great job!
And yes, I stay a happy girl!!
Join the fun at http://www.deviantart.com/journal/Ultra-Fractal-monthly-Challenges-Redux-Vol-51-524037862
Apophysis F.A.Q.We noticed there was a constant income of recurring questions about Apophysis on the group's homepage, so I collected the most common ones and Xyrus-02 kindly answered them for us .More Like This
Where do I get Apophysis? Is it expensive?
Apophysis is free, open-source software. That means, it does not cost you a cent. In addition, everyone is able to change the software using
the available source code. This is also why there are different
versions of Apophysis:
The "official" or "main" version of Apophysis. You can download it from Apophysis.org
Apophysis 2.08 3D
The original Apophysis 3D hack. You can download it from Sourceforge.net (where you can also get newer beta versions of Apophysis 2.x)
A popular version of Apophysis including all 3D features, better support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 and a
How to find out what a transform doesNot really a tutorial this time, just some exploration ideas.More Like This
There is no extensive guide to all transforms and plugins. So how do people figure what they do? The way is to experiment, and there are some techniques that work quite well for me.
As examples, i will use spherical and loonie.
A short note
For all the mathods below, make sure you try the following:
Change all the variables and try different combos of themMove the pre affine of the transform aroundScale and rotate the pre affine
Add it as post transform to squares or circles
Start (from blank) with square or sineblur, and add the variation you want to try out as post transform.
Lets start with square:
default square spherical post_transform loonie post_transform
Coloring in Apophysis - Part 1A brief guide to coloring in Apophysis. A Chaotica tutorial on the subject coming out soon tooMore Like This
Special thanks to BoxTail for reminding me about an important tool the dummy here forgot to add.
Last but not least, if you fancy the gradient i used as example here, you can download it from:
To change or edit your gradient, you will use the Adjustment window. To open it, click on the gradient button under the menu.
A new window will open:
1 - Getting a new gradient
There are 4 basic ways to change your gradient:
Presets: click on the Preset button to view a huge list of built-in gradients.Gradient Browser (first button on the right): allows to load user created gradients. You can download some nice packs
Isometric Fractal Art Tutorial - Part 1In this tutorial, i will explain how i created some of my recent "isometric" works. For example:More Like This
Softwares needed: Apophysis and Chaotica.
Prerequisites: you will need some previous knowledge on how to use Apo and Chaotica. If you have any doubts, please check those out:
Apophysis ManualChaotica ManualXaos RevealedChaotica Editor Basics
Plugins used: square.
Start from blank, and add 1 transform with square = 1. You should have something like:
Common Frameworks 1: TilesToday, we will quickly learn how to make simple Tiles in Chaotica.More Like This
To do this tutorial, you will need Chaotica and Chaoshelper.
Here, we have 3 examples of tiles:
2. Simple Base
It is easier to use a simple base to set up the tile, and then replace it with something more elaborate.
Create a new empty World (File >> New Empty World), and switch to the Editor. Add a new iterator, and add a Square tranform to it. I set the square amount to 0.8 so the resulting square is 0.8 units wide.
3. Tiling Time
Now, add 4 iterators with linear transforms, and position their affines as on the picture below: 1 unit right, 1 up, 1 left, and 1 down. You can use snap to grid
Chaotica Editor Basics - UpdatedAn illustrated explanation of Chaotica`s World Editor.More Like This
It also features the Apophysis equivalents (when those exist). The left column corresponds to Chaotica, while the right column is Apo.
This is how the Chaotica Editor looks like:
The World Editor has the following elements:
toolbar ("New Iterator" and "New Transform" buttons)world nodes (the tree view of the iterators)node editor (details of each node)
If you cannot see one of those, right click one of the visible widgets and click the corresponding option to make it visible again:
To zoom in and out the affine editor, use Alt + right mouse button.
To move, around, Ctrl + right mouse button.
Iterator (Chaotica) &
Post_depth TutorialLets give the word to zy0rg, the creator of post_depth plugin:More Like This
That variation is used to create the depth blur effects in 3d fractals.
Unlike Apo's native depth blur, with this plugin you can use any variation (I'd recommend sineblur) for blurring.
The drawback compared to native blur is that you need to place the blurred object "manually" (i.e. using ztranslate, rotate_x and rotate_y) so it might be a bit tricky to use. But I think that the result is 99.98% worth it.
You can download post_depth (and a few cool blurs) here:
A few examples of post_depth results:
To use post_depth, you will need par