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Apophysis - Linear Triangles
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Published: December 20, 2012
© 2012 - 2019 ChaosFissure
A simple tutorial describing how to create some pretty interesting fractals. It's not too hard; the ultimate generalized synopsis is "fill in the reference triangle with other triangles."

Please be sure to show me what you make from this tutorial because I'd love to see it :D The possibilities of shape and color in these fractals is awesome!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!




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Atroskelis's avatar
Turned out really great, need to play with it some more :D

Triangles2 by Atroskelis  
ClementinSauvion's avatar
ClementinSauvionHobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice! How can you do curve tho? ^^'
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ChaosFissureHobbyist Digital Artist
Can you help me understand what you mean?  I don't know if you're referring to curves as in colors, as in the shapes on the screen, or if you mean something else entirely!
ClementinSauvion's avatar
ClementinSauvionHobbyist Digital Artist
Curve in the shape ^^' sorry. I did try with triangle and it's nice but I can't find how to create curve shapes ^^
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ChaosFissureHobbyist Digital Artist
In this particular setup, it's going to create those types of triangles.  You'll only be able to add curves with a final transform, unfortunately.  You could try swapping out some of the linear variations with something that's more conducive to curves, but I don't think that'd preserve the tight structure that this creates.
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ClementinSauvionHobbyist Digital Artist
oh oky ^^ thank you :)
TheMisadventuesofH's avatar
TheMisadventuesofHHobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you get solid colors? My fractals all look grainy.
ChaosFissure's avatar
ChaosFissureHobbyist Digital Artist
In this case, the gamma value is set to 9999 to cause the fractal body to be very strong and opaque.

Grain (versus smoothness) is generally a sign that you didn't render the fractal out long enough, though you can add grain intentionally as an effect for textural purposes.
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TheMisadventuesofHHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, that helped a bunch!

Another quick question:When I saved my fractal as a PNG, the background turned from black to white. Adding in a black background (added in SAI if that helps any) isn't solving the problem. How do I make it so it appears black when it's a PNG?
ChaosFissure's avatar
ChaosFissureHobbyist Digital Artist
Are you rendering from Apophysis or Chaotica?
TheMisadventuesofH's avatar
TheMisadventuesofHHobbyist Traditional Artist
Apophysis. Do I need to render from Chaotica?
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ChaosFissureHobbyist Digital Artist
The process is slightly different between the two pieces of software, so I wanted to make sure I answered for the correct one.  You're welcome to use either piece of software :D

If you go to "Tools->Settings", there should be a "PNG Transparency" portion under the "General" tab.  If you want transparency, this should be "Enabled," and otherwise disabled.  I don't know how SAI acts with layer information or transparency, so it might have eaten it up upon the import?  Assuming it saved with transparency, it's strange that adding a black layer behind the fractal layer would not respect the alpha of the PNG.

If all you care about is a black background, then disable the transparency described above and open the "Adjustment" tab (view->adjustment).  The background color should be set to black.

If this doesn't work, let me know what's going on!
TheMisadventuesofH's avatar
TheMisadventuesofHHobbyist Traditional Artist
It worked! Thanks a lot!
(what I made with the tutorial- used Mutation a bunch)
Skeletal by TheMisadventuesofH
ChaosFissure's avatar
ChaosFissureHobbyist Digital Artist
It sorta looks like a dragon :D  I can't say that see much remnants of the tutorial in it, however XD
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Fi3uR's avatar
Fi3uRHobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this <3  i gave it a try too :)
  Trident by Fi3uR
ChaosFissure's avatar
ChaosFissureHobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool!  The color scheme is really nice and the curves make it seem like a mountain folding over!
Fi3uR's avatar
Fi3uRHobbyist General Artist
and another one :D
Trident 2 by Fi3uR
shanblue's avatar
shanblueHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm rendering one now. Squeeeeeee!
technochroma's avatar
technochromaProfessional General Artist
Awesome tutorial. Thank you for making this ^^ So trying this next. I want to fill an elliptic-splits or double bubble with this!
Radman1919's avatar
Radman1919Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not the most creative use of the tutorial.
fav.me/d8hjm8y
ChaosFissure's avatar
ChaosFissureHobbyist Digital Artist
Personally, I feel that this fractal type is harder to customize and add personality to than other types of fractals.  While your fractal is reminiscent of frozen spiderwebs, I wouldn't say that it lacks creativity, as it definitely has a different (and imo more engaging) aesthetic than the basic "do the tile and see what the colors do" from just following the steps alone.
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Radman1919Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your input. I have found out that, I'm my worst enemy when it comes to my fractals or art in general. I have only been creating fractals for about a year and a half, that said I'm always looking for people opinions.  :)
ChaosFissure's avatar
ChaosFissureHobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think it's uncommon for an artist to be their own worst enemy; I know I'm the exact same way myself, even though I've been making things for...apparently over five years now!  It's not something that gets better with time...but can be mitigated if you have a few people who are willing to offer advice, suggestions, and constructive criticism when you ask them for it ;o
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Radman1919Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its always nice to get advice and suggestions.
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