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Painting a Fractal, Part 1 by ChaosFissure Painting a Fractal, Part 1 by ChaosFissure
A tutorial explaining how to make fractals that look more like paintings.

If you like this, please fav it and share it!
If you make something with this, please show me!
If you have suggestions or corrections, please let me know so I can make this as accurate and helpful as possible.

Results from this tutorial:

Yesterday's Clouds by ChaosFissure Dulaman by Leichenengel Noxi0us by DOMINATOR60 blossom by piethein21


Part 2: fav.me/d4u8uf9

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:iconlesliebharris:
LeslieBHarris Featured By Owner May 12, 2018
It seems that all attempts at getting around it, I'm still not able to use Apo on my Mac High Sierra (wine can no longer read the new HS codes so I can't use that,  (exhausted from trying all suggestions that don't want to work).  Is there any way to do this just with Chaotica?  Thanks.
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, this tutorial can be done using only Chaotica.  It has an editor too :)
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BetiBup33 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi,
I search for someone who can make action or script to export (rendering) all .chaos file from one folder to .png.
I m ready to pay this automatic action or script... If You can do that or if You know someone... 

Thank You
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:iconchaosfissure:
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly, Chaotica doesn't support command line rendering otherwise I'd probably have a script I could freely share :|
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BetiBup33 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You very much... Reason is that i have power PC on job, and i can preparing many chaos files to better rendering there... now i must loose time, and time waiting to render them all..
Thank You for understanding.
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fractalling Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial! I made this with it.
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travovysomelier Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016
I don't know why, but it doesn't work :D :D :D
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:iconchaosfissure:
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, what have you tried?  If you can share what you've done, or parameters of what you have, I can try to offer some advice that might help!
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travovysomelier Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016
I did everything as you said. But if I try to rescale form, nothing happens :D I have only blank space as at the beginning
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:iconchaosfissure:
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you checked that the gradient is not black or dark at the left side, and that the gamma and brightness are set above zero?  If you can share parameters, it'd be easy for me to see what's going on.
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LavenderLiilac Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used this tutorial here. fav.me/dakpkxj Thank you. :) I might render it again with chaotica later.
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RFranck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A so stunning tutorial :clap:
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:iconchaosfissure:
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Lior-Art Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
...speechless... :wow:
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you find it interesting and useful :)  If you've any questions, feel free to ask!
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Lior-Art Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're flame is rendering so I had to  continue to work with my second PC.
I have to experiment this flame and your tutorial.
I'll show you my first render.
I was illustrating an artwork called ReposeInHell or RunLikeHell.That's to say as I thought it's possible to make sci-fi artwork and may be spiritual artwork.
I wish I'll reach my goal 'cause if I know by heart you tutorial, I have to go beyond this tutorial.I need other sci-fi tutorials but not yet found.
Analogy: I know how to turn a landscape into infrared colours so I often use this tutorial I learnt about InfraRed in my photo-manipulation.
Nice for me to meet you.
Haven't you received the invitation to my group DA-Creativity ?
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metafrost Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome tut! I can use these for space backdrops very nicely!
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koliko-slova Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
great ! thanks 
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Xzcouter Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you exactly do cylinder+pre-blur?

Is it in two different iterators?
Is the pre-blur in the pre-transform or in the same transform of cylinder?

I can't seem to get the sun rays.
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pre-blur basically blurs the transform before the cylinder variations is applied.  In Apophysis, this means that it should be applied with another variation (cylinder, in this case) on the same transform.

If you're using Chaotica (and judging by your choice of words, it seems that way), you have better blurring options, which are still done within the same iterator:
 - Pre- or Post-transform contains a real blur (gaussian, radial_gaussian, sineblur, etc)
 - The normal transform contains the cylinder.

Technically, the cylinder+preblur is just meant for structure and body - cylinder is the filler (and creates hard edges) and preblur blurs the cylinder.  Let me know if this helps!
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Xzcouter Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I am using Chaotic and yes it helped :D.

Just a couple more questions. When you say that the preblur has a large value how large should it be? and should the cylinder still be a small value at around .001?

EDIT: Oh and how do you make those blurred specks of light in your fractals?
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh, it's been probably years since I've used cylinder as an effect.  Basically, the two act together i this way:

 - High values of Preblur: the shape of the blurred cylinder becomes very elongated - you'll see a longer cylinder and it'll be more of a blended color.
 - Low values of Preblur: the cylinder will not be as long, and you might make out some detail from the cylinder portion if it's small enough.
 - High values of Cylinder: The cylinder becomes wide.
 - Low values of Cylinder: The cylinder becomes very narrow.

The values you need to use are really situation-dependent.  I don't know what would work well in your own fractal - my rule of thumb is to basically start at a small value and multiply it by 2 until it seems to be undesirable, and then narrow that upper and lower bound until I'm happy with how it looks.  If you want really small lines, 0.001 will work, but I think you could try up to 0.1 if you find it too narrow.


The blurred specks of light are weird things called "empty transforms" - if you have a transform (or iterator) with no variations, it will have speckle noise in it due to it collecting shape and density, but not distributing it back out.  You want a really low weight on these - 0.01 is generally as high as I'd go - but they do add some fun grain effects!  For them to glow, you can post transform gaussian at really small values (0.01, 0.001, somewhere around there) on an empty transform.  Be sure to change the coloring on that iterator so that you can see them though!
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Xzcouter Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see, thanks alot for your help ^.^

Been using your guides and it has helped me alot. This one and also your guide on Linear Triangles really helped :D

I was able to make these two fractals: xzcouter.deviantart.com/art/He… and xzcouter.deviantart.com/art/Se…

Again thanks alot ^.^
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad that you've found them useful!  I've been meaning to do a proper nebula tutorial for a while now, perhaps this gives me a bit more incentive to work on it.

Heavenly Serendipity is definitely very cool looking :D I definitely look forward to seeing what you'll make in the future!
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SiennaBlue Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  :)
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IcarusPlus Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Thank you so much for the tutorial! Here's my take on it: icarusplus.deviantart.com/art/…
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:iconchaosfissure:
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The depth and nebulousness seen when I zoom in is very cool :D  Nice job, I really like how it looks!
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IcarusPlus Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Thank you! (:
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SarcasmNymph Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there! So I was trying this tutorial again in Apo 7X. I found that no matter what I do even after scaling down 2,3 and 4 and rotation them nothing ever shows up. The screen is blank except maybe a few very small dots. I wonder is it's just me or something up with apo 7X. I think I am using apo 7x 16
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It could be that the gradient that you are using is too dark to show up.  If you change the gradient so the color on the left side is brighter (i.e. white, gray, or something with high value), does this help?
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SarcasmNymph Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did try this with multiple gradients already. I even changed the background from black to white but it has no effect. 
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:iconchaosfissure:
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would you mind sending me a note of the parameters of something you're working with?  Perhaps I'll be able to better understand what's going on and offer a solution to this.
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SarcasmNymph Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK I will send you a note. Thanks in advance. 
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Kuldi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
I have this exact problem! I'm ripping my hair out of my head as we speak! Did you ever find out what went wrong?
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:iconsarcasmnymph:
SarcasmNymph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think my gamma was too low and the gradient was bad. Did you try switching those up?
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:iconkuldi:
Kuldi Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
I havent tried changing the gamma. Thank you, I'll try that! :)
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LightSinger Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lightsinger.deviantart.com/art…
Here is what I've done =) Thanks a lot for the tutorial.
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:iconchaosfissure:
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply >.<  It looks very nice!
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LightSinger Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you n.n no problem!
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SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Arf this tutorial is really not for me !
I'm trying it from time to time ... but I never succeed to have something really nice and which can fit my tastes...
I'm still trying to achieve something anyway ...
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial probably doesn't do the best job of explaining things either -- that's why I intend to make a video tutorial that's more related to the abstracts I make in the future!
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SarcasmNymph Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god! That would be amazing. 
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:iconchaosfissure:
ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did a stream of something -- probably need to do an actual video one sooner or later...but at the moment, work's eating my ability do do this :/
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SarcasmNymph Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww :( Well I will be waiting patiently. Good luck!  
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Esherymack Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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ChaosFissure Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing the results ^^  I'm loving the dots :D
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Esherymack Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Danke~!
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fractalyzerall Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very interesting! Thanks for share .hug:
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