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Apophysis Blooms Tutorial by lindelokse Apophysis Blooms Tutorial by lindelokse
Well, I got permission from the lovely ~skellorg to publish this tutorial based on her wonderful "Tips for textures with crackle" tutorial, sadly no longer available here on deviantART.
This is also based on "Blob Spirals" tutorial [link] by ~Zueuk. I warmly suggest you to check it as well, for it's one of the best I've ever found.
Credits for the first part of the technique I'm describing must go to them, so please show them your appreciation, respect and gratitude.

As kindly requested by Susan, in this tutorial you won't find exact values to use but ranges of values. I really hope this could help to experiment more and find your own way. Actually there are no precise values to get these results, so I find it more correct to be this way.
It's easy to follow, but a basic knowledge of apophysis is required :blushes:. I tried to provide you a lot of suggestions to help you tweaking and customizing, but remember that there are tons of awesome other plugins for apophysis, and that you can also apply texturing, use a different final transform, and use xaos and linked transforms to get something new and interesting. Also, this kind of flame can become many other things different than a flower if you don't add cross, so go experiment the most you can :)

Thank you to all my beloved beta testers of the aposhack chatroom :thanks:!

check here -> [link] to have a look at the lovely results fellow deviants got from this tutorial :love:!!!

update: 3D version available ;)

in the Aposhack Plugin Pack [link] you will find all the plugins you need. Just don't put all plugins in your plugins folder at once, or apophysis will crash.
I WON'T REPLY ANYMORE TO COMMENTS ASKING ME WHERE TO FIND PLUGINS. people, please... please read the description, make a little research, or at least check previous comments and replies, instead of keep on asking me the same thing over and over...
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GeaAusten Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
this is so helpful/./// thankyouLovely shot v2 
julofi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And I'll try this 2D tutorial too.
g017 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017   Digital Artist
Apophysis Bloom 2 by g017
Thank you!
CRISFU Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2017
hi, I have download Apophysys 2.09, but I have problems with the editor window: I can't choose "variation,triangle,tranform" ecc menu, because it is covered by the transform menù ....
I have windows 10,maybe it is not right .
could you help me,please? I like this program but I can't use it ....
is there some keyboard shortcuts that can I use to navigate the menù?
thanks for everything ( and sorry for my bad english)
lindelokse Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017   Digital Artist
Ciao! :)
E' un po' che non uso abitualmente apophysis, non so se ho ben capito il tuo problema, ti consiglio comunque di provare la versione 7x --->…
Essendo più nuova dovrebbe darti meno problemi su un sistema operativo nuovo!
Spero sia di aiuto!
Ciao! ;)
CRISFU Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017
Grazie mille!!! ho installato questa versione e sembra funzionare tutto !
E' la prima volta che utilizzo questi programmi ( sto provando anche Chaotica) ma non trovo delle guide "dettagliate".
Per quello che ci vorrei fare avrei bisogno di acquisire un certo controllo sugli effetti da raggiungere:
per caso non sapresti indicarmi un buon forum o una buona guida per capire bene cosa fanno i vari settaggi?
grazie ancora per l'ottimo consiglio.
brookville Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Here's my result on your great tutorial - thanks for the tips! [2d bloom here]
Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful tutorial. I've got a flower rendering right now, I'll show you when it's done!

Ah, all finished! Here it is:
AlmaChiaraAlex Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi thank'you for your tutorial, this is my sunflower, i hope that you will like it…
karbock Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing. I haven't tried Apophysis yet, but I am fond of the superb flowers it can produce. When I get a bit tired of exploring the Mandelbrot set (if ever ;)), I will surely have my hand at Apophysis.
shanblue Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this!
Cdarkify Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Can someone help, for whatever reason I don't have linear3D in my apophysis program. I'm not getting anything like the tutorial is showing in terms of fractal looks due to not have linear3D, any help?
lindelokse Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016   Digital Artist
well, for this tutorial you can just use plain linear, it's a 2d flame...
if you're writing here but refer to the 3d one I suppose you didn't read the description of the 3d tutorial (like 99% of the people who comment there telling they have a problem) and you have the same old problem that you get when you're using apophysis 7x version 15c, 15d or 16: I already gave the solution there :)
Cdarkify Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Student General Artist
I didn't read the 3D one as I went straight to here when I saw in the comments mentioning this on was much easier to achieve, with that being said thank you for commenting about what to do as I will head there right now!   
EmyWarrior Featured By Owner Edited Jan 15, 2016
Well I managed to do it in the end regardless of the Color Tab issue. Here is my first ever fractal link. For anyone having problems starting, I recommend this tutorial.
EmyWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
How annoying, my Color Tab has color speed, opacity and direct color unlike this tutorial which has weight, transform color and color speed. I'm using version 7x v15B. Should I use a different version? Which version are you guys using?
The-Reborn-Shadow Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no idea what I keep doing wrong while following this tut but I have not once got it to produce anything even visible for me. Really wanted to make some of these and half my plugins don't load either I've looked around I'm doing everything right. But nothing but I've had other tutorials work no problem. :<
Isura-Manchanayake Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Lauredin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you a lot, I had so much fun =)

Vitality by Lauredin
Psychomantas Featured By Owner Edited Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your tutorials are very helpful, thanksTight Hug 
my result :D
Diserasta Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there. I've just recently used this tutorial to make a bloom or two.…
Come take a look if you have the time :)
Arythya Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist
Used your Tutorial here:
Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the tutorial :iconflowerheartplz:
This is the picture I made with it…
Scania78 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thank you very much for this great tutorial! You really got me started^^
This is the one I like best so far link
SmartRanga Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Radman1919 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I decided to give this Tutorial another go. This is what I came up with Thanks for all your help earlier in my Apophysis adventure.
PrayingMantis69 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thought I'd have another peek at your wonderful tutorial. This is what I came up with this time...…
khetry Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial, it was very helpfull :) (Smile)  (I begun to use Apophysis yesterday so I'm not sure I understand all but here is my first trial Flower)
WiseHanna Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Thanks for a great tutorial.  Not too many tutorial writers see fit to explain what can be "tweaked" in order to create a personal version of your tutorial.

I managed several beautiful flowers which looked nothing like yours. I was pleased, alas, after rendering, on my Corel, they looked nothing like on Apo, before rendering.  They all came out transparent, like the renders from Chaoscop...  I want the petals to have a solid color.  When I rendered, I tried at 4000 density, at 12000 and at 20000. Except for the difference in rendering time, the results were all the same. 

Another question - why does the flower have a colorful surrounding? I would rather have the flame without any background.

Would appreciate your answer.


itsAustinJordan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Photographer
Was wondering exactly this.
Ameesa Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Took me quite a while to get this right, but suddenly everything clicked.  Here's what I got from this wonderful tutorial.
nwcountry Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
I followed your steps, twice, to make sure I was doing exactly what you said, but I get to the rotate triangle, Transform 2, in Step 3, and no change in shape at all.

I wonder if anyone else had this problem?  If not, I cannot figure what I am doing wrong.  I am using apophysis 2.09.  I can't use 7X as it says it's missing a dll file. msvcr110 to be exact.

Any help would be appreciated;) Denise
Maraa50 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
hi I had that problem with apophysis and i found what i wanted from microsoft its something that is missing from your pc i downloaded the 64bit one…
that is the link i followed and it only took a few moments to download and install so if you want to try it i hope it helps :)
ParadisiacPicture Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Had the same problem yesterday. You may downloaded the false thing. There's an installer available now. Just search for it. Install it and it works fine. Well, thats just my story but it should work for you (:
nwcountry Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Hi, first I just want to say I am in awe of the art on this site, and especially, I am hooked on the fractal art.  I haven't an artistic talent, but I think I can learn this and have some fun:)

I wanted to see if anyone is around that might be able to tell me what a msvcr110.dll file is, and it seems to be needed to make these programs function properly (I've tried both apophysis 2.09, and the 7X.  I can't get the 7X to work without the file at all (get the error message that the dll is missing) but I can use 2.09.  But I wanted to downloand the cross plugin (possibly more plugins, don't know what all I want yet) so I could do the above tutorial).  So I found the "pack" and downloaded them, then, guess what, I got that "missing dll again:(

If anyone can explain the details on this, and direct me in either how to fix it, or, tell me if I can live without 7X, as well as the plugin pack, I would surely appreciate it:)

Way new here, and haven't read all about anything yet, so hoping to yack with some of you:) Denise
Raxard Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My try at it Flower Sphere
fallenmoonmist Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
here's mine :D i like it tho i changed things so it doesn't look the same :P [link]

thanks for the tutorial.~
SnapShot120 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I made this :pointr: [link] with your tutorial. It doesn't look much like yours, but I like it, so whatever. ;)
Synnatrix Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
[link] here it is :) couldn't have done it without you, best tutorial ive found yet for beginners, massive virtual huggage! :hug: :dalove:
Synnatrix Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
yey I got it eventually! great tutorial, im gonna upload my very first fractal soon as I stop playing around with it :)
Synnatrix Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
I wanna cry...why can't I get this to happen?!
Destiny58 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! It took me awhile, and a lot of trial and error, but I finally got it figured out! Thanks so much for making this tutorial; I learned so much about Apophysis by experimenting with my flower. XD I could hug you right now! :hug: Thank you!
Destiny58 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a beginner. I don't know much about tweaking or making fractals look good. I found your tutorial and tried it, but... I think I'm doing something very wrong. I can't get anything like this, not even a simple shape. It just shows a few dots that you can barely see... I guess I'll keep trying.

On a more positive note: This is a wonderful tutorial! It's so easy to follow and in-depth! Thank you for making this, even though I can't get it quite right, I'll figure it out!
didlit34 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. This is not easy. Flower ok, but the texture is not that at all. I try again !!
Elemmirien Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thanks a lot for a great tutorial!
Just made ->[link] :D
Retsu-Yuki Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I wanted to morph the petals a little more with waves2 but though I changed all of the values every which way, I couldn't get them to change.. I liked how you had the edges dented in one of your tips and wanted to do something similar but I couldn't figure out how. I also tried creating it more in 3d but failed. I'm still trying to figure out how to combine your tutorials so I can make a 3d bloom with the morphed petals I desire.
However, without your tutorials, I can guarantee I wouldn't have even gotten this far. Because of your tutorials, I've been able to understand the program better and learned how to make these magnificent flowers. The next step is learning more on the editing side of things in order to create the design I want.

Thank you a lot for the help ^-^
Hayes-Designs Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Photographer
i think im doing something wrong >_<
Preach-it Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this. 7hank you very much. By chance I found someone who finally told me where they found your tutorial. It's wonderful, in-depth, and easy to follow. I love Step 5 where you actually gave variation suggestions. 7hank you for a great tutorial.

(p.s. where can I find plugins?) ... ... joking.
rabbit2373 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
i know its not as bright as yours is, but mine definately pales in comparison. i tried what i could at 2 am and [link] is the result...
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