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Xaos Bubbles Tutorial

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Published: January 6, 2009
© 2009 - 2020 nightmares06
Made for the Apophysis 2.08 3D hack

This bubble type was taught to me by my friend, ccdigitalfx Further credit goes to penny5775 and also Platinus and Zueuk. It is my hope that this tutorial is able to help everyone interested to be able to understand a bit more of the intricacies of Xaos and bubble transforms.

Remember, make this fractal type your own and change things around! Play with weights, positions, number of transforms and everything else, and come up with something totally unique! ;) Good luck, and I’d love to see what you come up with! :D

Points of interest:
:bulletred: If you want more of a “dome” effect, substitute Hemisphere for Bubble

:bulletpink: When using Truchet, if the bubble isn’t covered, use more pre_blur!

:bulletorange: Although not touched on in this tutorial, many of the plugins that can be used have very interesting variables to play around with, like truchet and hexes. Give it a try ;)

Plugins that we have found work with this method (that we’ve found so far, there could be many more!):
:bulletblack: Hexes
:bulletblack: Crackle
:bulletblack: Truchet
:bulletblack: Checkers
:bulletblack: Checks
:bulletblack: Cylinder
:bulletblack: Wedge
:bulletblack: Pie
:bulletblack: Rays2
:bulletblack: Epispirial
:bulletblack: Boarders
:bulletblack: Flower
:bulletblack: Separation
:bulletblack: Hypersphere
:bulletblack: Stripes
:bulletblack: Rectangles
:bulletblack: Tancos
:bulletblack: Circle1
:bulletblack: Taurus
:bulletblack: Wings
:bulletblack: Waves2

This tutorial was beta-tested by my friends karma4ya, Fiery-Fire and SuicideBySafetyPin before release.

All plugins can be found at the following location, due to phoenixkeyblack’s dedication in tracking them all down:…

I tried my best to avoid only featuring my own fractals in here, to the point where I hunted down some help ;) I hate hogging all the glory, lets spread it around!

The list of different fractals at the bottom is to give you an idea of what is possible using this method, and what different fractalists have been able to accomplish.

nightmares06_stamp by Fiery-Fire

Links to the original artwork included in the Tutorial are listed below, give them some love! :love:

Not So Distant Future

Pink Jellies    Crackle Erosion

Making_XYZ    Fireworks_boom    Carnival

Scoped bubble 1

The Map of the Maze    Falling into the Checkers    Shinning Rectangles
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xAsOnexProfessional General Artist
I followed the tutorial 1:1 but it didn't turn out exactly as shown so I played around and this happened:
Alien eggs by xAsOnex

Thanks! :)
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nightmares06Hobbyist Writer
Very nice!
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xAsOnexProfessional General Artist
Thanks! :) 
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AstronomicalMindHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Very easy to follow and helped me create this here:…
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nightmares06Hobbyist Writer
Very nice!
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AstronomicalMindHobbyist Digital Artist
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French-ChocolaiteHobbyist Digital Artist
I love was easy to do and this is my result!!
Adrolyn's avatar
AdrolynHobbyist Digital Artist
We have now established you are awesome. I didn't know you could even right click anything in the Xaos menu.
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so ein tolles Tutorial, aber ich weiß nicht welche TF ich verändern muß um die verschiedenen Bilder zu bekommen,
lasse ich bubble weg und nehme z.b. crackle ist die Wölbung nicht da. bei den anderen Plugin sieht es auch so aus, kannst Du mir helfen?
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nightmares06Hobbyist Writer
Ich finde mit crackle es funktioniert besser mit kleineren Werten, aber seine über zwei Jahre her, seit ich das benutzt habe. Sie wollen, dass ich Ihnen einen Satz von Parametern? Ich bin ein wenig eingerostet mit dem Programm mich jetzt
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danke für die Antwort,ich wollte fragen, ob ich für eine andere Form z.b. mit Crackle eine neue TF nehmen muß oder setze ich bubble auf Null und nehme dafür Crackle?
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nightmares06Hobbyist Writer
neue Knistern zu verwandeln, lassen Sie die Blase. das ist, wie ich es tun. erhalten Sie möglicherweise unterschiedliche Ergebnisse, wenn Sie, dass, obwohl zu versuchen, und es schadet nie, die Dinge in neue Formen stecken
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WelkrinStudent Digital Artist
Thank you! [link]
CharsiCute's avatar
thanks for tut. here's what i got [link]
Anto106's avatar
Thank you for posting
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Dart-FrogHobbyist General Artist
What version of Apophysis is this for? I can't find pre-blur, etc. on Apophysis 7.
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nightmares06Hobbyist Writer
oh, its from 2005 or earlier, when apo 3d was around
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Dart-FrogHobbyist General Artist
Nevermind. I blame my imperceptiveness for this question.
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TrollbrautHobbyist Photographer
Thank you for sharing your amazing tutorial! Here´s my first outcome [link]
PolyStellar's avatar
Thank you for sharing this. I will try it out.
stebev's avatar
Used your tut here [link]

thanks for sharing :)
SvetlanaIvanova's avatar
Same here ! Is Hexes a plugin ?
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Fanna1119Student General Artist
I couldn't find the Hexes option at Varation :(
any help ? thanks !
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platinummyrHobbyist Writer
It's a plugin called Hexes. You need to find it and install it in the Plugins folder where Apophysis is stored.
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