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Fractal Manipulation Tutorial for Photoshop - Cat

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I’ve been saying I would be doing something like this for a while now so here we go…

I often get asked how I make my fractal manipulation works.
The easiest way I can explain is that I create fractals from the random batch settings in Apophysis  and once I have rendered the results, take them into Photoshop (sometimes GIMP but this is written with Photoshop in mind)  and piece them together  like a collage.
This is me letting the cats out of the bag a little

EDIT: Fixed the original problems I had with adding the zip. and the preview!

EDITII: i know about the typo it should say 'occasionally' not 'vocationally' but iI can't correct it at the moment.

Fractal Manipulation Tutorial

:bulletblack: Step 1. Have an idea in mind of what you want to make (in the instance of this tutorial a basic cat) and play around with your Apophysis settings and see what you can come up with - shapes that might be useful for an ear or tail etc.

:bulletblack:Step 2. Render them using as light a gradient as possible and you have your basic collage pieces it helps if they are generally the same colour - or the colour of the object/animal you are trying to create.
For this tutorial I have removed the colour from my fractals completely

:bulletblack:Step 3.  Open these images in Photoshop  

:bulletblack:Step 4. Open a new document, for this tutorial my new document was 50cm by 50cm I find it easier to copy/paste and move component pieces around with a larger canvass - you can always crop it later.
As I’m using pale shapes out of habit I work with a black background this can be changed if you wish.

:bulletblack:Step 5. Paste your fractals into your document and rotate and position them how you think would suit the composition
- don’t be afraid to flip images or resize. The images of fractals I have included in this tutorial are how I rendered them and will need to be re-sized as you work.
The same shape is used for the head and body but resized
The same shape is used for the ears ( and later the nose)  just mirrored.

:bulletblack:Step 6. Once you have your basic shapes play with them find out what suits best once you have a composition you are happy with start adding details.


:bulletblack:Step 7. Eyes.  These start with three circles begin with a large one and add a colour to it, then add a slightly smaller one on top of it - this one should be dark, if your fractal is pale just invert it
Thirdly add a very small circle as a highlight  to give the eye a bit of life.

:bulletblack:Step 8.  Nose. Use the triangle shapes used in the ears and invert the colour so its dark and resize and rotate to and add to the image

:bulletblack:Step 9. Whiskers, you can render a shape and copy/paste it to make the whiskers but in this instance I cheated. Using the line drawing tool to add in the whiskers and finish the face.

I used a 4px line tool to add the whiskers

By the time you get to this stage you should have  19 layers

:bulletblack:1 for the background
:bulletblack:1 for the body
:bulletblack:1 for the head
:bulletblack:1 for the tail
:bulletblack:2 for the ears
:bulletblack:6 for the eyes (3 layers for each eye)
:bulletblack:1 for the nose
:bulletblack:And  6 for the whiskers

:bulletblack:Step 10. Finishing touches. And other additions  - if you think the image is a little disjointed or want a more polished effect you can use the dodge tool  and the burn tool to brighten  or darken some areas where shapes join so they are a little more seamless - you can use these tools to add extra details such as stripes or patches  if you don’t have the relevant fractal  shapes to hand .
If you do have fractals that would suit the purpose then use them :D

:bulletblack:10a. Stripes added using  the burn tool
:bulletblack:10b. Patches added using the burn  tool
:bulletblack:10c. Stripes added using fractals
:bulletblack:10d. Spots added using fractals ( the circle fractal repeated and layered)

:bulletblack:Step 11. Crop down the image and save it  and you’re done!  :heart:  alternatively you can add more details to your image, a background, flowers grass etc. just to make your fractal manipulation kitty at home :P

Thanks for reading!

Note: I’ve included the fractals to make the basic cat shape in a zip. With this tutorial -  i.e the shapes for the body, head, eyes, nose, ears and tail as well as the shape used in an example for the stripes.
the other elements used are from my own stock folders and can be found here on dA

Fractal Stock - Daisy. by rockgem Fractal Stock - Grass tuft by rockgem

The finished image at the bottom of this tutorial can be found here also

Not Quite Identical by rockgem


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GrannyOgg's avatar
A great asset for any one wanting to start manipulating. I am amased at what you get from a random batch Heart 
rockgem's avatar
thankyou for the compliment :aww: i think the shapes used in this i managed to get from messing round with random batches in apophysis before i truly knew what i was doing - i rendered them then decided to play with them and they might be simple shapes but have become some of the staples of my manipulation work 
GrannyOgg's avatar
Well you have certainly made good use of them since :D
rockgem's avatar
:nod: especially that triangle-ish shape used it sneaks into all sorts of things!
GrannyOgg's avatar
The little ears :D
Tate27kh's avatar
Awesome Gem, I will try this out soon :)
rockgem's avatar
thankyou  :) let me know how it goes if you do try it out-- not to mention would love to see any results :D :eager:
Tate27kh's avatar
You are most welcome, I will surely post my results.
Will give it a go this weekend :)
rockgem's avatar
and i shall look forwards to seeing it soon as  get some time - working some manic shifts at present :faint:
JingleEngle's avatar
Thanks for sharing your process! I am going to have to try this out.
rockgem's avatar
i've been meaning to share some of my processes for some time and i always promised some basic tutorials as to how i create my rather 'off the wall' brand of fractal manipulation work. I whipped this up this morning in a couple of hours or so - it always takes so much longer taking all the screen shots :faint: - but certainly i will try more tutorials like this, maybe looking at a basic vase of flowers or something. 
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