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Would Like Some Fractal Advice

Posted by: Kendall Kessler on 05/16/2013 - 1:18 PM

Most of my work is representational with Impressionistic and Expressionistic elements but I also like abstract so I would like to get some software to try some fractal compositions. I am not sure what to order so I thought I would see if anyone here has some suggestions.

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Posted by: Dan Turner on 05/16/2013 - 3:26 PM

Kendall, I went through several fractal programs before settling on Ultrafractal a few years back.

http://www.ultrafractal.com/

If you're familiar with how layers work in Photoshop, they work the same way in UF. At $69 I think it is a bargain. In addition to letting you do all the simple, no-brainer, fun stuff, it allows for deep exploration of fractals and color so you can create art.

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Posted by: Roseann Caputo on 05/16/2013 - 3:38 PM

Here's a website that I've found to be very useful:

http://fractalarts.com/ASF/

Talks about all the Fractal apps they know about, including Ultra Fractal, which is a good one. I have that one.

 

Posted by: Kendall Kessler on 05/16/2013 - 3:42 PM

Thanks Dan and Roseann! I greatly appreciate the help!

 

Posted by: Zeana Romanovna on 05/16/2013 - 4:11 PM

 

Posted by: Kendall Kessler on 05/16/2013 - 5:19 PM

Thanks Zeana!

 

Posted by: Carmen Hathaway on 05/16/2013 - 5:23 PM

I'm on board with everyone's recommendations Kendall -- nice thing about Apophysis for experimenting is that it is freeware.

You're going to love this part of the journey -- look forward to seeing your creations.

 

Posted by: Kendall Kessler on 05/16/2013 - 8:37 PM

One more question. Will this software work with a Mac OS X version 10.6.8?

 

Posted by: Roy Erickson on 05/16/2013 - 9:04 PM

And I'll have to say - since what "I" do is not really fractals - that Dan T does them the very best - they are truly works of art.

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Posted by: Kendall Kessler on 05/16/2013 - 9:19 PM

Thanks Roy! They are great!

 

Posted by: Dave Luebbert on 05/16/2013 - 10:01 PM

Anybody do any 3D modeling/rendering here? and do you know where any good 3D fractal model generators can be found?

 

Posted by: Roseann Caputo on 05/17/2013 - 6:17 AM

Kendall, some will and some won't. You'll have to check each app. Apophisys I don't believe does.

David - Xeno dreams I think does 3D fractal modeling.

 

Posted by: Dave Luebbert on 05/17/2013 - 7:20 AM

Roseann, thanks.

 

Posted by: Dave Luebbert on 05/17/2013 - 7:41 AM

Wow, Roseann, I just purchased and started using that program. WOW! Thanks again!

 

Posted by: Kendall Kessler on 05/17/2013 - 8:31 AM

Thanks Roseann! Looking forward to working with the software!

 

Posted by: Roseann Caputo on 05/17/2013 - 9:44 AM

Happy to help out. :-)

 

Posted by: Betsy Jones on 05/17/2013 - 11:03 AM

In addition to some of the ones above, I also use Incendia EX
Have fun - it's ADDICTIVE!

 

Posted by: Kendall Kessler on 05/17/2013 - 11:10 AM

Thanks Betsy!

 

Posted by: Carmen Hathaway on 05/17/2013 - 12:03 PM

Dave -- Xeno's an excellent 3D & fractal program - as are Vue/Eon Software & Visions of Chaos

I see you're well into Zbrush -- also one of my favs.

Ditto Betsy -- Incendia's amazing -- and free!

Daz 3D is fun for familiarizing with basic 3D modelling -- also freeware.



 

Posted by: Carolyn Marshall on 05/17/2013 - 2:32 PM

Zeana, I have Apophysis but have never really figured out how to get creations as good as what I see on FAA or on the Deviant Art site. I went to your link for the tutorials. I see lots of posts about the tuts, but no actual tutorials. I clicked on the home page and saw the link to tutorials and clicked on a few of them. But, again, just conversation posts, no actual tuts. What am I missing, and how do I get to them?

 

Posted by: Roseann Caputo on 05/17/2013 - 2:58 PM

Deb Benoit has some good ones:

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I've been at this for a while and I still can't get mine to look even remotely like these. Stunning work all the way around.


I was also going to link to some of Karin Kuhlmann's as I consider her a Fractal Master, but she doesn't seem to be on FAA any more?

 

Posted by: Terry Weaver on 05/17/2013 - 8:03 PM

I downloaded Apophysis today & it is addicting!

 

Posted by: Rose Santuci-Sofranko on 05/17/2013 - 8:17 PM

I use the free Sterling2 for all of mine...you can go to my gallery here http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/rose-santucisofranko.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=162600 to see the variety of fractals you can create with this simple program...the only one I've ever been able to figure out how to use!

 

Posted by: Roseann Caputo on 05/18/2013 - 8:34 AM

I use Sterling, Apophysis, Incendia, Ultra Fractal and a few others, too. I might try using some of them t make stained glass.

 

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