Fractal images - coming soon to my Art166 Etsy Shop.
I don't know a whole lot about digital painting, but what is a fractal? I just know basic Photoshop:
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If you Google that question, you'll find 'Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fractals' and then some, and then some more! I spent about three days reading before I ever downloaded any software. What was I thinking?
Here's a "tech-lite" definition:
Fractal Image - An image that is created by mathematically generated geometric shapes containing an infinite amount of image detail.
Translation: Fractals are geometry.
Sounds like too much fun, right?
The good news? Fractal imaging software programs come loaded with preset mathematical formulae to get you started. Once you've learned the basics, it's a breeze to modify or rewrite a formula and tweak every element (color palette, etc.) to create your own, incredible designs.
Of course, my fractals are usually imported into Photoshop and heavily manipulated; "Fractal Purists" tend to (rabidly!) prefer a design that is 'by the numbers', but I insist on bending and twisting them (the fractal designs, not the Purists!) into something 'beyond the fractal'! However, the images posted, above, are pretty much untouched.
My favorite fractal software is "Fractal Explorer." It's available, free, for download, here.
Yes, I said "Free"!
You'll be turning out practice images within minutes. In a week's time, you'll be customizing up a storm and the designs you create will be uniquely your own.
Go ahead, you know you want to!
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