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Apophysis Tutorial Fun - Volume 1

Now that I have you attention, I wanted to try something here. I have recently been trying out some of the tutorials that are out there for Apophysis and I have been having a blast! I found that I was having more fun than usual because I have been chatting with Carolyn about the tutorials and we decided to pick the Apophysis Bloom Tutorial and we both were playing with it at the same time, sharing a few tips and then sharing what we created.

So, my plan is…. that I am going to post a journal with a tutorial to try, and I would love for anyone who plays with Apophysis to play along and then post your piece. If you have any tips or tricks you would like to share, by all means go for it. If you don’t play with Apophysis yet, well dive right in, we would love you to try it too! I will probably post a new one once every few weeks… to give people a chance to try the stuff out. Afterall, we do have lives outside of the bubble!

I am going to post the link, and it will take you to deviantart.com, cause that is where they all are. You can download them and work them from your own computer or right from the site itself. If you don’t have the plug ins needed for any of the tutorials, you can get them there too. I wish I would have gotten this idea before the blooms! lol But in either case, I think I have a nice one to start with. :) If you like this idea, play along, fave it, share it. The more the merrier!

Ok, enough chit chat. This first tutorial is the Splits Elliptic by our good friend Fiery-Fire and SaTaNiA

I was dying to try this out and I am having so much fun with it. I know some of you more seasoned fractal artists already have done this, so if you don’t want to create new, by all means show us what you created with it!

One small tip… I have noticed with these tutorials that you really don’t see what you are creating for the first several steps. If you adjust your gamma to 5 and change your scale to like 10-15, and maybe change the gradient as well, you can see more of what you are doing. Before I did that, I didn’t see ANYTHING after the first 4 steps. Good luck!

Jackie 1/27/11

Comments

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 3 years ago

    Here we go… this is my first try!!

  • plunder
    plunderover 3 years ago

    I have a few tutorials to add….but here is one for this posting:

  • Woohoo thank you! :)

    – Jaclyn Hughes

  • abstractjoys
    abstractjoysover 3 years ago

    Based on your ‘small tip’, there seems to be a trend for those who write these tutorials to leave out or ignore subtle nuances that are critical to the formation of the design. I find it maddening and wonder why they even bother to write a tutorial if they only just want to play with our heads! I have tried this tutorial many times over and find it absolutely worthless and difficult, if not impossible to impliment. Another sick joke played on the student. Can you tell I am ticked off?

  • hugs I’m sorry… I really thought you would enjoy this one.

    – Jaclyn Hughes

  • plunder
    plunderover 3 years ago

    I agree with Carolyn…..there does seem to be some information that just doesn’t seem to connect on a few tutorials. I think the writer assumes that the person reading the tut is someone with vast experience with the program. Instead of putting it at a beginner level they jump straight to the advanced level. But the tutorials I have tried as of late are excellent. But, I am an advanced user as well.

  • I agree too. If it wasn’t for Carolyn helping me with that on the first tutorial, I would never have gotten any blooms. Kinda when they say “Fxform” like I know wtf that means lol

    – Jaclyn Hughes

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 3 years ago

    I know what you mean Carolyn, I struggled to get anything with this tutorial until I used Jackie’s tips on the gamma value and the scale in adjustments. I reached the 3rd xform without any thing showing on the preview, and I scaled the view up to 30, played around with various gradients and changed the gamma value to 5. I was only getting the shape in one colour so moved the transform colour on xform2 to 0.468, but this seems to depend on which gradient one is using.
    I now could see a flame and it was multi coloured. followed the tutorial to xform4. The cylinder and pre_blue layers were not very attractive, grainy and wide. I did not understand what was meant by ‘resize with a ratio of 1:3, I interpreted it as making xforms 3 & 4 smaller and moved them upwards. The tutorial did not say by how much so I took a guess at 0.1 × 4 times on the triangle tab, and scaled down 110 × 12 times. I then scaled the whole flame down to 10 in adjustments. This gave me quite a pleasing result. the cylinder bars were still to wide and grainy, I used the pxforms on 3 & 4, by moving point x of the xform triangle towards ’0’ the bars got narrower.
    The transform tab for the pxforms 3 & 4 read:
    x = 0.29392, 0
    y = 0, 0.29392
    o = 0, 0
    This gave me the following:

    !<a href="http://s867.photobucket.com/albums/ab238/iamvie..." target="_blank"><img src="http://i867.photobucket.com/albums/ab238/iamvie..." border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>!

  • Yeah the whole “1:3 ratio” went out the window for me. I pretty much followed the tutorial up to “it should look like this at the end” and went hmmm ok I have a 1 color boring a$$ piece. I went in and tweaked each layer to my liking once I had a shape.

    – Jaclyn Hughes

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 3 years ago

    I do not have the bi-polar plugin so I used spherical on the final xform. This gave me a nice image but was to far away.

    !<a href=“http://s867.photobucket.com/albums/ab238/iamvie...;!

    I scaled down the fxform 110 × 12 times and this gave a much better image
    !<a href=“http://s867.photobucket.com/albums/ab238/iamvie...;!

    I moved the fxform upwards on the triangle tabl 0.1 × 4 times. This gave a beautiful form, but I felt it was still too symmetrical, I found by moving the fxform along a horizonal axis the form moved away from being symmetrical

    I am rendering the one I like after playing around with different values on the variations.
    this is so difficult to write, it makes sense to me, but not sure if it makes sense to anyone else!
    Will post the image/s in Flame Apo when they have rendered
    thanks Jackie, you kept me out of mischief all day!
    Not sure if my screen shots have shown up, they are stored in photobucket, hope so, if not will try a different code
    best wishes Jacqui

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 3 years ago

    the screen shots have not shown up, just two exclamations, will have another go

    fingers crossed :-)

  • OMG I am totally loving those shapes! Shape # 2 – Oh I could have fun! Do yourself a favor Jacqui, go to DA and download The Aposhack Plugin Pack. (I believe that is what it is called. You will notice it because the thing in psychadelic looking) Anyway, this has a crapload of plugins. DO NOT install all of them, Apo goes frickin nuts with errors. But it has bi-polar in there. Take bi-polar and move it over to your plugin folder and restart Apo. I used bi-polar and had a ball! I’m glad I could keep ya out of mischief! :)

    – Jaclyn Hughes

  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesover 3 years ago

    Obviously, mine looks nothing like the final product from the tutorial. Here is another tip my dear Carolyn… although they are telling you to type this # for cylinder, if you were to zoom in and see what numbers they are using, they are using 0.55 for cylinder and 2 for pre-blur. I think I used 0.8 for elliptic and I had linear in the equation too. One of the things I was a lil frustrated with was that the shape kinda fades away as it moves out towards the left & right sides. And you have to adjust your colors transformation to get a decent style of coloring too. Which when you start off, try and pick something with multiple colors and lay off the dark ones. Once you have the shape you want, then pick your gradient.

    Wish you lots of luck Carolyn, if you still need help I can find a way to walk you through it. I had to read it a few times to fully understand what was being asked of me.

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 3 years ago

    another play with the fxform:

  • sweet!

    – Jaclyn Hughes

  • viennablue
    viennablueover 3 years ago

    thanks Jackie for the tip on the apopshack plugin pack, will go in search of it, I am not very good at finding my way around deviant, things seem over complicated, maybe just me! v

  • Yes it is quite a pain to find good stuff there sometime… which is why I download & save! lol

    – Jaclyn Hughes