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Examples of Fractals Achieved with Different Fractal Generators

Updated on December 1, 2013
The Ultra-Fractal program makes it easy to create fractal marble scenes.
The Ultra-Fractal program makes it easy to create fractal marble scenes. | Source

The Fractal Programs I Use

Sterling2 is a free program and I have found it to be the easiest to use.

Apophysis Another free program, probably the most popular fractal generator out there.

Ultra-Fractal A paid program. Hugely versatile, can be used to produce abstract flowers and shapes.

Incendia Free software that produces 3D images.

Mandelbulb3D Another free program that allows the exploration of 3D fractals

Fractal art truly depends on the computing power of computers. Almost all of it is created using different software programs. Many of these are free, and the ones that are sold are fairly reasonably priced, making them accessible to amateur digital artists.

Although an amazing array of images can be created using any of these programs, depending on the skill and preferences of the person using them, each generator produces different images. Somebody familiar with fractal art will probably be able to tell which program was used to produce an image.

Below are examples of the fractals that can be produced by several of the more popular software packages.

All images used here are my own, © aa lite.

Ultra-Fractal

It might seem that given the availability of so many free fractal generators, there would not be any demand for Ultra-Fractal, a program you actually have to buy. However UF is so versatile, and so easy to use, that many people do buy it.

The program comes loaded with a large number of formulas, as well as colouring algorithms, which allow the creation of complex abstract flowers. It also has a plethora of mapping transformations which allow the creation of marbles, eggs, and frames. All this makes it possible to create abstract art scenes which at first glance don't really appear to be fractal.


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Although made using mathematical formulas and fractal colouring methods, some Ultra Fractal images don't look all that mathematical at first glance.
Although made using mathematical formulas and fractal colouring methods, some Ultra Fractal images don't look all that mathematical at first glance.
Although made using mathematical formulas and fractal colouring methods, some Ultra Fractal images don't look all that mathematical at first glance. | Source

More Examples of UF Marbles

Sterling2

Sterling2 is not used very much anymore. It is, however, the easiest of the fractal generators I use. Creating fractals with it depends more on just trying out different combinations, rather than mastering different techniques.

In general Sterling2 fractals are less "dense" in appearance than those produced by other programs. The fractal generator does, however, give the user a lot of control over the colour palette of the image.

Examples of Sterling2 fractals

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or abstract leavesBut completely abstract patterns are more common when using the Sterling2 software.
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or abstract leaves
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But completely abstract patterns are more common when using the Sterling2 software.
But completely abstract patterns are more common when using the Sterling2 software. | Source

Apophysis

Apophysis is probably the most popular fractal generator used today. It can be used to create fractal flames, as well as complex space filling patterns.

There are a number of methods for producing specific types of images, based on combining two or three transformations that work well together. The different types are named after the base transformations, such as the splits-elliptics, or the sphericals fractal.

Transformations are symbolised by triangles in the fractal editor. The user assigns transformations, and possible variables to each triangle, and can then resize, rotate or move them around.

I have not found this program easy to use. It can be quite frustrating trying to generate sharp patterns using it.

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An example of the splits/elliptics style in apophysis"Sphericals" apophysis fractalA fractal flame produced in apoAnother Apo flame
An example of the splits/elliptics style in apophysis
An example of the splits/elliptics style in apophysis | Source
"Sphericals" apophysis fractal
"Sphericals" apophysis fractal | Source
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A fractal flame produced in apo
A fractal flame produced in apo | Source
Another Apo flame
Another Apo flame | Source

Some More of my Apophysis Fractals

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      Muttface 4 years ago from Portugal

      It's no waste of time, they're so beautiful.

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Thank you MJennifer and KrisL, a year ago I didn't know much about fractal generators either, but I started looking into it, and now I am hooked.

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      KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

      Nice work - tweeted both because it's good and also to bookmark for myself to explore carefully later.

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Very interesting, aa lite. I'm afraid I was woefully unfamiliar with fractals (or fractal generators). Thank you for the glimpse into a whole new world of creativity!

      Best -- MJ

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      Thanks very much joanveronica. I have to admit, I do waste a lot of time on fractals.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Lovely, as usual, I really enjoyed this. Still trying to get time to really start! It always comes down to "time is money" unfortunately. See you! and thanks for all this beauty.