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Fractals - GIMP Tutorial

Updated on September 14, 2014
Fractal Art Created using GIMP by
Fractal Art Created using GIMP by | Source

Fractals You Can Make Using GIMP

Learn how to make fractal art using GIMP! Making your own Fractal Art with GIMP is fun and easy to learn. You can make your own fractals

You can make Fractals with GIMP. This tutorial shows you step by step. Make your own gifts with your original Fractal Art!

Why buy or create fractals?

Fractal designs are fascinating and inspirational. They spark the imagination, instill heightened mood and offer conversational inspiration. Find designs you love and use them in your decor, as gifts for friends, and dozens of other applications. Make your own or purchase from this gallery.

  • Visual Interest
  • Inspiration
  • Conversation
  • Spark Good Moods

Fractals are a fun and abstract mathematical art. They can be used for fun or to create gifts, cards, or designs for shirts, tattoos, or crafting.

Fractal Art Created using GIMP by
Fractal Art Created using GIMP by | Source

Finding The GIMP Fractal Explorer

Follow this tutorial to find the GIMP Fractal Explorer. Then go to the next section on this page to use it.


  • Open GIMP
  • Click on "File"
  • Select "New"

Adjust the Width and Height to 500 Pixels

  • Click on the "ok" button
  • Locate and click on the "filter" tab of the new blank image.

Scroll down to "render" and watch the submenu open.

  • Select "Fractal Explore" from the "render" submenu.

Share your zazzle link ( please spell it out - embedding hyperlinks in comments has been disabled). When we update the zazzle gallery we want to promote YOUR design!

Unique Iron On Heat Transfers - Fractal Crafts

Fractals Cross Stitch Vol. 2
Fractals Cross Stitch Vol. 2

If you love to cross stitch you will enjoy this DVD-ROM It has printable fractals you can use to create your crafts.

You will need to have a printer and iron on transfer paper. The instructions are included in the DVD-ROM fractal design collection. Be sure to follow ironing instructions included with the transfer paper you use.


Using The Fractal Explorer Tool in GIMP

There are three steps in the Fractal Explorer Tool.

All three of the steps within the Fractal Explorer Tools are very forgiving. So...Have Fun.

  • Select the Parameters
  • Experiment! Change the slider settings,
  • click on the "fractal type" options.
  • Watch the preview change with every settings adjustment.

Click the "reset" button to return to the original settings.

  • When you find something you like, then go to the next tab in the explorer "color"

Take your time and choose a variety of color options. Several areas in the color section render a variety of results.

  • When you have a design you like, click on the "ok" button.
  • Be sure to click on "file" again and locate "save as," then
  • put your image in a file where you can find it later and name your image.

Make a few designs and again I encourage you to have fun, experiment with the settings, and gradually allow your results to evolve.

Favorite Fractals?

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    @fibonacci1123: Hello fibonacci1123, The Gimp Fractal filter is an automated fractal producing tool within the GIMP program. The results are varied by using other tools in conjunction with that one. For example: The colors you begin with, the light and shadow tool you use afterwards, or other embellishing filters and effects.

    Each of the videos provides an element or a group of elements you can use. The fun part is to 'play' with all the effects. Saving your work often (with different names, such as 'blue1, blue2, blue3, etc. so you can see all of the effects possible).

    What people usually share are the few that look the best.

    Keep playing! The process of practice will give you enjoyment as well as eventual amazing results you will want to share!

    Thanks for dropping by!

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    fibonacci1123 3 years ago

    I tried messing with fractals on Gimp, nothing good turned out. :( I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong or how to do what other do. I've watched every video on Youtube....

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    opatoday 5 years ago

    Great Lens thanks for sharing

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @JeffGilbert: Hi Jeff, Thanks!

    I'm always amazed how much I continue to learn on GIMP and I have been using it exclusively for eight+ years almost everyday. I started posted lenses about it so I would have easy to find tutorials... I had no idea at the time how helpful they would become to other people.

    Always awesome to have visits and feedback.

    Thanks again for dropping by,


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    JeffGilbert 5 years ago

    Great works of art. an on Gimp no less. Who knew that Gimp could do fractals. Well, thanks for the heads up. :)

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    norma-holt 5 years ago

    Great ideas and fascinating information. Blessed and have a wonderful holiday season and extra special 2013

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    Deadicated LM 5 years ago

    Cool Lens, I saw a great NOVA on PBS about Benoît B Mandelbrot.

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    gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

    I use Gimp instead of photoshop for regular artwork. This is really beautiful work, I had no idea this could be accomplished using gimp. See you around the galaxy...

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    These are wonderful. I'll have to see about making something blue with it.

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    Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

    Fractals are soooo cool! And I love GIMP too. It is great tool:)

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    grannysage 6 years ago

    Yes! I just downloaded GIMP and I want to learn how to make fractals. Bookmarking this for the instructions and the beautiful designs.

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    Doreen Katzaman 6 years ago

    I really enjoy creating fractals and digital art designs. Very informative and beautiful lens.

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    IngridA1 6 years ago

    I've got gimp and I love it, I just haven't played with the fractal button yet. Sounds like fun and I love your article!!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    My goodness this is a beautiful and very enjoyable fractal art lens.

    I love it, blessed! :)

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    mockingbird999 6 years ago

    Really enjoyed looking at all the fractals pictures.

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    Patricia 6 years ago

    Great tutorial Deborah! Love it! Blessed!

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    Deb Bryan 6 years ago from Chico California

    Thank you EVERYONE! Your comments are so encouraging and I am delighted you are finding the GIMP Tutorials helpful. Thanks so much for letting me know.

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    Deb Bryan 6 years ago from Chico California

    @termit_bronx: Thank you! I enjoy using GIMP and sharing what I learn to do with it.

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    termit_bronx 6 years ago

    You did an amazing job, great tutorial!

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    kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

    Very cool...the recent PBS program on Mandelbrot got me interested in fractals!

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    Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

    I keep reading about gimp, this convinced me to give it a try. I have tried a couple of online make your own fractals but I did not like the way it worked. Thanks for sharing this in your lens.

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    Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

    and another one added to my ever growing collection of your tutorials! these are awesome

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    CCGAL 6 years ago

    I am soooo gonna learn GIMP with your lessons! Thanks so much - and I really enjoyed seeing all those great images, too.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Love fractals. Love the lens!

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    sorana lm 6 years ago

    Fractals are so amasing. Great lens.

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    Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

    Cool lens - I have Gimp so I'll definitely be giving the Fractal tool a try!

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    Norbert Isles 7 years ago from Philippines

    I'm very much interested in leading edge knowledge, been reading about them in the past. Your lens is drawing me back and would like to see more. I'll be following . . .

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    Joan4 7 years ago

    I like the idea of the fractal cross stitch. Wish I could still do that! Bet that would be fun to see develop!

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    Deb Bryan 7 years ago from Chico California

    This lens cooperative is going to move. bookmark the lenses, the URL for them will not change.

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    Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    I had a look at all of the fractals. My very favorite is the elephant on the ball. I think that is amazing!!!! 5*s for this lens for sure!

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    James-Falconer 8 years ago

    Nice lens . . . I particularly like the deep zoom video!

    See my Fractal Lens, NEW today!!Beautiful Fractals