- Arts and Design
How to make Fractals
Fractals are beautiful computer generated images
Make your own unique images for use as wallpaper on your computer desktop, as background art on web pages or simply to enjoy.
Fractals are drawn by your computer with a little help from advanced mathematics. The great thing is, you can easily create your own fractals without understanding math. Fractal images can be made by you self by the use of easy-to-use, free computer programs.
This easy guide helps you on your way to fractal heaven.
Fractals - the basics
calculating the image
Fractals are generated by calculating a complex mathematical formula. Each point is checked for how fast it goes to infinity. The result is mapped to a colour, and so the images appear.
The same formular can generate different images depending on the parameters used and the zoom level applied.
There are a lot of different formulas, all giving different, fantastic looking images.
Fractals are rooted in chaos theory, and because of their unpredictable (not really, but they look unpredictable) nature they are great for organic looking artwork and landscapes.
Make your own fractals
Fractal creation is a fun challenge for programmers. So several programs exist to make your own fractals.
See the link list below and try out the different programs. If you don't know where to start, try ChaosPro! It is free, easy to use, and generates many different types of fractals.
Watch this video zooming in on a fractal. New details and patterns appears as you get closer and closer.
Books on fractals - here is where you can lean even more about these amazing images
Fractals are based in mathematics. So there is of course many books on the subject. Some deal with the theoric background and others just explore the beauty of the images.
Useful links - find more information about fractals on the internet
These links are all about fractals, software and related websites.
- Fractal Art FAQ
The chapter with info and links on lots of fractal programs.
- Fractal on Wikipedia
More info on fractal mathematics from Wikipedia.
- Fractal wallpapers. Fractal fun. Lovely wallpapers. Abstract art.
Gallery of free fractal wallpapers.
- Squoogle Article Link Directory
Free, moderated link directory of articles on Squidoo and more...
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