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How to make Fractals

Updated on July 22, 2012

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.

Fractal flight

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.

Anyone can comment, but please give me a day to approve your comment. :-)

I am a fractalaholic - confess your addiction - or just say hi

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      cstr 3 years ago

      @fibonacci1123: Hi, I am sorry but my knowledge of Mac's is close to zero. Keep searching or maybe you can ask the author of the program, you have found?

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      fibonacci1123 3 years ago

      I love fractals but I'm struggling to find a mac program or software to create these on, and how to use them. I found gnofract 4d, downloaded it but I don't know how to use it or even open it!

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      Thanks for all those links to fractal programs! Unfortunately, many of your images are missing. I will return and see if I can see them at a later date.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the inspiration..on..on..on..on..on

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      JenaleeMortensen 4 years ago

      I really enjoy creating fractals. They are so beautiful

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks for this knowlecge --- my brain is tantalized and I feel an addiction coming on

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Nice lens on fractals, good information.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Wooowwww..great lens...

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      They do make great and exciting patterns, thanks for the links

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really helpful suggestions, thanks !

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      ex-teacher 5 years ago

      cool design! I like it..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Carsten,

      Really love these fractals. xxx

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Very Cool Lens, I love Computer Graphics and all types of Art; thank for all the Good Information.

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      TriciaLymeMom 5 years ago

      beautiful images :)

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      tammy7788 5 years ago

      This blog post is excellent probably because of how well the subject was developed. I like some of the comments too though I would prefer we all stay on the suject in order add value to the subject! Phil Wane

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      cstr 5 years ago

      @xzendor7: Thanks, Xzendor7, I have added links to the four(!) great looking fractal generators you mentioned. It is very appreciated.

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      xzendor7 5 years ago

      Another Program You Can Add To Your List Is Fractron 9000 Also Available For Free At Sourceforge.net. It's A GPU Based Fractal Generator That Uses OpenGL/OpenCL And CUDA To Generate Fractals In Near Real Time.

      Since It's Still In Beta It Doesn't Have All The Function Support And Bells And Whistles Like Apophysis But You Can Do A Lot With It; Virtually All OF Fractal Art Compositions Are Done With This Fractal Art Application.

      For Those That Are Interested In 3D Fractal Generation They Should Also Look At Incendia And Mandelbulb 3D; Both Which Are Free.

      Another Top Notch Fractal Generator Is UltraFractal I've Seen Fractal Artist Create Some Amazing Things With This Application.

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      Fractal art is fun to create--sometimes I just don't want to stop.

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      pillionsm 6 years ago

      Never knew how to do that....

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      reymarguia 6 years ago

      you can view some fractal images here article directory I think on their articles or post

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      gregoryolney lm 6 years ago

      This is a fascinating subject which has interested me for many years !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great stuff!! I like your lens, very informative and engaging; Iâm building a site Drinking how much is too much which is really useful for drinkers.

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      bbsoulful2 6 years ago

      Hey, great lens! I downloaded ChaosPro, and can't stop using it! I just can't figure out how to save the images except for screen capture and cropping -- not the best. Can you give me any tips?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Another fractal generator is the Fractal Science Kit. Check out the fractal gallery at http://www.fractalsciencekit.com/gallery/gallery.h... for more fractal images.

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      bhalotia 6 years ago

      Hi There,

      I like your lens on fractals. Really very informative. i am an animator and cg artist for many years now and use fractals in my cg programmes, to design motion templates and adobe after effects templates - they are no less beautiful - just take a look here at my creations-

      http://www.stockshopp.com/all-after-effects-templa...

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      pointer lm 6 years ago

      Wow! This lens is great! Youâve put lots of useful information about fractal images, thank you. I really would like to mention that you one of the images on the tie, that was awesome. Please visit my lens titled Download HD Movies and tell me what you think about it.

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      campbellsuzanne93 6 years ago

      I like this Fractal program. i am using it for 3 months and guess what, it's awesome

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      ttimothy84 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing a good info. article I hope to read

      many good texts on your part.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      See http://www.ladimolnar.com/Fractalia

      It's quite a cool way to quickly generate fractals.

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      CHalloran LM 6 years ago

      this lens was exactly what i was looking for! great source of information! thank you....

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      Jenn Dixon 6 years ago from PA

      Hooray for fantastic fractal art!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      yes, is correct

      it's addict

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      u no it Number One Squidoo fan god I don't know what I would do without squidoo, there would be no point in living if i wasn't an experienced fractal maker, thankyou cstr your like a god to me in my fan club.

      until fractals are no longer beautiful,

      -your buddy, froatsy floaty

      PS: Im having my yearly FFF {aka-froatsie fundamentals festival}OMG all my friends would be honored if you would come all my friends would be so jealous of me with you to stop the bullies from sexually harrasing me. LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-the froatsy floaty

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      the_nezter 6 years ago

      These are great, thanks for putting together the wonderful lens, I appreciate it!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Thanks for the info, I will try chaospro! See if I can do something cool!

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      cstr 6 years ago

      @anonymous: a good way to start is downloading on of the programs I mention.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      new to Fractal Where do I start with this? It is truly a calling for me now ~Are there programs I am really new so any help is appreciated Sites ,Artists,tools,programs etc ...

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      These fractals are wonderful.

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      johnplayers 7 years ago

      i like this educational,informative post.thanx for Fractals software,its change my life,really its a nice programe.

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      GeoffSteen 7 years ago

      I always wondered what a fractal was and now I know! I look forward to trying out ChaosPro. Thank you!

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      Doreen Katzaman 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. Lots of great information. I also enjoy creating fractals.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like this and am going to try it when I want to just enjoy doing something different.

      Thanks for sharing!!!

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      Very nice lens - squid liked!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sorry, should have asked a minute ago. Will Fractint, being a DOS program work on Windows 7? Will I have a hard time finding a way to make a shortcut on my desktop like the other program?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi, I downloaded Apophysis, but can't find it anywhere on my computer to make an icon on my desktop. I was able to capture it on my taskbar, but that's it. Any suggestions? I think I've tried everything.

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      strobo 7 years ago

      great article. Fractal images are beautiful.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      That is so incredibly beautiful! I love it and am working on a way to incorporate it into my tattoo art. If you can use these futuristic elements with nature art, it would work really well.

      Here is another software program: http://www.ultrafractal.com/ I plan on using it at my site for tree tattoo art or for various natural art designs depicting nature.

      Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I like to use Xaos (GNU/GPL license).

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      altamer 7 years ago

      Nice ones. Like them. Animated Video Backgrounds

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fractals look amazing; I hadn't seen this kind of work before. What a unique way to create art. The next step is to learn how to Sell Your Art and make a fortune from those fractals Carsten!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @enigma0430 lm: Me too. OMG!! I made my first fractal the other day. It was in the shape of A MULTICOLORED HALF MOON!!!!!!!! I can't believe it! FRACTAAAAAAALS!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I LOVE FRACTALS!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!F.F.F. (Fractal Fan Forever)

      You guys can see some of my own fractals at www.camzoom.com

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      enigma0430 lm 7 years ago

      I create fractals to relax. The other evening my hubby asked what I was doing and I told him and explained what a fractal is. He seemed amazed you could use computers and math to create beautiful art.

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      Sharon Weaver 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Love those fractals. I think these are amazing. Thanks for the lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Check this viewer out. Pretty fast for an online viewer. Can navigate both Mandelbrot & Julia, set the colors and some of the fractal set parameters.

      http://www.ladimolnar.com/Fractalia/

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Just learned a new word today - Fractals. I've seen tons of these images online but never really knew what these are called. Might try making my own fractal. Thanks for coming with this lens and for providing resources. 5*

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      Moondial 7 years ago

      I like your collection here. I was looking for a fractal programme that would do something in a larger scale than ChaosPro, I can't seem to change the image size for saving as a jpg, even after resizing it... Any ideas welcome ^_^

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      J_Edwards 7 years ago

      These are stunning! I always wanted to know how there were made. And your lens helped.

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      JenaleeMortensen 7 years ago

      Fractal art is fun to make and beautiful to look at. Thanks for making a lens about it and for sharing your fractal art.

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      Your "Fractals - the basics" is the best blurb I've read so far as to how these amazing things are formed. "The result is mapped to a colour, and so the images appear" this sentence is what I expected was happening in the inner workings of how the color relates to the equation, but I couldn't find anyone to confirm it until now. Thanks.

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      JamesOakley 7 years ago

      Anything to bring Fractals to a wider audience - nice lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      these fractals are cool.=)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like it... :) nice

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      James-Falconer 8 years ago

      Great Lens!! I look forward to trying out some of the free software you list . . . thanks!!

      See my Fractal Lens, NEW today!!Beautiful Fractals

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      Wow, this is great. This is first I have heard of fractals. I will have to try the software. Five stars and a favorite.

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      cstr 8 years ago

      [in reply to 0ctavias0fferings] A natural explanation can be that many fractal patterns are similar to patterns in nature, and possibly the Paisley patterns are inspired by nature? (I am not really an expert on Paisley patterns).

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      I am constantly amazed how similar to ancient weaving and embroidery some fractals are, particularly something like the Paisley pattern which was popular in Victorian times. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent Lens. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      http://home.att.net/~Paul.N.Lee/Fractal_Software.h...

      has links to fractal gen. software and links to tutorials also just wanted to share the info.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to smorg :)]

      yea soo.. temme how do i make fractals.. ne software .. for pro purpose bro!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i do admit. fractals are what i live for. i think about nothing else but fractals. it's a complete obsession. i think i do need help. gosh, i wonder what the world would be like without them. i can't believe i just wondered that. how crazy of me?!?!?!? please forgive me young guardian.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      andale! andale! = fractal! fractal!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Check out some of my latest fractals at:

      http://www.fractalsciencekit.com/tutorial/examples...

      Ross

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      okay, I admit it, I have an addiction to fractals.

      Does anybody have the number for Mandelbrotics Anonymous?

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      fractalcafe 9 years ago

      I confess, I too am a fractal fan.

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      Sherry Venegas 9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I have a kind of fractal obsession. It's called tea bag folding. Check out the lens by that name. I love the colors this computer art creates.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      cotulla

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      richgerman 9 years ago

      colorful and attractive lens... loved it...5* favored

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      Glenna Jones 9 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      I've got the fractal bug too. Once you begin making them, it gets addicting :0)

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      Earthgoddess 9 years ago

      Awesome lens!! I am addicted to making fractals!! 5 stars :)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice lens! 5 stars given! :)

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Great lens! I love fractals

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      texasshutterbug 9 years ago

      nice lens. I've always wondered how graphics like these were generated. Thanks for the links.