Graphic Design, Wallpapers

Fractal Wallpaper Goodness

Okay, so I love fractal art. I’ve loved it since I was in high school and I would look at the fractal art ticky-tack’d to the painted cement walls above the chalkboard. Back then it was an art I was not smart enough to pursue, but thanks to a lot of smart developers, we have access to generate as well as appreciate this kind of image.

I generated this today using EscapeMotion’s Flame app and some photoshop-bokeh magic. :) It was so easy! They’re all wallpapers, so click for the large widescreen versions.


Here are three more, just Flame generated:

Flame_20100311-001342 Flame_20100311-001518 Flame_20100311-002051

Man, this app is fun. I’m a sucker for abstract wallpapers so this was just the ticket since the output was widescreen friendly. There are two other apps worth mentioning that are not quite so easy to use but give you considerable control down to the equations involved; Apophysis and UltraFractal 5. Each is a desktop application, UF5 is unfortunately not free but the demo lets you work with almost all its features while Apophysis is free, open-source and has a massive community behind it. I love working in all three and have done so in the past and would recommend either for the beginner fractal artist.

Anyone else love math-related imagery?

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  • Reply Andrew Guyton March 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I was *really* into fractal art for a long while, and posted a lot to deviantART. I have a lot of prints of really high-res fractals that I created and rendered on my walls, too.

    I eventually found other hobbies after a while, most notably editing Wikipedia.

    • Reply Manic Mare March 19, 2010 at 11:31 am

      That’s pretty cool. Art that reflects natural order is always intriguing.

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  • Reply Wojtek January 29, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Really nice fractals. The Black and White you posted on DeviantArt is the most beautiful Julia Set I have ever seen. Are you able to produce that one in high resolution for printing on a wallpaper? I would be very interested in it.

    • Reply Sunira January 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Oh man, I don’t think I even have the computer I made that fractal on! It’s a very clean image. You’re welcome to try and put it through a jpg->vector converter and resize it. That may serve your needs?

      • Reply Wojtek January 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm

        Resizing this way you loose the property of a fractal – while increasing the size, more detailed elements should appear. This is possible only if you have the fractal specification written down in the software used for its generation. A pity you lost it, as it is was one of my favourites. Trying to find similar beauty can take ages :-(

        • Reply Sunira February 1, 2012 at 11:08 am

          I tried looking for it on the original pc, and I even had a dream I found it last night! But it was just a dream. Sorry man!

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