For fun, I’m going to brazenly steal from another A to Z blogger, BuddhaKat, and post some of the fractals I’ve made over the years. Fractals are mathematical constructs, but there is software available that lets the user create visual fractal patterns without necessarily knowing anything about the math.

For the following fractals I used the program Ultra Fractal, and did some post-processing in Photoshop or ACDSee to crop and resize the original fractal images. Click on the images for larger sizes.

Just for fun, here’s a Photoshop manipulation of the last fractal.

A bunch of fractal generation software is listed on FractalArts.com. Though Ultra Fractal is not free, it does offer a free trial. A couple of other free programs out there are Apophysis and Fractal Explorer. If you’ve already created some of your own fractals, I’d love to see them!

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I am honored and pleased and flattered that you randomly chose fractals for your “F” post!! Not only are they contagious, they are addictive!!

These are very nice, Random. Though I own UltraFractal, I’m afraid I have yet to plumb its depths to see what glories I can bring to life from it! A very few of my posted works are UF. I like these a lot and love the manipulated one too!! I am not a purist and believe 100% in the value of manips!!

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Thank you!

There does seem to be a learning curve for each piece of software. One cool thing with UF is the ability to layer fractals on top of each other and blend them in different ways. (It’s a bit like layers in Photoshop.)

I’m not a purist either, as you can tell! (Impurists of the world unite!)

Those are some great graphics. I had a friend at work explain fractals to me a while back, but I have not played around with creating anything.

Thanks!

I’ve seen explanations of fractals, but I sure don’t claim to understand them.

Your fractals are so pretty! I didn’t know such a thing existed. I can’t imagine I will ever make any of my own as I have an extreme aversion to math but i sure like looking at the ones you have made.

Thank you, I’m glad you liked them!

I’m pretty sure you don’t need to know (or be on friendly terms with) math to use a lot of the fractal software out there. The math is behind the scenes if you want it to be.

These are really cool! Thanks for sharing.

Thank you! I did hesitate to share them. I think they’re kinda cool, but nothing special when compared to what some people have done with fractals.

Woah, hold on there for a second. There is software out there that does this? They look amazing!

Yes there IS software out there — some of it even free!

(And thanks for the comment!)

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