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Using Apophysis.
Tipps And Tricks, Part I

Number 1: Patience

Patience is the most important thing when using Apophysis. When doing
photomanipulation, drawing or other stuff, skills are the thing you need.
Not here: You need Patience. If you don't have patience, you shouldn't
use Apophysis. But you still can try other stuff: What about jumping
from high buildings, huh :D?
Most of the Apophysis-Stuff that is submitted to DAs FractalArt Category
is pure crap…most of it? 95% of it. At least.
I do about 100 fractals in Apophysis per Day, for pure Meditation – remem-
ber that this program is FUN. Guess what? I find a good fractal once a
week, sometimes no good stuff in 2 weeks. So what? I not angry about it,
and I don't start Apophysis and render the first thing I see.
If you want to get good in Apophysis, then search, search and search for
good flames. Create new flames every day and you'll start to get a feeling
for what is really good. Save the Parameters of the ones you really like.
When you've got 10 good ones, take the best and throw away the rest.
They're not worth it. Sounds brutal, but it's just the truth. With my method
you'll become an Apophysis God in half a year.

Rule Number 2: Preferences

*Window size: Keep your main window as small as possible (You should
of course still be able to have a good look on your flame). You'll be able
to browse through different flames at a very high speed and theres not the
danger of boring waiting times which will lead to the render of boring flames.

*Display quality: Go to "Options" -> "Display Quality" and enter a higher
value. Experiment with this. It will give you a better preview on your flame,
but might result in longer render times while browsing through flames.

*Scripts: This is very important. Use the scripts that come with Apophysis.
And download some other ones from the web. If you don't apply any scripts
to your flames, you will not be able to do a good flame. The "built-in", raw
flames are not really usable in most cases. Click "Scripts" -> "Open" to open
a script, then click "Scripts" -> "Run" to apply it.

Rule Number 3: Experimentation

It's important to know and use the features of the program to work with
it. It won't help you just to look through the random stuff that is automatically
popping up when you launch the prog.

*Gradients: Most so-called "Experts" will tell you that the gradients that come
with Apophysis are crap. Guess what? They are right. Go to *Apophysis
and download some new gradients or find some others with google. Try these
on your flames. You'll be surprised how brilliant a rather boring flame can look
with a good gradient on it.

*Mutation: Keep the Mutation window open when browsing new flames. USE it!
The greatest fractals I did came from the most unspectacular flames that were
mutated. Again: Patience is important. Do at least 10 mutations of every flame.
If you don't see a good mutation, click on the middle image to get some new
ones. If you feel the need to do more than 10 mutations per flame: GREAT.
You got it.

*Adjust: Experiment with this one. Zoom into your fractal. Change the
background. This can give you some great results, nothing is more boring than
these monochromatic flames on black. Don't know what I'm talking about? Click
Digital Art -> Fractal Art right here on DA. You'll see them everywhere.

*Editor: Well, at least from my point of view the editor was just made for the
illusion of having control over the fractal. It's important nonetheless. Use it for
your final adjustments when you've got a good flame. But make shure that you
don't make too strong changes here, it might destroy the flame you've worked
on. This is the only thing in Apophysis where skills are needed. If you don't feel
the need to use it: Fine. You can make great stuff without it.

Rule Number 4: Rendering

Use "Flame" -> "Render to Disk" to save your final image. The settings here
are important as they will effect the final picture. Render at least 1000 by XXX
Pixels, and please: Render to .png, not to .jpg. You can convert it later to upload
it to DA, but .png is losless while .jpg is compressed and will give you lower image
quality. Put the quality counter to at least 500. Some do 2000, but I think that’s a
bit too much and will use to long to render. If you need your work for a print, render
as large as possible.
Remember Rule No.1 while rendering your flame. A good render can easily take
10 hours. My tip is to leave on your PC and render the flame while you sleep.

Rule Numer 5: Post-Production

So you've rendered a boring flame and you think you can make it good with your
graphic prog? Forget it. Post production won't improve a bad fractal, but it can
sometimes polish a good one. Don't do anything on the image itself unless you
are really skilled with graphic works. In most cases you'll just destroy your work.
What you CAN do is playing around with colours, saturation, brightness etc. You
also might cutoff certain parts or resize the image to try to watch it from another
point of view. Adding a border will make the image look more sophisticated.
Postwork in general isn't making or really improving your image, it's finalizing it.

I hope this tutorial does help someone and is able to improve the quality of at least
0,1% of the works on DA. I basically just explained the way I work. Remember that
Apophysis is FREE, so you can just download it and start working with it, even
when you have never done anything like that before.

Remember that bad fractals done in Apophysis are just the result of a lack of patience.
That's the most important thing I'm trying to teach you.

By the way: If you like to see some of my own Apophysis-works you're invited to
take a look at my gallery. But I don't have many of them up here on DA. Why?
I just want to show the GOOD ones.

Favs & Comments appreciated.

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bamboo-water Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent! A diamond in the rough! And I am using it for JWildfire!
storkfmny Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Good tips!
rormnsa2gether Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really good thing.. to read all the above was such a pleasant time for me, thank you loads for sharing it with us

Keep it up
Salaam :peace:
caspiette Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Thanks this is food for thought not as complicated as it seems. So with keyboard ready I shall dive into the unknown world of fractals.
tyyke Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
thanks for this tutorial dude,i reallyhopei get better at this now :)
chaoticpixie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
i have been using apophysis since almost a yr now!! can play n be patient with it!! also can script a little but till now couldnt figured out hhow to make it a video how to put the flames frame by frame ? as in is dere some other software which i need also to make this in a video !!! pls i need some suggestions tell me pls how to make a video ? using apophysis so i can play around with it !!! would be great help !! i wait for ur answer !! :)
Holophite Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010   General Artist
This was helpful, thankyou.
Vocatus Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant - many thanks for this, just what I needed!
StrixCZ Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips, they're very useful. Gonna submit my first serious fractal soon :w00t:
fuadmijoel Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Patience !!!! o_O ... thx
GamerWorld14 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Great tutorial. I really like your tips! :D
slayer923 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Lol, don't ever get rid of this tutorial, it's really really good and useful. Thanks for sharing. =)
CPDT Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009
da-w4rd3n Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Very good Keep Doing what your doing.!
Digitransarte Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Thank you for this inspiring tutorial. I use, more or less, this approach; it is always about experimentation and fun; its an open window for the transcendent
coolcade283 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Thanks, I just got Apophysis and had no frickin idea how to use it. You helped a LOT.
blake-drake Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
nice tips
Vane- Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
For the very first time I added a tutorial to my :+fav: list.

Thank you for sharing these precious tips. :clap: I'm sure I'm going to reread them many times, because I downloaded Apophysis this week and I'm still lost, although I already love it. :love:
Jarede Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
this tutorial is fabulous - it answers so many questions - ones i didn't even know to ask - thank you so much!!

if a script doesn't work - and the error message says it doesn't recognize a word or letters - is it a script not written for that version of apho?

i use 2.02
Ben9190 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks alot, how do you get your factul transparent? of when your done deos it become transparent?

o and faved
aeronaught Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Thanks a lot for the tips :D I haven't uploaded any fractals for a few of the reasons stated above, but soon...thanks again.
Rybcza Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Student Interface Designer
How do I download this? the download button is.. well not there =/
Jenna-Rose Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been doing Apophysis for about a year now, but I still haven't figured out something: What happens when you want to make your fractal big (like 3000x3000 or more; for the dA calendar print) and you run out of memory? I still can't get that to work.

Anyway, very nice tut. I wish I would have found it when I first got Apo.
Leyr Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
Out of all the tutorials I've ever read, this HAS to be the most useful. Most of the tuts tell you how to make a certain effect, but this is teaching the attitude you need to make a good fractal rather than just telling you how to do it. NICE WORK!
TrippingUpStairs Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I'd have to say, since i got Apophysis, i have made about 200 fractals, only my favorites are put up as well.

But anyways, very imformative. Thanks :D

NebNosam Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I see that this has been here for a while, but I'd like to comment.

I disagree strongly with your approach, I think it's too haphazard. It is possible to come across a good fractal purely by chance and scripting, but always using that approach would be like trying to do your taxes by rolling dice, and checking each guess. You'll get the right numbers every once in a while, but you are completely ignoring the principles behind the action and wasting a lot of time.

Apophysis is complex, but it is fairly easy to compose good-looking flames from scratch. A little know-how in arranging transformations goes a long way, without ever touching the mutation menu or using random flames.
NebNosam Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist

Keep in mind that whether or not a flame or gradient "looks good" is entirely a matter of design, and the aesthetic of the viewer. The random gradients that come in Apophysis are easy to use, and work well with a small amount of editing.

A good place to start is by choosing a gradient that looks neat, and then simplifying your palette with some blur. Wide, gradually changing bands can make for more pleasing color, and tend to work better than having many competing color bands in a single flame.
the-panpiper Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much... I just Downloaded Apophysis and I am very much troubled on how to use it. Patience is a true virtue needed.Thanks for telling us that
esintu Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good advice for beginners.. I must disagree with you on the editor window part, but other than that, seeing this would've earned me 1-2 months when I first downloaded Apophysis :giggle:
kellock Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Professional Filmographer
thank you =D
bee-nana Featured By Owner May 25, 2007   Photographer
Great advice for beginners...I've just started playing with Apo and I'm having a lot of fun with it. I agree with you that it takes patience, just like most other art forms...sometimes we get lucky and get something spectacular right off the bat, but most great pieces are the result of a lot of time & work.

Thanks for posting this! :)
Maruli786 Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Student
nice apophysis...!!!amazing :)
catzArt Featured By Owner May 6, 2007
wow.. i thought you use photoshop. what?apophysis?? ok. i'm putting this into favourite till i got time to learn then i download.but looks nice
MortalSphere Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You have some pretty solid advice here.
pasteklord Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
Hey nice tutorial, I agree with you except for post-processing, what I started doying with apo is to render a bunch of randow flame and after I delete the black background and composite the flames I have, layering them looks pretty Nice.
I'll some new gradient and try scripting, your fractals look better than mine, so you should be right!!

Ravenfire711 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Good tutorial overall. I disagree with you on scripts and mutations though. Particularly this comment...

"If you don't apply any scripts to your flames, you will not be able to do a good flame."

I feel that it's more important to learn the transform editor and leave the scripts, mutations, etc alone. Learning how to manipulate the transforms, what each variation does and how to apply the correct colors to each transform will, in my opinion, give the best results.
ItsmyMagicWorld Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
Thank goodness someone has a tutorial..very informative.....
ashmaster100 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
um how do i get this tut. how do i download it?
Ventriliquist Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007
Thanks :D
LordFreeza Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Check out my page here... I have a few already in my gallery.
faith-redeemed Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
gr8 tut... simple and give a good start for beginners like me..thx... :dygel:
ekbworldwide Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006
I couldn't download it - the download button is "missing" - I'm in firefox - is that why? DA - um - bug?
psion005 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on a very well written tutorial...but i must disagree with u on the script section... "If you don't apply any scripts
to your flames, you will not be able to do a good flame" :no:..... i advise paople not to use them as it tends to leave them with very unoriginal art :peace:

Raventhird Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2006  Professional Photographer
You're correct in any case: You need to use the editor afterwards... but I definitely preffer aplying a script and then editing the image... don't know, that's just the way I work.

This tutorial needs to be updated with a new version for more advanced users, of course. It was written more than a year ago and I learned a lot of new stuff since then...
FractalEuphoria Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It depends on how you use the script...if you only use script and then mutation,you haven't really created anything by yourself...if you use script and editor,you have created something almost completely on your own...I used script and mutation in the beginning,then script and editor and now I prefer only editor and variations:)
FractalEuphoria Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much for making this tutorial!before I found it I was just messing around in Apophysis,trying desperatly to create something that was at least a little bit pretty,but without any success...
Then I read this one,followed most of your rules,and suddenly my fractals were pretty!:D
I also realised that you were right about black backgrounds,they are seriously boring! I hardly ever use black anymore...
Your tutorial has really helped me a lot,thank you so much!!!:hug:
broadways-dark Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2006   Digital Artist
when i go to, hte onl downloads are the downloads of the actual software.....where can i get better grandients and scripts?
Raventhird Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Professional Photographer
Go to *Apophysis and look for "resources" ;).
KelseyTroberg Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006  Professional Photographer
I'm not sure what a "render" is exactly... could you explain it?
swans4me Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
I just got here from the wiki. That was a great idea. Thanks so much for posting and what a great tut. The one thing I need to learn is patience, patience, patience.
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