Pixalo Photography Community

Go Back   Pixalo Photography Community > Photography Tutorials, Links and Guides > Tutorials and Guides

Tutorials and Guides: Discuss Fractals Tutorial...Fractals Tutorial In this tutorial assumptions are made that you know how to use the Gradient Tool and how to ...
Welcome to the Pixalo Photography Community. As a Guest you are free to browse the site, but see what extras you get as a Member here.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-02-2014, 13:23   #1 (permalink)
Forum Regular
 
john crossley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Gods Own Country
Posts: 1,348
john crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura aboutjohn crossley has a spectacular aura about

No Image editing
User's Gallery
Fractals Tutorial

Fractals Tutorial

In this tutorial assumptions are made that you know how to use the Gradient Tool and how to set the colour stops for the gradient. Also, that you know how to adjust the settings in the Blending Options panel, and that you know how to use the Layers Palette.

Open Adobe Photoshop CS4 (other photo-editing software is available).

1. From the menu bar select File > New, set the width and height to 1800 x 1200 pixels and press OK.

The next stage is to create a graduated background, but I actually do this last so that I can align the gradient with the finished Fractal.

Creating the Radial Gradient Background

2. Select the Gradient Tool and then in the options bar select Radial Gradient.
3. Click on the Edit Gradient bar, and then double click on the left-hand colour stop to set the light colour, and click OK, then repeat with the right hand colour stop to set the dark colour.
4. Then click and drag on the background to produce a gradient.

Creating the Fractal

5. Open the Layers Palette and click on Create New Layer at the bottom of the palette
6. From the Tools Bar select the Ellipse Tool (U) and then press and hold SHIFT and drag to create a circle in the centre of the canvas. The circle needs to be about 80 pixels in diameter. (You can set the diameter from the drop-down menu in the options bar.)
7. Select Blending Options from the from the Layers Palette drop down menu (top right of the Layers Palette). We are going to add a Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, Contour, Texture and Gradient Overlay. Adjust the settings of each as required. (You will have to experiment to find out what works best for yourself).
8. When the adjustments have been made click OK.
9. Select the Move Tool and then press OPTION and drag the circle to copy and reposition it.
10. Press COMMAND+T to transform the copied circle.
11. Press and hold SHIFT and drag one of the corners to make the circle smaller (holding down SHIFT keeps the circle round).
12. Once resized, reposition by dragging to the required position. Press ENTER.
13. Press OPTION and drag on the smaller circle to copy and reposition it. Repeat this operation twice more and you should end up with a large circle with three smaller circles around it.
14. In the Layers Palette select the four adjustment layers you have just created and drag them down onto the Create a New Group icon (the one that looks like a folder).
15. In the layers palette you should now have a “Background Layer”, and above that a folder called “Group 1”.
16. Drag the “Group 1” folder down onto the Create New Layer icon to create a copy. This will be named “Group 1 Copy”
17. Make the “Group 1” folder invisible by clicking on the EYE icon, then select the “Group 1 Copy” folder and press COMMAND+E to merge the layers. The folder should now change to a single layer.
18. Press COMMAND+OPTION+T, then drag and resize the image. Press ENTER, to apply the changes.
19. By pressing COMMAND+U, you will be able to edit the Hue and Saturation of the copied layer.
20. Again make a couple of copies of the new layer and place around the central image, rotating, re-sizing and re-aligning as necessary.
21. Then select all the layers in the layer palette and drag down onto the Create a New Group icon. This will now be “Group 2”. Duplicate “Group 2”, and then deselect the eye icon to make “Group 2” invisible. Select “Group 2 Copy”, and press COMMAND+E to merge the layers.
22. Press COMMAND+OPTION+T, then drag and resize the layer, as well as rotating the layer. Now click on the centre point of the selected layer (that is the little circle in the centre of the bounding box) and drag towards the edge of the background, and then press ENTER. (The distance and direction you drag in will effect what happens next).
23. Press COMMAND+SHIFT+OPTION+T, and repeatedly hit the T key. The selected layer will duplicate itself and move across the image, getting smaller and rotating at the same time. You might have to do this 40-50 times. Stop when you’re happy with the result, and press ENTER.
24. Then it’s back to the layers palette to select all the layers you have just created. Drag them down onto the Create a New Group icon. This will now be “Group 3”. Duplicate “Group 3”, and then deselect the eye icon to make “Group 3” invisible. Select “Group 3 Copy”, and press COMMAND+E to merge the layers.
25. Just keep repeating steps 18 to 24 until you have got an image that you are satisfied with.

The reason I save all the layers in groups is so that I can go back to them a later date and re-edit them if necessary.
__________________
Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
john crossley is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2014, 09:58   #2 (permalink)
Pixalo Crew
 
grease spot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Westmalle, Belgium
Posts: 3,336
grease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of light
grease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of lightgrease spot is a glorious beacon of light

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Fractals Tutorial

Interesting tutorial, John .

Seems quite laborious, but probably quicker than cooking up some formula to do the same. If you were unaware of the repetitive nature of fractals at the outset, you might look at this process as being quite complex. Did you do this out of an interest in fractals or did something trigger your curiosity?
grease spot is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2014, 15:58   #3 (permalink)
Loves the place
 
Boofers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: 40 miles south of St. Louis
Posts: 6,668
Boofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the roughBoofers is a jewel in the rough

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Fractals Tutorial

Thanks John, sounds very relaxing to me. An exercise in enjoyment. My old fractal maker was a plug-in and you could change a little bit but mostly let it run until you hit stop. Any thing to be involved is a good thing, thank you.
Boofers is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 12-02-2014, 00:50   #4 (permalink)
Growing roots
 
simpbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 11,128
simpbow is just really nice
simpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nice

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Fractals Tutorial

Never tried it but must give ago, cheers john
simpbow is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
onOne release Genuine Fractals 6 dabhand16 News 0 09-12-2008 01:01
onOne Genuine Fractals 6 dabhand16 News 2 26-10-2008 20:19
New Tutorial j sotelo General Chat 0 09-06-2008 09:26
Genuine Fractals Pro Chilliman General photography questions and answers 5 09-05-2008 15:25
DxO Optics Pro & Genuine Fractals offer Steve News 0 30-03-2007 08:17


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 18:47.


vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
ReviewPost & PhotoPost vB3 Enhanced, Copyright 2003-2014 All Enthusiast, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.0
Copyright © 2006 - 2017 Pixalo.com

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197