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June 1, 2008


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I am looking for a good tutorial on how to make classic fern fractals.  I am wanting to replicate something like… or… or… with an ultimate goal of trying to add texture to the "stem" and "branches" like :iconclairejones: does with her Julian Rings tutorial (like… like to basically try to mix the two.  I can't seem to find any tutorials on how to make these ferns though.  Anyone have any ideas?

Ferns are such a great fractal form and easy to use as an example.  I was thinking about getting a great fractal like that and add the classic fractal formula for the Mandelbrot set (Z=Z^2+C) to it and have it printed on a T-shirt or hat or something.  I think it would peak people's curiosity and open up the topic of fractals.  If nothing else, it would make for some cool wallpaper. LOL
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AmorinaAshton Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008   Digital Artist
Did you try Cabintoms leaf script? :shrug: i got this soft leaf out of it if you remember [link] but never tried after that if it also makes fern shape. The link to the script is at my picture.
djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I didn't. I forgot he had one. LOL I'll check it out. I need to email him and make sure he's OK. He's been much too quiet lately.
zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
:ahoy:You probably know about this, but maybe it will help [link]
mistywisp Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
Is Liz Tomchek's Fern script any help to you?

{Fern/tree starter script
by Elizabeth Tomchek
Please note this script makes the exact
same flame over and over- tweaking is necessary
to make your flames unique!}
transform.a := 0.321412;
transform.b := 0.321412;
transform.c := -0.321412;
transform.d := 0.321412;
transform.e := 0.27088;
transform.f := -0.313205;
transform.a := 0.146502;
transform.b := -0.192551;
transform.c := -0.134312;
transform.d := 0.20745;
transform.e := -0.027088;
transform.f := 0.031489;
transform.a := 0;
transform.b := -1;
transform.c := -1;
transform.d := 0;
transform.e := 0.1;
transform.f := -0.1;
transform.symmetry := 1;
transform.weight := 1;
//end code
djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've played with it, but can't seem to get much variety or "softness" out of it. Nothing like the links I posted. I'm just clueless, I guess.
mistywisp Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
I'm sure it will come to you. :D
Isis44 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Im not sure if you're looking for a tutorial in Apophysis for creating ferns, but I have found a freeware program called Context Free Art [link] that can generate quite beautiful foliage [link] [link] .The site is clean and safe (McAfee Site Advisor) and quite interesting image wise . Regards, Catherine.
Rozrr Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I have a script somewhere that is supposed to do ferns. I will look it out for you when I get back from the post.

FracFx Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is what you're referring to as far as "classic" ferns, the "Barnsley Fern" at the bottom on this page. It's one of the first things I learned (even before julians,lol) and how I make angel wings, etc. like the ones in my avatar and main display pic. I'll see if I can find a decent flame example for you too as I was just going over some ancient flames and have those although no tutorials for it.
djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It *mentions* ferns, but the tutorial is for Serpinski’s Gasket. It doesn't show (at least in a way that I can comprehend) how to actually do ferns with Apophysis. :(
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