Apophysis for Beginners - Part 1 --Link
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This tutorial will walk you through some of the basics of the Open Source fractal software, http://www.apophysis.org/ . This is designed especially for beginners. A lot of new Apophysis users ask me to help them configure their settings and options within the program and in the past I have helped walk them through things like applying scripts and creating batch renders. I will write many more tutorials explaining some of the program’s ins-and-outs, my favorite variations and how to get particular results.

This is Part 1, in which we’ll discuss basic commands, shortcuts and the Translation Editor tool found in Apophysis. It might help for you to have the program open while you read this tutorial for reference sake, but I should warn you now that you will not be able to achieve the same exact results. Don’t think of it as a 1, 2, 3 step process to making a fractal flame, but use this more as a guide to help you learn about the programs many features.

When creating fractal imagery, I usually start out with a plan in mind, but I rarely end up with exactly what I envisioned, if ever. That’s why the whole process is called “fractal exploration”. We can give the computer some basic instructions, which help to determine the structure of a fractal flame, but I believe Patrick Gosch, (aka Hallucinaut) said it best by saying, “I don’t think anyone knows the full potential of Apophysis.” It is, indeed, a powerful program with many avenues to explore. It’s important to understand that even thought we would like to be complete control of the outcome, mistakes and accidents are often a welcome surprise. Always endeavor to try new ideas! When it comes to fractal exploration, there aren’t any rules! Pull triangles, change variables, add scripts, heck, add multiple scripts! The point is to find something unique, something beautiful. The possibilities are endless. Keep in mind that you can always undo what you’ve done if you don’t like it.

Ready? Let’s begin by learning some keyboard shortcuts.


Basic Commands:

Ctrl+Z = Undo

Ctrl+Y = Redo

Ctrl+B = Create new batch

Ctrl+S = Save parameters

Shift+Ctrl+S = Save all parameters

Ctrl + P = Options window

Ctrl+O = Open Flame

Ctrl+C = Copy

Ctrl+A = Opens the Adjustment window

Ctrl+C = Copy

Ctrl+U = Copy as UPR

Ctrl+R = Opens Apo’s Internal Render window

Ctrl+X = Export Flame

Ctrl+E = Open script

Ctrl+D = Edit script

Ctrl+H = Stops the script from running

Ctrl+N = Randomize color values

F3 = Full Screen

F4 = Opens Transform Editor

F5 = Adjust

F6 = Opens Gradient window

F7 = Opens the Mutation window

F9 = Run script

F11 = Applies random variation

F12 = Reset location (to show entire flame)

F1 = HELP FILES (read them. Seriously.)

Alt+F4 = Exit

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