Creating Simple Fractals - Page 2
       by Martin aka mDJ | 13 December 2005

In the previous page, you setup your stage and got started with creating fractals. In this page you will actually get to see some cool fractals. Let's continue from where we left off:

  1. After Step vi, press Ctrl + t (transform):

  1. This should create a box around your path. Change the size too 101% of the path and make the rotate 1 on the transform toolbar at the top. Click, ‘confirm’ (the checkmark on the right).

  1. You are almost done, but not yet! Find the ‘Paths’ window or go to Windows>Paths. You should see your path there. Click the ‘stroke path with brush’ button.

  1. Once you have done that, you should notice that your path has been stroked with a 1px brush stroke.
  2. If all is good, you can now click ‘Stop recording’ from the actions window.

  1. On the actions window, click ‘Fractal 1’ and then click play.
  2. If successful, the actions will play and they will transform and stroke your path.
  3. This is the fun part. Click ‘play’ a bunch of times and you will notice that a bunch of lines are being created. If you do this enough, you can create some dazzling fractals:

  1. This is what my outcome was after like a million clicks

  1. Once you are finished and love the outcome of your fractal, you can go ahead and delete the work path.
  2. This is my outcome after duplicating the fractal (same as what you saw in the previous page) and rotating it:



Well, I hope you liked this tutorial. Here are some tips you can use to make your fractals look better.

  • Incorporate the filter, Blur, after you record the stroke action. This will make your lines look more like gradients and less “liney”.

  • Change the amount of percent of size or rotation you record while using the transform tool.

  • Make a ton of these things because they are so fun to do!

If you have any questions, feel free to post them on the forums.

Martin (mDJ)


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