Ye of slow internet connection, STAY CLEAR. Thar be Pictures here.

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  1. ryodoan

    ryodoan Resident Bum

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    Well, to start this off I suppose I should mention that all my artistic skill could fit into about a thimble an while I did "create" the following images it was ridiculously easy and required me only to twiddle some numbers until something that struck me popped out.

    I was wondering around the internet yesterday when I fell accross an open source program called Apophysis http://www.apophysis.org/ (if you download it, download the beta build). It is a fractal image generator (fractal images are images created via a mathematical mapping of points)

    Some other images that other users have created blow mine out of the water. The real reason I was so interested in it is I recently went from a dual monitor (1280x1024 - 1600x1200) to tri-monitor (1600x1200 - 1680x1050 - 1280x1024) and could not find any wallpapers that would fit that. So hence, the small thin images you see are actually 4560x1200, but when resized down to 800x### get really thin.

    The rendering times vary widely, some of them only took around 10 minutes to generate, others took over 10 hours.


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  2. crazychicken

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    wish you resized them to 1680x1050 ;)
     
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  4. ryodoan

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    If anybody wants any of the above at a specific resolution, I will see what I can do about it.
     
  5. MacNetron

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    well, a 1600x1200 picture of apophysis08022148tr4.png (9th picture, the white/orange one) would be nice, as the current 800x600 looks just a bit... bitmapped when I stretch it on my background. :cool1:
     
  6. ryodoan

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    Sorry for the delayed response but your post was lost in the forum confusion. I will get on it, just need to figure out which computer I had rendering it, heh.
     
  7. ryodoan

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    Ok, here is the link to the 1600x1200 of that picture: (see later post)

    its a .png with a transparent background. If you have photoshop / gimp you can easily change the background color. Windows display settings for "Desktop" defaults to a black background if that is what you want.
     
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  8. Baysin

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    What? You couldn't find any wallpapers that fit that configuration? I find that shockingly hard to believe.... everyone's got three monitors with those resolutions! :p

    Seriously, though, that looks like a pretty neat program to play around with. I may just have to try it out myself.
     
  9. ryodoan

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    #3 up there is my favorite I think. I think it looks like a galaxy tearing itself apart, but someone else I know said it looked like an inkblot... heh
     
  10. MacNetron

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    I'm getting a 'Page not found' on that link :blush:
     
  11. ryodoan

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    Well crap. It seems something went fubar when I started working on my website again. I will see whats going on.

    *update* yeah, when I uninstalled the previous website software it wiped out the image directory. This link should work: http://www.lanslidegaming.com/images/Apophysis-080221-48.2.png

    Ok, strange thing, for some reason when I put it in my main /images directory on my main website, it craps out still, but I put it in my secondary websites directory and we are good.
     
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  12. ryodoan

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    Harharrr ryodoan, o mighty pirate! It's the right swirling stuff, but the background is white! Harrr! You think you can color it like black?

    (Saw some docu yesterday on Black Sam Bellamy, mighty pirate... sorry... Harrr!)
     
  14. ryodoan

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    All the images are png's with transparent backgrounds, aka only the lines are colored, everything else is transparent.

    If you set it as your windows background Windows Automatically fills in all transparent spaces with black.

    Alternatively you could open it in photoshop / gimp and do the following:
    1. Make the opened layer so its not "Background"
      1. There has got to be an easier way, but the way I do it is "Dupicate Layer" then delete the background layer.
    2. Create a 2nd transparent layer and put it under the Apophysis image.
    3. Color the 2nd transparent layer any color you want.
    4. Save it as a bmp.
    5. Set bmp as your background image.
     
  15. poopster101

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    Here are some that I made at a 1400 by 1056
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  16. MacNetron

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    ^^ nice! Will try these ones too in future!

    Thnx, GIMPing worked better than putting the background to black and hoping Win will fill through the transparency. Think that win doesn't like png.
     
  17. Vigilante212

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    Very cool program ill have to post some i made later
     
  18. HeaH

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    Haha :p Sometimes people don't see the same things in that kind of pictures
     
  19. ryodoan

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    I have actually been playing around with this program a bit more lately. I will need to post some of the images I have made.

    Oh, any links that were going to my personal website are probably borked (I switched hosts around August of 2008).

    I tend to make rather large images (3200x1200 for a dual monitor background).

    I also poked around a bit and found a very early Alpha of a program that lets you use an Nvidia 8000+ graphics card to render the image. It is a really, really buggy program right now though. However, I have noticed some pretty amazing things. For one, images that take my CPU (AMD X2 @3.12 Ghz) 7+ hours to render take only about 15 minutes when done on my GPU (Nvidia 9800 GT). But the problems are pretty big, if you try to render an image that takes up more memory than your video card has, either your computer crashes or the display starts to glitch wildly, and getting it to actually render something is kinda touch-and-go.
     
  20. ProfFiendish

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    Hm, right now your flames are looking very random and the transforms are easily visible. I'd suggest using the transform window to manually create flames from scratch so that you really understand how the transforms affect the iterations and the final image.

    Apophysis is great, but you have to spend a lot of time to get it looking good.