Fractals

Did you know that the word ‘Fractal’ was first used in 1975? By definition a Fractal is; ‘any of various extremely irregular curves or shapes for which any suitably chosen part is similar in shape to a given larger or smaller part when magnified or reduced to the same size’. “Fractal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fractal. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

If you look close enough you can see fractals occur everywhere, in a head of broccoli to the milky way, from the Mersey estuary to snow flakes and thanks to the wonders of Adobe Photoshop i can produce my own fractals in no time at all.

Snowflake Fractal

I stumbled upon a beautiful pattern on instagram and after a little research found hundreds more so beautiful and full of colour that it made me want to experiment myself.

Fractal or Twirl https://www.instagram.com/p/CBiIb7iDIYe/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Instructions.

  • Select a suitable image preferably with a dark edge
  • In Adobe Photoshop open the image and duplicate the layer, turn the original layer off
  • Turn new layer to a Smart layer
  • Choose Filters; Pixilate; Mezzotint. I use Medium lines but experiment with the various settings
  • Choose Filter; Blur; Radial Blur; Zoom; 100. Do this three times
  • Choose Filter; Distort; Twirl; 120
  • Copy smart layer by dragging it to create new layer
  • Double click Twirl on copy and move slider to -120
  • Change the blend mode, upper left of panel, to either darken, lighten or pin light
  • Shift Control Alt E to merge smart objects to layer 1
  • Choose Edit; Transform; Flip horizontal or vertical for mirror image, change the Blend mode to create the image
  • Import into Adobe Lightroom to edit

Now when i have spare time i am going back through my old photographs to find an image that will make the perfect Fractal and i am totally loving what is coming from those images.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s