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.
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.
- 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.