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Splits / Elliptic : How to make those Fractals ?

This is a #Apophysis Tutorial to learn you how to make awesome fractals with Splits / Elliptic variations !
This tutorial is a collaboration between :iconfiery-fire: and :iconsatania:

We share our skill to make this awesome tutorial !
And we truly hope you will like it !

All feedback are welcome and appreciate !
And as usual don't hesitate to give us the result you've got with this tutorial, it will be a pleasure for us to put it just under those comments :D



As i can't add more than 6 thumbs i will now listed all awesome fractal made with this tutorials ! :#1:

Esplitx by ~zesk8
Into the Malboro *lucifer-ous
SE1 by *DeviantVicky
Butterfly Lantern by =platinummyr
Border Lockdown by *zweeZwyy
Heart by *Lupsiberg
Gates of Valhalla by =Liuanta
Hanging in the Armoury by *timemit
Where Worlds Collide by *timemit
Cantata by *zweeZwyy
Octapolyphonic by *zweeZwyy
Moonlight Scherzando by *zweeZwyy
Tail of the Tree by ~Avantgarda

All your result will be display here on this collection
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flightedbird Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I followed every step as you explained it and I don't have anything that looks anywhere near like that.…
i also only got that result when adding flatten to the second transform.
Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong?
BoxTail Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're still trying to create elliptic splits, you need to scale elliptic and splits' xforms to different sizes. =)
Scania78 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015
Best tutorial for apo I found! I checked out a lot tutorials, many of them are really good, but this is the one that encouraged me the most to experiment on my own and learn in the process.
Thank you so much :)

This was made with your tut as base:

SkiesOfVoid Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial.
Made this fractal with it -->
Shroomer83 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Awesome tutorial :)
Here is my first go at it.
ekeller22 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. I made this with it.…
CopperColour Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Merci bien. :D
tsahel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
J'ai réalisé ceci sur base de ton tuto :
Deadshades Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
I also see nothing unless I add FLATTEN to XF2. This shows (approximately) the shape. What definitely doesn' work is the cylinder step. I obtain some stripes but only when moving it left and a bit up. But there stays a large vertical blurred parasite stripe so that the fractal is inusable.
Katerine459 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 21, 2014
Help, please! :}

I'm also seeing a blank flame, the moment I change the weight of xform 2 to 15. The maximum weight for xform 2, where I can actually see anything, seems to be around 1.5.

Here are my parameters, after following the instructions as far as xforms 1 and 2, exactly. Changing the gamma, brightness, and frequency has a little effect (if I up them all, I see what looks like a starfield with approximately the same shape as what's shown above). Flattening xform 2 didn't help. What am I doing wrong?

Many thanks!


<flames name="Flames">
<flame name="Blank Flame" version="Apophysis 7x" size="1500 1000" center="0 0" scale="150" oversample="1" filter="0.2" quality="1" background="0 0 0" brightness="1" gamma="1" estimator_radius="9" estimator_minimum="0" estimator_curve="0.4" enable_de="0" plugins="elliptic linear splits" new_linear="1" curves="0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1" >
  <xform weight="5" color="0" elliptic="1" coefs="0 0.909091 -0.909091 0 0 0" post="0 1 -1 0 0 0" opacity="1" />
  <xform weight="15" color="0" linear="1" splits="1" coefs="0.909091 0 0 0.909091 0 0" post="0 -1 1 0 0 0" splits_x="1" splits_y="0.099" opacity="1" />
  <palette count="256" format="RGB">

Kavayan-Design Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You'll need to zoom in loads :)
glister12 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
Fantastic tutorial - thank you. I have uploaded my attempt to J Wildfire group on Facebook. Hope this link works okay.…
MarysArtGallery Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi I have a question, I do not understand what post-transform and how I am to do this step really would love to be able to do this tutorial.

many thanks for any help

French-Chocolaite Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's mine
Thank you so much for sharing this!  I just used it with jWildfire and loved what I was able to get.  Blessings on you!
WinterCutie Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Fantastic tutorial and like RationalParadox I found I couldn't get any results unless I added flatten to the second Xform.…
skyfirehead Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2014
love this tut :-) here's my result:…
goranger Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Thanks for this great tutorial.

Here's my first try:…
zamosa Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
thank you for the tutorial! Still trying to make sense of all the underworkings of APO. This will help immensely..............!
BlueStoneArcher Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goodness gracious this is gorgeous!!  Now you're making me want to play with fractals!
ingunn88 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason above my understanding I keep getting a problem with ALL tutorials, I follow them but as soon as I have to put the weight to more than 1 everything disappears. I'm a total beginner to apophysis and have tried to find out why this keeps happening but I can't find anything to indicate why. I follow the tutorials through step by step but I always end up with a blank document or something grainy as shit and doesn't resemble the original work at all. Can you or someone else please help me! 
RationalParadox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One small note:  I found that it was impossible to get any image without adding flatten = 1 to Xform 2...not sure why.  Anyways, thanks for the awesome tutorial!  :)
ilike3pancakes Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014

I tried your tutorial but my preview image is always extremely dark. When I render with medium brightness levels I get this -

and with maximum brightness levels I get this -

in preview (50 quality) it looks only like some few dots around the screen.

How can I improve the fractal range? I adjusted colors with high randomization of color and color speed on transformed, with gradient frequency. my previews looks nothing like yours!
Emj1e Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Made this one, with few mistakes... but I love the result! Thanks a lot for this tuto! La la la la 

-> Ara

How do you put a preview like the other recent comments? Is it reserved to the premium members?
ChromaScapes Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the excellent tutorial! I made this with it for the Apo Weekly Challenge:

AWC-14-Splits-Elliptic - Inner Flame by ChromaScapes
RationalParadox Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible tutorial!  Many thanks, and I look forward to using it!  :)
marthig Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Once more MANY THANKS for the gorgeous tutorials you make available to us APO"addicts" :D The :iconapo-weekly-challenge: group made a special Challenge using your Splits-Elliptic tutorial and this is my contribution Grail-like - AWC Nbr 14 - Satania-s Split-Elliptic by marthig   :pointr:    this is a link to the Gallery
weinrot93 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not working! :( After Step 2 (and adding x form 2) my flame disappeared. I played a little rotated the x forms, played a little bit around and got something similar. But when I add a third x form the flame disappears again. Step 3 you tell us to move the post transform up but how much? And what do you mean by resizing with 1:3 ratio? Where's such a setting? I only can scale my triangles (110,125, 150, ...). Xform 4 ... "just fix the post transform coordinates"?? I don't understand. :(
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you please send me your param I'll check it out and see what is going wrong on your flame.
the 1:3 ratio is Y axis lenght = 1 and the X axis lenght = 0.33 you can set this with the transform tab.
bezo97 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool tutorial!!:D Look what i've done:
izayoisenka Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can i make the effect like ihe "log"one?
i could make thing like this only...
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In fact you've made something like the log ! 
You only need to used Log as a FinalFX to make this kind of flame...
For the overall aspect try to add some variations to the differents Xforms ... 
Try to use Radial blur on the Xform 1 or 2 you will see ;)
Ameesa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Took the one I linked earlier and made a quilt top out of it.  Thank you again for the tutorial.
Ameesa Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Used this wonderful tutorial for the first time  Thank you for this.
mistersingh Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Thanks for this tutorial:heart:
Lior-Art Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Thank you :D
fractalyzerall Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks so much Hug
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Used it here: :la:
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot  ! 
ps: and I'm really sorry for the long and out-date reply ... :hug:
ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Oh, and for too, but it's not as nice because I was a lot more fractal-stupid when I made it.
Arwen1964 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awsomely great Tutorial and very helpful indeed. Thanks!
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
Doodler0305 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have made this fractal using your lovely tutorial and I hope you like. Keep the tutorials coming. They are the best. :kiss:
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot ;)
ps: sorry for the long and outdate reply ... :hug:
Xenodreaming Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My apologies, one year ago, i have made 3 version with this tut but after I've forgotten.
Hope you like and thanks so much for share... I've play so funny with this..! :D :pointr: [link]
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: don't worry you are not obliged to show me your work :)
Xenodreaming Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok :D ;)
AntiCollegiality Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Thanks for this fantastic tutorial! I was very frustrated with apo (only recently started using it), but now I'm having fun tweaking my splits.

One thing, I was having problems with transforms 3 and 4, even after reading the explanation of the 1:3 ratio.

Then I set the cylinder variation to 0.075 (the tutorial says 0.25-0.75), and suddenly all was well. Just wondering whether it is a typo, or if I did something so weird elsewhere that putting the wrong value worked (or I am totally confused).
SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this value depends of the size of your Xform.
The more your Xform is big the less it need to be set ;)

With a 0:1y 0:0.3x I'm using 0.5 most of the time :)
ABlipinTime Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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