Tech Tuesday: Fractalius tutorial

Before I get to todays tutorial I wanted to post a video of on of the funniest comedians of all time being very serious.

Today we will look at a fun Photoshop plug in. Fractalius by Redfield. It uses algorithims to produce various light patterns from photos.

I first read about it on the places2explore blog. I thought it was fascinating. I had played with fractals before but they mostly created art from scratch. This one let’s you play with your photographs. You can read more about Fractals here and here. I don’t care for all that technical stuff. I just like to create cool things LOL

So let the games begin:

First thing this plug in will only work with Windows and then only on photoshop in 32 bit mode with photos in 8 bit TIFF or JPEG. So if you are in 64 bit mode or your photo is in higher than 8 bit you must convert it.

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Open the photo in Photoshop or other compatible editing software. I am using CS3.

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Go to Image>Mode>8 Bit and check it

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Then go to Filters>Redfield> Fractalius

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If you have used it before it will open the interface in the last used mode.

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You can select from a drop down list of pre-set options.

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Here I have selected one. Then play with the many sliders to see what they do. Move them from one extreme to the other. When you are done just click the green check mark to apply.

Now for my only complaint. It seems to take forever on my computer with a dual core, 2GB’s RAM and an Ninvidia graphics card.

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and the finished product.

Now for a few more.

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and my favorite so far.

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Give it a try and see what you think

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