How to create online fractal art

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How to create online fractal art
Fractals must be rendered by computers because they are infinitely complex in nature. (Steve Allen/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

A fractal is a recursive geometric shape in which every part of the shape contains, in a smaller scale, a copy of the whole shape. If you zoom into the edge of a fractal, you will find the main shape of the fractal in miniature. Images of fractals are usually computer generated and can be aesthetically interesting, which has led to the creation of fractal art. You can create your own fractal art by using one of several fractal generators available online.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Fractal Poster

  1. 1

    Click the "Fractal Poster" link in the Resources section.

  2. 2

    Click the "Zoom" menu under the rendering area and choose a zoom number. To zoom in, choose a positive number and to zoom out, choose a negative number. Choose a colormap (a set of colours used to render the fractal) from the "Colormap" drop-down menu. Place a checkmark in the "Truecolor," "Autoitt" and "Aa" boxes for the best results.

  3. 3

    Click the "Recalculate" button to apply the changes. Click the mouse cursor on any section of the fractal rendering window to zoom in or out. Change the "Colormap" menu as desired to create new looks.

  4. 4

    Type in a name for the fractal image in the Fractal Name text field when you are finished creating the fractal image. Click the "Save Fractal" button.

  5. 5

    Click the "Render Large Image" button to create a large image of the saved fractal.

    Fractal Generator

  1. 1

    Click the "Fractal Generator" link in the Resources section.

  2. 2

    Type a value into the Colo Bands text field and press "Enter" to change the number of coloured bands and variety of colours in the rendered fractal. Type a value into the Saturation Bands text field and press "Enter" to vary the colour saturation. Type a value into the Depth text field and press "Enter" to change how many fractal levels to render, making the fractal more or less complex based on the value you enter.

  3. 3

    Click and drag to create a rectangle on the fractal display area to zoom in. Hold the "Shift" key and click to change from a Mandelbrot fractal to a Julia fractal pattern. Click the scroll wheel on your mouse to cycle through different fractal equations.

  4. 4

    Right-click to remove the menu options bar. Click the "File" menu at the top of your browser window and choose the "Print" option to print a copy of the current fractal pattern.

    Cool Math Fractal Generator

  1. 1

    Click the "CoolMath.com" link in the Resources section.

  2. 2

    Click and drag to create a rectangle and zoom in to see more depth in the fractal pattern.

  3. 3

    Click a numbered link below the fractal display area to show different types of fractal patterns. Each time a fractal page is loaded, the colours will change. Press the "F5" key to reload the current page and change the fractal pattern colours.

  4. 4

    Click the "File" menu at the top of your browser window and choose "Print" to print a copy of the fractal pattern.

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