December 2014/January 2015 ChallengesBecause of the time of the year, we have decided not to hold a December challenge on its own, but instead we are facilitating TWO choices for challenges, all to begin immediately, and end on the last day of January 2015.
Season's Decorations Challenge
This challenge is open to UF users to produce fractal art depicting the kind of decorations used for an event or festival of your choice, so long as it is one that takes place in December. For many, this will be Christmas, but we are aware that some people celebrate alternative festivals, or even none! Whatever the festival or event, this is in any case generally known as the Season of Good Will - setting out to cheer people up. So... What decorations cheers you up? What decorations can you produce to cheer others up? Baubles, flowers, tinsel, faeries, Santa, rein-deer, candles, decorated trees, lights, and myriads of other concepts, according to your particular preference. This c
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A few remarks about rendering UF fractals.This is for beginners or those who find that UF doesn't render sharp enough fractals.A few remarks about rendering UF fractals. by CopperColour
I'm not an expert with Ultra Fractal but I've learned a few things about rendering from advice I've received.
When I used Fractal Explorer I learned that the anti-aliasing tool just made my fractals blurry but no anti-aliasing gave jagged edges.
I was advised to render a very large size without anti-aliasing, for example at least 4000px per inch for the longest side, and to reduce it afterwards in an editing programme.
This mades the fractal smooth and reasonably clear.
So that is what I do now with my UF renders. If there are a lot of small details I render even bigger.
I render as .bmp for a good quality and reduce to 1600px and save as .jpeg which uploads quicker.
I'm told that .png is better.
I also set the resolution to 720. I don't know how far this affects the render.
I find that I lose details and clarity with any method so I use contrast and sharpening tools in post-work.
Making an easy UF fractal animation.This is a short and easy method to make an animated fractal. It uses UF’s gradient tool.Making an easy UF fractal animation. by CopperColour
The Extended Edition UF makes animations, otherwise you will need a programme that makes .gif animations such as Photoscape or GIMP.
I think some versions of Photoshop make them too.
PhotoScape makes a small size but GIMP makes a nice large size. e.g. 800X800px
The basic idea is to render many fractals with progressive and small changes in the gradient.
With just one layer they will render quickly.
Be careful not to move the fractal or the animation will show a sudden jump.
I find that sometimes my cursor moving across the screen causes the image to pan.
It's best to work with the History window open and you can see if it does and correct it.
So prepare a new parameter folder in UF to receive your images and another to receive the renders.
First, to make it easy, make a fractal with one layer and Drawing Method > Multipass Linear for a nice appearance