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This group is for work carried out in Ultra Fractal only. We do not accept work created in any other fractal program.

:iconcolorfulsparklesplz: OUR CURRENT CHALLENGE:iconcolorfulsparklesplz:
JUNE-JULY 2014 CHALLENGESTWO NEW CHALLENGES
The May challenge has now closed with a really good turnout, and a feature journal will be provided shortly with some comments included for the ones that proved most popular amongst the group's admin staff. 
Now we move onto June and July (two months together), and we have come up with two challenges this time; one is a Masking Challenge, which drew the short straw after the result of our April poll and having got together some decent resources for you all to enjoy as seen in our Knowledge Sharing journal.  The other one is a Gem Fest, which also involves masking in most cases (but not always).  We have endeavoured to make both these challenges suitable for people at all stages in their UF journeys, so if this looks hard at first sight, take a good look at the tutorials and parameters we have in our resources section, some of which we have specifical


A NOTE ABOUT CHALLENGES

We will be running challenges and/or contests each month plus some other things of interest on a regular basis. Watch our journals for information!

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Would you like to suggest a DD from the UF Community?

:icontatasz: is our current CV. Go and make your suggestions and keep Ultra Fractal Art in the public eye!

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This is our brother site to look at if you would like another group dedicated to Ultra Fractal, which offers weekly awards for best submissios!

:iconfractals-in-mono:
Our Sister Site for all fractal artists (any program) who enjoy a limited colour palette.

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You don't yet have Ultra Fractal but you'd love to learn it? HERE is where you can obtain it! Come and join the group; any questions, just ask!

Also HERE is the link to Janet Parke's courses, all three of which can be downloaded to your pc for $50 (£30). Highly recommended for newbies as well as those who know the workings of Ultra Fractal.


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This group is financially supported by the following wonderful people:

:iconlupsiberg: :iconlapurr: :iconbeautifulchaos1: :iconpinkal09: :iconcoppercolour: :iconvelvet--glove: :iconmiincdesign: :iconvalhallia: :iconjoe-maccer:



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Which aspect of Ultra-Fractal do you want to learn about this month? 

31%
9 deviants said Making the most of gradients (transparency, outlining)
28%
8 deviants said Dropping shadows (giving pictures depth, making cutouts)
21%
6 deviants said Using textures (how to make 'em, how to apply 'em)
17%
5 deviants said Exploring the Mandelbrot set (how to hunt for minibrots)
3%
1 deviant said General UF functionality (keyboard shortcuts, useful functions)
0%
No deviants said I already know everything about UF!
0%
No deviants said Something else (explain in comments)

JUNE-JULY 2014 CHALLENGES

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 1, 2014, 1:48 AM
TWO NEW CHALLENGES


The May challenge has now closed with a really good turnout, and a feature journal will be provided shortly with some comments included for the ones that proved most popular amongst the group's admin staff. 

Now we move onto June and July (two months together), and we have come up with two challenges this time; one is a Masking Challenge, which drew the short straw after the result of our April poll and having got together some decent resources for you all to enjoy as seen in our Knowledge Sharing journal.  The other one is a Gem Fest, which also involves masking in most cases (but not always).  We have endeavoured to make both these challenges suitable for people at all stages in their UF journeys, so if this looks hard at first sight, take a good look at the tutorials and parameters we have in our resources section, some of which we have specifically linked to in this journal as being possibly the most helpful.  We would also point out that we are not going to be judging the results by their amazing complexity, so much as just allowing for people to thoroughly enjoy trying out new things, or further their experience to a new level.  However, we do reserve the right to decline any submission that we feel does not comply with the requirements for these challenges.


MASKING CHALLENGE


Specific Rules for this Challenge:

:bulletgreen:  We need to see a minimum of THREE mask layers in your submission, and anything over and above that will be perfectly acceptable - the more the merrier, so long as your pc can cope with it.  (Don't forget that if you are using UF5 you can put your masks and their specific sections into groups too, but this isn't essential.
:bulletgreen:  The masks MUST make a significant difference to the overall fractal image.
:bulletgreen:  Use of mapping and transforms is allowed.
:bulletgreen:  You may make anything that takes your fancy for this exercise, but we would encourage you to try something you haven't done before.
:bulletgreen:  All other Standard Rules apply (see below).



Fractopaedia of Masking - this should be a very helpful resource for this challenge!  It has been divided into three sections, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.  There are also a few other tutorials HERE, but we suggest going through these others first.

Here are some Parameter sets using various types of masking:

Hilltop Sunset by Velvet--Glove  Recycled by FractalEyes  Little Girl At Dusk by 21citrouilles  Wild Rising Folly by miincdesign  Room with a View by AntiCollegiality

NB:  If you are unable to open any of these parameters because some of them use grouping, let us know, and we will remove the groups from them and post them afresh for you.




GEM FEST


If you have been into a Gem shop whilst on holiday, you will have found that gems come in all shapes and sizes:  round, square, triangular, hearts, drops, irregular shapes and so on.  What we are looking for is something that looks like jewellery.

If you are a newbie to UF, you may wish to keep it very simple, and use one of the Julia formulas with an outside colouring of Orbit Traps, and using Point Traps.  HERE is a good basic tutorial for making pearls, and for Gloss, look HERE.  For the more advanced fractal artists, see below.

Specific Rules for Gems

:bulletgreen:  We would like to see highlights/gloss on your gems if possible, as these bring them to life. (See below for example of how to do this)
:bulletgreen:  Any shape, any colour.
:bulletgreen:  We encourage use of textures.
:bulletgreen:  An edging (or in jewellery terms, a setting) of gold, silver or another metal is encouraged, but not essential.
:bulletgreen:  All other Standard Rules apply (see below).




Here are some excellent parameter sets to take a look at for learning purposes:

Red Button by Velvet--Glove
(This is our No. 1 choice to look at.)

  Malachite and filligree by Moonlight by AnnaKirsten  Pied Piper by FractalEyes  Mimer 1 + params by Kattvinge  Octopus's Garden by jim373  Golden diamond by renatamag

Other Gems with parameters can be found HERE


And here are some examples without parameters, purely for inspiration:

Amber by theaver  Turquoise by theaver  Xmas is Coming by kayandjay100

And finally, here is a Gold Texture Pack made specially by Velvet--Glove

Gold Textures parameter pack by Velvet--Glove



Our Standard Rules Apply for both these challenges, as well as their specific requirements:

:bulletgreen:  You may enter up to FOUR submissions across the two challenges (2 to one and 2 to the other, 1 and 3, etc.)
:bulletgreen:  All entries must be new and dated not earlier than June 1st 2014.
:bulletgreen:  Please credit the people and give links back to any resources you use in process of creating your work.
:bulletgreen:  No Manipulations allowed, including the importation of images
:bulletgreen:  No large watermarks, including the dA watermark.
:bulletgreen:  Parameters MUST be provided to the Group for verification purposes.  You do not have to supply them publicly, but this is very much encouraged in line with our Group's policy about sharing and paying it forward.
:bulletgreen:  The challenge  ends on the last day of July.
:bulletgreen:  All entries must have a working link to the group. You may use :iconultra-fractal-redux: or Ultra-Fractal-Redux or just paste the url.
:bulletgreen:  You must be a member of the group to participate.
:bulletgreen:  Please ensure your image is of high quality, anti-aliased and free of artifacts.
:bulletgreen:  Minimal postwork and simple, unobtrusive frames only.
:bulletgreen:  Submit your work to the appropriate Gallery Folders: -  June 2014 Masking Challenge and June 2014 Gem Fest Challenge
:bulletgreen:  If you need to change one of your entries, send us a note. You may only make one change each month.
:bulletgreen:  You may not use formulas from outside the public database.

We hope you will enjoy these challenges and come out of them learning exciting new things! Most importantly, have fund and enjoy what you're doing!  :heart:

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fraxialmadness3 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Many Thanks for your request! Always a pleasure to be featured here! Have a nice Summer! :happybounce: Hug 
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   General Artist
It's a great pleasure! :hug:
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for the request :iconflowerheartplz:
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
You're most welcome, Karin! :heart:
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ChasMandala Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the acceptance! Much appreciated. :)
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014   General Artist
We don't vet people's galleries, so it was automatic.  However, do be aware that we only accept deviations that have been created inside Ultra Fractal in this group :heart:
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ChasMandala Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, thank you so much for the understanding, I appreciate that. I believe this gives me an incentive to learn Ultra Fractal as well! :nod:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014   General Artist
 I hope you will enjoy doing so.  If you want any help at all with it, do let us know and we will gladly come alongside you :heart:
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Loony-Lucy Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the invitation!
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
You're most welcome, Lucia. It's good to see you here! :hug:

We hope you will enjoy the group - you can submit your UF works here and we have a regular programme of challenges to have a go at if you like such exercises. Our aim is to help and inspire UF artists in any way we can. :)
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