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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 CHALLENGES:iconcolorfulsparklesplz:
October 2014 Challenges - EDITEDIT:
Just 7 days to go for these challenges!  For the Marbles challenge, please note that we are really looking for marbles that are made by using 3D mapping with or without the use of Glass Sphere mapping, and hopefully with some highlights and shadows to give depth.  I understand my wording below which says You are also free to discover your own ways of producing them. may have been misconstrued due to its possible ambiguity.  This is referring to producing the shadows, not to how the marbles are made, even though they can also be made with Orbit Traps (which in a couple of cases has been shown to be a preference, and which we have accepted.)  The real challenge in this though is to make them in the same way as described in the tutorial supplied.  I'm sorry for any confusion there may have been. ______ End of Edit.
Two Challenges Again!

After lots of deliberation, we've decided to


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?

Our New CV is :iconc-91:

You can also go to FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen? and make your suggestions to one of the overall gallery supervisors in order to 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!

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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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What kind of challenge would you like to do in a future month? 

36%
10 deviants said have a basic formula challenge and play with transforms?
32%
9 deviants said carry on as we have been doing with themed and formula challenge specified by the Group?
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6 deviants said Other - will explain below or send the group a note.
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3 deviants said have an abstract challenge from a specified formula?
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No deviants said I have an exciting idea and am explaining below...
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No deviants said I have an interesting formula with parameters I'd like to offer in for a challenge and am sending a note to the group.

October 2014 Challenges - EDIT

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 24, 2014, 3:20 AM

EDIT:


Just 7 days to go for these challenges!  For the Marbles challenge, please note that we are really looking for marbles that are made by using 3D mapping with or without the use of Glass Sphere mapping, and hopefully with some highlights and shadows to give depth.  I understand my wording below which says You are also free to discover your own ways of producing them. may have been misconstrued due to its possible ambiguity.  This is referring to producing the shadows, not to how the marbles are made, even though they can also be made with Orbit Traps (which in a couple of cases has been shown to be a preference, and which we have accepted.)  The real challenge in this though is to make them in the same way as described in the tutorial supplied.  I'm sorry for any confusion there may have been. ______ End of Edit.

Two Challenges Again!


After lots of deliberation, we've decided to keep our challenges relatively simple, so that they are fun to do rather than requiring a high level of UF knowledge, thus hopefully making them possible for relative beginners as well as the more advanced user.  We also want to encourage the artistry aspect of creating fractals in UF, with each person being able to develop their own style and enjoy doing it.  At the same time, we would like to emphasise that if there are things anyone wants to learn about UF, we are here to help!  We will either be able to answer your questions directly, or find someone who can.

October 2014 Challenge - Let the Marbles Roll!


Marbles are actually easy to make in their initial form, as you simply create a layer that you like, then add 3D Mapping in fs.uxf then choose Sphere for the shape.  This month's main challenge then, will be to create images with marbles in them.  You can have as few or as many marbles as you like in the image - just let them roll in!

We will to leave it to you to decide what background you want for your marble(s).  Colours, OCA's, ICA's, mapping, gradients, etc. are all down to you to choose freely.  We do stipulate, however, that no image imports are used.

Our very own Velvet--Glove has already produced a really good tutorial on how to make marbles, see below.  If you want to go further and make your marble have a real 3D effect, have a go at using shadows and highlights too.  There is also a sample of layers for this below, but you will need to re-size and position them for your own marbles.  You are also free to discover your own ways of producing them.

See bottom of journal for the full set of Standard Rules.

Marble Resources


Ultra Fractal Marble Tutorial by Velvet--Glove
This tutorial downloads in pdf format.

Highlights and Shadows example in layers can be found HERE Velvet--Glove's marble highlights and shadows  (the layers were separated from Velvet--Glove's tutorial by AntiCollegiality) and may be used if someone doesn't wish to use the full tutorial, but still needs tips about this particular aspect of it.



Examples of Images with Marbles For Inspiration




Bouncer by Jimpan1973 Mysterio by VicEberly  Vantage Point by AntiCollegiality  Glass Balls by LaxmiJayaraj Flowers in a bubble by AnnaKirsten

And here is one with parameters
Marbles in the Mist by AntiCollegiality




October 2014 Theme Challenge - The Joy of Autumn


Express some aspect about Autumn that brings you joy in a UF image using colours from this colour palette .  You don't need to use all the colours, but you are free to pick out the ones you like and that will best enhance your expression.  For this challenge, use your imagination, use textures (if you wish), highlights and shading (if desired), use any or all of the facilities available to you in UF but do not import any images into your work.  Your submissions can be in any style you choose, from abstract to realism.  See bottom of journal for the full set of Standard Rules.

Some thoughts about Autumn

Many people think of Autumn as merely that season that ushers in the cold winter months and how depressing that is, but stop and look around you - or remember, if your season isn't currently Autumn!  Notice the warmth and the variations of the colours in the trees; there are some flowers that only bloom well in this season; the weather can become particularly atmospheric, varying between warm and balmy, showery with bright intervals, stormy and very windy, to calm and misty - indeed, ever changing.  There's often a feeling of anticipation in the air too.  Trees do not die in the autumn, they simply "know" that it's time to cause their leaves to look amazing, in their full glory, before shedding them, and when they do shed them, the leaves begin to fall in flurries like showers upon the ground, then they go through a time of rest and restoration ready to start their cycle all over again in the Spring.  So we have atmosphere, noise, flurries of falling leaves, calm, an amazing array of colours and so on, whilst the animals store up everything they need for winter, and many birds start their migrating formations.  For some it's a time to collect in the late fruit of the trees and chop up wood for log fires.  The smells of autumn reflect the activities of nature at this time - warm, mulchy, earthy, sometimes damp and soggy, other times firm and just right for a long walk...




How to Create a Gradient from the colour palette referred to - Three Approaches:


Method 1 (this is my preference as you can get nice clean colours):
1. Save the image onto your harddrive, then in UF, using the Pixel formula and the OCA Image (in Standard), bring the image into UF by browsing to where you have it saved.  You need to then centralise it and ensure it is all inside the frame.
2. Open the gradient and click on a node, then using the eye-dropper tool (which shows in the gradient section next to the gradient button at the top of the UF browser), then simply click on a colour.  That will change the colour of that node to the chosen colour.  Keep doing that, and when you need more nodes, right-click inside the gradient where you want it to be, then choose insert. NB:I would suggest making several gradients from the image, so that they don't get too close and muddied up.
:bulletgreen:  A tip for making a gradient using this method: if you know how many nodes you want you can press F8 in UF to generate a starter gradient (any old colours will do) with however many evenly spaced nodes you need. Then it's an easy matter to go through them one at a time, change them to the colours required and keep everything nicely spaced out.

Method 2
Using Apomap, see the Tutorials below:

Making gradients from images for UF with ApoMap.FIRST...
In this link you will find an explanation of how to make Apophysis gradients from a photo or other image.  http://apophysisrevealed.com/apo3dblog/tag/apomap
You can also save them for use in Ultra Fractal as I explain below.
Again... you can smooth and save any Apo gradient for use in UF. I have a really lovely collection of them.
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SECONDLY...
Users of Ultra Fractal will know that Apophyisis .ugr gradients will open in Ultra Fractal. They usually have far too many bars and white nodes which makes it hard to use them. They can also create nasty bands in the fractals.
This should enable you to make smooth gradients for UF from Apo gradients as explained above, or from any colourful image or photo with ApoMap.
They save as Fractinct .map which will open in UF.
So...
Download ApoMap here. http://apophysis.org/downloads. It's a small programme.
First make a folder with the images. I suggest giving them easily recognisable names.
Open ApoMap.
Click on t


Method 3 - Ready Made using the full colour spectrum from the image
Copy and paste the following code, which was prepared by Velvet--Glove using Method 1 (for free use with no need to give credit back), into your Gradient Window in UF and save it:

ShadesOfAutumn {
gradient:
  title="Shades of Autumn" smooth=yes rotation=3 index=0 color=3430596
  index=13 color=3830972 index=26 color=2845859 index=39 color=2969260
  index=52 color=3943035 index=65 color=7629274 index=78 color=7702998
  index=92 color=4337323 index=106 color=4932284 index=120
  color=4405966 index=134 color=4342347 index=148 color=4744300
  index=162 color=7043182 index=176 color=5390116 index=190
  color=8157506 index=204 color=8082544 index=218 color=3431006
  index=232 color=5275995 index=246 color=5087127 index=260
  color=5936548 index=274 color=5340581 index=288 color=4887734
  index=302 color=4801369 index=316 color=4872814 index=330
  color=5929373 index=344 color=3945573 index=358 color=4802158
  index=372 color=7572645 index=386 color=9152956
opacity:
  smooth=yes rotation=3 index=3 opacity=255 index=203 opacity=255
}



Standard Rules Applicable to These Two Challenges


Bullet; Red You MUST be a member of Ultra-Fractal-Redux to participate and may enter up to TWO different images, or spread up to FOUR submissions into each challenge folder over the month.  You don't have to take part in both challenges so you might wish to enter four into just one of them. Please make sure you do not enter more than four submissions overall.

:bulletred: Images must have been created on or after October 1st 2014.

:bulletred: One entry may be exchanged if you think you have produced something better than something you already entered. Note us to arrange this. Please do not send notes to individual admins.

Bullet; Red The challenge starts on the 1st and runs through to the end of the month.

Bullet; Red Post your image into the appropriate folders: Oct 2014 Let The Marbles Roll and Oct 2014 Joy Of Autumn

Bullet; Red You MUST note this group with your Parameter set for checking OR make the parameters publicly available in your artist comments or Sta.sh. This is compulsory as we need to check your work abides by the challenge rules. Parameter sharing, however, is always encouraged in this group.

Bullet; Red A link to this journal or at least the name of the group MUST be included in your artists comments, i.e.

"My entry for the :iconultra-fractal-redux: Oct 2014 Let The Marbles Roll/Oct 2014 Joy Of Autumn" respectively.  Add a link to this journal if you can, or you may if you wish, add the thumb of the journal itself. This would be much appreciated!

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ersi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for the request! :D I was going to submit it today, since last evening I had to leave in a hurry :iconcocoheartplz:
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
You're welcome, Ersi! It's such a beauty we just had to have it in our gallery. :)
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ersi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Lovely Kitty by KmyGraphic
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LaraBLN Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thank you for the request, truly appreciated!!! :heart::hug:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014   General Artist
It was a great pleasure dear Lara! :hug:
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LaraBLN Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: :blowkiss: dear Anna!!!
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roup14 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for requesting City Skyline At Night  ,I m feeling glad :D (Big Grin) 
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miincdesign Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
You are so very welcome!  It is a great piece!
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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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