What’s an Apophysis Power User (and how to become one)

August 21, 2008

A power user is one who, generally speaking, knows each and every feature a program has to offer. But Apophysis doesn’t even have that many, so what’s up with the term? Well, I have to give it a slightly different meaning in the context of fractals. An Apophysis power user is one who doesn’t only know what everything does, but also how it’s done. He’s not a victim of the chaos game, barely hoping to get something useful out of its depths. Knowing all the rules, riding the chaos wave, she bends fractals to her will – not the other way around.

If you’re the kind of person who’s never baffled by the program’s behaviour, who fundamentally gets how to build a grand julian without the need to look up a tutorial; if you make your images look exactly how you picture them in your mind – then, my friend, you may be on your way to become a true master of chaos. Have I reached that level? Hell no, but I’m well on my way. How to get there? It takes curiosity, persistence and curiosity. Did I mention curiosity? Never be satisfied with having things just work. Ask why. Ask how. Don’t be afraid of the math, everything’s much simpler than it appears at first glance.

If you’re there already, congratulations! Feel free to hang out, drop a comment once in a while, and be open towards discussing and learning new things. On the other hand, if you don’t believe you can reach that level, think again. I don’t have a perfect recipe, but if you stick around I’ll show you everything I know, little by little. That should give you a headstart.

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