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Thread: Making of "the Phoenix"

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    Making of "the Phoenix"

    Hi all,

    Here is a small explanation of how I came up with "the Phoenix" image which you can see in the general gallery here: http://www2.ambientdesign.com/forums...ad.php?t=16476

    First I used a free opensource app called Apophysis which you can download here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/apophysis/

    - make sure you have the latest version (2.08). If I remember correctly, its less than 2mb (well worth the download IMHO).

    Apophysis is used for creating, editing and rendering so-called "fractal flames". For more info on the math behind the app and a few tutorials googling apophysis will do.

    The nice thing about Apo is that you can render out PNG images with a transparent background, which you can easily import into AR and manipulate.

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    Last edited by yvan_c; 12-16-2008 at 06:41 AM.

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    I played around with Apo until I had an image I was happy to experiment further in AR with. The uploaded pic is a jpeg file, however the original is a transparent PNG file as set out in the first post.

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    I imported the Apo render into AR a few times onto different transparent layers (the first/bottom one) on the black board canvass - changed the color to pure black).

    I then rotated the different layers a little ("transform layer" option).

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    Then I erased unwanted parts on the different layers, merged the layers and applied a soft palette knife all over to get that smudged feathery look.

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    From here I basically duplicated the main layer, played around with different blending modes like overlay, multiply etc.

    In the process I painted a blue layer with the roller brush and erased parts of it again.

    I also painted a few areas with the airbrush on an overlay layer with a light color to bring out lighter tones.

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    Finally I imported another Apophysis render (the blueish one attached) which I thought would compliment the image nicely, onto a new layer ( - looked like a cool blue flame to me at the time)

    I duplicated this layer a few times and played around with the rotation again. Again I also played around with the different blending modes. If I remember correctly I settled for an overlay blend on these layers.

    I erased the unwanted bits on the different layers and merged the whole lot.

    Finally I again used the soft palette knife make the final adjustments to the Phoenix

    Although I did not save a pic of every step, you should have pretty good idea of how the image was eventually achieved. Hope you enjoyed it.

    Now go EXPERIMENT!

    Questions & replies now welcome.

    Regards,

    Yvan.
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    Neat effect, Yvan! Cool to see how you did it.
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    Yvan_c,
    That finished image is really impressive. Great job.

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    Glad you like it guys!

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    Thanks yvan, that's very cool. Can't wait to play with it.

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