# Fractal

### How To : Make a homemade fractal antenna for HD and digital TV reception

Want great reception? Then a fractal antenna may be your answer. And you can make one yourself, right at home! Fractal antennas uses a fractal design to maximize the perimeter of the material that can receive and transmit electromagnetic radiation within a given total surface ...more

### How To : Carve Fractals and Stars on Pumpkins

Fractals and stars are two of the most beautiful and complicated-looking classes of geometric objects out there. We're going to explore these objects and how to carve them on a pumpkin. Unlike the last one on carving polyhedral pumpkins, where we used the entire pumpkin to car ...more

### News : Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: Electrically Generated Fractal Branching Patterns

Natural processes often create objects that have a fractal quality. Fractal branching patterns occur in plants, blood vessel networks, rivers, fault lines, and in several electrical phenomena. Many of these processes take lifetimes, or even occur on geological timescales. But ...more

### How To : Use the Fractal Noise effect in Adobe After Effects CS5

Create eye-popping backgrounds with the After Effects CS5 Fractal Noise effect! Learn how with this brief video guide. Whether you're entirely new to Adobe's popular motion graphics and compositing software, new to AE CS5, or just looking to pick up a few useful tips and tric ...more

### How To : Make Fractal Cupcakes

Last post, we looked at fractal cookies based off of the recipe by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. In this post, we'll follow their recipe for fractal cupcakes based off of the Koch Snowflake, which we used previously to decorate pumpkins for Halloween. This past Sunday, I d ...more

### How To : Use Photoshop to create fractal art patterns

Create a cool fractal art pattern using Adobe Photoshop. Use Photoshop to create fractal art patterns. Click through to watch this video on vtutorial.com

### How To : Use a fractal field in Trapcode Form in After Effects

This software tutorial takes a look at how to use the fractal field in Trapcode Form, an After Effects plug-in. Take a plane or object and work with the Fractal field parameters to create moving flowing shapes and objects. Trapcode form also allows you to synchronize your frac ...more

### News : This Cauliflower Is Fractal-ly Delicious

One of the best things about talking to other people who love food is that they point you to weirdly beautiful ingredients, like this: No, that's not an escapee from Middle Earth you're seeing. It's one of Mother Nature's best attempts at making fractals come alive into a gold ...more

### News : Vibrant Color Photography Challenge: Fractal Reflections

Photograph of a fractal reflection exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The only real objects are the central ball and the green, red, and blue light sources that you can see multiple images of.

### News : DIY Fractal Gingerbreadmen

After I made a blog and sent it to my friends about how I made Gingerbreadman Map fractal holiday cookies, one of them linked me back to the Sierpinski Carpet cookies, which I loved! So, I thought I'd share my how-to with everyone as well!

### How To : Loop fractal noise in After Effects

In this tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz show you how to create seamlessly looping fractal background animations by using After Effect's Fractal Noise effect. Loop fractal noise in After Effects. Click through to watch this video on creativecow.net

### News : Cyriak Harris' Fractal Freakiness

I'm sure many of you have already seen this, but being Halloween and mathematically inspired, I thought I'd dig up an old favorite for those who may have missed it. Original post with quote from Cyriak here. More fractal hands: Tim Hawkinson's "Fruit" Series

### How To : Explore and decipher fractal geometry and self-similar mathematics

There wouldn't be any chaos in the world without Benoit Mandelbort— chaos theory, that is. Mandelbrot, who just passed away at the age of 85, pioneered fractal geometry and greatly influenced chaos theory. He spent most of his life working in physics, biology and astronomy, an ...more

### How To : Use fractal noise in After Effects

In this tutorial, Aharon Rabinowitz introduces you to the Fractal Noise Effect, and shows you how to create the animated backgrounds seen in the opening of the Creative Cow After Effects tutorials. Fractal noise is a powerful way to add variation and randomness to surfaces or ...more

### How To : Get started with Genuine Fractals 5 Photoshop plugin

Get an overview of the award-winning Genuine Fractals 5 plug-in for Photoshop in this software tutorial. The Genuine Fractal 5 plugin allows you to enlarge digital images over 1000% without loosing quality. A must for anyone printing photos or other digital footage. If you are ...more

### How To : Combine fractal noise effects in After Effects

After a while, all effects start to seem the same, or maybe similar. See how to combine effects with fractal noise to add some variations and new twists to your projects in this After Effects tutorial. Combine fractal noise effects in After Effects. Click through to watch this ...more

### News : Fractal Pecan Pie

Following the pattern of fractal goodies, I found this great article on making a giant fractal pecan pie. Seems like you'll need some dedicated pecan pie enthusiasts (shouldn't be hard to find) to help you out!

### How To : Add depth to fractal noise in After Effects

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you a cool tip for adding depth to your Fractal Noise animations with the perspective offset. Add depth to fractal noise in After Effects. Click through to watch this video on creativecow.net

What is fractal? Well, it's a geometric shape which sometimes is hard to draw but looks very nice. There are some fractals which are easy to draw for example Koch snowflake or Sierpinski triangle: Drawing Koch Snowflake: Draw a equilateral triangle (every side is equal) On e ...more

### How To : Create Parabolic Curves Using Straight Lines

Curve stitching is a form of string art where smooth curves are created through the use of straight lines. It is taught in many Junior High and High School art classes. I discovered it when my math students started showing me the geometric art they had created. The process of ...more

### How To : Make shimmering glitter in Particular in After Effects

In this After Effects tutorial, Creative Cow leader, Michael Park, demonstrates how to simulate shimmering glitter particles using fractal noise, colorama effect and Trapcodes Particular plugin. Make shimmering glitter in Particular in After Effects. Click through to watch thi ...more

### Math Craft Monday : Community Submissions (Plus How to Make a Sliceform Hyperbolic Paraboloid)

It's Monday, which means once again, it's time to highlight some of the most recent community submissions posted to the Math Craft corkboard. I also thought we'd take a look at building a sliceform model of a hyperbolic paraboloid. Rachel Mansur put up two posts on her Modula ...more

### How To : Carve Polyhedral Pumpkins

Halloween is coming up, so many of you may have a need or desire to carve a pumpkin and turn it into a Jack O' Lantern. This week we are going to explore carving our pumpkins into interesting geometric shapes. In this post, we will carve the pumpkins into spherical versions of ...more

### How To : Write with water using Adobe After Effects

In this tutorial, learn how to create the appearance of text being written with a liquid using Adobe After Effects. This clip will show you how to use CC Glue Gun, Fractal Noise, CC Toner, Turbulent Displace and CC Mr. Mercury effects to create this cool illusion. This video i ...more

### AudioSurf vs. Polynomial : The Battle Between Psychedelic MP3 Games

In 2008, Audiosurf came out on Steam, creating the psychedelic music game genre. If you haven't played it in the intervening three years, you're missing out on one of the coolest things in video games. The player selects any MP3 on their computer, then the game builds a unique ...more

### Community Roundup : Fix an Xbox with Pennies, Carve Polyhedral Pumpkins & More

Welcome to WonderHowTo's first Weekly Community Roundup! Each week we will be featuring the best projects from the community, as well as ongoing challenges and activities you can partake in. WonderHowTo is made up niche communities called Worlds, so if you've yet to join one, ...more

### How To : Create a subtle ocean-like underwater scene in After Effects

This After Effects tutorial will show you a nice underwater scene, complete with light rays, rising bubbles and cloudy ocean mist. You don't have to be a professional AE user to recreate this great animated scene, either! Laurence Grayson demonstrates all the techniques for th ...more

### Math Craft Monday : Community Submissions (Plus How to Make the Golden Spiral)

It's Monday, time to highlight some of the community submissions posted to the Math Craft corkboard. One of these posts inspired me so much, I think it merits a closer look. Today, I present a "simple" method for making a golden spiral using just a straight edge, a compass, an ...more

### How To : Do a shatter & disintegration effect in After Effects

Themadcowmoo continues to show us how to create a shatter & disintegration effect in Adobe After Effects. In the second part of his two part video series he begins by getting rid of the extrusion depth in the shadow by changing the value to 0 (0.00). He then instructs on how t ...more

### Math Craft Monday : Community Submissions (Plus Polyhedral Stellation)

It's another Monday, which means it's once again time to highlight some of the recent community submissions posted to the Math Craft corkboard. Additionally, I thought we'd take a look at the process of stellation and make some stellated polyhedra out of paper.Rachel Mansur of ...more

### News : Sierpinski Christmas Tree

This three dimensional Sierpinski tetrahedral structure was created with a lot of help from my Year 10, 12 and 13 classes. It is inspired by the Sierpinski triangle fractal. Our challenge was to take this design into three dimensions and create a fractal Christmas tree. We st ...more

### Math Craft Monday : Community Submissions (Plus Tiling with Coins)

It's Monday, and once again it's time to highlight some of the community submissions posted to the Math Craft corkboard. In addition, I thought we'd take a look at having fun with the geometrical properties of polygons and circles by using one of the best circles I know, the p ...more

### How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (11/23 - 11/29)

WonderHowTo is made up niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone enjoys th ...more

### How To : Make Sierpinski Carpet Cookies

Since it is now the holiday season, I thought we could spend this weekend making some baked goods that have mathematical patterns on them. In this post, we'll look at making cookies that have a fractal pattern based off of a modification of the pixel cookie technique. The peo ...more

### Math Craft Monday : Community Submissions (Plus How to Make a Magic Square Tetraflexagon)

It's Monday, which means once again, it's time to highlight some of the recent community submissions posted to the Math Craft corkboard. In this post, we'll also make a flexagon, which is a type of transformable object. Rachel Mansur of Giveaway Tuesdays posted several pictur ...more

### How To : Things to Do on WonderHowTo (01/11 - 01/17)

WonderHowTo is made up of niche communities called Worlds. If you've yet to join one (or create your own), get a taste below of what's going on in the community. Check in every Wednesday for a roundup of new activities and projects. This week has been an exciting one. The com ...more

### News : Math Craft Inspiration of the Week: Christmas Chaos

If you take two flat mirrors and place them front to back and look at them, you can see an infinite number of reflections. While this is a self-replicating pattern and can be somewhat mesmerizing, it isn't anywhere as interesting as looking at the chaotic scattering of light t ...more

### How To : Create a Cardboard Shader in Maya 2011

Create Your Cardboard Masterpiece Before you can create the shader, you must create an object to test the shader out on so that you will feel comfortable with your results. I have chosen to do the traditional cardboard box for this. Create a New Shader Now select the region ...more

### How To : Make futuristic digital titles in After Effects

There is not limit to the amount of cool title effects that you can create for you film using After Effects. This video will show you how to create a cool digital futuristic title effect by making use of a plane of particles animated based on your audio levels with the Fractal ...more

### How To : 10 Delicious Ways to Eat More Cauliflower

It's no secret that cauliflower is good for you—but not nearly enough people know that the best part about cauliflower is its insane versatility. Because its cooked flavor is so mild, it can be incorporated into a crazy amount of dishes and preparations. So whether you're try ...more

### How To : Design a static ball in After Effects CS4

In this first part of a two-part project tutorial, instructor J. Schuh demonstrates how to create a static ball in After Effects CS4. To do this, he will create an inner sphere and an outer sphere, using the fractal noise effect. In part two of this After Effects CS4 tutorial ...more

### How To : Create "Predator"-style video camouflage in After Effects

Replicate the Predator-style video camouflage in After Effects by using displacement maps. This uniquely stunning and groundbreaking visual effect has been seen countless times in film and television to show video camouflage, invisibility, heat distortion, holograms, and stati ...more

### News : Fingerpainting for Baby Cyborgs

Did you ever, as a know-nothing kid, push against your closed eyelids for the pleasure of the resultant light show? LCD bending takes the low-tech fun of physical retinal stimulation and updates it for the 21st century. And, as the title suggests, the end result looks very muc ...more

### Battlestations : Doritos Crash the Superbowl Entry from 2009

I entered the 2009 Crash the Superbowl Contest with this entry. It was a tremendous amount of fun to make. The fractal dorito was made from about 75 lbs worth of tortilla chips (about 12000 chips total) and was 64 ft on a side.

### News : Beyond Infinity Immersive Installation

Combine a bunch of fractal objects with mirrors and and lights and the ability to walk around inside and you get something like the image below. For more information on the exhibit as well as several more pictures and a video check out this article.

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