Fractals of the Week | Embossed Nightmares

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This week, I’m trying out something different, back to using the (on my system) quirky XaoS app for Mac OS, I’ve got unusual greyscale wallpapers using Phoenix formula images, in this case looking like they were embossed rather than digitally colored. Here are three of them, currently untitled, that I’ve picked out as my favorites from the most recent batch of trial renderings. These stand out much better at full size, when relief is more easily seen. Double click the images to enmegatize…


Looking something like a hyper-detailed weevil snout with horns, this one uses the embossing settings plus a way of detecting outlines from the contours of the original color image (not saved as a file).


This one was embossed without the outline detection, but uses a means of digitally breaking down the geometric figure rendered into separate regions to reveal interesting detail that shows nicely here in the raised and indented areas. It involved a fairly deep zoom into the figure to a region that showed a wonderfully complex, yet clear, mirrored symmetry.


This was rendered at extreme depth into the base figure. Rather than binary decomposition, as with the second, or outline detection with the first, this one uses the biomorphs option, lending it a level of detail and strangeness despite the limits of zooming this far into the figure!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

All JPEG, PNG & GIF images in this post are original works by the author, created via a variety of apps and unless otherwise stated are copyright 2016 by Troy Loy. I hereby permit the free, noncommercial use of these images, with proper attribution or a link back to the original source. Thank you!

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