# How to play with a flame – Beginners Guide

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Time needed: 10 minutes.

If you’re absolutely new to JWildfire, or haven’t really tried altering (tweaking) someone elses flame, here’s a bare bones guide on how to do this. Nothing technical, just what to click and what to play with.

1. Copy the flame

The way to get a flame into JWildfire quickly is using copy and paste, you’ll see many flame codes around the internet, we have our latest flame posts section, which is a good place to start. Some people post them to pastebin or just directly into facebook posts, but the technique is pretty much the same regardless of where you find them.

2. Copying the flame code

So flame code begins with <flame …. and ends with </flame> we want to highlight all of the text starting <flame.. and ending </flame> including those entries.. (see the pictures)

3. Copy right down to the end of the flame code

Including the </flame> text as seen in the picture…

4. Once highlighted use the copy instruction

So once everything is highlighted you can either do CTRL C (copy) or right click the highlighted area and choose copy

5. Back to JWildfire to paste

Switch back to JWildfire and to paste it in, we click the “From Clipboard” button.

6. Flame is in and ready to play or tweak

Then you should see the flame operators on the right hand side labelled Transf1, Transf2 etc pick one to play with, we’re going to use the Atan one, but it can be any.

7. Playing with the numbers!

Now we need to play with its settings, so if they’re not showing click the down arrow as shown in the picture. Play to your hearts content, no need to understand what you’re doing at first. Just keep watching your fractal to see how it changes.

8. Moving your transforms

Also you can take the transforms, and move them around, rotate them, scale them etc to make more differences to the flame. Click on the transform name, or the triangle and then click on one of the buttons like rotate, or scale then click and hold your mouse button and move the mouse and you’ll see the triangle get smaller, or turn around etc.

9. Summary

This is the absolute basics, you can do much much more than this, you can change any variation to another for example, but for beginners try these steps first.