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Blobs

These variations deform the plane by pinching it towards the origin, making a blob-like shape. The math is similar to that of rose curves, but these are standard variations, not blurs.

blob

Pushes and pulls the plane using a radial sine wave to make it look like a blob.

Type: 2D
Date: 4 Nov 2005

ParameterDescription
lowProportional height of the troughs of the waves. It is typically set less than 1, though this is not required. If less than 0, the blob will extend through the origin and out the other side, doubling the number of waves.
highProportional height of the crests of the waves. It is typically set a bit larger than 1, though this is not required.
wavesNumber of waves. Normally an integer; if not, one of the waves will be cut off.

The version built-in to Apophysis requires waves to be an integer. To avoid this, or for versions of Apophysis that do not include blob, use the blob_fl plugin.

Setting low and high to the same value will just scale the flame by that amount, with no deformation. Blob is the same as linear when low and high are both 1.

blob_fl

“Fluid” version of blob; allows fractional values for waves.

Type: 2D
Author: Fred E (morphapoph)
Date: 8 Sep 2010

ParameterDescription
lowProportional height of the troughs of the waves. It is typically set less than 1, though this is not required. If less than 0, the blob will extend through the origin and out the other side, doubling the number of waves.
highProportional height of the crests of the waves. It is typically set a bit larger than 1, though this is not required.
wavesNumber of waves. Normally an integer; if not, one of the waves will be cut off.

https://www.deviantart.com/morphapoph/art/Apo-Anim-friendly-Plugins-178559281

blob2

Modulate a flame using radial sine waves.

Type: 2D
Author: Anton Liasotskiy (zy0rg)
Date: 26 Jul 2011

ParameterDescription
modeThe direction of the radial waves
-1: inwards
0: both directions
1: outwards
nNumber of waves
radiusMinimum radius where waves start
prescaleExponential scaling for the waves
postscaleLinear scaling for the waves
symmetryShifts the waves; negative for inwards, positive for outwards; range -1 to 1
compensationCompensation when scaling from symmetry and prescale is too big; range 0 (no compensation) to 1

Tips from the author:

  • mode=1 works best for creating flower shapes
  • use linear variation on the same xForm to see both inwards and outwards pointed waves (otherwise the inward-pointed waves are just “mirrored” from the 0.0 point)

https://www.deviantart.com/zy0rg/art/Blob2-244765425

blob3D

A variant of blob that adds a 3D component.

Type: 3D (sets z)
Author: Andreas Maschke (thargor6)
Date: 2011

ParameterDescription
lowProportional height of the troughs of the waves. It is typically set less than 1, though this is not required. If less than 0, the blob will extend through the origin and out the other side, doubling the number of waves.
highProportional height of the crests of the waves. It is typically set a bit larger than 1, though this is not required.
wavesNumber of waves. Normally an integer; if not, one of the waves will be cut off.

flower_db

Reshape a flame into a 3D flower

Type: 3D
Author: Luca G and Gregg Helt
Date: 10 Jul 2014

ParameterDescription
petalsNumber of petals
petal_splitNumber of times to split each petal (resulting in petal_split+1 subpetals)
petal_spreadSpread factor for each petal
>1: longer and thicker petals, coalescing towards the center
1: normal
0-1: petals are shorter and narrower, with additional petals sprouting between them
0: twice as many short petals
<0: same as positive, but rotated
stem_thicknessThickness of the “stem” that is formed by pulling points near the center down (or up if negative)
stem_lengthLength of the “stem”; infinite when 0
petal_fold_strengthHow much to fold the tips of the petals; positive values fold up, negative down
petal_fold_radiusHow far from the center the petal fold starts

https://jwildfire.overwhale.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=1444

https://jwildfire.overwhale.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1759

rose

Modulate a flame using the rose curve.

Type: 2D
Author: Jessica Darling (FarDareisMai)
Date: 3 Aug 2011

ParameterDescription
numerRose curve numerator
denomRose curve denominator
inner_scaleScale factor for points inside the curve
outer_scaleScale factor for points outside the curve
angle_inOffset to the input angle, as a fraction of 180 degrees/pi radians
shear_x, shear_yHow much to shear x and y
turn_x, turn_yHow much to turn x and y, in radians
strengthOverall strength for the effect

https://www.deviantart.com/fardareismai/art/Apophysis-Plugin-Rose-246324281

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This information has been created by Rick Sidwell as a guide to the more popular variations used in fractal flames. Not all of the variations are included with JWildfire, but a great many are, so it is worthwhile learning about them here.

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