Shapes

Variations that ignore the input and generate specific shapes. Often called “blurs” because they create a blur effect when used on the same transform with other variations.

blur

Circle with a bright center.

Type: 2D blur

blur_circle

Circle with even coloring.

Type: 2D blur
Author: Joel and Michael Faber
Date: 15 Mar 2009

Square blur followed by circlize. Same result as circleblur. An older version had a “hole” parameter which didn’t work correctly and was later removed.

http://sourceforge.net/p/apo-plugins/code/HEAD/tree/

https://sourceforge.net/projects/apo-plugins/files/apo-plugins/80810/

blur_heart

Creates a heart from two ellipses.

Type: 2D blur
Author: Luca G (dark-beam)
Date: 14 Nov 2011

Keep |a|≤|b| to keep the dimple below the zero point; if it goes below, the dimple will have some fill in it.

https://www.deviantart.com/dark-beam/art/Blur-heart-hearty-apoplugins-269015914

http://www.mathematische-basteleien.de/heart.htm

http://www.deviantart.com/art/BCs-BDs-Gnarly-Blur-Heart-Script-284934920

blur3D / pre_blur3D

Three dimensional Gaussian blur.

Type: 3D blur

chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum flower shaped curve.

Type: 2D blur
Author: Jesus Sosa
Date: 1 Feb 2018

http://paulbourke.net/geometry/chrysanthemum/

circleblur

Circle with even coloring.

Type: 2D blur
Author: Anton Liasotskiy (zy0rg)
Date: 9 Jan 2013

http://sourceforge.net/p/apo-plugins/code/HEAD/tree/

https://sourceforge.net/projects/apo-plugins/files/apo-plugins/80810/

gaussian_blur

Fuzzy circle with a bright center, made from a Gaussian distribution.

Type: 2D blur

nBlur

Polygon shaped blur

Type: 2D blur
Author: FractalDesire
Date: 21 Dec 2010

http://zweezwyy.deviantart.com/art/nBlur-a-useful-tool-207495126

https://www.deviantart.com/fractaldesire/art/nBlur-plugin-190401515

pie

A circle with wedges missing, like pieces of pie.

Type: 2D blur
Author: Joel Faber
Date: 16 Sep 2007

http://sourceforge.net/projects/apo-plugins/files/apo-plugins/80810/

http://joelfaber.deviantart.com/art/A-Recipe-for-Plastic-Pie-35295850

pie_fl

Fluid version of pie, allows fractional value for slices.

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

Same as pie, but relaxes the restriction that slices is an integer.

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

pie3D

Three dimensional version of pie.

Type: 3D blur
Author: Andreas Maschke (thargor6)
Date: 21 Nov 2011

pre_blur

Pre version of gaussian_blur.

Type: 2D blur

primitives_wf

Blur with selectable two or three dimensional shape.

Type: 2D or 3D blur (depends on shape parameter)
Author: Andreas Maschke (thargor6)
Date: 12 Oct 2013

sineblur

A circle with a shading effect.

Type: 2D blur
Author: Anton Liasotskiy (zy0rg)
Date: 9 Jan 2013

The appearance is greatly influnced by the background; the default of 1 works well for dark backgrounds, but a somewhat higher value (like 20) is better for light backgrounds. Very high values will have low density in the center. Values less than 1 will produce a smaller circle with a fuzzy edge.

https://www.deviantart.com/zy0rg/art/Blur-Package-347648919

sphereblur

3D version of sineblur

Type: 3D blur
Author: Anton Liasotskiy (zy0rg)
Date: 9 Jan 2013

http://zy0rg.deviantart.com/art/Sphereblur-687844594

square

Square shaped blur

Type: 2D blur
Author: Antonio Intieri (gygrazok)

http://lu-kout.deviantart.com/art/Apophysis-Plugin-Pack-1-v0-4-59907275

Cube shaped blur

Type: 3D blur

starblur

Star shaped blur

Type: 2D blur
Author: Anton Liasotskiy (zy0rg)
Date: 9 Jan 2013

Negative values are allowed for both parameters, and can generate interesting shapes.

https://www.deviantart.com/zy0rg/art/Blur-Package-347648919

superShape3d

General 3D shape generator using two superformula instances.

Type: 3D blur
Name: David Young (Sc0t0ma)
Date: 19 Oct 2008

https://www.deviantart.com/sc0t0ma/art/SuperShape3d-101195889

http://paulbourke.net/geometry/supershape/

triangle

Triangular blur (3D)

Type: 3D blur
Author: Jesus Sosa
Date: 7 May 2020

waveblur_wf

Creates waves, like ripples in a pond.

Type: 3D blur
Author: Andreas Maschke
Date: 30 Jan 2015

xheart_blur_wf

Heart shaped blur

Type: 2D blur
Author: Andreas Maschke
Date: 30 Aug 2014

Based on xheart (which is not a blur).

zblur

Gaussian blur for the z axis only (no effect on x or y).

Type: 3D blur

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

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.