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Happy 2013 by theaver Happy 2013 by theaver
I want to wish all my friends , all those people who commented and faved and appreciated my work, all the people who showed their beautiful work here, a very wonderful 2013. :iconnewyearplz:

The clock is stock from somewhere here and of course I was inspired to this by :iconvelvet--glove:








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fractalbeke Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Hoe je DIT klaargespeeld hebt is me zeer de vraag. Maar wat een prachtwerk, joh !
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theaver Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Niet zo moeilijk hoor met image traps geimporteerd. Maar dank je wel, het nieuwe jaar is weliswaar al aardig onderweg maar vandaag is ook een soort nieuw jaar met onze nieuwe koning..;)
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Anto106 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Beautiful!
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I thought I had commented on this! :doh:

What a great New Year image... and you found a clock showing midnight too! What a fun piece. :clap:
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theaver Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thanks Chris. I dont think you did comment but then sometimes things go wrong here. Well I felt a bit like I was imitating you but I tried to make it my own thing...it is fun sometimes to import pictures I think. :heart:
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
No worries, Thea, I'm very used to people trying out or even directly copying my ideas. However, you found your own style and clock image here so it really is pretty much all your own work! :thumbsup:

Yes, it is fun and very creative to use images. I actually do this quite a lot but you are probably unaware of it because it is not always obvious. :eyes: :D
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theaver Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Well I am not so sure how I would feel about people trying to copy my ideas, though it depends on who it is and if they tell you. I had someone the other day who made a fractal I liked, I complimented her and then she told me she had the idea from an old fractal of mine that I had forgotten about. And I liked that but I dont have such a distinctive style as you . But I decided to import the clock as it fitted the New Year theme..
You told me that before that you often use images but I still dont know how you do that..but didn't you import other fractals that way? Or also other images? Pictures and such? :D
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Sometimes people acknowledge the idea (as you have here) and/or the help I have given them privately, which I'm fine with. Other times I have seen very specific ideas or details reproduced where nothing is said which does bother me a little but also makes me smile because I know where it came from and it is sort of a compliment. As I said earlier, I am used to it now as people do tend to look very closely at my work to see how I might have done something or what details make something stand out. So many people have told me what an inspiration they find my work to be... how can I not be pleased about that? I think it's great that people want to make their work better and if I am the example they want to learn from then I do think that's a good thing! :D

I use various images in various ways. I use ordinary rendered fractal textures (e.g SFBM, Voroni etc.), photographs (e.g clocks), photographs with texture, and a few specialized images that I created myself in a graphics program. Some of these resources are used as they are (e.g clocks) but most are used for texturing because direct imports like clocks often don't look quite right to me - photographic material has a different quality to it and often does not look right with the rest of the fractal design - which is why I have done so few of this type of image, it's really hard to get it looking good!

For texturing I like to use the tiling and merge mode properties of Ron's Color Trap Image Tiles plugin as well as things like Edge Fade and the Special Effects parameters. It takes a while to get familiar and comfortable with using these plugin parameters but they provide many interesting and creative opportunities. I also like tiled textures because they get smaller as the iterations do - I think that looks better.

In case you don't know... all this is image texturing & tiling stuff is covered in Ron's tutorials online [link] (See #9). It does take a little effort to understand how to use these tools properly but it's good fun when you work it out! :nod:

Hope all this helps anyway. :)
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theaver Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you for your long answer Chris. Yes you are quite right to see all the "imitations" as a compliment cause it shows that people like it, it is a good way to look at it I think and also one learns by imitating what others do..and then giving it your own stamp...And I know there is an awful lot of skill in what you do. I did those tutorials you mention a bit, some time ago but I guess it is a good idea to try them again as I forgot most what was in it. In Janet's classes we went more step by step I suppose and I found the english easier. I do use things like plug ins but a bit haphazard I guess...
Thanks for giving me some new ideas...Thea
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Velvet--Glove Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Yes, Ron's tutorials can be difficult sometimes but at least he provides some useful examples to study. I think if you can put aside a little time to play with these ideas and his parameters you will have some fun with these tools. Good luck! :wave:
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