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Apo Tutorial: Star Map by daelly Apo Tutorial: Star Map by daelly
After several people asked me how I made Star Map, I decided to just make a tutorial. Because this is my first tutorial (and because I'm still pretty new at fractals), I warn you to not set your expectations too high. I'm still learning, so if you see a glaring error or have a suggestion, please let me know.

Also, please be creative with this tutorial! I used similar parameters to make another one of my images, Spore, which looks nothing like a solar system. Try different variations to make something unique.

Finally, let me know if you use this. I really want to see your results!

Examples of work created with this tutorial:
- *AeternitasveniA - [link]
- =CBennettPhotography - [link]
- ~dandy-cARTastrophe - [link]
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:icontiffrmc720:
tiffrmc720 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool tutorial, here's what I made fav.me/db4i7g2
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Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I managed the tweak! This was super tricky.  fav.me/db0fma5
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Holmes-JA Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Had a go here! Also working on a tweak. fav.me/db0br99
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PhoenixArisen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, really simple and laid out tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing the steps and came up with an amazing image. I can't wait to tweak it and see what else I can use for variations to enhance it. I will definitely be giving you credit once I finish with my tweaks.
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
Thanks and you're welcome :) I hope it helps you create something awesome!
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IcarusPlus Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Thank you for the tutorial! I've used it here: icarusplus.deviantart.com/art/…
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Very nice! You're welcome :)
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Arythya Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist
I have used your tutorial here: arythya.deviantart.com/art/Fra…
But I not very satisfied with the result, the lines on the ground are not visible as in yours.
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djdarkstorm Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
djdarkstorm.deviantart.com/art… Thanks! :) I wanted to mention also, for whatever reason, once I hit step four, I had to add flatten to make it display- otherwise the entire image disappeared. 
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jim88bro Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing tutorial and another tweak: jim88bro.deviantart.com/art/Fi…
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jim88bro Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. Her is a tweak of mine: jim88bro.deviantart.com/art/Co…
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Nice! I really like what you did with it!
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jim88bro Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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LMcentury21 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing and simple ! Thanks for the tutorial !
Used here: lmcentury21.deviantart.com/art…
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moonhigh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tut!!
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ClericalRage Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope you like the outcome of the Tutorial of yours.

clericalrage.deviantart.com/ar…
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daelly Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
That's awesome! Great job!
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Adrolyn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool.  Nice one.  =)
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Thanks! I hope it works well for you.
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IAmThatStrange Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
I'm such a newbie.  I tried to Google this but cannot find it.  What is Ztranslate?   Other than that, it's soooooo cool to see it evolve!

Thanks!
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
It's a variation. I'm pretty sure it came with the version of Apo I have (7x 15B). It's right in between zscale and zcone. Does that help?
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IAmThatStrange Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
One of my problems was that I wasn't using the 3D version, just now started it up and the light-bulb went off.  Now I've found them all.  Thanks!! 
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grenadefox Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Hi there, I know it's an old post, but I'm having trouble with this: The smaller spheres are all stretched :( Any suggestions?

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grenadefox Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
daelly has kindly set me straight! For anyone else who may encounter this issue (or anyone new to Apo like me!) here is the solution:
I got this problem due to not realising the 'variations' search is case sensitive, and that the little 3D logo is not a substitute for 3D. Because of this I was using the 'spherical' plugin and not 'Spherical3D' - problem solved!

Thanks again!
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Ostria Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Hello, I used your tutorial here :D. I also see that we've been catching each other on each other's pages :3. Gotta love the visitor list thingy XD. I got a bit lost, well i got to the last part and i was trying to figure out how to make the little balls go up and stuff, so after messing with some numbers i got the final result @_@. Not exactly like it but i guess that happens sometimes XD
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daelly Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Very interesting result! It's so cool that just tiny tweaks can create a completely different image. To solve the issue of the balls going up, you may have to adjust the ztranslate on the bubble transform (from the tutorial, this is transform 5 but it may be different depending on your tweaks).
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Ostria Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Hm, I'll try it out next time, I usually do each tutorial 2-3 times depending on how badly i mess up each time XD. This one wasn't that horribly far from the original, usually try to get to the original and stray away from there. It was looking perfect and identical until I got to the adjustment window D:!
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I'm the same way. I don't know how many times I've been using someone else's tutorial and thinking they must have totally screwed something up just to find out that I put a variation on the wrong transform or something. The good thing about having to redo it so many times is that the techniques start getting hammered into my brain.
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Ostria Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
i actually only didn't understand the color speed symmetry part of your walk-through so i just put it om the colors tab....there's probably some type of plugin i am not aware of now that i think about it *face palms*
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
You were right to put it on the color tab. Color speed is called color symmetry in older versions of Apo apparently, so a lot of tutorials still call it symmetry. Here's the definition I found that might help: "Formerly known as 'Color symmetry', this transform-specific parameter controls the distribution of colour around the transform. Appropriate values vary with transform usage, e.g. whether a transform tiles or links from another." I'm not entirely sure I understand how it works, I just mess with it until I like it.
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Gery-Conriquez Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you post the datafile from Apophysis? by me its not so good :(
I have make 100% the same as the tutorial but its show not so good.
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Hi, I saw your result, and it looks great. Are you sure that you are using a 3D version of Apophysis? I got it here: [link]
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Gery-Conriquez Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have found the problem :D, i was use first the version d15, than as i use version b15 it works :D.
But thx for you tutorial :)
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:icontheorigidiotdogbrain:
This is a great tutorial and even greater piece of art. I tried to recreate it and I am stuck at the following point: In step 5 when I create the flame as described it only creates the central bubble as a 3d body all other bubbles are flat pressed to the normal layer and not 3d at all. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
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:icontheorigidiotdogbrain:
Ok, did it, I found my mistake! Please ignore my initial post...
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great guide! :love:

Applied it and made my own starmap version, cf. [link] .

Only added an extra layer with additional "loonie"ness plus added a few filters with GIMP 2.6.

Kudos and thanks to you! :clap:
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Looks good! Mind if I link to it on the tutorial?
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dandy-cARTastrophe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush: Thanks. No problem, go ahead, would be honored. :meow:
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geisty Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome! gonna experiment with this... I'll show ya what manifests :)
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
I look forward to it!
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Dead-Levaithan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great, thanks a lot :)
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
You're welcome! I hope it is useful for you!
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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
sweet thanks 4 doin' this!
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:icondaelly:
daelly Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
No problem :)
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