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Spirograph Tutorial by esintu Spirograph Tutorial by esintu
edit: I wrote spiralograph instead of spirograph throughout the tutorial.. will correct it asap, not that you won't be able to figure out what's going on with an extra "al", but still... :D

This tutorial is a general source of information and hopefully inspiration on using the spirograph variation. The first part has information on the variables of spirograph and what can be done by just one spirograph transform. The second part has instructions on two types of spirals that can be done using spirograph as a base. It has many opportunities for you to branch out, and it certainly isn't a walkthrough to an art piece. It simply provides a few tips and bases you can work on to create your own fractals.

Hope this is useful in one way or another.. :) please do link me via note or a comment if you come up with anything, I'd love to see what you've done.

Things you need to follow this tutorial:

1. Apophysis 2.06 beta or higher (2.06 Z+ is ok, 2.05 z+c++ isn't) available at [link]
2. The spirograph variable plugin (available, along with many others, at [link] )(if you have problems using the plugin pack, don't hesitate to ask me or ~Lu-Kout himself for instructions, though the instructions in the description are quite self-explanatory)
3. Basic knowledge of the program Apophysis and the editor window (you basically have to know how to follow instructions in the editor window to follow the tutorial along). basic tutorials available at [link] )

My deviations with spirograph:

It's Electric: [link]
Genes Gone Wrong:
[link]

Other deviations with spirograph:

Interlaced: [link]

mandala: [link]
this was the one that led me to play with spirograph actually, as some of you from #Apophysis room would know :eyes:

enjoy!
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:iconauntdevi:
auntDevi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Looks interesting.. will give it a go soon. Thanks for it!
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing your time and your talent! I really appreciate it.
Hugs,
Anj
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GraphicLia Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
Thank you! This should help!!
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SiennaBlue Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Wth-Iz-This Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
hey hey hey. Great tut :D

I wanted to ask, how do i apply these variations plugins?? Please and thanks. :D
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esintu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, glad you like it.

I'm not entirely sure what exactly you're asking about, but instructions for using the plugins is available in the deviation in which you can also find the plugins to download - provided in the description but here it is again: [link]

hope that helps,

cheers
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Wth-Iz-This Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
thanks a lot for that...What i was actually asking was how to use/apply these plugins on apophysis. But i think you answered it. thanks.
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iuliasan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this!
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome, hope it was useful :)
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:iconiuliasan:
iuliasan Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will let you know when I use it!!
Thanks again!
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial :bow:
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boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
where can i find spirograph and is it freeware?
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esintu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
all links to the program (Apophysis) and the plugin (Spirograph) are in the description. and yes, they're all freeware :)
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boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
yeah i found it in someone's plug-in pack. thanks. i keep having problems with results while toying around with the program. i follow tutorials (i.e. apoflowers) and the results are none, not like in the tuts. it's irritating but i won't give up, just keep asking questions until i get what i'm looking for.
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esintu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i can answer any specific questions you might have too.. just note me :) and good luck with the program :)
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boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
ok, thanx.
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you sooo much ;)
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ladydetemps Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
I used it to start me off here
[link]
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heh, thanks for the heads-up, glad you used it :)
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EmmiP Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no clue where and how to find this "spirograph" -place. Maybe the editor is a bit different in Linux, who knows. Anyways I have Apo 2.07 and I put the plugins in to the plugin -folder. I'm just lost..
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esintu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does apophysis even work in Linux? :O I'm amazed! :giggle:
anyway, if the plugins are working, it should show under the "variations" tab to the right of the editor window, just below the preview image. its variables should also be present under the variables tab, right next to the variations tab. the spirograph, being a plugin, tends to be towards the bottom in the lists.
also, make sure you have the right plugin pack, the one I've linked to in the description. it's not present in all the packs :)

hope that helps...
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EmmiP Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Apo works fine in Linux SuSE :) It's emulated with Wine.

Thanks for the advice, I'll try that.
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cmptrwhz Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hello may I use this tutorial on my website [link] under the tutorial section of course. Giving you full credit and links back to your front page?
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esintu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure, I'd love that.. thanks :)
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cmptrwhz Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much I will be doing that this weekend.
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RV-TIDE Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Much hanks for tut. I couldn't quite figure out this variation.
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AftermathArts Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
This looks FUN! I'm bookmarking... I'll try it later and COME BACK! I'll let you know how it goes ^_^
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esintu Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) hope you find it useful
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highmountain4 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
This is awesome! Thanks so much for sahring. Now to download the new Apo and start playing. It's good motivation for starting something new!
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hope you come up with something you like :D
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highmountain4 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
We'll give it a go. Started playing around last night - very simple stuff at the onset - will work my way up from there.
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive:
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highmountain4 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
Here's a very simple (very, very simple) first pass at playing with it Mirror. Will really start digging into tweaks next but really liked how even the simple one looked. Thanks again for the tutorial!
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IDeviant Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent-looking tutorial - I shall hopefully get some time to ';play' this coming weekend :D
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baba49 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D I fav this and play with it as soon as I have time.
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docstrangelove Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
yaşasın artık her şey çok daha kolay hatta yattaaa!! =)
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hadi yap bişeyler de görelim, uzundur ses soluk çıkmıyo valla, tatil işte, bol bol vaktin var, sanatını konuştur biraz :)
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docstrangelove Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
ilahi esin sen bunu yazmadan koymuştum yeni birşey şimdi bakmaya ne dersin? =P
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
onu gördüm de anlamadım pek olayı :D
hem ben fraktal diyorum :P
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Snowshovel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
your stuff looks cool !!!Thanks
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hope it's useful.. :)
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Lu-Kout Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
Hey, great tutorial! It makes me happy to see people enjoying the plugins. (And to think, I almost didn't publish this one!) Good job of explaining how the parameters can be manipulated to achieve different effects.

For anyone that's interested, this plugin is based on parametric equations for hypotrochoids and epitrochoids, both special cases of roulette curves. Wikipedia ([link]) has a simple animation of a hypotrochoid curve that may shed some light on how this plugin's parameters relate to the resulting parametric curve.

a and b basically correspond to the radii of the two generating circles. c1 and c2 would normally have the same magnitude, with a possible sign difference, for the two types of curves mentioned above (hypotrochoids have opposite signs, while epitrochoids have the same sign). d is actually somewhat redundant in its current form (oops!), and basically serves as a counterweight for c1 and c2 (I never really got around to using it for what I meant to!)

tmin and tmax determine the extent of the curve endpoints (and therefore affects how "filled in" the curve becomes), while ymin and ymax determine the "thickness" of the ribbon (another little redundancy -- could have gotten away with using a single parameter!)
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Guarani Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Artist
Thanks much!

Now... where do I get that variation?
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there's a link in the description, but i'll give it to you here again... :)
[link]
follow the instructions in the description
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Guarani Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Professional Artist
Got it... Thank you! :lol:
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xero-sama Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
kewlioness ;)
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:boogie:
hope you find it helpful
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xero-sama Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
yup 'tis cool
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely awesome! :D I'll be throwing this right into the Apophysis club resource journal. And trying it out myself! :D
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esintu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dance: hope you find it useful
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