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Although Inkblot Kaos allows you to render your own formulas, you can’t make your own filters and can only choose from the built-in ones.

I’ve only found one that seem to work well, the first Stalks one. So I was pleasantly surprised when I made this images using the dual bubbles filter, number 11.

As is often the case with fractals, you can’t make any assumptions. This filter didn’t look too good when I first switched from the first Stalks one.

Upon lowering the iterations it started to show some promise and finally I got down to only 15 from the default of 128.

Strangely enough, the next image is the same dual bubbles filter but at 128 iterations.

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So, you never can tell what will work. It’s an exciting mix of hit and miss.

One of the advantages of lowering the iterations is the image is generated much quicker. This can be very important when using a “parser” or “compiler” to enter your own formulas as they require extra processing that the built in formulas don’t.

I’ve also learned that simplifying the formula can speed things up too. The images just above and just below are both from this formula, (z^(2^c)), and at 128 iterations calculate faster than the first image whose formula is this, z^2^(z)-z^z+c and only has 15 iterations.

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That’s the whole formula. I find being able to write your own formulas adds a whole new dimension to making fractals. And you don’t need to understand anything about the formula’s components. It’s just a matter of shaking up the pieces and seeing what happens.