Opus Extractimus

I think the fertile places of computer art, are ones where graphic recombination takes place. Here, I’ve taken a Sterlingware fractal which I think is interesting enough on it’s own because it has such a wide variety of detail and applied a simple combination of effects that combines the talents of each one.

To take such an image and apply the Extractor 1 filter by Mario Klingemann will undoubtably produce interesting results because the Extractor filter will render the already interesting image in various ways.


(Above) The original image made in Sterlingware (squaravan04.loo)


(Above) Filtered with Overlap 4


(Above) Further filtered with Mirror, Mirror


(Above) Further filtered with Extractor 1. The first BW image in this posting comes from the same image as this one, just using different settings. Some images, if they turn out really good, can produce several intriguing and quite different “extractions”.

I then decided to use a combination of filters that has been shown to be very creative; Overlap 4 by Andrew Buckle and then various settings of the Extractor filter. Overlap 4 filter turns things 45 degrees and overlaps the rotated and original image producing something new with a lot of subtle shades that add further complexity to the mix which the Extractor will take advantage of. If you use a square image then the result will be symmetrical, otherwise you’ll end up with something on a 45 degree angle which only something like Mirror, Mirror (or a similar filter) will compensate for.

The colors are the original ones from Sterlingware and I think it shows how sophisticated Sterlingware can render images, particularly in this Sine Trap 4 render setting.

You could try this with any sort of image that has subtle gradients like a high res photo. A fractal image is convenient because the raw image is an uncompressed bitmap. Otherwise you’d see all sorts of ragged squares if you used a low res jpg.

The process is creative. There’s no end to the interesting scenes that this combination of filters will produce. It magnifies the graphic potential of a fairly simple program like Sterlingware to the point where it becomes a well of imagery that will never go dry.