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Mandelbulb Basic Light and Color Tutorial by fraterchaos Mandelbulb Basic Light and Color Tutorial by fraterchaos
A very basic tutorial I made to set out the main color and light controls in MB3D mainly meant for beginners who want to learn how the colors and lights controls work without having to learn it all by experimentation.

Might even be one or two small items that some opld hands don't know, but for the most part, if you've been using MB for a while, you probably won't need this tutorial.

I do hope it helps somebody.
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Gipgm2 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Thanks for sharing-Well written and presented --very informative 
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found it useful :)
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Virginia-Fred Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014   Digital Artist
Awesome I have been trying to figure out the color and lighting, this is just what I need, thanks for sharing it :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad I could help!
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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
how do i delete a custom preset? :confused: :dummy:
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm, I'm not sure... have you tried simply saving a different custom preset over the one you don't want?
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fractal2cry Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
guess i will try that never thought to do that thanks a bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
don't know if it would work or not, but it's all I can think of
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:iconfractal2cry:
fractal2cry Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
ok next time I have it open I will give it a go
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool, let me know if it works!
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dark-beam Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Artist
To change all colors in one click;

Change random factor to 0
Choose a color
Hit random

The color will be set! :D

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:icongipgm2:
Gipgm2 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Nice tip thanks
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dark-beam Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student Artist
:aww: :)
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah good to know!
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GraphicLia Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Lots of ground covered here Charles and well written/illustrated. Picked up many tips and cleared up some fuzzy notions too. Thanks so much! :tighthug:
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are most  welcome, and I'm very glad it helped!
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polarpoisson Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
this is very useful! thanks!!
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad it helps, most welcome :)
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:iconflyashy:
flyashy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Great tut.
Very useful!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, glad you like it!
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flyashy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
You're welcome :)
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fractalbeke Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Interesting and well explained tut. Thanks for that, Charles.
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most welcome :)
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jaitsme2 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Excellent Charles...very good tutorial esp with images of the actual controls.Nicely done.
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, I hope some people can put it to good use :)
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DsyneGrafix Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good Stuff Charles! This Will help lots of newbies!!!!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was hoping! thanks!
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LeonieZurakowsky Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this detailed tut. The only thing I've experienced differently is that background photos can be stored and uploaded into the program from any folder. And an additional note - any kind of image can be used as a light map as long as it's in the right folder and numbered correctly. :D
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, I think I mentioned that you can use PNG, BMP or JPG as a light map...

I think the more recent versions of MB3D have put a limit on the BG images though, at least for me, I can not load them unless they are in the MB3D main folder, but that could just be me, or it could be just the latest version or two of MB
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LeonieZurakowsky Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Digital Artist
AHA - that's why the new version wasn't working for me! Drat! :D
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's probably it, just move the images you want to use to the main MB3D folder and then they will load
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LeonieZurakowsky Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Or stick to the previous version which is what I've been doing...guess I'll have to sort that out eventually though...what's in the new version that I'm missing? :D
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the newest one as far as I know is 1.8.9 and it's probably worth having as it adds the volumetric light feature
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LeonieZurakowsky Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Ah yes! Have not tried that yet! :D
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's very cool when it works, but it can be rough getting it right, check bib's and Hal's tutorials if you try using it, they really help
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LightBulbMoon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Nicely done! There is so much to the Program. I barely use its potential. Thanks for the effort that went into this.
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quite welcome, hope it helps, although I can't imagine you would need most of that info!
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LightBulbMoon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
It's amazing what I don't know - I stick with what I like so I'm not always solid on a lot.
Just seeing how you put it into words is a help.

A pointer or two that could frustrate some: If your background image file's name is over 24 characters or so it won't load. Just rename it. And be careful re-numbering color maps. Any saved lighting params will use the newly named map (with that same number if it exists now). The actual map isn't stored in the saved version. It just gets 'pointed' to. I messed up a whole library that way:)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, I'm glad it helped then. Just that I admire all your work so much I would never have guessed anything in a basic tutotrial would be much help.

I did not know about the 24 character limit. Good to know. I did know that the light map reference was just a pointer, but had not thought to warn anyone about it... I tend to number any new maps I get starting at an even thousand, like if I get ten new maps, I might make them 1000-1010, and then next time I add more, I go 2000-2010 or whatever... makes them easier to find if you have hundreds.
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mario837 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Thanks for the tutorial Charles!
It looks very neat and as far as color in MB3D, I think I will never learn all there is in the program to use.
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, I still find new things all the time, like the part about checking HS on a light when hard Shadows are not calculated, makes the ambient shadows less pronounced, I had not known that until I was making the tutorial!

thanks!
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nic022 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Thank a lot, well done
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:iconfraterchaos:
fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome, although I can't imagine you needed it!
and thank you :)
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well done my friend:) I'm sure this will help :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, I hope it helps somebody :)
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Topas2012 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you are always very welcome bro:)
Im sure it will :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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HalTenny Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Good job Charles! I would mention only one thing. If an image does show 'cut' sections, and a person does not want to take the slower (render) performance hit by choosing "In and Outside' in the formulas window. then you can usually set the inside object color in the gradient adjustment to a neutral color that will blend into the main colors making the cut edges almost invisible. And sometimes, depending on the image, they may actually add interesting borders and details that one might like. :)
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, that is true and thanks for mentioning it.

Mostly, I prefer to see all the fractal, which is why I usually just set "inside and outside" before I even start tweaking
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batjorge Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! It will help a lot of people :)
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