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Jun 07 2011

Cool Abstract Backgrounds

It’s great when I have a relevant photograph or other image to use as a header background for a post. Sometimes I really don’t have anything appropriate, though. Abstract images are a great substitute for relevance.

I’m not really a big fan of abstract art. I’m not much of an artist, either, when it comes to that sort of thing. What could I come up with to meet my needs?

Fractals

There is a lot more to fractal geometry than the Mandelbrot set. One particular generator of fractal artwork that I’ve always enjoyed is the electric sheep screensaver. The screensaver produces moving images that are generated from individual images called flames.

Using the program called qosmic, I’ve created several images that are great for use as backgrounds in a variety of situations. The process of creating the files is extremely simple, but rather CPU-intensive. My computer works very hard for several minutes while it generates an image. I rotate and cut out regions of the images to use for the backgrounds in the headers of this blog. Here is one of the uncut images:

Fractal image generated by qosmic

The original file is a 1680 x 1050 pixel PNG image, 5.1 MB in size.

In the event that others might find these images useful, I’ve made several of them available via a DropBox gallery. If you like them, feel free to use them.

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