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Palettes in ChaosPro

In the early days of fractals computers were only able to create black and white images. Thus fractals were quite boring from an artists point of view:

The images were fascinating, because they seemed to have an infinite amount of detail. But computers needed days, or even weeks just to calculate a single image in black and white.

But then as computers became more powerful and had better graphics capabilities, they became able to calculate fractals in colour.

Nowadays the colors assigned to a fractal play a very important role in making a fractal beautiful.

One of the key features of modern fractal generators is to give the user as much control over the colors used to draw the fractal as possible.

A fractal can be boring if the colors are not well chosen. Colors can enhance the details and they can emphasize structures which otherwise would be too weak to get noticed.

In ChaosPro you use palettes to color a fractal: A palette is a set of colors which are used by the fractal and by adjusting the palette you change the colors. Each fractal has its own palette.

In ChaosPro a palette can consist of up to about 250 different colors (normally fewer), which then are interpolated and so form a "path", the so called color gradient:

The sum of all colors is called the "color space". It is a three dimensional object, normally a cube as seen at the left side (at least if the RGB color model is used).

If you select several points anywhere inside that cube and then draw a line through your points. This is what happens in ChaosPro: You define some colors, and ChaosPro uses your colors and interpolates them to form a smooth range of colors.