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Apophysis Tutorial by Sya Apophysis Tutorial by Sya
At last it's finished.

The download is a zipped, fully illustrated and informative, 17 page PDF tutorial designed for beginners. The first part covers many Apophysis tips, including saving, editing and applying scripts, using hotkeys, mutating and transforming, saving parameters, changing gradients and rendering (using both HQI and Apophysis).

The second part contains information regarding Photoshop manipulation and recovery. Covered topics include basic color correction examples, using filters, layer techniques and a few other tips and hints designed to help beginners.

To view the pdf, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher installed. [link]

If you are looking for the script mentioned in the tutorial, you can find it in the comments section here:

If you have any questions, send me an email. If it has helped you, please come back and fav it.


I have written a second and more in depth tutorial that is a good follow up to this one. Or, if you feel comfortable with the interface and would like to learn better commands, go straight HERE!
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MarinaMMV Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
I've got a question. After I downloaded Apophysis, 2.02 and then updated version 2.09. I came across the following problem: on the left side of panel bar the scipt Transform and Weight closed some area of Variations? and I can't move those aside or upward.  Is there any opportunity to arrange left and right side of bars manually? I've got Windows 8, 64 bit. Thanks, if anyone knows how to deal with the problem.
moimeme99 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the source forge site is down. Could anyone provide a good link to download Apophysis 2.09?
FracFx Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can always be found here if sourceforge is down…
coldwetnoz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I am trying to learn how to add a variable (3D spherical).  I dragged it to the apophysis exe file and when it opened up, it still cannot be  found  in the list of variables.  Can you please help.


Now I am going to download your tut and try it.


Pauline (aka coldwetnoz)

Sya Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Drag the variable into your Plugins folder and restart Apo. Should be able to find it in the list of variables in the transform editor as well as the main window where it says Variations then choose Plugins>3d Spherical.
WhitneyDewel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I learned a lot :D

Dakywo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thnaks so much
virtualkee Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much for sharing this! really helpful!
ElleShaped Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much!
Fredd13 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
thank you for sharing :)
auntDevi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
:wave: After reading ^SaTaNiA's feature conversation with you, I wanted to personally thank you for your tutorial. Yours was the first one I found (through google) when I discovered apophysis and needed to learn how to use it. Glad I found you back then! :hug:
WilliamPilgrim Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012   Digital Artist
All versions of Apophysis I tried have problems with the editor window not showing the variations tabs, fr0st works fine. any ideas?
mindset43 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, downloaded file. My problem is sorting out various versions, setting up folders, understanding where to find plugins, work with these. Have worked with Apo 2.9 for x4 days now together with PSE, Paint and whatever else glues me together.......... Apo7 is where I wish to eventually go.
zhaokeran Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
like a new world!
catelee2u Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks will take a look!
sinninginheaven Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
downloading atm. will give feedback later 2 :3
TheBrightBeast Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
downloading atm. will give feedback later :D
queesesto Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Well, 7 years later and still helping noobs like me. THANKS.
Palin11 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Awesome tutorial! Very nicely put together and easy to follow. Thank you!
LiliLith Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
caffe1neadd1ct Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the news! [link]
gekkogecko Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
shroudedlegion Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
w00t! I'm gonna download this. Thanks so much for the tutorial! 8D
Nion-Won99 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovin it!
lovejayyuhara Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
thank you!
Danzi343 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
thank you!!
FireFytingNut Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so so so SOOOOO much for doing these tutorials!!!
iAkrobat Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Great Tutorial, thank you
Elentarien Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I've seen some awesome artwork put out using this program and would love to learn to do it. Hopefully, now, maybe I can. :)
shazzer06 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Thanks so much for this!!.. You are so awesome... making this and put it up so that all of us can learn...
Braja69 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LadyQuintessence Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Thank you for the tutorial. :)
hydelinz Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
It's really wonderful!
I Love it s much!
ILVEGREEEN Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
THankyou so much, I just got the program and I have NO idea what to do, I'm sure this tutorial will make me better at it! Thanks!
Bexy-Lea Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Great help, thank you! :hug:
FaerieDanse Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm going to try this! :heart:
PhoenixArisen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll definitely be checking this out. I am grateful that you decided to include how to use PS with these because throughout all of my wanderings I still hadn't found any information about that. I appreciate it. :hug: :+fav:
iuliasan Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this!:rose:
morningstar3878 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
thanks a lot for your efforts!
skylark-caricatures Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010   Digital Artist
frawgzdezignz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
anaRqi Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
i was looking for apophysis guide for a loooong time! thank you sya! :XD:
BloodOnWhiteSkin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I'll try your tutorial because I know Apophysis but I don't know really how to use.
Maybe I'll write in 2 weeks again or earlier were I'll tell you and the rest how good and helpfull you tutorial was actually. :)
ILikeCats5196 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Ah... I've been needing this. You saved me from another headache ^.^
elicoronel16 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops, i was going to favorite this tutorial and ended up requesting a print by mistake :giggle:
xxsomeoneelsexx Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Just downloaded Apophysis and though I don't have Photoshop, it looks like this tutorial will be very helpful. Thanks for making it! :D
KnottedLace Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Yays!! Apophysis is making sense!! Thankies much for the tut!!!!!
Vetorswest Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
Thank you so much! I would never be able to understand the controls in apophysis without this tutorial. And it majorly helped me out in an art piece I was making for my physics/calculus teacher. :D
roseenglish Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
many thanks

I have DL the 2.09 version and having crashes and PC freezes and for the life of me cant work out how to extract the image it wont let me save the file.

When I DL the program there was no directory folder made so I have no scripts folder etc..

very confused!

But loving just playing with the options already very addictive!
Otzem Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
damn thats great :D
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