Can of Worms
Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright,
But look’d too near have neither heat nor light.
—John Webster, The White Devil. Act iv. Sc. 4.
Played around with a new download tonight, Apophysis version 2. Looks like a fun way to create some cool textures using fractal "flames." I may experiment with Apophysis version 7, as well, for some "3D" fractal fun as well. Settings are complicated and it'll take a while for me to really understand what's going on, but even random stuff is fun.
After generating the PNG file, I played around with it some more in PSP, duplicating some layers, sharpening some, blurring the edges, adding a vignette, etc.