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The Most Authoritative List Of Mandelbulb 3D Tutorials On The Internet!

You will find the MASTER TRAINING RESOURCE GUIDE is suitable for all levels, through a wide variety of topics covered within!

As with any skill you wish to master, training is critical. Creativity is a skill, and it can be improved over time.When you develop your creativity skills, you will find that it helps you in many aspects of your life.

The skills you will acquire by going through the tutorial training listed below will propel you to the Master Level of Fractal Art creation! This collection of training tutorials could easily be sold for a few dollars per PDF, however, I provide it here free of charge so it can help the most people possible!

Here is an important tip for new users that may get a “missing formula” error.

The first thing you should do is to try downloading the Mandelbulb 3D Custom formulas & transforms from this link.  Once you download the zip file, use it to overwrite your existing formulas.

Remember that if you get a formula “options not valid” error, it could also be because you are trying to mix formulas from the last three columns with those in the first 8 columns.

You can’t do that unless you select DE combinate as a hybrid type. You might be using a formula in the last column without using a shape formula from columns 9 and 10 along with it.

Another possibility is that you could be using a formula from the ads columns without also selecting another formula from 3d, 4d or 4da columns to go with it.

If you load a set of parameters and you get a missing formula error then you need to get the formula that is missing. Once you add it to your M3Formulas folder and restart the program it will no longer give you the missing formula error.

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The Magic of AirTable

Why did I choose to use AirTable?

Easy to use

Below you are about to discover THE MANDELBULB 3D MASTER TRAINING RESOURCE GUIDE in its cleanest form. Here you will find a plethora on information regarding Mandelbulb 3D. By studying this table you can easily become a Master Fractal Artist. With AirTable changes are made real time. Any updates to the table are instantly updated to the website. Each tab offers a wealth of information. The power of this AirTable version of should not be underestimated.

Easy to Find

At the top of the AirTable you will find five tabs with the white tab being the active tab.  Going from left to right there is the WRITTEN TUTORIALS tab, followed by VIDEO TUTORIALS, RESOURCES, PARAMETER SETS  and finally the FORMULAS WITH i DESCRIPTION tab.  On the the FORMULAS WITH i DESCRIPTION tab, there is a breakdown of the different Mandelbulb 3D Formula types and in most cases gives you an explanation, written by the person that created the formula. All the links within the table are clickable and will open the resource in a new tab or window depending on the browser you are using. You can even download it as a CVS file or print it out. Just click on the three dots to save the CVS file or print the entire table. This could be very useful as you try to wrap your head around the different formula types and how they can be used in combination to create some beautiful images to share with the world.

Do you have the latest version of Mandelbulb 3d fractal software?

NEW !  Last Updated 05/02/20  NEW!

 Last version coded by Jesse.


If I fail to update this page with the newest version go to to the Official Mandelbulb 3D Site.
Owned and maintained by Andreas Maschke.

For Linux users, you can use the windows version through the wine application.

For Mac users, the wine option might work for you too, depending on which version of the OS you are using.

Benoit Mandelbrot was known as the father of the fractals, a concept he popularized in The Fractal Geometry of Nature in 1982.

Benoit B. Mandelbrot was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician with broad interests in the practical sciences, especially regarding what he labeled as “the art of roughness” of physical phenomena and “the uncontrolled element in life.” Wikipedia

Born: November 20, 1924, Warsaw, Poland

Died: October 14, 2010, Cambridge, MA

Awards: Wolf Prize in Physics, Japan Prize, Franklin Medal plus more

Education: University of Paris (1952)

Mandelbulb 3D Random Tips

If your image disappears while you are zooming in, then you can raise the ‘far plane’ setting’ at the lower left corner of the nav window. Some people don’t realize you can use this in reverse as well. (Obviously) If the background of your image is too busy looking or you can’t seem to make the background fade or fog up by using the depth slide in the ambient lighting, then you can lower the far plane setting in the nav window.

Hal Tenny

Every time you render an image the information about that image, the parameters, formulas, colors etc. is saved in the history folder. You can revisit this folder hours, days or even years later and open an image from the history folder and tweak it any way you want.

( The history of your renders will be saved from the first day you install Mandelbulb 3D. )


If you find, when you render the image that the finer edges look ragged, try lowering the raystep multiplier value. Try a value between 0.05 and 0.01 This would ordinarily increase your total render time. Since IFS renders require a low max iteration value – approximately 5 – this doesn’t add to the total render time as much as it would for a non-IFS render.


If you are stuck, do this:
1) Select the ‘fixed zoom and steps’ box by clicking on it.
If you want to ONLY zoom in or out, do the following:
2) Use the extra zoom buttons to navigate in or out, (buttons circled in green) NOT THE WALK CONTROLS!
If you want to cut further into your piece:
3) Use the walk buttons to cut into your piece.

Hal Tenny

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Here's the donuts! My Most Heartfelt Thanks!

To all the fractal artist that have created the tutorials, videos, maps and parameter packs that make up the Guide below, THANK YOU!

Your love of fractals and willingness to share your tips, tricks, knowledge and expertise allowed me to compile this resource guide to begin with. Without you, this guide and website would not be possible!


Last Updated: 01/03/2021 –  Written Tutorials Tab / Parameters Set Tab / Resources Tab

To busy to go through everything in

Then you should check out this page!

Mandelbulb Maniacs

Supported and Loved Worldwide The Very Best Fractal Group on Facebook

Designed to help new users grow and learn, the Mandelbulb Maniacs Facebook group offers daily challenges, peer support, a massive resource library, no spam, encouragement, and a large community of willing members to help out. Plus, it's all FREE with no obligation to join.

Mandelbulb Maniacs is dedicated to fractal art created with Mandelbulb 3D (MB3D) software. We’re a group for both artists and art appreciators, with an emphasis on sharing, learning, and artistic development—shared fractal parameters, program tips and tricks, member challenges, tutorials, resources, and artistic input. Our members range from new program users, to some of the world’s top fractal artists, to lots of art fans who just want to see the fractal creations. Share your art and ideas, learn MB3D here, or just sit back and enjoy the show.
Over 15,000 international members and growing!

Celebrating Seven Years - Created July 18, 2013

Need a Good Place to Start?

Over the years I have shared and collected parameters on Deviant Art. If you would like to use some of them as a starting point then click the “My Parameters” button where you will find over 600 hundred of images to choose from. There is also a button to a huge collection of more than 5000 parameters from other artist there also. I just ask that you give the proper credit when tweaking any art!

The Master Training Resource Guide

Final Thoughts About Your Training!

If you are new to creating fractals, the guide above, with all those tutorials can seem overwhelming. I understand! But I encourage you to take your time and go through them methodically and as you do, your skills will improve.

You should also find someone that has better skills than yourself and study the fractals they create. Copy the parameters they share and plug them into your MB3D software and study the settings they use.

This method of study has helped hundreds if not thousands before you. It is a proven method that will produce results.

You might also start with these two formulas alone at first and later add them together in different combinations. Amazing Box and Menger3. Other formulas can be added to either of these to create really great images with some trial and error.

Remember that with any skill you wish to Master, practice is essential. You can not just sit down at the piano and play a song without first practicing and making mistakes. 

You can not break anything while creating fractals. It is a learned skill that you can do.

As for me, my madness runs deep when thinking about helping others learn and enjoy the thrill of creating 3D Fractal Art. It’s Maniacal really!

My genuine hope is that this list of training resources totally transforms your skill set. Now go, create Awesome Fractals for your own joy and pleasure as well as the amazement of your friends and family! 

By the way, if you have written a tutorial, shared a collection of maps or created a parameter pack that is not listed here, please contact me and I will be happy to add it.

Ricky Jarnagin (aka DsyneGrafix )