This is a short and easy method to make an animated fractal. It uses UF’s gradient tool.
The Extended Edition UF makes animations, otherwise you will need a programme that makes .gif animations such as Photoscape or GIMP.
I think some versions of Photoshop make them too.
PhotoScape makes a small size but GIMP makes a nice large size. e.g. 800X800px
The basic idea is to render many fractals with progressive and small changes in the gradient.
With just one layer they will render quickly.
So prepare a new parameter folder in UF to receive your images and another to receive the renders.
First, to make it easy, make a fractal with one layer and Drawing Method > Multipass Linear for a nice appearance.
Then choose or make a complex gradient.
It will need a number of colours, around a dozen or more gradient nodes. Use a few dark and light colours to have a variety of effects. Make a few fairly sudden changes.
To see what sort of effect you will get just slide the gradient all along. This can help you choose which fractal to use. The image has to change quite a lot.
To start, place the gradient with the number in the Rotation box at 0.
When you are satisfied with the appearance save this image and IMPORTANT, call it 001.
Render this image as a .jpeg. Small .gifs use small size renders but GIMP can handle 8000X8000 px which gives a nice appearance.
Next, after rendering, move the Rotation number 5 times, save as 002, and render. You can recommence while it renders.
Continue in this way until the number in the Rotation box reaches 395. This will be the last image as the next would be the same as the first one.
You will have 80 renders in all.
Open the programme to make the .gif.
For PhotoScape just upload each render one by one in the right order. You can regulate the speed.
This explains for GIMP.
Go to File and Open as Layers. Navigate to your animation renders folder.
It’s fastidious to open the layers one by one, so open all the files together starting from the bottom right corner up to the top by swiping across and click Open.
It will take a few seconds to open them.
When ready go to Export and change .jpeg at Name to .gif. and then Export ( you have to click twice here). Make your choice in the little window. The default speed of 100 milliseconds is suitable.
Exporting will take a few seconds.
You will find your animation in the folder with the .jpeg renders.
To put it on dA upload the .gif first then you will need to choose a preview which can be any of the .jpegs you made.
The number of renders you make is up to you. I made one with 400 by changing the Rotation number once each time. It took ages but can be very nice and smooth.
Of course you can use more than one layer and either move each one or leave all but one immobile.