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3D Grass
3D Grass

Tutorial on making realistic grass materials with 3D Studio Max.

360 Panorama
360 Panorama

Creating virtual 360 Panorama using 3ds Max. 3D Panorama will let us see a three-dimensional picture of the visualization using the virtual camera, turn it and watch for any point around the full 360 degrees, as well as zoom in and out.

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Anisotropic Reflections
Anisotropic Reflections

As a more everyday practical definition, Anisotropic Reflections are just like regular reflections, except stretched or blurred based on the orientation of small grooves (bumps, fibers or scratches) that exist on a reflective surface. For example, take a look at this Brazil image (rendered with an alpha anisotropic shader.

Architectural Modeling
Architectural Modeling

In this tutorial we cover concepts and procedures for architectural modeling, building 3D objects, generating objects from curves or shapes. In this tutorial you will learn how to build and model Complete Corporate Architectural Building from scratch to final.

Asteroild
Asteroild

This tutorial is designed for advanced 3dsmaxers, I plan to cover how to create an aseteroid in 3D studio max using only max's standard plugins. Essentially most of the work in creating the asteroid is done through three areas, particles, lighting and texturing.
All three of these areas are what make up the asteroids actual look and feel. Particles are what makes the actual form and shape plus motion, texturing makes the real look and shape of the asteroid, whereas lighting controls the real colouring of the particle system, although a lot of the colour can be portrayed through the diffuse channel in the material editor the colour is quite dull and lacks any real expression, the lighting really controls the look when it comes to lighting with the asteroid.

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Ball Rolling
Ball Rolling

This is a very simple tutorial describing how to animate a ball or a wheel rolling down an irregular path. It was devised by my in answer to a need for a car which could drive around corners but still have the wheels rotate accordingly. I assume you know a fair amount about MAX and won't bother explaining every little detail.

Basketball
Basketball

This tutorial will show you how to model a highly detailed basketball in 3D Studio Max using box modeling techniques. This tutorial is suitable for beginners but assume some basic knowledge.

Blood Elf - Making of
Blood Elf - Making of

This tutorial covers some of the interesting steps of producing this image. starting with what sparked the idea, and covering the modeling, texturing, rendering and compositing. I will also share a few tips and tricks as I show the process.

Blood Knight - Making of
Blood Knight - Making of

Advanced multi-channel texturing in Max - My main focus on the Blood Knight was the texturing / shading, I've used a unique method I like to call multi-channel texturing and in this focused making-of tutorial I will share the process, considerations and a few other tips.

Bluprint Setup
Blueprint Setup

This tutorial will teach you how to setup your scene with blueprints or images of whatever is you would like to model. Ideal for car, truck and vehicles that have blue prints available.

Body Modeling
Body Modeling

This article gives a basic overview of how to created a 3D anime character. It is loosely based off of a spline modeling tutorial from Hash Animation Master. While it utilizes 3D Studio MAX r2.5 as in the example here, the basic principles should be useful even if modeling with other packages, such as Lightwave's Metanurbs, or even splines in AM. Some sections of this article only give an overview, and show the basic low poly mesh. Is it assumed that the reader has or will have the basic 3D skills to create and model their own characters, using what is here as a guide.

Boolean Operations
Boolean Operations

Boolean compound objects. This assignment will introduce you to 3-dimensional Boolean operations in 3DS Max.

Ball Rolling
Bouncing Balls in a Cityscape - Reactor

Tutorial covering the basics of reactor providing a step by step guide to getting balls bouncing off a surface - in our case a city. Also includes links to the tutorials detailing the building of the city.

BMW Z3
BMW Z3

When the Z3 was introduced back in 1996 many were shocked by the aggressive styling of this German 2-seater. Everybody thought then that the Z3 is a very beautiful car to say the least.

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Chains
Chains

Use the same technique to make both tentacles or chains. In a nutshell, I created an object, repeated it several times in a row, then used path deform to bend it to the shape of a spline. For this example, I will use a chain link. The first step, create a chain link by making a torus (seg 20), then rotate it 9 degrees. The reason I rotate it is due to the next step, I use Edit Mesh, choose all the vertexes on one side of the torus, and pull them to the right, to make the elongation of the link. To do this, I needed to rotate the torus so there were no vertexes on the North-South axis. The formula I used was 360degrees divided by number of segments divided by 2 is the number of degrees to rotate it.

Cloning
Cloning

Cloning and the Xform Modifier (Daisy) We will be making a couple of flowers which blow in the wind.

Cloads
Clouds

After you are through with this tutorial you will know how to create realistic clouds with volume fog. Volume clouds are processor intensive when rendering. This file can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Compositing a 3D Render
Compositing a 3D Render

This is a very simple tutorial demonstrating how to take 2D video footage and composite a 3D animated object in the scene. I'm not going to go into every specific MAX feature and option used, Instead I'll be concentrating more on the actual process and flow of work and files.

Compositing Camera Matching
Compositing Camera Matching

This tutorial essentially covers creating all the geometry that’s in a photo and matching up the camera to the photo along with using camera map and other useful max tools to make a complex 3D scene.

Compositing Debris Flying at Screen
Compositing
Debris Flying at Screen

Lets say you wanted to make an explosion, blowing an object up and making debris fly at the screen, of course rather than using CG fire which a lot of the time looks, well... CG. You might want to use stock footage, video footage of fire which you can overlay into your 3D scene making the explosion look a lot more realistic.

Compositing a Crash
Compositing a Crash

The idea was to have a ball roll down the hill and crash into the rock statue knocking it to pieces like a bowling ball striking down a bowling pin (but this shatters into rocky debris). I wanted this to be a one night project, the effect was simple and I didn't see why it would take more than a few hours to make.

Compositing Pyrotechnics
Compositing Pyrotechnics

The idea was to have a ball roll down the hill and crash into the rock statue knocking it to pieces like a bowling ball striking down a bowling pin (but this shatters into rocky debris). I wanted this to be a one night project, the effect was simple and I didn't see why it would take more than a few hours to make.

Glass Crystal Tutorial
Crystal

This tutorials will show you how to get a really cool glass-crystal effect.

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Firemarble Holder
Firemarble Holder

Your end results, if you render the supplied file, should look similar to the original picture supplied. However, the file is a slightly simplified version so it won't look exactly the same. BTW, use 'Render Region' to get the right shape or crop afterwards as it's ugly with the default aspect.

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Ella - Making of
Ella - Making of

In this tutorial I will cover some of the interesting steps of this project. I will cover modeling and rigging in general, texturing, working with complex hairs, rendering and compositing. I will also share a few tips and tricks as I show the process.

Export from 3DSM to PS
Export from 3DSM to PS

This is more of a tip than a tutorial. Im going to explain how to save your renders including the alpha channel, and how to delete the unwanted background in Photoshop.

Eye Rigging
Eye Rigging

Eyes, perhaps one of the more critical and emotive parts of a character, can be difficult to setup. This tutorial shows how to rig a basic spherical cartoony eye rig in 3D Studio MAX, though the basic principles should carry over to other packages.

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Face Modeling
Face Modeling

The NURMS (Non-Rational Mesh Smooth) or Subdivision Surface technique uses low-polygonal mesh to control the shape of the smooth surface.

Fire
Fire

Creating Fire in 3DSMAX by Allan McKay. Before we start you will need one plugin for this tutorial, it isn't a necessity but I've chosen to put it in just to save time making thin tendrils, it's a free plugin though from Blur Studios and you can download the plugin.

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Grass Tutorial
Grass

Grass Tutorial V1.5 For 3dsmax R3.x Please note that this is a relative heavy tutorial, when you are finished, you will have a scene with about 520.000 faces. But its only when you render, they are not in the viewport.

Greeble a City
Greeble a City

Using 'Greeble' in 3D Max to quickly build a city, Part 2. Part 1 includes using Greeble to create a Skyscraper. If your new to Greeble take a look at the first part of our tutorial: Greeble a 3D City: Tutorial 1: Greeble Skyscraper.

Guitar
Guitar

"A Bumpy Guitar" Modeling a Les Paul with 3D Studio Max.

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HDR Rendering for Photorealistic Imaging
HDR Rendering for Photorealistic Imaging

In this tutorial we explain what is the HDR rendering and how you can control the brightness of the final render using it, easily getting rich and outstanding pictures. This tutorial answers the following questions: - What is HDR? - What does LDRI mean? - How to post-process HDRIs using Photoshop? - How to render HDRIs from V-Ray? - Which image format is the best to save HDR renders? - How to deal with ovebrights in the window and near it? - How to lighten the dark rendering?

 

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IK Setup (Advanced)
IK Setup (Advanced)

This tutorial is for advanced users. Before reading this, please have a working knowledge of 3Dstudio Max's "New IK", or IK in general. In this tutorial you will be using 3D-Studio Max's "New IK", and Expressions to create 2 advanced setups.

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Modeling Joan of Arc
Modeling Joan of Arc

A very extensive tutorial that includes creating a character from A to Z, modeling, textures and skinning. Image Templates provided. Tutorial by Michel Roger.

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Create Karamenods Cell (slime)
Karamenods Cell

Create Karamenods Cell (slime) This tutorial learns you how to make Karamendos cell (slime). This is a very simple, step by step tutorial for beginners and intermediate 3ds Max users. There is three chapter : 1. Modeling 2. Materials 3. Light

Kitchen Sink
Kitchen Sink

Modeling and texturing a stainless steel kitchen sink. Page goes to a ink is to a PDF download.

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LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor

This tutorial will show you how to model an LCD monitor in 3D Studio Max using basic box modeling techniques. This tutorial is suitable for beginners and shows exactly how to perform each step.

ACFF 2
Lighting

3DS Max 5 has new Advanced Lighting features such as the Light Tracer. In this exercise, you’ll use a Skylight and Light Tracer to add realism to an outdoor scene. This is an intermediate level tutorial. You should be familiar with standard lights and shadows in 3ds max before doing this exercise.

Lightning
Lightning

Detailed tutorial about creating lightning. Making some lightning can be useful to simulate storms, electric arcs, ect... Sure you can also add some sparks, smoke, rain and a lot of things for a more realistic effect. To make this lightning you'll need the Lightning Digimation Plug-in and the glow Video post plug-in. With of these two plug-ins we can create this picture.

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Mazda RX8
Mazda RX8

Starting out with the setup of your chosen blueprints, I´ve decided to make the "Mazda RX8" and I found the blueprints at www.onnovanbram.com who has an wide range of car blueprints.

Mental Ray Light & Render Setup
Mental Ray Light & Render Setup

In this video tutorial of www.renderray.com, we will work on the Exterior Light setup, Render settings & HDRI, Environment Effects And Mental Ray Photographic Exposure Control setup to make a realistic and professional render.

Modelling a building in 3DS max
Modelling a building in 3DS Max

In this tutorial I will show you how I modelled a building in 3ds max as it gives you the tools to model quickly without the perfect accuracy which isn’t necessary in the design stage. This tutorial focuses on translating an idea or sketch into a model.

Modeling Creature's Details
Modeling Creature's Details

I have always believed that the smaller details are the ones that make the difference. Having said that, this tutorial isn't about making your model from scratch, its about taking your creature (dragon, serpent, orc, demon etc') and giving it personality with those details.

Multiple Texture Mapping
Multiple Texture Mapping

Blend material and multiple object texture mappings. An example of two spheres, one using normal spherical mapping and the other using multiple mappings. The stretching problem is clearly visible on the polar region of the sphere on the left, while the sphere on the right although oriented in exactly the same position shows no stretching.

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Necklace 2 Hearts
Necklace 2 Hearts

This is a simple tutorial that will teach you how to build a necklace with 2 hearts. The techniques that will be used are edit mesh and mesh smooth.

Normal Maps
Normal Maps

This tutorial explains the process of creating normal maps which are used to give the illusion that real-time models have more detailed surfaces. The tutorial shows several techniques for creating normal maps and gives step by step instructions. Part 1 | Part 2.

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Occlusion Pass Guide
Occlusion Pass Guide

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about occlusion passes in 3 simplified parts.

Realistic Orange
Orange

Creating a Photo-Realistic Orange using the Material Editor and Lofting. The purpose of this tutorial is to give you an understanding of lighting and texturing as well as a basic understanding of some lofting techniques. I can't stress enough about how important lighting and texturing is when modeling. These two things determine what your picture looks like. Will it look cartoony, or realistic? There aren't many tricks to texturing and lighting.

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Previewer
Previewer

Creating a simple previewer with MXS. When making a MaxScript you have an option to make a script with an interface or just a script that will automate a sequence of events. In this tutorial I will be showing you how to design an interface script that will allow you to preview your scenes quickly. Previewers are good for doing motion checks, checking lighting, or whatever you may want to use it for.

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Rage over Babylon - Making of
Rage over Babylon - Making of

This tutorial covers the major points of producing this image, starting with the planning and covering the modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing. I will also share a few tips and tricks as I show the process

Raybring
Raybrig Honda NSX

This tutorial is aimed at the intermediate 3D Studio max 5 user, a general undarstanding of 3D Max is required, though I will cover as many bases as I feel nessesary. I am a graphic designer/illustrator, this model was made purely as a means to learn 3D modelling, in particular, mesh/box modeling, which I found was pretty much the same across all platforms and applications unlike NURBS or Patches.

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Shaded Mesh
Shaded Mesh

Many of the 3D-artists at least once faced the need or desire to make the wireframe rendering. And they asked questions like: How to render wireframe in V-Ray or Mental Ray? How to perform the isoline render? How to make a shaded mesh rendering? How make a post production to a wireframe rendering? These are the questions this tutorial will answer and will show the easy and usable ways of creating model's mesh renderings.

Self Portrait
Self Portrait

Making a Realistic Self Portrait by Kris Kaufman.

Smoke
Smoke

After you are through with this tutorial you will know how to create cigarette smoke, Made for 3D Studio MAX 3.x by Thomas Suurland.

Soccer Ball
Soccer Ball

Learn to make you own "real" soccerball in 3D Studio MAX. The method described in this tutorial is a bit more advanced then making a simple sphere and putting a texture map on it. This is because the type of ball described in this tutorial can be seen very close, and it has the small cracks between the small leather pieces that forms the ball.

Space scene (view to the Earth)
Space Scene

This tutorial learn you how to make Space scene (view to the Earth). It’s very simple, step by step tutorial for beginners and intermediate 3ds Max users. There are three chapters: 1. Modeling, 2. Materials and 3. Lighting.

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Aztec Texturing Made Easy
Aztec Texturing Made Easy


Many people avoid adding aztec and other interesting patterns to their textures (or use generic patterns), believing that it takes too much time to draw original patterns, and thier models suffer as a result. This tutorial will show you that this is not at all true, with the right sofware and a little planning you can make complex patterns with ease.

Realistic Texturing
Realistic Texturing

In this tutorial we'll be looking at techniques for using textures and materials to create realistic objects. I'll be using 3D Studio MAX as an example but you can easily apply these techniques in any other package.

Text Effect in 3D Max
Text Effect in 3D Max

This tutorial "How to Make 3D Text Effect in 3D Max" is based on very basic techniques of 3D text making. This tutorial is written specially for beginners in 3D max. They can learn many techniques from this.

Texture a Starship
Texture a Starship

Learn the basics of creating materials and applying the neccessary mapping coordinates to the mesh.

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VFX Supervision
VFX Supervision

Note: Not a Maya Tutorial but, useful to Max users.
This is an attempt to explain the live action shooting process for VFX supervisors. Many people trained in 3D and Compositing have never stepped foot onto a tv or film set and it can be quite unnerving. Whilst there’s nothing like experience I hope this guide can help smooth out some of the jargon and complexities.

VRayPhysicalCamera - Switching to standard Camera
VRayPhysicalCamera - Switching to standard Camera

It is important to know how you can go to a standard camera therefore, even if the scene was originally set up to work with V-Ray Camera. This wouldn't take much effort.

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Walkthrou
Walkthrough

Using AutoCAD 3D model &3D Studio VIZ. This tutorial shows how to create an animated walkthrough of your AutoCAD 3D model using 3D Studio VIZ. All you need to start is an AutoCAD drawing with some 3D content. The end result will be a .AVI file which can be viewed on any Windows PC. AVI files can also be embedded within PowerPoint presentations along with text and other graphics to really demonstrate your design proposals.

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