How does one snap in Autodesk's 3ds Max and how can one move things dimensionally? This 3ds Max video tutorial explains both of these questions as well as angle snaps and axis constraints.
Want to share a screenshot of a 3D Studio Max project with your art director? With the built-in Grab Viewport tool, it's easy. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the application, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, take a look!
Dave shows you how to produce a glass three different ways in 3ds Max in the video tutorial. Put two panels away, then concentrating on sensor one press m on the keyboard to bring up the materials editor. On the material editor go to the first sphere, choosing a slight blue color, bring up the specter level, bring up the glossy level, click on two sided and bring down the last two to about four. Look to see it is fairly transparent, in a test window. This is glass one, put on hide. Go to glas...
This is a simple tutorial aimed at beginners that shows you how to create a basic landscape in 3D Studio Max.
New to 3ds Max? Luckily, WonderHowTo is chock full of videos on the program. In this tutorial, learn how to apply multiple materials to a single object in 3ds Max.
Learn how to convert an object into an editable polygonal object in 3D Studio Max.
Cloth is an essential part of almost any 3D modeling project involving people. This video will show you how to properly use the cloth modifier in 3D Studio MAX to create the waving, tarnished American flag shown in the thumbnail. This tutorial does NOT feature Reactor, the in-program physics engine included with 3DS MAX, only the actual 3D Studio MAX cloth modifier.
If you just made a mesh character, it's not going to be very interesting or fun to use until you can start animating it. To start animating, you'll need to add a biped structure to your character - this tutorial shows you how.
Using a UVW unwrap modifier, this tutorial shows you a few Autodesk technqiues to unwrap a 3-D model and then apply your own texture to it. It also outlines a couple pitfalls animators sometimes experience, and how to avoid them in your own work.
Box modeling is the most fundamental type of modeling in 3D Studio MAX, allowing you to model elaborate 3D images out of many tiny boxes. This video for 3DSMAX beginners will walk you through the basics of box modeling a human body from a blueprint. You may move past this technique as your skills grow, but you need to know it before they can.
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The PatchDeform modifier in 3ds Max deforms an object based on the contours of a patch object. This modifier works similarly to the PathDeform modifier, but uses a quad-based patch object instead of a spline shape or NURBS curve path. Patch Deform is a great tool for mapping geometry on a surface or the distribution of component on a surface in 3ds Max. The only catch is that the distribution geometry has to come from a surface originally made as a Patch. The surface cannot come from a set of...
This 3D software tutorial was developed by Discreet (creators of 3ds Max) to show you how to use the shell modifier new to version 6 and up of 3D Studio Max. If you are a 3ds Max modeler, you should learn how to use this powerful tool. Great 3ds Max tutorial for anyone new to modeling in 3ds Max or needing to know how to use the shell modifier.
This tutorial shows you how to link objects (parent) in 3D Studio Max.
In this 3ds Max video tutorial you will learn how to attach polygon shapes to each other using boolean unions. Make sure to hit "play tutorial" in the top left corner of the video to start the video. There is no sound, so you'll need to watch the pop-up directions. Attach polygons together in 3ds Max.
In this 3d Max video tutorial you will learn how to create and edit a box. This is known as polygonal or "box" modeling. Make sure to hit "play tutorial" in the top left corner of the video to start the video. There is no sound, so you'll need to watch the pop-up directions. Create and edit a box in 3ds Max.
The technique shown in this 3ds Max tutorial is meant to be a design modeling technique. Watch and learn how to model the Beijing Olympic Stadium in 3D Studio Max.
This 3D software tutorial shows you how to use the face extrude modifier in 3ds Max. The Face Extrude modifier extrudes faces along their normals, creating new faces along the sides of the extrusion that connect the extruded faces to their object. As with most modifiers, this affects the current face selection passed up the stack. There are various differences between the Face Extrude modifier and the Face Extrude function in an editable mesh, especially the fact that all parameters in the Fa...
The Displace modifier in 3ds Max acts as a force field to push and reshape an object’s geometry. You can apply its variable force directly from the modifier gizmo, or from a bitmapped image. The 3D Studio Max displace modifier works on Shapes, Meshes, Polys, Patches, NURBS. Displace is often used to make terrains or to add finer texture to 3D models with out having to model in extra texture. It can also be used in a very controlled way to manipulate geometries. With the use of procedural text...
Creating wires, cords, and other rope-like objects in 3D Studio MAX can be tough, as they are oddly proportioned and often oddly positioned. This two-part video will show you how to model such objects in 3DS MAX. Now you can model yourself sitting at the computer modeling with all of your desk's many cords accurately depicted.
Destroying crowds of little people has been a favorite passtime of dictators since time immemorial, but also a colossal waste of manpower. Now you can get some of the same thrill without all the needless death using 3D Studio MAX. This video will show you how to model, animate, and duplicate with particle flow a series of small robots. Then it will show you how to use a collision object (here a meteor) to destroy them all in fiery glory.
Making a 3D model bipedal character walk is one of the most basic and necessary things that you can do to them. If you are going to use them in a movie or game, chances are they will have to move themselves from one place to another right? This video will teach you how to create a basic walk cycle for one of your bipeds in 3D Studio MAX, allowing you to animate them walking to all kinds of places quickly and easily.
Creating a good 3D model in 3D Studio MAX is hard enough. Now I've got to model clothes onto them too? Why can't all 3D game characters be naked?
See how to use a composite map to create a wet effect or a water presence effect over a surface in a very simple and fast way within 3ds Max 2010. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the 3ds Max 2011 workflow, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, and to get started using this trick in your own projects, watch this free video guide. Create a wet surface effect wit...
This 3D software tutorial shows you how to use the delete mesh modifier when modeling in 3ds Max. Delete Mesh provides parametric deletion based on the current sub-object selection level in the stack. The possible choices are faces, vertices, edges, and objects. Apply the Delete Mesh modifier to delete the geometry specified at that sub-object level. The Delete Mesh modifier in 3D Studio Max works well for removing geometry without having to delete. You can use it in conjunction with the Edit...
This 3ds Max software tutorial shows you how to build a spline tower. Using modifiers such as Cross Section, Skin, Shell and Spline IK we build a spline based system that uses reference geometry to build parametric relationships in 3D Studio Max. The video is best viewed full screen and you should already be familiar with 3ds Max to really follow along. Build a spline tower in 3ds Max.
While graffiti may never be fully accepted by the masses, it has already become a very large medium for creative artists across the globe, who make mundane and austere cityscapes a little more interesting for the rest of us. Walking past this Banksy stencil on my way to class (at UCLA) made my day. Art like this can cause people to stop and appreciate the otherwise boring and blank walls that surround the city. It can stir up artistic feelings, pensive thoughts, and other emotions stored insi...
In this clip, you'll learn how to use 3ds Max's Parameter Collector tool. See how to use 3ds Max 2010's built-in grouping features to work on multiple meshes the same way you might work on a single object. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the application, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, and to get started taking advantage of the Paramater Collector tool y...
If you want to create really good 3D models on your computer, you need to be able to use more than just 3DS MAX or whatever other modeling program you have. It takes a whole family of specialized programs to handle the diverse tasks involved in creating really good models. This video will teach you how to create a male human head model using a combination of Faceworx, Mudbox, 3DS MAX with plugins, and Sony Vegas. By using all of these different programs, you can play to their individual stren...
Almost every 3D image depicted on a digital screen is made from thousands of tiny polygons. Modeling with them is the most fundamental part of 3D modeling. This video will introduce you to the basics of 3D polygon modeling, helping you to create a 3D shape that is smooth and cool-looking, if not terribly similar to any real-world object.
Do you find the black and white icons in 3D Studio Max 10 boring and bland? Do you need some color to brighten up the hours and hours you spend modeling in front of the computer? This video will show you how to change the color of the icons and text in the dark UI of 3D Studio Max. It may not make you 3D model look any sharper, but it should help you keep your sanity while you work on it.
Check out this 3ds Max video tutorial on how to create objects quickly by adding, subtracting, and intersecting objects.
Building a robot in real life is not an easy task, and not usually accomplishable unless you have a degree in electrical engineering. But building one virtually on your computer is something almost anyone can do, if you know what program to use.
Shapes in 3ds Max are 2D objects that do not show in the rendered images, but are used as a basis for construction of 3D objects or as animation paths. Shapes have names and a specific color in the viewport. In this 3ds Max 7 & 8 video tutorial you will learn how to make primitive shapes. Make sure to hit "play tutorial" in the top left corner of the video to start the video. There is no sound, so you'll need to watch the pop-up directions. Create simple shapes in 3ds Max.
This short tutorial shows you how to smooth polygonal geometery so it renders smoothly from 3D Studio Max.
For years, people who wanted to make fake photos of themselves with celebrities or crushes had to make due with cutting out a picture of their own face and gluing it onto a photo in place of the person they wished to replace. Now there is a more elegant, cleaner way to do it. This video will show you how to replace one head with another in photos using Photoshop. Now you too can shake hands with George W. Bush! At least in a fake photo. And we're not sure why you'd want to anyway.
So you finally shelled out for 3D Studio MAX. Congratulations. Now you need to make something with it! This video for beginners will walk you through the basics of modeling a character in 3D Studio MAX. It covers setting up a reference image (the one from the video is here), creating a rough body, connecting body parts, head modeling, and paint deformation. After you watch these three videos you should have all the tools you need to model a basic character in 3D Studio MAX. Now then, on to th...
The Bend modifier in Autodesk's 3ds Max lets you bend the current selection up to 360 degrees about a single axis, producing a uniform bend in an object’s geometry. You can control the angle and direction of the bend on any of three axes. You can also limit the bend to a section of the geometry.
3D Studio Max is probably the premiere piece of 3D modeling software available for the PC today. This video will teach you, the budding 3D artist, how to create cage splines and use them to save time in your modeling. It also uses a surface modifier to complete the image.