How To: Create glass material in 3ds Max

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...

How To: Put your face into someone else's photo with Photoshop

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.

How To: Model a basic character in 3D Studio MAX

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...

How To: Model wavy window curtains in Autodesk 3ds Max

This video tutorial is meant to help you model your own curtains in Autodesk 3ds Max. If you need some window curtains, this is the best way to model them. You'll learn how to do it using several modifiers and layer techniques. You can download the finished curtain from VisualKnights, which you can fully edit to your needs. This tutorial can also work with older versions of 3ds Max (previously called 3d Studio Max).

How To: Assign material ID's and multiple textures in 3ds Max

When you assign a material ID to certain polygons, you will tell 3D Studio Max to use that material only on those polygons that you want. In this 3d Max video tutorial you will learn how to assign material ID's and multiple textures to the same source. 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. Assign material ID's and multiple textures in 3ds Max.

How To: Use basic box modeling in 3D Studio MAX

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.

How To: Make 3D models when working in 3D Studio Max

Need a refresher on how to model when using 3ds Max? This clip will show you how it's done. 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, watch this free video guide.

How To: Attach polygons together in 3ds 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.

How To: Apply normal maps in 3D Studio Max

In this video, we learn how to apply normal maps in 3D Studio Max. First, go to the cylinder button and name it. Then, change the radius and height how you would like them. After this, select "extended primitives" from the drop down menu on the top. From here, enter in the diameter and sides for the round hose and then select the diameter of the cylinder. This will create a cylinder but with the look of a hose instead. Use the bottom toolbar to edit the sizes of the map and then save this whe...

How To: Create a cloth cape for a superhero in 3ds Max

In this Autodesk 3ds Max video tutorial, you'll learn about a cool plugin that can create cloth-like animations. 3ds Max does have a built-in cloth simulation, but it's rather complicated to work with. The alternative to using the built-in feature is using the plug-in SimCloth 3, a free modifier. It works very easily and creates a smooth flowing cloth effect. This video is specifically working with a cloth cape on a superhero (if you could call it that). But this cloth-like effect could be ap...

How To: Model a comet or an asteroid in 3ds Max 2010 or 2011

This tutorial discusses how to create a comet or an asteroid using different techniques within 3ds Max 2010 or 2011. You'll start by modeling the base object, making a not-so-complex mesh, and then you''ll work on particles. 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 creating your own 3D space rock...

How To: Make a realistic 3D model of a head in 3ds Max

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...

How To: Create and control a pair of eyes in 3ds Max

See how to model a pair of cartoon eyes and then create a way to automatically control their orientation. You'll use two simple sphere primitives and then you'll create a simple standard material for the eye color, just using a Gradient Ramp map. Your basic orientation rig will be obtained using a Look At controller and a standard dummy 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'...

How To: Use the bend modifier in 3ds Max

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.

How To: Add a background in 3ds Max

In this 3ds Max video tutorial you will learn how to add background images to your viewports. The background can be either still images or animation. 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. Add a background in 3ds Max.

How To: Use the face extrude modifier in 3ds 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...

How To: Add gravity to an effect in Autodesk 3ds Max 2011

In this video tutorial, we learn how to imbue an effect with gravity in 3ds Max. 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 the lessons imparted by this free video software tutorial yourself, watch this free video guide.

How To: Create a head model in 3ds Max

Creating 3D models of the human head that will show emotion, eat, and do all the other things that heads do properly is hard. Fortunately, this video is here to help you get started. It demonstrates the basics of 3D head modeling using 3D Studio MAX. Follow these instructions and you'll be well on your way to creating all sorts of cool original character heads.

How To: Model a 3D human head using 3D Studio MAX

An image of a human head can consist of a single penstroke or a thousand polygons. The head model that you will be learning to create in this three-video series leans very much towards the latter. The videos will teach you how to create a 3D model of the human head using 3D Studio MAX from a photo. It assumes some knowledge of 3DS MAX, but not too much, so don't be scared! Watch this baby and start modeling!

How To: Change the icon color of your dark UI in 3D Studio Max

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.

How To: Use splines to model a head in 3ds Max 8

Check out this two-part 3ds Max video tutorial which exploits a little known capability of Max to create a head. You'll find this technique easier than box modeling for heads since your topology and edge flow are there from the beginning. With box modeling, there's a lot of division, connecting, turning, etc. to get basic topology in place.

How To: Use camera mapping in 3ds Max and Photoshop

Mapping the camera properly in 3DS Max is, like doing most things in 3DS Max, a bit of a challenge but very rewarding when you get it right. This six-part video will teach you how to use Photoshop and 3DS Max together to create a simple animation of a title and some punching bags with proper camera mapping, using Photoshop to prepare an image for manipulation and 3DS Max to do the manipulating.

How To: Use surface tools to model a human leg in 3DS Max

Surface tools are a powerful part of 3D Studio Max, allowing the creation of more realistic textures for organic and natural forms. This video demonstrates how to use them as a part of the process of modeling a human leg. The legs may not be as important as the face models, but they are still essential to creating a good-looking figure and are a good tool for practicing the use of surface tools.

How To: Sculpt polygon hair when modeling a character in Autodesk 3ds Max

In this video tutorial, we learn how to generate a model of a head and neck in 3ds Max. 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 the lessons imparted by this free video software tutorial yourself, watch this free video guide.

How To: Work with WoW alpha channel textures in 3DS Max

Alpha channels are powerful tools for creating low-space 3D images, but 3DS Max cannot work with them properly. This is a major problem if you are working with World of Warcraft characters since they are largely constructed of alphas. This video will teach you how to work with alpha channel textures in 3DS Max and Photoshop in tandem. This will improve the look of your characters immensely, especially their hair.

How To: Create & manipulate shape lights in 3ds Max 2010

In this clip, you'll see how to create custom shaped light sources using simple meshes and adding an Arch&Design shader to it to render the scene with Mental Ray. 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 using shape lights in your own Max projects, take a look!

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