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How To: Unwrap or unfold geometry in 3ds Max

This 3ds Max modeling tutorial covers how to unwrap or unfold geometry. This technique is used more for texture mapping but in this tutorial we the unfolded geometry back to the view port to use for building physical models. This geometry can them be used for laser cutting. One thing to note is that since this technique is for texture mapping it can lack precision but for scaled models it works well. See how to get creative with unwrapping and modeling in 3ds Max in this software tutorial. Un...

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: 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: Render a video to AVI format using 3ds Max

If you want to demonstrate your 3D model on a turntable or create some other sort of short animation with your models without having to use more specialized software, you can render an AVI video inside 3D Studio MAX. This video will show you how to do this quickly and easily, assuming that you already know how to animate your character. Now, let the world see your beautiful 3D work!

How To: Create a frosted glass shader in Mental Ray

Learn how to create an icy glass shader using Mental Ray in Autodesk 3ds Max 2011. 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 frosted glass shaders, take a look! Create a frosted glass shader in Mental Ray.

How To: Link 3D objects in 3ds Max

Hierarchy is one of the object association types in 3ds Max. It is based on a parent-child relationship, which can be created by linking objects. Learn how to create hierarchies by linking a child and parent object together within 3DS Max. Learn how object linking takes place and how to create 3D object relationships. This tutorial shows how to create the relationship by linking objects in 3ds Max. Link 3D objects in 3ds Max.

How To: Create a swirling vortex effect in Autodesk 3ds Max

In this video tutorial, we learn how to create a swirling vortex effect within 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: 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: Use the Slate material editor in 3ds Max 2011

Learn how to take use the Slate material editor in 3ds Max 2011. 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 Slate tool in your own 3ds Max 2011 projects, watch this free video guide.

How To: Create an spaceship with afterburner effect in 3DS MAX

Making a spaceship use its afterburner and escape from the Earth's gravitational pull is tough. Modeling and animating a 3D simulation of the same thing is also hard, although quite as much so. This video series will teach you how to create a 3D model of a flying rocket with an afterburner effect using 3D Studio MAX. At the end you will have a cool little video clip and vastly improved modeling skills.

How To: Create underwater lighting in 3D Studio Max

See how to simulate underwater lighting and caustic illumination 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 application, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, and to get started creating realistic lighting your own underwater scenes, take a look! Create underwater lighting in 3D Studio Max.

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: Create a realistic leaf animation in 3ds Max

Want to get into the fine, intricate workings of leaf? Leaves are very detailed, and very common in nature, so everybody knows what they look like, how they feel, and how complicated they can be to replicate. But if you're up for the challenge, this video tutorial will show you how to recreate leaves in 3ds Max. Learn to create a three-dimensional leaf animation in 3ds Max without the pain of opacity mapping. Check it out. Get back to nature.

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: Use link constraints in 3D Studio Max

Link constraints are a simple and useful part of the toolset available to you in 3D Studio Max. They allow you to attach one object to another so that when one moves, it will only move in relation to some parameters governing its position relative to the other object. This video will teach you how to use link constraints to make a character toss a ball realistically.

How To: Create simple shapes in 3ds Max

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.

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: 3D model a mushroom cloud in 3D Studio MAX

The mushroom cloud is one of the iconic images of the 20th century, calling to mind destruction, progress, and arguably the single most important event of the century. This video will show you how to create a 3D model of one using 3D Studio MAX 4 or higher. This can then be used in all kinds of video games and movies that you might be making.

How To: Model a glass coke bottle in 3ds Max

In this 3ds Max software tutorial, you'll learn how to model a glass-type bottle from scratch. Specifically, this deals with creating a Coke bottle from scratch. It will not show you how to texture the bottle, just how to build it. Learn the basic techniques for modeling the Coke bottle.

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: Import and rig images in 3D Studio MAX

Have you ever wanted to modify the 3D images from your favorite video games yourself? This video is here to help! It will teach you how to import and rig a 3D character (in this case a Bloodelf from World of Warcraft) in 3D Studio MAX. Now you can edit the character however you want and then stick them back in the game, playing with a custom-looking character! Don't look the same as everyone else on WOW anymore after watching this video.

How To: Use the Symmetry Modifier tool in 3ds Max 2010

This quick tutorial offers an overview of the 3D Studio Max Symmetry Modifier tool, a highly efficient means of modeling symmetrical objects. 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 the Symmetry Modifier in your own Max projects, take a look! Use the Symmetry Modifier tool in 3ds Max 2010.

How To: Model a robot in 3ds Max

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.

How To: Add a simple spotlight to your scene in 3ds Max

Good lighting can make your animation look more realistic. In this 3ds Max video tutorial you will learn how to add a simple spotlight to your scene. Also, you'll be taught how to edit light range and apply shadows to lit objects. 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 simple spotlight to your scene in 3ds Max.