Hot Autodesk 3ds Max How-Tos

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: Switch from wireframe to solid view in 3ds Max

In this 3ds Max video tutorial you will learn how to switch from wireframe to solid (shaded)view. Wireframe view provides faster rendering time, while solid view gives you a more polished look of what your work will look like when rendered. 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. Switch from wireframe to solid view in 3ds Max.

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: 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: Create and edit a box 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.

How To: Use Daylight and Mental Ray when working in 3ds Max

See how to work with Daylight and the Mental Ray rendering engine in 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 using Daylight & Mental Ray in your own 3ds Max projects, take a look!

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: 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: 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: Animate a basic walk cycle for a biped in 3ds Max

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.

How To: Create a full underwater scene in 3D Studio Max 2010

Interested in making the next Finding Nemo? Learn how to model and render a complete underwater scene using 3ds Max 2010 with this video guide. 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. Specifically, this clip discusses each of the following topics:

How To: Use a look at constraint in 3ds Max

This 3ds Max tutorial covers how to use a look at constraint. This could be done more rigorously with expressions but to quickly test an effect the look at constraint is a great technique. See how to use the animation constraint look at constraint when modeling in 3D Studio Max with this software tutorial. Use a look at constraint in 3ds Max.

How To: Animate a biped model in 3ds MAX

Once you've made a 3D model of a character, you are going to have to make them do something. This video is about that. It will teach you how to animate basic motions on a bipedal 3D model in 3D Studio MAX, allowing it to do anything from armwrestle to hug. The video is pretty basic, so you're going to have to extrapolate these techniques to create those more advanced actions.

How To: Simulate fire and smoke effects with FumeFX in 3ds Max

Learn how to use FumeFX in 3D Studio Max to generate realistic fire and smoke effects. 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 FumeFX in your own Max projects, take a look! Simulate fire and smoke effects with FumeFX in 3ds Max.

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: Create a rock texture with procedurals in 3ds Max 2010

In this 3D Studio Max tutorial, you'll see how to use procedurals to create a rock texture. Specifically, the guide addresses displacement tuning in Mental Ray, specularity properties and using stacked procedurals to create cracks, rust, and bumpy structures over the surface. 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...

How To: Create a circular pattern with 3ds Max wire parameters

In this 3D software tutorial you will learn how to use wire parameters to create a scalable circular patterned object in 3ds Max. Using the wire parameters in 3D Studio Max you can create a scaling circular pattern based on the distance of the circle to a point object. This is a great way to model things with repetitive parts in 3ds Max. Learn how to create a circular panel with circular openings and attach it to a rectangle in 3ds Max. Create a circular pattern with 3ds Max wire parameters.

How To: Model with images in 3ds Max

This 3D software tutorial shows you how to use images to affect models in 3D Studio Max. Using the displacement modifier in 3ds Max we are able to use either image data or procedural texture maps to drive geometry in a design model. Modeling with images is a great way to model quickly and with details hard to get using other methods. See how in this 3ds Max tutorial. Model with images in 3ds Max.

How To: Use edit poly modifiers to animate in 3ds Max

This 3D software tutorial shows you how to work with editable polys in animate mode in 3ds Max. The idea is to use edit poly modifiers to control and have selections active when working in 3D Studio Max. See how to use modifiers like features in 3ds Max, a parametric modeling software. Learn how to use parameters to store design intent and avoid having to remodel geometry in Max. The tutorial is best viewed full screen. Use edit poly modifiers to animate in 3ds Max.

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 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: 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.

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