3ds Max Tutorials for Beginners

Welcome to our 3ds Max beginner tutorials. Here you will learn 3D modeling, texturing, animation, UVW unwrapping, Vray and Mental Ray rendering.

Autodesk 3ds Max (Formerly named 3D Studio Max), is a 3D modeling computer graphics and animation software. Good for creating 3D models and applying textures and materials. It is used by game developers, TV and movie animation. 3ds Max is also good for rendering still 3D images.

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24_178 24 Beginner Modeling Tutorials in 3ds Max

Visit this post if you are a beginner in 3ds Max. 24 excellent modeling tutorials. Both written and video tutorials … all free. Some short, some lengthy and detailed. Learn at your own pace.


Character Clothing in 3ds Max.

An easy tutorial on using garment and cloth modifiers to make planar surfaces wrap themselves to the body of the character model.



3ds Max FumeFX Tutorial.

Learn all about FumeFX. This awesome plugin for 3ds Max really extends physics animation like never before. Read the tutorial on explosions and smoke simulations.


Make Fire Effects in 3ds Max.

In this 3ds Max tutorial you will learn some cool fire animation effects. Must see video includes a preview of a spooky dungeon with torches, fire pit, and a flaming wall.


Flag animation in 3ds Max.

Learn how easy it is to make a flag animation using Cloth and Garment modifiers in 3ds Max. Output the frames to an AVI movie file for a better rendered animation.


Make Rain fill a box in 3ds Max.

In this tutorial learn about Particle Flow in 3ds Max. This is a two part animation. One is particles for raindrops, and the other is the box filling with water.



Materials in Mental Ray and 3ds Max

3ds Max tutorial on applying materials to you models. Use both Standard and Mental Ray materials. Render image in Mental Ray for realistic results.



Mental Ray Lighting in 3ds max

Video and written tutorial show you how to setup lights and a camera for a Mental Ray rendering of your 3D models. In this tutorial we set up a car model.



3ds Max Grass Field and Realistic Sky

3ds Max tutorial on rendering a realistic a grass field and sky environment in Mental Ray. The Hair and Fur modifier and Daylight System is centerpiece.



Reactor 3ds Max Animation Tutorial

Create a 3ds Max Reactor animation of a steel ball falling on a concrete block and shattering it into chunks. Script will help make this easy to do.



Vray 3ds Max Rendering Tutorial

In this Vray tutorial, we will model and create a render of a wine bottle and glass in 3ds Max with VRay. Vray is an alternative renderer to Mental Ray, and can produce very good results.


3D Text tutorial in 3ds Max

In this tutorial, I will show you the basics of rendering 3D text in 3ds Max. To create 3D text is very simple using 3ds Max. Design your own cool 3D text logo in 3ds Max.


Clay render objects in 3ds Max

When you’re just about finished a model in 3ds max, sometimes a quick clay rendering is needed. You might need an early prototype for the model. A clay rendering is very fast.


3ds Max Rigging Tutorial

3ds Max “rigging” consists of preparing the moveable parts of the objects so they can be animated together. In this tutorial, we will prepare the wheels for rotation and the body for roll.


3ds Max Vray Tutorial

This Tutorial will show you how to install and use V-Ray for 3ds Max. Vray is an alternate rendering plugin for 3ds Max. There is a Demo to download.



Tire modeling in 3ds Max

Creating the model starts out as a Cylinder object, and is modeled in low polygon mode with tight edge loops. A TurboSmooth modifier is applied, and the hard edges keep their shape.


Car Modeling in 3ds Max

This tutorial will teach you how to model a car in 3ds Max. We start with the basics, from setting up the background pics, and modeling from 2D Plane objects.



Model a WWII Ball Turret in 3ds Max

This 3ds Max tutorial is on modeling a Ball Turret in Editable Poly mode. You will use background pictures as an aid while you model. Watch the cool animation!



Background Images for Modeling in 3ds Max

This tutorial is for 3ds Max as well as any 3D modeling program. You will learn how to set up one, two, or three background images for your Modeling Projects.


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