Make Animated Fire in 3ds Max

 In this 3ds Max fire tutorial, learn how to animate fire effects like a fire pit and flaming torches. This feature is built into 3ds Max, and there is no need for an expensive plug-in.

Animated Fire
Animate Fire in 3ds Max

It’s easy to do if you can find “Atmospheric Apparatus” settings. Basically you pick a “Gizmo” (BoxGizmo, SphereGizmo, or CylGizmo), and add a “Fire Effect”. Then open the settings where you can change the parameters of the effects to your liking.

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3ds Max Cloth Tutorial – Flag Simulation

This is a cool tutorial on creating a Flag animation in 3ds Max. We do this by modeling a simple Flag and pole. Then applying the Garment Maker modifier and increasing the density of it (more geometry). We need to do this so the flag has enough geometry to wave in the wind.

Cloth Modifier

Then we can add a Cloth modifier and make a few parameter adjustments there. Now we can add wind and gravity forces to the flag with Space Warps. By changing the gravity or direction / speed of the wind, you can get the flag to wave realistically.

The last thing to do is click Simulate to animate the cloth in 3ds Max. You can add your favorite flag as a 2D bitmap and load it into the Diffuse of a material slot. Then drag and drop it onto the cloth.

Run the animation in one of the Perspective viewports. You can also render all the frames into an AVI movie file. I used the “Default Scanline Renderer” because it was a lot faster. This animation is what you see at the beginning of the video tutorial. I used a Canadian Flag bitmap in the AVI output. But I don’t want to be bias in any way 😉

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Make it Rain with 3ds Max Particle Flow

Creating this 3ds Max rain tutorial was fairly easy. Basically, I just set up two plane objects, one smaller and above the bottom.

3ds max particle flow tutorial
3ds Max Particle Tutorial

Then I open the Particle View in 3ds Max for editing events. I can set the position and speed of the particle flow (rain and rain drops), set the gravity force with Space Warps. Change the bounce of the particles by using a UDeflector (collision control), again using Space Warp.

I can change how long the rain drops are going to last by setting the Particle Age. I can create splashes for each rain drop by setting the Offspring. I can create the rain drops from simple spheres, as you will soon read. Also, I add a water material to the rain drops.

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CSS3 Navigation Bar Tutorial

Since the introduction of the “Web 2.0” concept, navigation styling with CSS has been a basic part of web design. CSS is a powerful and incredibly flexible tool for this kind of task, especially since the release of CSS3, which brought a lot of the flexibility many CSS users were craving for, to design a cool functional website navigation bar.

CSS Menu Bar
HTML Navigation Menu Bar with CSS

At this time, I’m going to teach you how to code a simple, yet sleek and powerful horizontal HTML navigation bar using nothing but HTML and CSS3.

Take into account that this navigation bar is highly customizable and you don’t have to use the same colors and fonts or even sizes I use in this tutorial. Watch it on YouTube.

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Flash Rollover Button Tutorial

Rollover Buttons
Rollover Buttons

In this tutorial you will learn how to make Flash animated buttons for the web. It’s easy to make a rollover button animation for your website. This will involves using a “Tweener Class” you can download from the link below.

We include the actionscript code for you to copy and paste. No need to learn programming in this tutorial, but you can study the code if you are an actionscript programmer. By using the “Tweener Class” in your project folder, you just have to cut and paste the code examples below into the Actions window.

Now, this tutorial will give you 3 Flash rollover buttons to experiment with. The first button will scale up when you move your mouse over it. The second button will rotate 360 degrees, and the third button will highlight itself.

Once you finish the project, you export the Flash animated buttons as a SWF file which you can embed on a website or blog. Continue on to read the tutorial below, and watch the video if you have any problems. Good Luck!

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Photoshop Glossy Button Tutorial

This tutorial is on how to make buttons in Photoshop. With Photoshop it is easy to make glossy web buttons.

Buttons in Photoshop

You can make use of buttons on your website or Blog.

While this tutorial will only show you how to create a static button, you can with CSS and GIF, make animated web buttons. But this is a good starter.

Let’s briefly look at what you will learn in this glossy button Photoshop tutorial. First you create an Eclipse, and fill with a color.

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Smiling Face Logo in 3D Illustrator Tutorial

In this interesting Illustrator logo design tutorial, we will combine a smiling 3D emoticon with text to create an exceptional logo for your website or business. If you have any trouble with the tutorial, don’t worry, we have a detailed video to help you.

3D Smiling Face Emoticon
3D Smiling Face Emoticon

First we will use Illustrator to design a 3D smiling face. It’s quite simple in that you are mainly creating circles and making use of “divide with pathfinder” to shape the smiling face. Then, using radial gradients and effects like inner glow, and blend mode, we create the mouth.

We make the eye with more circles of blue, black and white colors, this time oval in shape. To create a realistic cornea, we create a few circles and divide them. Then we finish the 3D emoticon, with a shiny glow showing the direction of the light.

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