3ds Max Tutorials for Beginners

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Modeling a WW2 German Flying Wing in 3ds Max

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 3ds Max Modeling Tutorials for the Beginner24 3ds Max Modeling Tutorials for the Beginner
    Welcome to our roundup of 24 beginner tutorials on 3D modeling in 3ds Max. These free tutorials were carefully selected for the beginner in mind, but a few of the tutorials will be a challenge even for intermediate and advanced ...
  • 3ds Max Character Clothing Tutorial3ds Max Character Clothing Tutorial
    In this 3ds Max tutorial we will create a simple t-shirt for a character model. We have supplied a “human_figure.obj” file for you to import your model. So all this tutorial is going to focus on is creating a garment ...
  • FumeFX Explosion in 3ds MaxFumeFX Explosion in 3ds Max
    FumeFx is a powerful plug-in for 3ds Max and Maya. You can create very realistic explosions, fire and smoke animations with real-time physics. It supports 3ds Max Particle Flow, and Space Warps and Mental Ray as well. There are so many ...
  • Make Animated Fire in 3ds MaxMake 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. It’s easy to do if you ...
  • 3ds Max Cloth Tutorial – Flag Simulation3ds 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 ...
  • Make it Rain with 3ds Max Particle FlowMake 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. Then I open the Particle View in 3ds Max for editing events. I can set the position and ...
  • Render 3ds Max Materials in Mental RayRender 3ds Max Materials in Mental Ray
    This tutorial is continued from Mental Ray Lights and Camera. Check it out for details on lights and camera setup. Scroll to the bottom for the other tutorials in this series. Applying and rendering Mental Ray Materials for 3ds Max ...
  • 3ds Max Lighting Tutorial using Mental Ray3ds Max Lighting Tutorial using Mental Ray
    This tutorial continues from the last one which starts here. And the next tutorial starts here. They are all about car modeling in 3ds Max, and all the different aspects like Mental Ray lighting and camera setup that we will ...
  • 3ds Max Grass, Sky & Sun Environment in Mental Ray3ds Max Grass, Sky & Sun Environment in Mental Ray
    A tutorial on how to make a grass and realistic sky environment with Mental Ray in 3ds Max. Cool sun and halo effects. First, you will create a Plane object, and then add a Noise modifier. On top of that apply ...
  • 3ds Max vs Maya, Which is Better?3ds Max vs Maya, Which is Better?
    Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya Comparison: 3DS Max and Maya are two of Autodesk’s most prominent 3D animation and rendering software programs. Many aspiring graphic artists and animators are often confused about which software is the best for their purposes whether it is ...
  • A Reactor 3ds Max Animation TutorialA Reactor 3ds Max Animation Tutorial
    3ds Max Reactor is a toolset that animators use to simulate realistic physics in an animation scene. For this 3ds max animation tutorial, you will learn how to create a realistic fracture and making it real with Materials and Lighting. This animation ...
  • What is 3ds Max? An Introduction …What is 3ds Max? An Introduction ...
    Introduction to 3ds Max for beginners: This awesome piece of software consists of 3D modeling design, realistic animation, and renders of 3D models. There is a free 3ds max trial version to try out (See the 3ds Max download below). You can ...
  • Glass Vray Rendering Tutorial in 3ds MaxGlass Vray Rendering Tutorial in 3ds Max
    In this 3ds Max tutorial, we will model and render a wine bottle and glass using a simple Vray Glass Material. Vray is an alternative renderer to Mental Ray, and can produce very good results. Some of the things you will learn: * ...
  • 3D Text tutorial in 3ds Max3D Text tutorial in 3ds Max
    In this 3ds Max text tutorial, I will show you the basics of rendering a 3D text animation or a still image of a 3D text logo. To create 3D text is very simple using 3ds Max. You can download the ...
  • Clay render objects in 3ds MaxClay 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 (especially compared to Mental Ray or V-Ray, which can ...
  • Car Rigging in 3ds MaxCar Rigging in 3ds Max
    Rigging 3ds Max models consists of preparing the moveable parts of the objects so they can be animated together. In this tutorial, we will rig a car model in 3ds max to get it ready for animation. We will prepare the ...
  • Vray for 3ds MaxVray for 3ds Max
    This Tutorial will show you how to use VRay for 3ds Max. With Vray, you can render awesome photo-realistic 3D images. It is an alternative to Mental Ray rendering. You can download the Vray plugin for 3ds Max and other 3D ...
  • 3ds Max Tire Modeling Tutorial3ds Max Tire Modeling Tutorial
    …continued from the previous tutorial. This tutorial will show you how to model a tire in Autodesk 3ds Max. It is not hard either. Creating the model in 3ds Max starts out as a Cylinder object, and is modeled in ...
  • 3ds Max Car Modeling Tutorial Step by Step3ds Max Car Modeling Tutorial Step by Step
    Modeling a car in Autodesk 3ds Max is not as hard as you would think. This tutorial will teach you how. We start with the basics of car modeling. From setting up the background pictures, and modeling from Plane objects ...
  • Model a WWII Ball Turret in 3ds MaxModel a WWII Ball Turret in 3ds Max
    Actually called the “Sperry Ball Turret”, it was used on B-17 and B-24 bombers of WWII. This tutorial is on modeling the Ball Turret in 3ds Max. You will use background pictures as an aid while you model. You first create ...
  • Preparing Background Images for Modeling in 3ds MaxPreparing 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. There is a lot of material to download from the internet… just Google ...
  • Texture Map (Diffuse, Normal, Specular) the German WII HO 229 Flying Wing in 3ds MaxTexture Map (Diffuse, Normal, Specular) the German WII HO 229 Flying Wing in 3ds Max
    Part 1 … Part 2 In Part 2 of this 3ds Max tutorial, we will Texture Map the German WII HO 229 flying wing model, and use the Unwrap UVW modifier to lay out the surface areas of the model. Then ...
  • Poly Model a Flying Wing airplane with jet engines Part 1Poly Model a Flying Wing airplane with jet engines Part 1
    Part 1 … Part 2 … Poly Model a Flying Wing Jet in 3ds Max In this 3ds Max tutorial we will Poly Model a flying wing jet airplane using the Edge – Shift – Drag technique in Editable Poly mode. We ...
  • Skull Head modeling tutorial using Spline Cage in 3ds MaxSkull Head modeling tutorial using Spline Cage in 3ds Max
    Modeling the human head / skull in 3ds Max is not that hard to do. This tutorial will teach you the basics of Spline Cage modeling of a human skull using background pictures in 3ds Max. The process is the same ...
  • Box Modeling a Gun in 3ds MaxBox Modeling a Gun in 3ds Max
     It’s easy to Box Model a 3D gun in 3ds Max. Modeling the gun consists of boxes and cylinders and shaping them to match a background image. Once the model is shaped, we have to lay out the surface areas of ...
  • Specular Map in Photoshop for 3ds Max ModelsSpecular Map in Photoshop for 3ds Max Models
    Links to other parts of this tutorial series: 50 Cal Main | Box Model Gun | UVW Unwrap | Normal Map | Diffuse Map | Specular Map | Opacity Map Part 6.1 – Specular Map in Photoshop The basics of a Specular map ...
  • Build an Opacity Map in Photoshop for your 3ds Max ModelsBuild an Opacity Map in Photoshop for your 3ds Max Models
    Links to other parts of this tutorial series: 50 Cal Main | Box Model Gun | UVW Unwrap | Normal Map | Diffuse Map | Specular Map | Opacity Map The basics of a Opacity map is to add transparency to parts ...
  • Build a Normal Map for a 50 Cal Gun in 3ds MaxBuild a Normal Map for a 50 Cal Gun in 3ds Max
    Links to other parts of this tutorial series: 50 Cal Main | Box Model Gun | UVW Unwrap | Normal Map | Diffuse Map | Specular Map | Opacity Map Part 3 – Build a Normal Map The purpose of a Normal ...
  • Build a Diffuse (Color) Map in Photoshop for a Gun in 3ds MaxBuild a Diffuse (Color) Map in Photoshop for a Gun in 3ds Max
    Links to other parts of this tutorial series: 50 Cal Main | Box Model Gun | UVW Unwrap | Normal Map | Diffuse Map | Specular Map | Opacity Map The basics of a Diffuse map is to add a color texture ...
  • UVW Unwrap the gun in 3ds MaxUVW Unwrap the gun in 3ds Max
    Links to other parts of this tutorial series: 50 Cal Main | Box Model | UVW Unwrap | Normal Map | Diffuse Map | Specular Map | Opacity Map   The purpose of unwrapping, is to lay out the surface areas of the model, ...
  • Box Modeling the Gun in Nine StepsBox Modeling the Gun in Nine Steps
    Links to other parts of this tutorial series: 50 Cal Main | Box Model | UVW Unwrap | Normal Map | Diffuse Map | Specular Map | Opacity Map In this tutorial, we will model the gun. To start off, we create ...
  • Beginner 3ds Max Tutorial – End Table Model with Simple TextureBeginner 3ds Max Tutorial - End Table Model with Simple Texture
    In this tutorial, you will use a texture, and map it onto a simple End Table model in 3ds Max. A 1024×1024 TGA bitmap file will be created, containing the original End Table texture and Wood Base Texture. In 3ds max, ...
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