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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Below is our FREE tutorial list for 3ds Max. You will learn modeling, unwrapping, textures, animation, and more … check them out!

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  • 24 3ds Max Modeling Tutorials for the Beginner 24 3ds Max Modeling Tutorials for the BeginnerWelcome 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 users. Some tutorials are short and to the point, ...
  • 3ds Max Character Clothing Tutorial 3ds Max Character Clothing TutorialIn 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 (t-shirt) and using modifiers to make it easy to wrap ...
  • FumeFX Explosion in 3ds Max FumeFX Explosion in 3ds MaxFumeFx 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 awesome parameters to experiment with as well as the ability ...
  • Make Animated Fire in 3ds Max Make Animated Fire in 3ds MaxIn 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 can find “Atmospheric Apparatus” settings. Basically you pick a “Gizmo” ...
  • 3ds Max Cloth Tutorial – Flag Simulation 3ds Max Cloth Tutorial – Flag SimulationThis 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 ...
  • Make it Rain with 3ds Max Particle Flow Make it Rain with 3ds Max Particle FlowCreating 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 speed of the particle flow (rain and rain drops), set ...
  • Render 3ds Max Materials in Mental Ray Render 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 is easy once you finish reading this tutorial. You will ...
  • 3ds Max Lighting Tutorial using Mental Ray 3ds Max Lighting Tutorial using Mental RayThis 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 discuss below. Lighting setups in 3ds Max using 3D models in ...
  • 3ds Max Grass, Sky & Sun Environment in Mental Ray 3ds Max Grass, Sky & Sun Environment in Mental RayA 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 a Hair and Fur modifier. This will be used to ...
  • 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 animation or rendering projects. If you are one of these ...
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