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How To : Build a spline tower in 3ds Max

This 3ds Max software tutorial shows you how to build a spline tower. Using modifiers such as Cross Section, Skin, Shell and Spline IK we build a spline based system that uses reference geometry to build parametric relationships in 3D Studio Max. The video is best viewed full ...more

How To : Build 3D reference plates in 3ds Max 8

This 3ds Max video tutorial will take you through the process of setting up reference plates for precision modeling in Autodesk's 3D Studio Max. So get those Adobe Photoshop reference images ready for 3d Studio Max so you can display those modified photographs. It can be done ...more

How To : Model a robot in 3ds Max

Building a robot in real life is not an easy task, and not usually accomplishable unless you have a degree in electrical engineering. But building one virtually on your computer is something almost anyone can do, if you know what program to use. This Autodesk 3ds Max tutorial ...more

How To : Create specular maps from bump maps in 3ds Max 8

This 3ds Max video tutorial goes over the concept of specular maps and how to paint one using an existing bump map as reference in Autodesk's 3D Studio Max digital graphic modeling software. You'll work in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop, so if you don't have one or the other ...more

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. On ...more

How To : Use the delete mesh modifier in 3ds Max

This 3D software tutorial shows you how to use the delete mesh modifier when modeling in 3ds Max. Delete Mesh provides parametric deletion based on the current sub-object selection level in the stack. The possible choices are faces, vertices, edges, and objects. Apply the Dele ...more

How To : Create and destroy a crowd of models in 3DS MAX

Destroying crowds of little people has been a favorite passtime of dictators since time immemorial, but also a colossal waste of manpower. Now you can get some of the same thrill without all the needless death using 3D Studio MAX. This video will show you how to model, animate ...more

How To : Model and animate falling shell casings in 3DS MAX

When people fire weapons in movies, there is often a shot of the shell-casings leaving the gun and flying through the air. Sometimes we get to follow them all the way to the ground, leaving us with a sense of loss at the firing of the weapon. This video will show you how to mo ...more

How To : Box model a jet in 3DS Max for PaperVision3D

This software tutorial series teaches you how to box model in 3DS Max. Specifically, you will learn the basics of box modeling in 3D Studio Max, then box model a jet and animate it for PaperVision3D. PART 1: covers the basics of shapes and objects and do a review of keyboard s ...more

How To : Link 3D images to sound files in 3DS MAX

There are a lot of videos out there about creating models and animating them using 3D Studio MAX. What isn't often discussed is the next step in creating a movie out of your models, adding sound and syncing your animations to the sound. This eight-part video series will show y ...more

How To : Use the cloth modifier in 3DS MAX without Reactor

Cloth is an essential part of almost any 3D modeling project involving people. This video will show you how to properly use the cloth modifier in 3D Studio MAX to create the waving, tarnished American flag shown in the thumbnail. This tutorial does NOT feature Reactor, the in- ...more

How To : Work with cloth in 3DS Max

If you want to model a character in 3DS Max and don't want them to be nude, you are probably going to have to work with 3D cloth. This three-part video will teach you how to create cloth in 3DS Max (without using Reactor), attach it to your character, and make it animate prope ...more

How To : Model and animate a crowd of 3D models in 3DS MAX

Do you work with 3D graphics? Have you ever wanted to have one character that you've modeled destroy hordes of tiny other characters you've made? Well want no more. This video series will show you how to model and animate a small army of little models that will walk around and ...more

How To : Make a realistic 3D model of a head in 3ds Max

If you want to create really good 3D models on your computer, you need to be able to use more than just 3DS MAX or whatever other modeling program you have. It takes a whole family of specialized programs to handle the diverse tasks involved in creating really good models. Thi ...more

How To : Vertex rig a WoW character in 3DS MAX

Rigging low poly character models with vertices and physique is one of the most important parts of animating a character in 3DS MAX. This four-part video series will show you how to vertex rig a World of Warcraft low-poly character model, allowing you to use them in your hybri ...more

How To : Use the Slate material editor in 3ds Max 2011

Learn how to take use the Slate material editor in 3ds Max 2011. 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. Fo ...more

How To : Model a guitar using 3DS Max

For beginners, learning the intricacies of modeling 3D art can seem insurmountable. This video for 3D beginners is here to help you through it. Its four parts are a detailed and slow walkthrough for making low poly BC Rich guitar with splines using 3D Studio Max, a popular 3D ...more

How To : Work with WoW alpha channel textures in 3DS Max

Alpha channels are powerful tools for creating low-space 3D images, but 3DS Max cannot work with them properly. This is a major problem if you are working with World of Warcraft characters since they are largely constructed of alphas. This video will teach you how to work with ...more

How To : Create a head model in 3ds Max

Creating 3D models of the human head that will show emotion, eat, and do all the other things that heads do properly is hard. Fortunately, this video is here to help you get started. It demonstrates the basics of 3D head modeling using 3D Studio MAX. Follow these instructions ...more

How To : Use motion capture on bipeds in 3DS MAX

Using motion capture is one of the easiest and most effective ways to animate the motions of a bipedal character who is proportional to a normal human. When the character is not in proportion, like the World of Warcraft low-poly models in this video, it gets a little more comp ...more

How To : Morph targets in 3DS MAX with WoW characters

The silent film era ended long before anyone had conceived of something like machinima, so your machinima movie had better have some talking! This movie will teach you how to use morph target in 3DS MAX to give your imported World of Warcraft characters facial expressions and ...more

How To : Use Biped to do motion capture in 3DS Max

Causing World of Warcraft characters to do what you want them to do in your machinima film can be a major challenge. Motion capture is one useful tool that you can use to solve the problem. This video will teach you the basics of using the Biped plugin for 3DS Max to animate W ...more

How To : Use hotkeys to navigate 3DS Max for beginners

For 3D artists new to 3DS Max, learning your way around this massive piece of software can take a long time. It need not do. This video will teach you how to use some of the many hotkeys in the program to navigate it like a pro, easily accessing all of the most popular tools a ...more

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 Visual ...more

How To : Animate a bullet hitting an egg model in 3ds MAX

If you want to make an omelette, you're going to have to break a few eggs. Or shoot them! This video will walk you through the process this artist took for creating 3D movie of a bullet passing through an egg, destroying it. This is very good educational exercise for 3D artist ...more

How To : Model a mace for beginners in 3ds Max

3D modeling is a difficult but lucrative trade that can take many years to master. Let this video be your first step along that road. It's aim is to teach the basics of 3D Studio MAX to beginners by demonstrating the modeling of a mace (or morning star). This tutorial is desig ...more

How To : Use the Symmetry Modifier tool in 3ds Max 2010

This quick tutorial offers an overview of the 3D Studio Max Symmetry Modifier tool, a highly efficient means of modeling symmetrical objects. Whether you're new to Autodesk's popular modeling software or a seasoned 3D artist just looking to better acquaint yourself with the ap ...more

How To : Use plane modeling to model a head in 3ds Max

So you're mastered the basics of modeling 3D characters in 3D Studio MAX. Good for you. Where to now? This video perhaps? It will teach you how to use plane modeling to create a model of a human head. This technique requires some skill and experience at using 3ds Max, but if y ...more

How To : Create a car paint shader in 3ds Max 2010

This tutorial will walk you through how to create a car paint shader from scratch utilizing materials inside of 3D Studio Max. 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' ...more

How To : Render a video to AVI format using 3ds Max

If you want to demonstrate your 3D model on a turntable or create some other sort of short animation with your models without having to use more specialized software, you can render an AVI video inside 3D Studio MAX. This video will show you how to do this quickly and easily, ...more

How To : Use surface tools to model a human leg in 3DS Max

Surface tools are a powerful part of 3D Studio Max, allowing the creation of more realistic textures for organic and natural forms. This video demonstrates how to use them as a part of the process of modeling a human leg. The legs may not be as important as the face models, bu ...more

How To : Use camera mapping in 3ds Max and Photoshop

Mapping the camera properly in 3DS Max is, like doing most things in 3DS Max, a bit of a challenge but very rewarding when you get it right. This six-part video will teach you how to use Photoshop and 3DS Max together to create a simple animation of a title and some punching b ...more

How To : Use the interface in 3ds Max

This video series shows you how to use the interface (UI) in 3D Studio Max. Topics covered are viewports, menu bar, main tool bar, status bar, command panel, and animation controls respectively. Part 1 of 8 - How to Use the interface in 3ds Max. Part 2 of 8 - How to Use the i ...more

How To : Export objects from 3ds Max into the game Crysis

This six-part 3ds Max video tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of exporting from 3D Studio Max into the award-winning, science-fiction, first-person shooter, computer game Crysis. You'll see how to take an MD 500 helicopter and prepare it inside 3D Studi ...more

How To : Use the shell modifier in 3ds Max

This 3D software tutorial was developed by Discreet (creators of 3ds Max) to show you how to use the shell modifier new to version 6 and up of 3D Studio Max. If you are a 3ds Max modeler, you should learn how to use this powerful tool. Great 3ds Max tutorial for anyone new to ...more

How To : Model with primitives in 3DS Max for Papervision3D

This software tutorial demonstrates how to build with primitives in 3DS Max for Papervision3D. This first part demonstrates 3D Studio Max basics and how to build a column base using primitives. This second part demonstrates how to use the Shift clone tool. This third part demo ...more

How To : Import textured Poser models to 3DS Max Files

This tutorial shows you how to take a model figure created using the Poser program and export them for use in Autodesk 3DS Max. While you can use Poser Fusion, it can be somewhat unstable on a Mac, and this tutorial shows you a few workarounds and alternate methods. Part 1 of ...more

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