3ds Max is a powerful 3D, modeling, animation and visual effects application from Autodesk used by artists all over the world – and rightfully so. New 3ds Max tutorials have been a staple for new training this year and in this post, we’ll take a look at our instructors’ favorite 3ds Max tutorials.
3ds Max Favorites from Digital-Tutors Instructors:
Introduction to Mass FX
Dynamics can be really complex and especially considering that MassFX is a relatively new dynamics system. This tutorial does a great job of demystifying the way MassFX works so that anyone familiar with working in 3ds Max can get a jump start on getting realistic simulations with MassFX.
Introduction to Modeling in 3ds Max
This 3ds Max tutorial is great for anyone who just wants to get up to speed on modeling in 3ds Max. It goes step-by-step and explains everything really well. This tutorial is great for people who don’t know anything about modeling in 3ds Max and also for people who are already familiar with modeling in 3ds Max but also want to learn how to improve their modeling workflows.
Creating Cartoon Characters in 3ds Max
This tutorial has always been one of our favorites, helping thousands of artists and members learn a production workflow to creating organic cartoon characters.
Interior Rendering Techniques with mental ray and 3ds Max
This tutorial covers the complete workflow for creating photorealistic interior renders in 3ds Max. The tutorial not only takes viewers through the critical steps of creating an interior render, but also highlights many common pitfalls and complications that are likely to be encountered, providing valuable knowledge and insight that viewers can incorporate into their own rendering projects. 3ds Max is also very often used for architectural visualization. This tutorial is packed full of tips that every rendering artist will need to know to get photorealistic renders using mental ray in 3ds Max.
UV Mapping Workflows in 3ds Max
UV mapping can be a confusing and cumbersome process, but it is one that is absolutely critical for most texture creation pipelines. This 3ds Max tutorial will teach viewers everything they need to know about UVs, the role they play in the texturing process, and showing how to effectively lay out UVs for complex surfaces.
Utilizing Shading Networks in 3ds Max
3ds Max has a very powerful node-based system for creating materials and textures. This tutorial will give viewers a solid understanding of 3ds Max shading networks, creating various materials and textures found in the real world, and unleashing unlimited possibilities when creating materials and textures for any project.
Creative Development: Hard Surface Modeling Workflows in 3ds Max with Stas Poritskiy
This tutorial is packed with clever and insightful techniques for modeling hard surfaces in 3ds Max. Viewers will also learn numerous methods for troubleshooting and correcting problem topology, which can be hugely beneficial in any modeling project.
This tutorial is filled with training that can be transferred and used on any creature, and helps overcome certain challenges that you’ll encounter when rigging in general.
The 12 Principles of Animation
Every animator needs to know what these principles are and already be using them. If not, watch this. It is a great overview of all 12 principles and some great tips on how they can be achieved in 3ds Max.
Creative Development: Modeling a Sci-Fi City in 3ds Max with Steve Connor
From our Creative Development series, this is a fun tutorial that covers a wide scope of techniques ranging from modeling to animation.
Facial Rigging in 3ds Max
In this 3ds Max tutorial, members learn how to create an efficient, animation-friendly control rig that produces natural facial deformations.
Creative Development: Visual Effects with 3ds Max and Pflow with Jacques Pena
Jacques Pena is an amazingly talented artist and author. In this creative development tutorial, he offers insightful tips and strategies to help make your creative dreams come to fruition!
Creative Development: Realistic Skin Shading, Lighting, and Rendering in 3ds Max and V-Ray with Adam Lewis
Adam does an amazing job breaking everything down in this tutorial to not only show his workflows, but also to explain how V-Ray can be harnessed to get very physically-accurate and realistic results in 3ds Max.
Polygon and Sub-D Modeling Workflows in 3ds Max
For beginning modelers, there’s nothing better than the success of creating that first character that really looks great. This well-paced tutorial takes you through the polygon modeling process in 3ds Max and allows you to come away with a really fun and appealing character.
Modeling and Rigging a Cartoon Shark in 3ds Max with Stewart Jones
One of our animation instructors’ favorite 3ds Max tutorial, this training is filled with tips and tricks to help you create and bring to life your very own sea creature.
Automotive Modeling in 3ds Max
This tutorial takes someone without a great deal of modeling experience through the process of building up something as complex as a realistic car. We think it really allows students to create a complex model they can be proud of and a tutorial they will learn a lot from.
3ds Max for Motion Graphics
This tutorial covers so many aspects of 3ds Max, from modeling, to animation and dynamics – there really is something for everyone. And seeing the broadcast opener come together as you work gives a great sense of accomplishment and really illustrates how the different disciplines work well together.
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