The Ultimate Collection of 3DS Max Tutorials

Thinking of producing a cool 3D model or animation? It could be a simple task if you apply the right 3D animation rendering and modeling software and practice the right tutorial. Speaking of 3D software, 3DS Max is one of the comprehensive 3D modeling, rendering, and 3D animation software which used by most of the game developers, visual effects artists and design visualization specialists.

3ds max tutorials

There are countless ways that 3DS Max can be used and fortunately there is plenty of useful 3DS Max tutorials out there to enable artists and designers to more quickly ramp up for production. If you’re searching high and low to master 3DS Max, here’s what we’ve collected for you. This week we gonna show you 90 useful 3DS Max tutorials for beginners, intermediate and advanced users. Full list after jump!

While you’re at it, you might want to read 100+ Maya 3D Tutorials For Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Users.

For Beginners

Rain Fall AnimationIn this tutorial, we will make basic rain-fall animation against a matching background in 3dsmax.


Flag Animation With ClothA simple tutorial to guide how to animate a flag.


Animated GrassThis tutorial shows you the simple technique to create and animate grass.


Create Neon Lights with VrayLearn how to create neon lights with Vray through this simple tutorial.


Creating A New WorldThis tutorial is intended for those artists who are going to place a planet on the foreground of their new artwork.


Create a Windows-Like LogoThis tutorial will teach you how to create a Windows like logo.


Clock TutorialThis tutorial will show you a few tips to create aclock in 3d max and render it with Fryrender.


Create Amazing 3D TypeThis tutorial will show you how to extrude text, tweak it out, manipulate the mesh, and then exporting it out to Photoshop to add in some extra elements.


Making of Chrome Material


Model a Rubics CubeLearn how to model a Rubics Cube.


Model A Realistic ToothbrushThis tutorial will learn to create a realistic toothbrush.


3D Planet RenderThis tutorial covers the creation of a 3D planet render in 3DS MAX. The texturing of the 3D planet is done with procedural maps only, so no bitmaps are needed.


Making of BedA tutorial for beginners to make a bed.


Realistic Metal Materials This tutorial will explain how to make 3 realistic metal materials (steel, gold and chrome) without using any additional plug-ins.


3D Sunlight EffectA short tutorial on how to create laser beam effect with the help of Target Direct light.


Hand ModelingThis tutorial will describe you how the author modeled a hand model from a sketch. The method I used here is polygonal modeling.

Hand Modeling

Chair Modeling – Spline TechniqueThis is a basic tutorial of the Florence Design Academy to understand how to use the SPLINES effectively in the field of Interior/Furniture Design. This tutorial is based only on splines.


Beginner Modeling Methods and TechniquesIn this Basix tutorial, we will be looking at beginner methods of modeling an object in 3ds Max.


Auto key tutorial, AKA: Easy animationThis tutorial will teach you how to easily animate an object using the Auto Key animation technique, this technique lets you animate without bones or anything.


3D Modeling Car RimThis is quite a useful 3ds max tutorial which explains, the 3d modeling process of a Car Rim in a very detailed manner.


Create a Realistic 3D Cracking Effect This tutorial is going to create a very realistic animation of breaking surface inside of 3DS Max using some simple tools and tricky methods.


Make A Cool Abstract Image.This tutorials will show you how to make a cool abstract image. This one takes a little bit of time but it is worth the end effect.


Computer Case ModelingThis tutorial is going to show you how to make a computer case. This is an easy to follow tutorial.


Moving Text Around a Path This tutorial covers basic text generation, and shows how to get an object (in this case – the text) to deform and follow a circular path.


Face Animation TutorialThis tutorial shows how to animate facial expressions with morpher modifire in 3ds Max.


Explosion TutorialThis tutorial explains how to make cool-looking explosions


Realistic Table Cloth Cover3dsmax has these cool and interesting modifiers: Garment Maker and Cloth simulation. Garment Maker is used to convert an object into a ‘fabric’ ready to be animated.


Modeling Iron Man HeadA tutorial about modeling Iron Man in 3ds max.


Dice Roll AnimationThis tutorial will show you how to create dice roll animation with ease.


Modelling a Planet and Setting Up the Scene and LightThis tutorial shows how to model a planet and set up the scene and light.


Model a Modern Spiral StaircaseIn this tutorial Ben Tate will demonstrate his approach to modeling a modern style spiral staircase in 3d Studio Max.


Melt Crystal VaseThis tutorial will show you how to model a vase model and animate an melting of the vase.


Open UmbrellaThis tutorial will learn how to create an open umbrella quick and easy.


Trendy Glass TubeThis tutorial will show you how to make a cool “Glass Tube”.


Trendy CrystalThis tutorials will show you how to get a really cool glass-crystal effect.


For Intermediate Users

Creating A Perfect EyeThis tutorial will share with you the results of my investigation into creating a perfect 3D eye.


Caustics through Mental RayThis tutorial about Caustics will work only if you enable “Mental Ray”! (This tutorial was made in Max 8).


Water FountainA tutorial showing workflow in creating a water fountain in 3dMax particle system.


Making of Shark: Animation


Create a Realistic Candle Scene This tutorial shows you on how to make an elegant candle flame and add it to a scene inside of 3DS Max.


Cool Looking Neon SignThis tutorial will show you how to model and texture to get a really cool looking neon sign which could be used in a veriety of ways.


Create an Awesome Sci-fi 3D Tunnel EffectThis tutorial will show you how to create an outstanding 3D tunnel animation.


Creating A Black Shiny iPodThis tutorial shows how to create a black shiny iPod with reference pictures as guidance for precise work.


Glass Apple in Vray and 3D Studio Max


Space Scene (View to the Earth)This tutorial guides you how to make Space scene (view to the Earth). It’s very simple, step by step tutorial for beginners and intermediate 3ds Max users.


Head ModelingThis tutorial will describe how the authorI modeled my character from a sketch.


Kingdom of FruitsA tutorial to show you how the author created this Image using 3D Studio Max, Photoshop and render in V-ray.


Modeling and Rendering of a Mercedes S600


Female Body ModelingThis tutorial will cover the female body modeling from setting up the references, low poly body modeling, hand and foot modeling to completion.


Interior Lighting by using Mental RayThis video tutorial will explain you how to use Sunlight, Skylight in the daylight interior scene and render through mental ray.


Create a Beautiful Sunset SceneIn this tutorial you will learn how to create a beautiful sunset over a calm sea using DreamScape and 3dsmax.


Create a Retro Rainbow WaterfallThis tutorial will show you how to use Particle Flow to create an outstanding 3D retro rainbow waterfall inside of 3DS Max.


Create a Realistic Looking Nokia 5800In this multi-part, hard surface modeling, texturing, and rendering tutorial, you will learn how to quickly create a realistic looking Nokia 5800.


Create an Awesome Exploding Glass EffectIn this tutorial, you will learn how to create an impressive breaking glass effect using 3ds Max 2009 and Thinking Particles 3.


Create Sea Anemones using Hair and FurThis tutorial is dedicated to the use of hair & fur in 3ds max, a modifier that grows hair and fur over any object.


Create Sunset AnimationIn this tutorial you will learn how to create sunset animation using 3dsmax: sun slowly going down below horizon.


Pageflip AnimationIn this tutorial, you will create piece by piece of paper flipped opening more pages animation.


Model 3D Glass Object, Liquid and ice cubesIn this tutorial you will learn how to create realistic drinking glass with Autodesk 3D Studio Max and that is not all. You will learn how to fill it with water, ice.


Creating Realistic Cigarette SmokeThis tutorial shall teach you how to create a realistic looking cigarette smoke that gradually fades out.


Creating HighPoly BerettaThis tutorial will show on how to create a high poly weapon in 3d max.


Making of The HoleThis tutorial shows you the making of the hole.


Making Realistic WaterIn this tutorial we will be looking in depth at the water space warp in 3D Studio Max.


Model a High Poly Airframe Missile LauncherIn this six hour long, intermediate/ advanced level tutorial you will learn to model a high poly RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile Launcher step by step.


Particle Dispersion Effect This tutorial will show you how to create an awesome particle dispersion effect using 3DS Max and its particle system.


Next-Gen Weapon Creationn this, the first tutorial in the next-gen knife creation series, you will learn to build a high-poly knife model using 3ds Max.

Realistically Light and Render Interior ScenesDiscover the secrets behind properly lighting and rendering interior scenes with 3ds Max and Vray in this easy to follow, step by step walkthrough.


Texturing a Human FaceIn this 2 hour, multi-part video tutorial, you will follow professional Game artist and teacher, Dan Cox, as he gives insight into his own thought process and workflow of how to go about unwrapping and texturing an existing human face.


Creating Bicycle ModelThis tutorial will show you how to use editable poly to create a bicycle. You will learn how to use editable poly and simple shapes like cylinder and box to create assets for the 3d mesh.


Making Leaf MaterialsThe tutorial uses Onyx Tree for the tree generation, but this material technique works just as well with other tree objects with low-poly opacity mapped leaves.


Virtual BeerThis tutorial aims to give you a step by step guide to build a convincing beer than just revolving a spline.


Roman SoldierIn this video tutorial you will see how to make Roman soldier.


Model Fat Monster – GordoA video tutorial shows how to model a fat monster-Gordo step by step.


For Advanced Users

Making of ‘S-Force’This article focuses on the process of making my character’s body sss material.


Modeling Joan of ArcThis tutorial shows how to create a character from A to Z, modeling, textures, skinning with image templates provided.


Making a Self PortraitThis tutorial explains some of the basics in the different phases of modelling and texturing on making a self portrait.


Audi TT 2008 3D modeling from A to ZThis tutorial will show you how to model a Audi TT 2008 with blueprint sliced and the planes.


Modeling the Mercedes Benz 540k


Create an Awesome 3D Future CityThis tutorial will show you how to create an advanced city of the future inside of 3DS Max.


Animate an Iceberg Turning into a Desert IslandIn this hour long video tutorial, we will follow the complete process of animating a 3d iceberg as it transforms into a desert island.


Project Shell – Ferrari


Create a Marching Army AnimationIn this tutorial, we’ll be taking a look at just one of the very cool ways particles can be used to make your life much much easier.


Create an Ivy Covered Tree Stump In this quick and easy tutorial, you will be learning on how to create a highly detailed ivy covered tree stump scene.


DNA PriorityA making-of “DNA_priority”.


Making Of Speed Demon


Making of Iron Cat


Making of Le PatisserieA tutorial that shows the making of Le Patisserie, a small French restaurant.


Making of ParagalisThis tutorial will cover author’s personal workflow for 3d modeling, 3d sculpting, retopo / optimizing, UV’s, normal map generation, light map generation, and texturing of paragalis.


Creating Realistic Rocks This tutorial shows a way to create very realistic looking rocks that can be rendered far away or for very detailed work.


Knight ModelingTorso modeling of the knight.


3D Character Designers10 minutes tutorial for 3d Character Designers explaining the complex unwrapping and designing of pixel strech free uv maps for textre-baking


Model, Sculpt and Texture a Demon-like Monster This is a multi-part tutorial on creating a Demon-like ‘Lok Warrior’ with realistic muscle anatomy.