The Ultimate Collection of 3DS Max Tutorials

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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 Animation
In this tutorial, we will make basic rain-fall animation against a matching background in 3dsmax.

rain_fall_animation

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

flag_animation_with_cloth

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

animated_grass

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

neon_lights_vray

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

creating_new_world

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

windows-like_logo

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

clock_tutorial

Create Amazing 3D Type
This 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.

amazing_3d_type

Making of Chrome Material

chrome_material

Model a Rubics Cube
Learn how to model a Rubics Cube.

model_rubics_cube

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

realistic_toothbrush

3D Planet Render
This 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.

3D_planet_render

Making of Bed
A tutorial for beginners to make a bed.

making_of_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.

metal_materials

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

3d_sunlight_effect

Hand Modeling
This 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 Technique
This 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.

chair_modeling

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

basix

Auto key tutorial, AKA: Easy animation
This 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.

auto_key_animation

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

3D_car_rims

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.

3d_cracking_effect

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.

cool_abstract_image

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

computer_case_modeling

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.

moving_text_path

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

face_animation

Explosion Tutorial
This tutorial explains how to make cool-looking explosions

explosion_tutorial

Realistic Table Cloth Cover
3dsmax 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.

table_cloth_cover

Modeling Iron Man Head
A tutorial about modeling Iron Man in 3ds max.

iron_man_head

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

dice_roll_animation

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

planet_scene_light

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

model_spiral_staircase

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

melt_crystal_vase

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

open_umbrella

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

Glass_tube

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

trendy_crystal

For Intermediate Users

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

perfect_eye

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

caustics_mental_ray

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

water_fountain

Making of Shark: Animation

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.

candle

Cool Looking Neon Sign
This 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.

neon_sign

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

sci-fi_3d_tunnel.

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

black_shiny_ipod

Glass Apple in Vray and 3D Studio Max

Glass_apple

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.

space_scene

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

head_modeling

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

kingdom_fruits

Modeling and Rendering of a Mercedes S600

mercedes_s600

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

female_body_modeling

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

interior_lighting

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

sunset_scene

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

retro_rainbow_waterfall

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

nokia_5800

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

exploding_glass_effect

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

sea_anemones

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

sunset_animation

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

pageflip_animation

Model 3D Glass Object, Liquid and ice cubes
In 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.

glass_liquid_ice

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

cigarette_smoke

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

highpoly_beretta

Making of The Hole
This
tutorial shows you the making of the hole.

making_the_hole

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

realistic_water

Model a High Poly Airframe Missile Launcher
In 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.

airframe_missile_launcher

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

particle_dispersion

Next-Gen Weapon Creation
n 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 Scenes
Discover the secrets behind properly lighting and rendering interior scenes with 3ds Max and Vray in this easy to follow, step by step walkthrough.

interior_scenes

Texturing a Human Face
In 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.

texturing_human_face

Creating Bicycle Model
This 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.

bicycle_model

Making Leaf Materials
The 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.

leaft_materials

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

virtual_beer

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

roman_soldier

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

model_fat_monster

For Advanced Users

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

making_of_s-force

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

joan_arc

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

making_self_portrait

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

audi_tt_2008

Modeling the Mercedes Benz 540k

mercedes_benz_540k

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

3d_future_city

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

iceberg_desert_island

Project Shell – Ferrari

project_shell_ferrari

Create a Marching Army Animation
In 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.

marching_army_animation

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.

ivy_tree_stump

DNA Priority
A making-of "DNA_priority".

dna_priority

Making Of Speed Demon

speed_demon

Making of Iron Cat

iron_cat

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

Le_Petite

Making of Paragalis
This 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.

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.

realistic_rocks

Knight Modeling
Torso modeling of the knight.

knight_modeling

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

3d_character_designers

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.

demon-like-monster

Author:

Kay is a tech-savvy and regular writer at Hongkiat.com. He also maintains K-Director, a technology blog. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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