The Ultimate Collection of 3DS Max Tutorials

Either you want to produce a cool 3D animation or a model, the most comprehensive 3D animation rendering and 3D modeling software for that purpose is 3DS Max. The software has an array of highly useful features that are fit for visual effect artists, 3D animators, and game developers etc.

However, the more feature-filled a software is, the more skills you require to get the most out of it. And so, in this post, I am featuring the most detailed collection of 3DS Max tutorials so anyone with beginner to advanced level is able to brush up their 3DS Max skills

Lighting & Rendering using Mental Ray

This small, easy tutorial will teach you to set up and light some materials, providing good result while maintaining a fast render time of your work.

Lighting & Rendering using Mental Ray
Amazing 3D Type

A detailed tutorial on creating an unusual, super-creative 3D type that you can efficiently use for creating eye-candy posters or logos

Amazing 3D Type
Make Chrome Material

As chrome is one of the most-used elements in designs, this tutorial will teach you to create a chrome material directly in 3D Studio Max .

Make Chrome Material
Hand Modeling

This simple-to-follow tutorial is about modeling a hand from a given sketch efficiently using 3DS Max, which you can use to create other models too.

Hand Modeling
Animation using Auto Key

This quick tutorial will teach you to animate an object using the important Auto Key automation technique that lets you animate effortlessly.

Animation using Auto Key
Create Bicycle Frame

Through this tutorial, you can create a complete bicycle in 3DS Max. It is divided into several parts to show building pieces one by one.

Create 3D House

An in-depth tutorial on creating a mini-house in 3D using 3D Studio Max. I find this tutorial is complete in itself and details every step.

Create 3D House
3D Dice

This tutorial is an explanation on making a dice in 3DS Max. It also teaches to use a smoothing technique to create smooth, real-like dice’s corners.

3D Dice
Diamonds Modelling And Rendering

This 3DS Max tutorial teaches you to model and render diamonds in your favorite modeling application. I find it super detailed and thus, easy to follow

Diamonds Modelling And Rendering
Create & Control Simple Eyes

This tutorial will teach you to model, create, and control eyes in 3D Studio Max. It explains in detail about creating eyes, controls, and manipulators.

Create & Control Simple Eyes
APEX Clothing

An in-depth, multi-part tutorial from Nvidia describes how to create and simulate a real-like clothing over an animated character in 3D Studio Max.

APEX Clothing
Create a Walking Robot

This in-depth, advanced tutorial shows you to create a walking and talking robot of your dreams. It describes every step clearly with screenshots.

Create a Walking Robot
Create a Deadly Virus

Create a deadly animated virus using this 3D Studio Max tutorial. It is accompanied by screenshots.

Create a Deadly Virus
Convert Image to Live Footage

This exciting tutorial shows you how to convert a plain, still image into a live footage, making it feel being recorded using a camera.

Convert Image to Live Footage
Create a Wrecking Ball

This medium-length, detailed tutorials tell you how to create a real-like wrecking ball and wreck some walls and houses in your animations.

Create a Wrecking Ball
Make a Realistic Shark

This fine-grained tutorial that tells you about creating a realistic shark using 3DS Max. You learn about modeling, texturing, and rigging the shark.

Make a Realistic Shark
Create a Light Bulb

This multi-part, exciting tutorial teaches you to make a realistic light bulb with lighting effects through 3D Studio Max and Cinema 4D.

Create a Light Bulb
Create Crockery

This short, video tutorial will teach you to create simple as well as sophisticated pots, vases, and crockery using 3D Studio Max and the free Vase Script.

Create Crockery
Compose a Transforming Car

Take a look at this tutorial that tells you how to create a transforming car from a still image. It is a video tutorial showing every step in detail.

Compose a Transforming Car
Animate a Traffic Light

In this simple video tutorial, you can learn how to animate a traffic light sign using texture animation effects directly in 3D Studio Max.

Animate a Traffic Light
Create a Toon Shader

A short video tutorial to learn how to make a great-looking toon shader. It tells you how to create the toon using Ink & Paint features of 3DS Max.

Create a Toon Shader
Create an iPhone 4S

This multi-part, detailed tutorial teaches you to create a model of iPhone 4S using the poly modeling techniques in 3D Studio Max.

Create an iPhone 4S
Make Realistic Snow

A two-part, video tutorial that teaches you to create realistic snow directly in 3DS Max without using any third-party scripts or plugins.

Make Realistic Snow
Create Wall-E Eyes

This exciting tutorial helps you develop Wall-E like eyes in 3DS Max. I hope you know this character from the known animated movie ‘Wall-E’.

Create Wall-E Eyes
Model a Coffee Thermos

With this tutorial, you can model and create an elegant coffee thermos. It also shows you multiple tools and features of 3D Studio Max.

Model a Coffee Thermos
Simulate a Flag

This simple tutorial will teach you to create a flag animation in 3DS Max. It shows you to apply Garment Maker modifier and Cloth modifier.

Simulate a Flag
Make an Animated Fire

In this tutorial, you can learn to create an animated fire with just 3D Studio Max without requiring any third-party plugins like Fume FX.

Make an Animated Fire
Model a Waterfall

This step-by-step tutorial that helps you create a waterfall in 3DS Max. The tutorial, in specific, teaches to create a realistic Niagara Falls.

Model a Waterfall
Model London Bridge

This two-part, detailed instruction guide helps you create a model of London Bridge, which looks very realistic from a given distance.

Model London Bridge
Make Bacteria

A short and simple guide for 3DS Max that tells you how to develop a world of bacteria, as we usually see in various movies like ‘Resident Evil’.

Make Bacteria
Model a Car

This long and detailed tutorial shows you how to create a realistic model of a racing car right inside 3DS Max. You must have seen one in racing games.

Model a Car
Make a Water Fountain

This two-part tutorial teaches you to create a water fountain as you see in animated movies and cartoons but not exactly a realistic one.

Make a Water Fountain
Create Advanced Illumination

In this useful tutorial, you can learn how to create advanced illumination for a given object in 3D Studio Max to create stunning designs.

Create Advanced Illumination
Mustang 1970 Mach 1

Create a model replica of Mustang 1970 Mach 1 with the help of this useful and detailed tutorial.

Mustang 1970 Mach 1
Make a Girl Cartoon

This multi-page guide helps you make a girl cartoon character named ‘Ayasha’. I find this character as realistic as shown in movies.

Make a Girl Cartoon
Make an Old Man

This detailed, multi-page guide shows how to make a model of an old man in 3D Studio Max, which is similar to ones in animated videos.

Make an Old Man
Make a Large Ship

If you want to make a large ship that is floating in a sea, as you must have seen in various animated movies, follow this step-by-step tutorial that explains each step and great detail.

Make a Large Ship
Make a House

This long, detailed tutorial teaches you to build a complete model of a house along with its surrounding including trees, car, etc.

Make a House
Create a City

This short and easy tutorial explains you about creating a whole city with numerous tall buildings using just 3D Studio Max.

Create a City
Create a Bathroom

This super-long, super-detailed, and advanced video tutorial shows to create and render a bathroom using 3DS Max and V-Ray.

Create a Bathroom
Sculpt a Tree

This multi-part, well-explained guide shows you how to model and sculpt a tree for including in animated video and games.

Sculpt a Tree
Model a Home Office

Through this tutorial you can learn how to model a home office setup with all surrounding objects including walls, doors, etc.

Model a Home Office
Make a Conference Room

This in-depth tutorial shows you how to model a small conference room with all little details like monitor and chairs, using 3DS Max.

Make a Conference Room
Sun and Sky Effects

This single video tutorial explains about the sun and sky effects that are created with 3D Studio Max and V-Ray.

Sun and Sky Effects
Make a Sci-fi Scene

This simple tutorial with screenshots explains how to model and create a beautiful sci-fi scene as shown in various sci-fi movies.

Make a Sci-fi Scene
Make a Plane

This not-so-long, in-depth tutorial shows you how to model and texture an airplane flying in a cloudy sky using 3D Studio Max.

Make a Plane
Make a Bedroom

This step-by-step guide that shows you how to model and create a bedroom scene with its complete surroundings using 3DS Max.

Make a Bedroom
Make a 3D Character

A multi-page, detailed guide that explains how to create a 3D version of a cartoon character named ‘The Fallout’ using 3DS Max.

Make a 3D Character
Make a Cake

This detailed tutorial explains how to create a beautiful and delicious cake using 3D Studio Max, which is a real delicacy to see.

Make a Cake
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