10 top 3ds Max tutorials

Thinking about getting started with 3D? Or want to hone your skills? Autodesk's 3ds Max is one of the most popular 3D software solutions around for digital artists – master its extensive toolset and create show-stopping 3D art with this brilliant selection of 3ds Max tutorials. 

01. Getting started

Who better to learn 3ds Max from than its creators? Intended for those new to 3ds Max, this guide from Autodesk offers a quick introduction to the world of 3D. Using basic features of the program, you’ll create a simple battlefield scene made up of a cannon, a rock, a tree, and a windmill. You’ll also add a camera and use it to view the scene from different angles.

02. Introduction to modelling in 3ds Max

This Pluralsight tutorial looks at the various types of geometry available

Leading online education company Pluralsight has a plethora of 3ds Max training to help you get to grips with the software, including this in-depth guide to modelling, covering the various types of geometry available and how to organise models into hierarchies and keeping a scene clean and efficient. A subscription is needed to access the full course, but you can view the first three steps with a free demo account

03. Model a fighter airplane

Explore Editable Poly surfaces with this fighter airplane tutorial

In this tutorial from Autodesk, you explore Editable Poly surfaces by building a model of a fighter airplane.

04. 3ds Max 2017 Essential Training

This nearly 10-hour guide from Lynda.com covers 3ds Max 2017 from the ground up

This nearly 10-hour guide from Lynda.com covers 3ds Max 2017 from the ground up, providing an overview of the entire package as well as essential skills that 3D artists need to create professional models and animations.

05. Quick start to rigging in 3ds Max

Get to grips with 3ds Max's rigging tools in this comprehensive guide

The term 'rigging' can strike fear in to the heart of even the most seasoned 3D artist. This Pluralsight tutorial takes the pain away, covering 3ds Max's rigging tools in a very methodical way, ensuring you know the tools and techniques that are most important to get up and running quickly. 

06. Lighting and rendering in 3ds Max using Mental Ray

In this tutorial from 3D Total, learn how to light and set up some materials in 3ds Max using Mental Ray that gets good results while also having a fast render time.

07. Create amazing 3D type 

3ds Max has some amazing and creative ways to make your type look absolutely beautiful. In this tutorial. Jeya of Media Militia reveals how to extrude text, tweak it out, manipulate the mesh, and then export it out to Photoshop to add in some extra elements. 

08. How to create a chrome material 

Discover how to easily create one of the most used 3D materials, Chrome

From the team at Florence Design Academy, discover how to create a chrome material, one of the most used materials in the 3D design field. 

09. How to model a hand

3D artist Hatrice Bayramoglu's free tutorial over on CGArena shows how to model a hand from a sketch. Using polygonal modelling technqiues, the process start using the hand sketch as a blueprint. 

10. Auto key tutorial for easy animation

Targeted at mid-level 3ds Max users who want to get into animation, this tutorial will teach you how to easily animate an object using the auto key animation technique. This technique takes the pain of animating away, by setting the initial and final stages in the animation and the program automatically creates all the stages in between.