In 3ds Max 2011: Particle Effects, Steve Nelle shows how to create a wide variety of particle special effects including smoke, water, and explosions. The course provides a detailed explanation of both event and non-event particle systems in 3ds Max, in addition to addressing the importance of a particle's material, the use of Space Warps and Deflectors, and creating fluid effects using MetaParticles. Six start-to-finish projects are also included in the course, which show practical techniques for creating ocean water for underwater scenes, mudslides, and more. Exercise files accompany the course.
Controlling particle timing, quantity, and rotation
Comparing particle system types, such as PArray, Super Spray, and more
Using instanced particles to customize a particle's shape
Understanding how to set up a particle flow
Wiring PFlow operators and tests to change particle behavior