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In 3ds Max 2011 Essential Training, author Aaron F. Ross demonstrates how to use this top-tier application for digital content creation, widely used in diverse industries such as architecture, industrial design, motion pictures, games and virtual worlds. This course covers modeling with polygons, curves, and subdivision surfaces, defining surface properties with materials and maps, setting up cameras and lights, animating objects, and final output rendering. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Graphite ribbon has multiple modes of display. So, you can see the default display here when you open up the ribbon is a lot of icons and a lot of names that describe what those icons do. The ribbon can be minimized in several different ways. So when I click this button, by default, it's going to minimize to these tabs. If you hold down this button here, you can choose how it's going to minimize. So you've got, actually, three different options here, Minimize to panel Titles.
So, let's see what that looks like. So, this is the full ribbon interface, and this is Minimize to panel Titles. This will give you access to those tools as you hover your mouse over those so-called panel Titles. Additionally, you've got, in the Minimize section, you can Minimize it to panel Buttons. See what that looks like. So these are great big buttons here that have tools inside them. Anyway you slice it, you can get at the same tools.
It's just actually, several different ways of visualizing the ribbon interface. I'm going to be using the full ribbon during the lesson, and then when I minimize, I'll be minimizing it to tabs. Additionally, the ribbon, because it kind of takes up so much space on the screen, depending upon the size of your Desktop, you may choose to put the ribbon in a floating window or on the left side of the screen.
So, if you right-click on the ribbon, you can go into the Ribbon Configuration, and you can switch to the Vertical Ribbon. This is sometimes helpful if you're working on a laptop or a computer that has a wide screen, so that you'll have more space available to work in the Viewports. So now the ribbon is docked over here on the left side of the screen as a vertical interface. Additionally, the ribbon can be undocked or floated.
So, just like the other toolbars in 3ds Max, you can tear this off and float it somewhere in the interface. So you've got a choice of how you want this to work. In these lessons here, I'm going to choose actually to use the horizontal ribbon floating, and it's just going to kind of parked above the main toolbar, because I need to have enough space in order to work. So, I'm going to right-click and go back to Ribbon Configuration, and I'll switch back to the Horizontal Ribbon. It takes a minute to think about it, but eventually, we'll get that Horizontal Ribbon up.
So, I'll drag that out, so it's floating. Then I can position it anywhere on my screen. I'll just park it up here, up top, maybe make it little bit smaller, so I've got some access to some of my other tools. So, the Graphite interface is different from a lot of the other aspects of 3ds Max. It's kind of a new paradigm in the interface, and this is a direction that the application is taking. Autodesk is sort of morphing the program over several different releases towards a newer, more "modern" interface.
But again, all of these tools within Graphite are available at your fingertips and a great number of them are also available from the traditional Modify panel.
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