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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.
Although you can use the viewport navigation icons in the lower right-hand corner of the 3ds Max interface, you will find that it's just going to slow you down and that you are really going to want to use the keyboard and mouse shortcuts or hot keys. So in 3ds Max, the middle mouse button is the key to navigation in the viewports. So if I press and hold my middle mouse, that gives me my hand control so that I can move up and down and right to left.
And in most 3-button mice, the wheel is the middle mouse button. So you will hold the wheel down. There are some keyboard modifiers for the middle mouse button. Alt+middle mouse is Orbit. So hold down the Alt key and hold down the middle mouse button, and that will allow you to orbit in your scene. Holding down Control and Alt and the middle mouse button all at once will give you the ability to dolly forward and back, same as the Magnifying Glass tool. Okay.
So middle mouse is Move. Alt+middle mouse is Orbit. And Control+Alt+middle mouse is dolly forward and back with the Magnifying Glass. Additionally, if you rotate the wheel, if your mouse has a wheel, that will also dolly forward and back, but it will do it by increments. So if you need finer control, it's the Control+Alt+middle mouse button. And this will work in any view.
If you want more information about what all of the shortcut keys are in 3ds Max, you can find in the Help menu, there is a Keyboard Shortcut Map. So I will launch that now. You will see it's launched Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer has locked me out. So I need to click up here to tell it to allow this to display. So I will say Allow Blocked Content. Yes, I really want to do this. And now we are seeing a little Flash movie that Autodesk has provided.
It's interactive, so as I hover my mouse in different areas here, it will tell me what the keyboard shortcuts are. So, for example, you will see here that Q, W, E, and R are my Move, Rotate, and Scale tools. So those are some of the keyboard shortcuts. There are many, many keyboard shortcuts in 3ds Max. I also want to point out there is a button up here on the main toolbar, which is Keyboard Shortcut Override Toggle. That's a bit of a mouthful, but what that does is it lets you choose whether you want to use context-sensitive keyboard shortcuts or the application global keyboard shortcuts, because in fact, depending on what you are doing, the keyboard shortcuts might change.
As long as this button is on, you will be using the global settings and that's what I recommend. So those are just some of the basic rudimentary shortcut keys in 3ds Max.
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