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Learn to create and animate virtual environments with 3ds Max, the popular 3D animation application. Our expert-led 3ds Max tutorials show how to model 3D objects, rig a character, create realistic physics in MassFX, and render both your still and animated projects in mental ray.
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Create 3D projects for film, broadcast, and games with 3ds Max

Learn the secrets professionals use to build and animate entire 3D worlds with 3ds Max. You'll learn how to create models, rig and animate characters, build game props and levels, use particle systems to create like rain and fire, and much more.

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  • view course page for Creating Textures: Metals and Metal Cladding

    Learn to draw metal textures from scratch with Photoshop and Illustrator, and link them to materials in 3ds Max.

    1h 13m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for Up and Running with mental ray in 3ds Max

    Introduces the basic and not-so-basic features of mental ray, the production-proven renderer of choice for many 3ds Max users.

    4h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Cityscapes in 3ds Max

    Learn to design and model a city from almost any era, with Illustrator (or any other vector drawing program) and 3ds Max.

    3h 22m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Character Rigging in 3ds Max

    Character Rigging in 3ds Max with George Maestri

    Learn how to rig your 3D characters for realistic motion and animation with 3ds Max.

    3h 45m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Rendering Exteriors in 3ds Max

    Learn how to light and render the exterior of a building with 3ds Max, and composite the final scene in Nuke and After Effects.

    3h 43m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Creating Product Shots in 3ds Max

    Present product renderings in their best light with 3ds Max and After Effects.

    3h 25m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2015 Essential Training

    Learn how to build 3D models, graphics, and animation with 3ds Max 2015.

    10h 43m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Rendering Interiors in 3ds Max

    Learn how to replicate three unique lighting setups for the inside of any building in 3ds Max, including daylight, dusk, and night shots.

    3h 21m
    Advanced
     
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  • view course page for Cloth Simulation in 3ds Max

    Create realistic garments and fabrics, from T-shirts to tablecloths, with the Cloth system in 3ds Max.

    3h 20m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Particle Flow in 3ds Max

    Start creating great looking particle animations for rain, smoke, fire, and more with Particle Flow in 3ds Max.

    3h 32m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Animating for Unity 3D in 3ds Max

    Learn how to establish a clear production pipeline to transition your characters from 3ds Max to the Unity 3D game engine.

    1h 19m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2014 New Features

    Walks through the new functionality and utilities in 3ds Max 2014 that make creating 3D models and animations easier and faster than ever.

    36m 1s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Creating Simulations in MassFX and 3ds Max

    Introduces the viewer to the complete range of options available in the 3ds Max MassFX (also known as PhysX) toolset.

    3h 53m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started with 3ds Max

    Getting Started with 3ds Max with Randi Derakhshani

    Make models with 3D objects, edit polygonal meshes, create surfaces and models with 2D shapes and splines, and more.

    4h 15m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started with CAT Rigging Tools in 3ds Max

    Discover an alternative to the traditional character rigging workflow with the Character Animation Toolkit (CAT) toolset for 3ds Max, which offers quick preset character rigs as well as custom tools for creating a rig from scratch.

    2h 33m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Game Prop Creation in 3ds Max

    Explore the world of modeling and texturing game props in 3ds Max, from cloning to painting textures.

    6h 5m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2013 Essential Training

    Covers 3DS Max from the ground up, providing a thorough overview of this advanced 3D graphics and modeling package.

    7h 9m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Character Animation Fundamentals in 3ds Max

    Employs the basic principles of animation to bring to life simple 3D characters.

    5h 56m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for V-Ray 2.0 for 3ds Max Essential Training

    Introduces the features of the V-Ray 2.0 rendering engine and demonstrates how to extend the range of 3ds Max with its state-of-the-art tools.

    5h 11m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Creating Urban Game Environments in 3ds Max

    A practical guide to modeling and texturing 3D urban environments for games in 3ds Max.

    5h 54m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Modeling a Character in 3ds Max

    Design and build a 3D human character that can be used for feature film, broadcast, and games.

    4h 31m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started with Reactor in 3ds Max

    Create realistic simulations and collision detection effects that can emulate breaking objects, soft body dynamics, cloth simulations, rippling water, and more in 3ds Max animation projects.

    3h 8m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Particle Effects in 3ds Max

    Create dynamic, randomly generated particle effects that can emulate snow, rain, steam, explosions, and more in 3ds Max animation projects.

    5h 53m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2011 Essential Training

    Demonstrates the basics of how to use 3ds Max 2011 for media, entertainment and design visualization applications.

    10h 4m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2011 New Features

    Introduces the new features and productivity enhancements in 3ds Max 2011.

    2h 43m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Textures and Materials in 3ds Max

    An in-depth look at the art of creating lifelike skins and textures for three-dimensional surfaces using 3ds Max 2010.

    7h 44m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2010: Lighting and Rendering with mental ray

    Demonstrates one of the most powerful toolsets for photorealistic 3D image visualization, the mental ray renderer in 3ds Max.

    5h 43m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2010 Essential Training

    Provides everything new users need to know to complete an animation project, while offering tips and tricks to improve experienced users' productivity and workflow.

    15h 36m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2010 New Features

    Explores many of the new cutting-edge features, including the brand-new Modeling Ribbon and advancements designed to improve scene interactivity and production workflow.

    1h 38m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2009 Beyond the Basics

    Thoroughly explores materials, lights and cameras, animation techniques, rendering, and special effects.

    9h 41m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 2009 Essential Training

    Learn to use 3ds Max 2009 to create stunning visual effects for a broad range of purposes.

    8h 26m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 9 Modeling

    3ds Max 9 Modeling with Steve Nelle

    Methods for creating video games, logos, mechanical assemblies, and architectural visualizations with 3ds Max.

    13h 33m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for 3ds Max 9 Essential Training

    How to create amazing effects with 3ds Max 9 and understand the principles of animation.

    9h 6m
    Beginner
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  • view course page for Texturing and Lighting in Discreet 3ds max 6

    George Maestri covers everything needed to texture, light, and render realistic scenes in 3ds max.

    6h 25m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for Modeling in Discreet 3ds max 6

    Learn the steps needed to model a complete human character, as well as a realistic automobile.

    10h 7m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for Character Animation in Discreet 3ds max 6

    Teaches the fundamentals of character animation, from basic movement to advanced dialogue animation.

    6h 42m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for Character Rigging in Discreet 3ds max 6

    Steps through rigging an entire human character for animation.

    4h 9m
    Intermediate
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  • view course page for Learning Discreet 3ds max 6

    Learning Discreet 3ds max 6 with George Maestri

    Become comfortable with the basic features and techniques of Discreet 3ds Max 6.

    7h 5m
    Beginner
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