25+ 3D Studio Max Best of Tutorials & Resources

March 4th, 2009

Creating 3D visualization rendering autodesk 3ds Max software, brings not only the look and feel for the image, but also helps to visualize the design in reality. This full-featured 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and effects solution is used to produce stunning interior & exterior 3D visualization rendering, top-selling games and award-winning film and video content.

In this post, we want to showcase 25 great 3DS Max tutorials around for all levels covering modeling, materials, lighting and animation in 3DSMax. You will find full-featured 3D modeling, animation, rendering, and effects solution that should appeal to all users from beginners all the way to the most seasoned and advanced users of 3DS Max.

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1. Interior Lighting by using Mental Ray (Video Tutorial)

In this 12 minutes video tutorial will explain you how to use Sunlight, Skylight in the daylight interior scene and render through mental ray. Overall, this is very informative tutorial which will explain you everything without a sound.

2. Rendering Objects using Vray (Video Tutorial)

This video tutorial is created by artist Giorgio Luciano in 3ds max using Vray, covering the caustics, reflection, GI in a scene.

3. Chair Modeling – Spline Technique (Video Tutorial)

This is a basic tutorial to understand how to use the SPLINES effectively in the field of Interior/Furniture Design. This tutorial is based only on splines. It is very important that your chair has the correct dimensions, otherwise the rendering with Mental Ray will not be optimal.


5. Rain Fall Animation

In this tutorial, we will learn how to make basic rain-fall animation against a matching background in 3dsmax. The final result would be as shown below:


This tutorial will guide you on how to make the cover material from the wood floors (parquet), and I assume that this tutorial is intended for the beginner level and understand the use of basic software on the’3dsMax ‘ very well.

7. Create Icons with 3d Max

This tutorial will guide you on how to make a 3d icon in 3D Studio Max.

8. It’s Time for Bullets

This tutorial will cover the wide spectrum of creating (i.e. modelling, a bit-mapping, texturing, shading and rendering) a nice scene containing lots of bullets.

9. Flying Through Clouds in 3ds max

Learn how to create a fly-through of a realistic cloud tunnel that renders relatively fast, using 3D Studio Max with no plugins or 3rd party renderers.

10. Modeling the New James Bond Introduction (Video Tutorial)

How to recreate the opening gun barrel sequence from the two newest James Bond movies in 3d Studio Max using the default scanline renderer, minimal modeling, and only standard materials.

11. 3D Modeling Car Rim (Video Tutorial)

This is quite a useful 3ds max tutorial which explains, the 3d modeling process of a Car Rim in a very detailed manner.

12. 3ds MAX + VRay Tutorial

Making of “Time is running” using 3d Studio Max + VRay. Everything is modelled in 3ds max 2008 mostly from standard geometry and some splines with lathe like the lampshade.

13. Creating a cool neon sign

How to model and texture to get a really cool looking neon sign which could be used in a veriety of ways.

14. Animal Fur Using 3ds max

Using 3ds max you can create fur with ease, because 3ds max equipped with bulit in Hair And Fur modifier since version 8. In this tutorial you will learn how to create animal fur using 3ds max.

15. Dissolving objects using particles

Dispersion is one of the effects that are used very often. It is quite simple and has wide usage almost everywhere where it comes to create some special effects. Here is how to get dissolving objects effect using particles.

16. Night Interior Rendering Tutorial (using vray and 3d max)

17. How to create a furry carpet in 3ds max with VrayFur

18. Anchor Box Modelling tutorial

19. Exterior Scene Part 3 – Lighting

The entire model is created based on a CAD plan, then imported into 3D Studio Max and organized into layers.

20. Making of the Auditorium with 3dsmax

21. Add a snow cape to any object

Learn how to add a snow cape in any object using a very simple trick.

22. Material Tutorial: Glowing Material with Mental Ray

Glowing materials are very useful to create light effects. For example a neon-light effect. This kind of material is a light-emitting material. It will create light and shadows like an Omni Light.

23. Illumination Tutorial (3dsmax MentalRay)

This tutorial is about the illumination of a room, illuminated by sunlight coming through a window ( ideal for living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms ).

24. Gold Material (Video Tutorial)

In this interactive video not only learn but also create a material online with instructions in 3ds max

25. Kung Fu Panda Animation

Creating Kung Fu Panda Animation in a minute using motion capture data

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65 comments for „25+ 3D Studio Max Best of Tutorials & Resources
  1. Dave on March 4th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Hi All-

    Wanted to share my 3ds Max modeling tutorials.


    Hope they Help,


  2. PoKas! on March 4th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Just Great!

  3. Paulo on March 4th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Nice tuts….If you have also for Autodesk Maya it would be excelent too. :)…for diferents types of programs like also Cinema 4D. Thanks a lot.

  4. Dainis Graveris on March 4th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    excellent roundup! I was just starting on 3DsMax – extremely useful article for me! Thanks!

  5. insicdesigns on March 5th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    holy awesome! this list of tutorial makes me open my 3d studio max again.

    • samz on January 15th, 2010 at 6:39 am

      yeh really thats really fantastic tuts …

  6. Bharath Kumar on March 5th, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Nice collection, from now on i will start to work in 3DSM ;)

  7. Oupoot on March 5th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Very nice tutorials.
    You should have a look at a little app called Blender. Does 90% of the same stuff, but its free!

  8. Clement on March 5th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    This makes me wana leave work and go home to do some 3d :D

  9. Alex Mincinopschi on March 5th, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Awesome list! Thanks for including 2 of my tutorials in it :)

  10. Ronny-André on March 5th, 2009 at 2:44 am

    How about a collection for Maya tutorials too, for us who uses Mac? :)

    • Noupe on March 5th, 2009 at 3:32 am

      Consider it done :)

  11. Sklep Zoologiczny W?dkarski on March 5th, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Is it really possible? ;) Just unbelievable!

  12. Timothy on March 5th, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Great list! Thanks

  13. Awesome! on March 5th, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Awesome man, I wish they have tutorials in Maya because I like maya more than 3ds max

  14. Date on March 5th, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Man I always loved 3d images. this going to help me create some cool 3d pictures

  15. Chris on March 5th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Wow, awesome tutorials! Thanks! :)

  16. eddie on March 5th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    nice! I love the 20th

  17. Juan Cherry on March 5th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Nice collection of tutorials!

  18. Frontop on March 6th, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Cool. Frontop also supply architecture rendering and animation with such 3D Max Technology.

  19. ViperOne on March 6th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    NICE !!!! MOOOORE !!!! ;o)

  20. Jordi on March 6th, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Number 14 is just about modelling, not about fur. I was disappointed :(

  21. Aditya.S on March 6th, 2009 at 5:24 am


    Love the post.Could you please do the same for Maya?

  22. Bjorn on March 6th, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Took a 3d class back in school… tempted to take another look. Thanks!

  23. Dank0 on March 6th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Go to the area.autodesk.com and you will find more tutorials not just for max.

  24. sean steezy on March 9th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    very much awesome thanks!

  25. Mouse on March 10th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Awesome that is really nice

  26. BestofTeenTube on March 10th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I like it :) super nice

  27. vishal on March 16th, 2009 at 7:58 am

    it’s really nice tutorial thanx buddy

  28. Robertas on April 5th, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Great tutorial.

  29. Yashvir Bagwandeen on April 13th, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Really awesome stuff!! Its hard to find good 3ds max tuts around

  30. DRJose on April 23rd, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    This is a one stop shop for beginner and seeker like me, the site of resources for dreamers of CG arts. Keep it up!…stay as the very the best.

  31. Olson Mino on April 30th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    wow great collection, thanks!

  32. Luke on October 31st, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Very cool collection. If you had time could you make similar collecting but with only modeling tutorials? Thanks in advance

  33. abheek on February 1st, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    very nice…tutorial

  34. Atlanta Printing Company on February 3rd, 2010 at 7:20 am

    great information. thanks

  35. Paarth on February 28th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for the cool list of tutorials, great share.

  36. Balaji on April 16th, 2010 at 3:33 am

    This is what we wanted!!!

  37. raghuveer raghav on April 24th, 2010 at 7:15 am

    nice work

  38. Dexter2016 on May 7th, 2010 at 4:58 am

    God bless you

  39. Page on July 23rd, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I wish this videos are all on CC. This is annoyed when I am taking this course. Most videos are not CC! Please add it! Big Thanks!

  40. Adeel Ahmed on October 24th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks Dear what a great work.
    wahoo thanks alot

  41. Hannah on November 23rd, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you, thank you.
    I’m appreciating this post, it’s very useful.
    I would be also grateful for something more about 3d :)

  42. Art Gallery on December 4th, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Really wonderful list. Thanks for sharing

  43. Anup Pokhrel on December 10th, 2010 at 2:43 am

    In tutorial no. 23, Illumination Tutorial (3dsmax MentalRay), the setting for Illumination in Rendering menu is not appropriate here in my computer. It shows false colors.

  44. 3d models on December 14th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    free download 3d models

  45. Abhi on December 24th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    That is really a fantastic tuts….
    it can help me very much thankyou so much

  46. monika on February 1st, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    hey it is nice…thanx sir

  47. kiran on February 26th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    it nice buddy
    thnks 4 the tutorial

    plz upload more tutorials

  48. Combat Pack on April 22nd, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I wish I had time to do all these

  49. 3ds max on May 31st, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Great collection!!
    i’ll be watching these tutorials from time to time, thanks

  50. ayhanatakan on June 4th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I have started learning 3ds max and I want to make a ship model such as chemical tanker but I don’t know where I should start modelling, could you explain how I can make a ship?

    Should I start waterlines,buttocks or sections. Pls a tutorial

  51. Marisa on June 22nd, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    You can check some nice 3d & Cg tutorials on EffectsZone.com

  52. halfmad260 on July 24th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    very cool it is very effective for seo work

  53. Prasadi on August 20th, 2011 at 5:50 am

    thank u sooo much!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  54. Asm Khan on October 6th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Great Work……. Well Done……. I wish to do all this…….

  55. Albert on November 11th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    So great…………..i need to shift from 2D to 3D graphics. Thanks a lot!

  56. Nitin Magdum on December 5th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Really superb tuts. i like it

  57. 3dlib.org on January 5th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Thank you very much. Happy new year 2012!!

  58. Nurul Islam on January 29th, 2012 at 7:24 am


  59. yathartha on March 7th, 2012 at 5:00 am

    thanks……. a lot but there is no further link of dissolving using particles

  60. You on April 11th, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Terrific article! 25+ 3D Studio Max Best of Tutorials & Resources – Noupe honestly tends to make my night somewhat brighter :D Keep going with the exceptional articles! Thank you, You

  61. Miftah on April 26th, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Great Collection, Nice share Bro ;)

  62. hiren on May 24th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    great ,i cant believe this.best tutorial

  63. Srinivas on March 1st, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for posting our tutorial on your page. I like you to make few changes to the link that you have posted as we have transferred the tutorial to a new domain, here are the details for the same:

    Rain Fall Animation
    Url: http://www.cgonlinetutorials.com/tutorials/3ds-max/rain-fall-animation.html
    Img: http://www.cgonlinetutorials.com/tutorials/3ds-max/rain-fall-animation/rain-fall-animation.gif

    Thanks once again.