Mar 04 2009

25+ 3D Studio Max Best of Tutorials & Resources


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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Comments and Discussions
  • Dave, 04 March 2009

    Hi All-

    Wanted to share my 3ds Max modeling tutorials.

    Hope they Help,


  • PoKas!, 04 March 2009

    Just Great!

  • Paulo, 04 March 2009

    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.

  • Dainis Graveris, 04 March 2009

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

  • insicdesigns, 05 March 2009

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

    • samz, 15 January 2010

      yeh really thats really fantastic tuts …

  • Bharath Kumar, 05 March 2009

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

  • Oupoot, 05 March 2009

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

  • Clement, 05 March 2009

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

  • Alex Mincinopschi, 05 March 2009

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

  • Ronny-André, 05 March 2009

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

    • Noupe, 05 March 2009

      Consider it done :)

  • Is it really possible? ;) Just unbelievable!

  • Timothy, 05 March 2009

    Great list! Thanks

  • Awesome!, 05 March 2009

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

  • Date, 05 March 2009

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

  • Chris, 05 March 2009

    Wow, awesome tutorials! Thanks! :)

  • eddie, 05 March 2009

    nice! I love the 20th

  • Juan Cherry, 05 March 2009

    Nice collection of tutorials!

  • Frontop, 06 March 2009

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

  • ViperOne, 06 March 2009

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

  • Jordi, 06 March 2009

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

  • Aditya.S, 06 March 2009


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

  • Bjorn, 06 March 2009

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

  • Dank0, 06 March 2009

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

  • sean steezy, 09 March 2009

    very much awesome thanks!

  • Mouse, 10 March 2009

    Awesome that is really nice

  • BestofTeenTube, 10 March 2009

    I like it :) super nice

  • vishal, 16 March 2009

    it’s really nice tutorial thanx buddy

  • Robertas, 05 April 2009

    Great tutorial.

  • Yashvir Bagwandeen, 13 April 2009

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

  • DRJose, 23 April 2009

    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.

  • Olson Mino, 30 April 2009

    wow great collection, thanks!

  • Luke, 31 October 2009

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

  • abheek, 01 February 2010

    very nice…tutorial

  • Atlanta Printing Company, 03 February 2010

    great information. thanks

  • Paarth, 28 February 2010

    Thanks for the cool list of tutorials, great share.

  • Balaji, 16 April 2010

    This is what we wanted!!!

  • raghuveer raghav, 24 April 2010

    nice work

  • Dexter2016, 07 May 2010

    God bless you

  • Page, 23 July 2010

    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!

  • Adeel Ahmed, 24 October 2010

    Thanks Dear what a great work.
    wahoo thanks alot

  • Hannah, 23 November 2010

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

  • Art Gallery, 04 December 2010

    Really wonderful list. Thanks for sharing

  • Anup Pokhrel, 10 December 2010

    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.

  • 3d models, 14 December 2010

    free download 3d models

  • Abhi, 24 December 2010

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

  • monika, 01 February 2011

    hey it is nice…thanx sir

  • kiran, 26 February 2011

    it nice buddy
    thnks 4 the tutorial

    plz upload more tutorials

  • Combat Pack, 22 April 2011

    I wish I had time to do all these

  • 3ds max, 31 May 2011

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

  • ayhanatakan, 04 June 2011

    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

  • Marisa, 22 June 2011

    You can check some nice 3d & Cg tutorials on

  • halfmad260, 24 July 2011

    very cool it is very effective for seo work

  • Prasadi, 20 August 2011

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

  • Asm Khan, 06 October 2011

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

  • Albert, 11 November 2011

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

  • Nitin Magdum, 05 December 2011

    Really superb tuts. i like it

  •, 05 January 2012

    Thank you very much. Happy new year 2012!!

  • Nurul Islam, 29 January 2012


  • yathartha, 07 March 2012

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

  • You, 11 April 2012

    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

  • Miftah, 26 April 2012

    Great Collection, Nice share Bro ;)

  • hiren, 24 May 2012

    great ,i cant believe tutorial

  • Srinivas, 01 March 2013

    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

    Thanks once again.


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