3ds Max 2017 – Tutorial for Beginners [General Overview]*

3ds Max 2017 – Tutorial for Beginners [General Overview]*

Hello everyone! Welcome to this video! Let’s get a general overview ofall the basic tools you need to know see to start with Autodesk 3dsMax 2017!Leave us feedback to improve our next video guides.3ds Max is a professional software used for 3D graphics, animation, design and game development. We will see the most basic tools, but you may need more practice to know how to use this software professionally. When you open 3ds Max, a dialog box opens. On the left, you quickly open recent projects made in the past. On the right, you can pick a ready-made template to start straight with a new project. Let’s have a look at the workspace. We will take the Default one, but you can choose your preferred one in the top left corner. This workspace is used to check and preview your project in different ways, called Viewports, and each can contain several points of view. By default, you have a Viewport that shows four points of view: Top, Front, Left and Perspective. You can change each point of view by clicking on the 3D ViewCube in the top right corner. You can also rotate in 3D by using the Orbit command, in the bottom right corner, and clicking and dragging on one of the points of view. Use Escape key to finish with the tool. This 3D environment is regulated by a gizmo system in the bottom left corner, indicating the three main space directions through the X, the Y and the Z axis, each with its own color. The X and the Y axes indicate the ground plane, which is also where the virtual grid lays. Whereas, the height of your objects always spreads over the Z axis. On each point of view, you have several preview settings in the top left corner. By default, you usually have the Wireframe view, which shows just the skeleton of your objects. If you choose Default Shading, you can get a more complete preview, especially on 3D objects. On the far left, you can create your custom Viewport. For example, let’s create one with a single big point of view. Let’s see how to create objects. On the right, you have the Command Panel, which collects most of the main features 3ds Max has inside. Under the Create tab, you can create 3D objects, 2D objects and other special ones like Lights, Cameras, Helpers and Forces, that we won’t see in this beginner tutorial. Geometry collects all tools to create basic regular 3D objects, like Boxes, Cones, and even 3D text with TextPlus. Select one from the list, and click and drag on your workspace. To draw an object, you have to fix a base, by clicking and holding your pointer. When you release it, the base is done, so you can fix height and the final shape by clicking on your workspace. Use Escape key to undo. To finish instead, click outside the object. Under Shapes, you can draw 2D objects, such as lines, closed paths and polygons. Through Line, you can draw lines continuously. Use Escape key to stop drawing. Use CTRL+Z to undo all the lines instead. As long as you click on your workspace, you fix straight sides. If you click and hold, you will drop curved sides. When using other 2D tools, like Rectangles, Arcs and closed shapes, you have to click and hold to draw them. All objects created are listed inside the Scene Explorer, the panel on the far left. Your project can be composed by several workspaces, and each workspace lists all its objects created inside. If you click on an object, you will select it on your workspace directly. Plus, if you use the eye icon on the left, you can hide or show each object if you need. Further on the left, you can filter the kind of objects you want to see listed in the Scene Explorer. Let’s see how to edit objects. On top, you have several icons used to Move, Rotate and Scale. Use Select and Move to move an object. Select an object from the left panel or clicking on the object itself, when your pointer becomes a small cross. Then, click and drag to move the object. If you prefer, you can also use the gizmo system to move along the main X, Y or Z directions. Just click and drag from one of the main arrows or a plane between two ones. To rotate an object, use Select and Rotate. Select the object first, and then click and drag using the gizmo system, here represented with colored circumferences, or using the external circle to rotate respect to your current point of view used. To scale an object, you have to choose between three different tools. Select and Uniform Scale is used to scale the object keeping a constant aspect ratio along the chosen direction. Select and Non-uniform Scale scales the object freely. Whereas use Select and Squash to stretch the object by keeping constant just its volume. The third icon is used to quickly move and rotate an object by selecting it and then moving or rotating it according to the ground plane only. If you make a mistake while editing or creating objects, you can use the Undo and the Redo arrows in the top left corner. To delete an object, use the Delete key. You can also edit multiple objects by selecting all of them at once. To select multiple objects, select each object one by one while holding down CTRL. When you apply any tool, this will affect all the objects selected in the same way. To undo your selections, click elsewhere. Inside 3ds Max, you can also edit each object by acting on its own subcomponents, also called sub-objects. Right above the workspace, there is a bar called Ribbon. This lists important editing tools, that can be applied on both 2D and 3D objects. We will see just the Modeling section in this video. Under Polygon Modeling, you choose between the object subcomponents you want to pick: its vertices through Vertex; its edges through Edge; its border through Border; its faces through Polygon; and the whole object through Element. Once the subcomponent is chosen, you can select this interested directly on the object. Hold CTRL down to select more of them. These will be shown in a red color. Once they are selected, you can use the Move, the Scale and the Rotate tools seen before on those. This will actually deform the original object shape, obtaining a new custom shape as you like. Next to Polygon Modeling you have several tools to edit your object professionally, starting from the object itself or its sub-objects. For example, if you go under Geometry(All), you can edit the overall 3D object with several tools. Hover on each one to get information and help about them. The next tab changes depending on the sub-object selected on the workspace. If you select edges, you will get the Edges tab, used to apply Extrude or Chamfer; if you choose a face with Polygon, you can apply some Bevel, and so on. All these modifications made by using these tools and sub-objects are saved inside a unique layer (or Modifier) called Edit Poly, inside the Command Panel on the right. In fact, if you hide the Modifier through the eye, you will retrieve the original object shape you had. If you want to create a new Modifier to save other modifications apart, go to Apply Edit Poly Mod under Polygon Modeling to add a second Edit Poly Modifier on the right, that will collect another collection of modifications applied on the object and its subcomponents. You can also right-click and go to Rename to rename each Modifier in order to recognize the changes applied. Under Polygon Modeling, always check the Modifier name in order to check to which Modifier the new changes will be saved. The Command Panel is also used to apply advanced editing on objects. On top, choose the color to apply on the selected object. To add more advanced tools, you can search for the proper Modifier from the whole list. For example, if you choose Melt, you can melt the object as an ice object, adjusting amount and settings more below. To remove any Modifier applied, just right-click and go to Delete. Inside 3ds Max, you can create and edit objects, but also make animations with them. An Animation is made by using fixed states called Keys, inserted through the timeline right below your workspace. A single Key saves a particular state of the selected object, in a fixed instant of time. So that, if you place two keys in two different instants of time and with different states, you will make a transition between the first state and the second one. In this way the object moves and changes as you like in time. Click on Set Key below to add and manage keys more easily. Then, start by adding the first Key, which saves the starting state for the selected object. Just click on the big plus below. The Keys on the timeline are shown as small markers on their fixed time frame. At this point, go to the second instant of time used to end the animation, clicking and dragging on top. This moves the playhead marker, that sets the current frame observed on your workspace. At the right time frame, edit the object as you need, and then click on the big plus to add the second Key. This will save the object state as you see it on your workspace. To check your animation, use the player in the bottom right corner. In case you don’t see all the modifications applied, you go to Filters… For example, if you tick Modifier, your new Keys will save also the current state chosen for the object Modifiers. Do this before making your animation, since the old keys set won’t follow the new filter settings. To delete Keys, just right-click and go to Delete selected keys. The distance between the two Keys set also the animation velocity. The closer they are, the faster the animation will be. You can move a Key in time by selecting it and dragging it on the left or right. Remember that each set of Keys in the timeline below are related to the object selected only. So each object will have its own set of Keys linked. When you project is done, save it going to the 3ds Max icon in the top left corner and going to Save As… These are saved in a .max file format, and used to open your project a later session of 3ds Max.This is just an overall overview about 3ds Max 2017! If you want tolearn more about other Autodesk software, check out our channel!

54 thoughts on “3ds Max 2017 – Tutorial for Beginners [General Overview]*

  1. Splendid! but if you need to get me a benefit, could you brother focus on what are the new features in 3ds Max 2017 ?

  2. Nice tutorial! I very much like it so far.

    I just stopped where you set the key points for the automation and tried to do it as well but it somehow doesnt work. In your video the key points are black but when i do it they are from top to bottom red green blue. Also no animation takes place. What am i doing wrong?

  3. At @10:45, i set 2 keys for the Melt modify. 1 at 0 with 0 Melt amount and 1 at 50 with 50 Melt amount but when i drag the timeline nothing changes.

  4. Bai,i'm having trouble downloading free student 3dsmax version i have free student Maya no problem, you got a video on this subject or can make one

  5. Thank you for this, I really like how you took the time to explain the tools and what they do. This has helped me quite a bit.

  6. Super nice introduction! Cannot wait for more. The explaining was nicely explained and I understood everything. So happy I found this. Subscribed!

  7. This is a very good overview of 3ds Max. it's brief but covers the essentials for getting started, and it is well done!
    I have recently upgraded to 2017 from the 2013 version and I am really struggling. For complete Max newbies, this tutorial is good. For those who always upgrade, the built-in tutorials are likely perfect, but those of us who have not upgraded in a few years are left out! Do you have other tutorials explaining some of the new interface and functional changes?

  8. Hello. I don't know why but I've just installed the program and I'm not having any grid lines …Any help ?
    Thank you !

  9. TI ho sgamato merda, a parte gli scherzi bravo… si vede dalle cartelle che sei italiano!
    Sei stato di grande aiuto, grazie!

  10. เป้นการสอนที่ดีมากเลยค่ะ เข้าใจมากเลยค่ะ หาวิดิโอแบบนี้มานานแล้ว ในการสอน 3D Max เบิ้องต้น
    Thank you.

  11. Hey there, just wanted to say that this video has been really useful, and I feel less intemidated by 3D Max 2017's interface. Thanks so much! : ]

  12. Hello,
    I am a bit of novice and I was only asked by my collegue to do a research why is his old PC is rendering faster than his new monster PC that was bought specifically for rendering purposes and to be super fast. Both run the same software and OS(win 7 64bit)
    Specs for both computers:
    Old one – i5-760 (4 Cores/Threads @ 2.8GHZ), 8 GB RAM, and GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB, Western Digital HDD drive 1TB 7200RPM
    New one – i7-3930K(6 Cores, 12 threads @ 3.8GHZ), 32GB RAM(!!), Quadro 2000D 1GB, SSD 120GB Kingston.
    What we are rendering – a 1.5minute animation on 3DS max 13 64bit. We started on Default Scanline Renderer on Old PC it takes 3h 30minutes, on New PC – 4h 30minutes! OK, then we realized that Scanline renderer isn’t using GPU at all. Next up Quicksilver Hardware Renderer(Direct3d) – Old PC – 36minutes, New PC – 46 minutes! Turned out Quicksilver is no good for us, it wasn’t rendering in Full HD, but instead rendering it to 640×480 while still rendering it shows correct resolution. Went to iRay(GPU) – 11 hours on Old one, 12 hours on new one – too long. Mental Ray (CPU) – 10 hours vs 12 hours accordingly. Got our hands on Vray-RT that finally utilizes CUDA cores and should be a lot faster – nope, around 30 hours when CUDA selected on both PCs.
    Can anyone tell us, what exactly could be cause of this? And why is Old PC render times 1/4 faster than New PCs while CPU rendering? It’s simply impossible and I have no explanation for this.

  13. plz upload the building design since begining..I m final year in civil engineering so I want to learn from your tutorial…it will be ur pleasure

  14. hmm.. I'm developing a game in Python… can I import these models in Python… maybe using opengl or something… any help would be appreciated.. thank you..

  15. Excellent video! I am looking for more of your stuff on 3ds Max, but a little more in depth and advanced.

  16. hello
    thank you so much sir , i want to complete beginner course 3ds max 2017 plzz sir sand me a link or………

  17. The grid you chose to rotate in 3d space ( mainly at beginning) is very confusing with intersecting lines everywhere..why not go with the normal 3d viewport in lower right instead which is one 2d grid which is not confusing to look at. Blender used to do the same thing and it was visually confusing. Nice video though, slow pace for all to get through!

  18. Hoping i can learn to use this so i can become a future character artist for bethesda! Sure i have a long ways to go but if i start now ill surely learn how to use it better in college and for other jobs i may get! Thanks!

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