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3DS Max: Fundamentals

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Who should attend?

Design professionals who need to produce rendering and animations with 3DS Max

Course Objectives

After completion you will be able to:

  • Create and modify basic 2D and 3D objects.
  • Maximise efficiency through correct scene organisation.
  • Create your own materials and build your own material library.
  • Understand lighting application in real scenarios.
  • Create dynamic compositions using static and moving cameras and renders.

Training Locations

Our lead training centre is located in Birkenhead, Merseyside, where we have state of the art training facilities. We also have a number of training venues throughout the North West, covering Chester, Manchester, Liverpool, North Wales, Lancashire and Staffordshire.

Alternatively, we can come to your business bringing with us our mobile IT classroom. We can deliver this kind of training anywhere in the UK and Europe.

Course Details

Duration: 3 Days

Timings: 09:30 - 16:30


  • Navigate the interface
  • Set preferences and the project folder
  • Configure paths
  • Control and configure viewport display
  • Object selection methods and units setup

Basic Modelling Techniques

  • Create 2D and 3D geometric objects
  • Apply transforms
  • Model with coordinate systems
  • Clone, group and poly Model
  • Create 3D models from 2D objects
  • Use lathe modifier, 2D Booleans, extrude modifier, and sweep modifier

Assembling Project Files

  • Link and import files, link to an AutoCAD DWG, link to a Revit file


  • The material editor, materials and maps
  • Creating a material library
  • Mapping materials to geometry Mental ray materials

Mapping Coordinates and Scale

  • Introduction to Lighting
  • Local vs. global illumination
  • Standard lighting
  • Shadow types
  • Photometric light objects
  • Exposure control
  • Daytime lighting
  • Conduct a lighting analysis

Mental Ray Rendering

  • Mental ray interior rendering
  • Controlling mental ray quality and speed
  • Adding a sky portal for interior lighting from daylight

Rendering and Cameras

  • Camera types, parameters, effects and composition
  • Rendering options and presets
  • Background images
  • Rendering to the cloud with Autodesk 360


  • Animation and time controls
  • Walkthrough animation using turntables and keyframes Create a shadow study animation


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