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  • Covers concepts and core skills.
  • Extensive exercises and tutorials.
  • Author Ted Boardman is a well-known 3ds max trainer, writer, and columnist, and is an Authorized Discreet Training Specialist for Multimedia.
  • CD-ROM contains all project files, enabling students to practice hands-on.


  • Copyright 2004
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7357-1385-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7357-1385-7

For the new user or seasoned pro, Discreet authorized trainer, Ted Boardman, explains the latest version of the most popular 3d program. Following the exercises and tutorials in the book, readers will discover the new features of 3ds max 6 that make it even more powerful and easier to use. Learn how to work effectively and efficiently through production techniques covered in this book.

Leading 3ds max trainer Ted Boardman covers every core technique and skill for making the most of 3ds max 6 in virtually any application or industry, including computer/video games, web content development, film, television, and architecture. Boardman begins by introducing the fundamental concepts students need to work with 3ds max 6. Next, he introduces the fundamentals of modeling, applying materials and maps, applying realistic lighting, and effectively integrating animation. Then, he focuses on interior scenes, introducing 3ds max modeling techniques for radiosity and efficiency; more sophisticated approaches to materials and mapping; and the software's powerful animation controllers. Coverage also includes freeform lighting, animating in world space, adding realistic dynamics with reactor, and video post-production.



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Table of Contents



1. Workflow: Keeping the Process Running Smoothly.

In This Chapter. Key Term. Preparation and Planning. Execution. Integration and Output. Summary.

2. Important Fundamental Concepts in 3ds max 6.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Coordinate Systems in 3ds max 6. Summary. Layers. Settings and Startup Configuration. Lofting Basic Concepts. Summary.


3. Fundamental Modeling Techniques: The Building Blocks.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Standardizing Your Display Space. 2D ShapesA Foundation of Efficient Modeling. 2D Shape Sub-Object EditingPractical Applications. Modifiers and the Modify Stack. Alignment Tools and Grids. Summary.

4. Shipbuilding 101: The Making of a Boat.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Primitive Objects and Editable Poly: A Starting Point. Box Modeling from a Background Image. Building Superstructure with New Modifiers. The Lathe and Shell Modifiers. Spacing Tool and Renderable Splines. Merging Objects from Other 3ds max Files. Summary.

5. Creating Convincing Terrain.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Tracing Contour Maps to Create 3D Terrain: The Process. Creating the Terrain, Water, and Sky. Creating Low-Polygon Trees. Building a Scene in a Collaborative Environment. Cutting a Boat Ramp into Terrain. Summary.

6. Fundamental Outdoor Lighting with Standard Lights.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. The Sunlight System. Adding Fill Lights to Simulate Bounced Light. Shadow Optimization. Lighting the Skydome. Summary.

7. Introduction to Materials and Mapping.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. The Material Editor. Materials with Procedural Maps as Patterns. Material Libraries to Store Materials. Summary.

8. The Fundamentals of Scanline Rendering.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. The Renderers. The Rendering Process. Network Rendering. Summary.


9. Diving Deeper into Modeling Techniques.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Command Center Honeycomb Walls. A Modeling Technique Called Lofting. Summary.

10. Modeling with Patch Surfaces.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Organic Modeling with Spline Cages and Patch Surfaces. Editing the Patch Surface. Summary.

11. Materials and Mapping: A Different Approach.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Real-World Mapping Coordinates. Multiple Materials on Single Objects. Working with Shaders to Control Specular Highlights. Other Productive Material Attributes. Summary.

12. Photometric Lighting: Bounced Light Calculation.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Photometric Lights. Meshing Parameters for a Better Radiosity Solution. Modeling Issues with Radiosity Renderings. Summary.

13. Radiosity Rendering: Material Control.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Material Issues with Radiosity Rendering. Exposure Control Options. Summary.


14. Set Key Animation.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Hierarchical Linking and Dummy Objects. Summary.

15. Controllers/Constraints.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Summary.

16. Graph Editors.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Graph Editors. Summary.


17. Reactor.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. Reactor. Summary.

18. PFlow.

In This Chapter. Key Terms. PFlowThe Powerful New Particle System. Summary.




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