1st Edition

How to Cheat in 3ds Max 2011
Get Spectacular Results Fast

ISBN 9780240814339
Published June 17, 2010 by Routledge
255 Pages 300 Color Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

**How to Cheat in 3ds Max - updated for latest rev of Max**

Need to get results with 3ds max fast? Why take months to learn every button in 3ds max when you can create great visuals with just a few key tools? Learn to create quick yet stunning special effects, and animated characters with the fastest techniques possible. Need convincing grass, trees, water, shadows? You can use the memory-hogging methods that choke your display and take forever to render, or you can get it done bing-bang with this book. When you need an animated character you can spend days fiddling with polygons, or you can use this book to put it together in minutes and get the entire project done in a day. How to Cheat in 3ds max includes a host of time-saving techniques as well as little-known tools that will make you look like an expert in no time flat. This book is for busy professionals who need to get it done right, but also need it done fast.

This rev of the book will have higher-end cheats (for Intermediate users) and ALL NEW or UPDATED content on: new modelling and material tools, mental ray, special effects, particle systems, and scripting.

The web site offers scene files and bitmaps used to illustrate the cheats, also music files, organizational samples, and instructional Camtasia movies of Michele where Michele showing some of the trickier techniques.

Table of Contents

How to Cheat in 3ds Max 2011  TOC

Graphite tools (ribbon)

  1. Modeling

  2. Character Modeling

  3. Materials & Mapping

  4. Lighting
  5. Shadows
  6. Reflection
  7. Glass

  8. Animation
  9. Character Animation
  10. Rendering

  11. Wiring & Scripting

  12. Special Effects




Logo Treatments chapter to be retired to the website. A few of the cheats might be portable to other chapters.

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Michele Bousquet is an Autodesk Certified Trainer who has been using 3ds Max since its first release. She has worked as a Senior Technical Writer for Autodesk and has authored more than 20 books on 3ds Max. Michele is currently the Director of Marketing at TurboSquid.com, the largest online marketplace for stock 3D models in the known universe. TurboSquid and Michele were recently featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper's 360 Blog.


Praise for How to cheatin 3dsMax 2010:

"My first impression was 'WOW!' and my second impression was, 'This is what reference material should look like!' The balance between illustration and text is just right for visual people-aspiring 3D artists will love it.”
-Borislav "Bobo” Petrov, Technical Director, Frantic Films VFX
"This excellent book will inspire anyone to dig a little deeper into this incredible piece of software.”
-Stefan Vittori, Managing Director Tangram 3DS
"Moving past what a tool does, Michele details various combinations of features in the application and their importance to completing commonly requested, real-world tasks for visual effects, games, and design visualization alike.”
-Gary M. Davis, 3ds Max Master 2007, autodesk Media & Entertainment
"Michele is at it again with updated workflow techniques in a format that makes the tips and tricks readily accessible as an essential desktop companion. If working smartly can be called 'cheating,' then this is cheating at its best. There is a lot here for beginners and advanced users alike. Good luck and have fun.”
-Ted Boardman, independent 3ds Max instructor and author
"This newly updated version conveys the fun and fast side of 3ds Max. Bousquet has packed the pages with colorful and quick tutorials that help you master all of 3ds Max's main concepts.”
-Jim lammers, President, Trinity animation inc.
"In addition to the excellent tips and tricks uncovered in this book, I found the illustrations easy to follow, informative, and fun. I highly recommend this book to 3ds Max users of all levels.”
-Jeff Patton, Freelance Digital artist

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