45+ Useful and Handy Collection of 3D Studio MAX Tutorials

With 3D rendering, you can bring a different feel and look to your artwork. 3D rendering is especially useful when you need to visualize that how a particular design will look in reality. For this purpose, the mostly used software in the 3D world is 3D Studio Max which is a complete 3D modeling, animation, rendering and effects solution. 3D Studio Max has been used extensively all over the world to create stunning 3D visualization rendering, online games, cartoon films and several other video content.

For today’s collection, we are presenting a useful and handy assortment of 45+ fresh 3D Studio Max tutorials for you. This list of tutorials covers all levels of 3D modeling and rendering. Thus, this post will be equally helpful for the beginners as well as for the professionals. We hope that you will like this collection. Enjoy!

Create a Wooden Toy Car in 3Ds Max

In this tutorial, artist Hatice Bayramoglu will give us a overview of the process he used to create his Wooden Toy Car scene. Although the main focus of the tutorial is the modeling of the car. Hatice will also give us a brief look at the lighting and rendering settings he used to complete the scene. Let’s take a look…

Modeling A High Poly Fantasy Inspired Axe In 3D Studio Max

In this tutorial we are going to create a very cool stylized axe model completely inside 3D Studio Max. We are going to use different modelling techniques and primitive objects to create the model as well as some interesting positioning tricks to arrange some of the model’s elements.

Lighting & Rendering in 3dsmax using mental ray

In this tutorial you will learn how to light and set up some materials that will give a good result while also having a fast render time.

Creating a Low Poly City in 3ds Max

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a low poly city with an excellent free plugin called Greeble. I will also talk about the mapping techniques used for this project. We will use 3ds Max, Photoshop and the Greeble plugin.

Modeling Interior Lamps in 3DsMax

In this tutorial we will model three lamps starting with a simple one and continue with more difficult using poly modeling technique in 3DsMax. Starting from a primitive cylinder in 3DsMax we will shape the model using editable poly to a lamp. Using similar technique we will model a detailed model of a bulb including the wires inside. Using subdivision and smooth modifier we will achieve smooth and without failure our models.

How To Generate And Render Caustics In 3D Studio Max

In this beginner level tutorial, author Chandan Kumar will explain how to generate and render caustics in 3D Studio Max. Caustics are an essential element in adding a level of believability to your renders, and simulate the effect of light bending while passing through a transparent or semi-transparent medium such as glass or liquid.

Generating Motion Blur In 3D Studio Max

The addition of motion blur can add a lot to animations, but how do you set it up correctly? In this quick tip Chandan Kumar will show you how to do just that. You’ll learn the difference between image based motion blur, and object based motion blur. And how to correctly apply it to not only animated objects, but particle systems as well!

Making of a Victorian Building

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a Victorian Building.

Interior Lighting by using Mental Ray

This video tutorial is created by artist Mahmoud Keshta in 3ds max by using Mental Ray. In this 12 minutes video tutorial (without sound) will explain you how to use Sunlight, Skylight in the daylight interior scene and render through mental ray. After rendering in 3ds max, Mahmoud wll show you the color correction in Photoshop.

HDRIs using Vray 1.5 RC3 Renderer in 3DS Max 9

In this tutorial, we’ll work out to know how to do a decent lighting using HDRIs using Vray 1.5 RC3 Renderer in 3Ds Max 9.

How to model a Chinese Table Set with 3ds Max

In this tutorial we will learn how to model a Chinese Table Set with 3ds Max.

Animating Wall-E Style LED Eyes In 3D Studio Max & After Effects

In this tutorial you will learn how to create, animate and render LED style eyes for characters like robots or even some products while creating presentations.

Interior Lighting with 3DS Max Standard Lights

Learn how to light an interior scene, using only 3DS Max standard lighting tools. Create a convincing day lit scene with Key, Fill, Ambient and Secondary lights. Setup soft and hard-edged shadows and light colors for added realism.

Making of cafe by Tiziano Fioriti

In this tutorial we will learn how to create cafe table.

How to create a car using the polygonal modelling

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a car using the polygonal modelling.

Clock tutorial by Oellas

In this tutorial we will show you a few tips to create aclock in 3d max and render it with Fryrender. Then I will show you howto apply fry materials and how to make the light setup. Finally, I willshow you how to work with the tonemapping and layer blending controls.

Modeling Sony Ericsson K530

In this tutorial we want to show you how to model Sony Ericsson K530i in 3ds max.

Classic Chair 3Ds MAX tutorial

See how this classic leather armchair with capitones was modeled from start to finish. It’s a classic chair with capitone cushion. The video is 30 minutes long and takes you through every step needed to make this chair. Hope you enjoy it!

Modeling Decorative Mirror

In this tutorial you will learn how to create this decorative frame for mirror.

How to model a DVD Player with 3ds Max

In this tutorial you will learn How to model a DVD Player with 3ds Max.

Tutorial “Linear Workflow”

This has been the subject of discussions on many forums over recent years. I realised that there were all sorts of tutorials offering often conflicting information regarding the process. This is not the only way, just my way.

Build your own TRON light cycle

In this tutorial we will create an scene that looks like TRON Legacy. You will learn how to make a realistic TRON light cycle, and create an awesome scene, I’ve enjoyed teaching you a lot.

Making Of “Scorpion Patrol”

This piece actually started as a secret military project, but then the project was cancelled and I decided to complete the model for myself. I’d wanted to prepare a model in the style of Droid Wars anyway and so I took the opportunity and began working. The modeling lasted about 3-4 days and then I dealt with the texturing in a few days.

Making Of ‘Acres’

You are going to see in this Making Of article that I used simple and classical methods in order to reach my aim. Actually, I prefer using 3D software like 3ds Max and painting software Photoshop as strong tools, rather than a direct route to a final piece.

Time is Running

CGIndia bring you quite Useful and Free tutorial for 3ds Max Users. The tutorials is created by CG Artist Jan K. Vollmer who shows us Making of “Time is running” using 3d Studio Max + VRay.

Creating Stained Glass Using Advanced Transparency

In this tutorial, Chandan Kumar will be showing you how to use 3ds Max’s advanced transparency material options to project a stain glass window image into a scene. This is an often overlooked but powerful feature of 3D Studio Max that can be used to create all kinds of interesting effects. Click through to learn more!

Model a Stylish Eames Lounge Chair In 3ds Max

In this tutorial we are going to model a 20th century design legend, the Eames Lounge Chair. The reason I chose this particular object are its different shapes and forms. It has both soft, organic pillows (with wrinkles) and a hard, defined structure that holds it all together, making it an excellent way to learn how to model both soft and hard structures.

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.

Making Of ‘Ship’

In this article Moises Gomes will talk a little about the production process for this image.

The Lantern

In this tutorial, Ben walks us through the modelling process, taking a look at not only traditional poly-modelling, but also how we can use splines to speed up your workflow when tackling more complex geometry. Let’s get started!

Quick and Effective Game Art Portfolio Presentation

In this two part tutorial series, Kaleb Aylsworth will show you a quick and easy, but highly effective process for lighting, rendering, and eventually presenting your 3d game art for you portfolio.

Creating a glass using 3D Studio Max 6 and V-ray render

In this tutorial we are going to create a glass object with Max and V-ray.

Modeling a modern lamp

In this tutorial we will show you how to model a modern lamp in 3d studio max. This is a tutorial for beginers.

Modeling a table

This is another tutorial suited for beginers in 3d studio max. We will model the Brancusi table

Modeling a POD chair

In this tutorial we will show you how to create a pod chair.

How to Make a Dazzling Golden Pearl Teapot in 3D StudioMax

This tutorial is based on visualization and artwork in 3D Studio Max. Without a doubt, it is a treat for designers.

Creating an Old Farm

This tutorial is targeted at those with an intermediate level of modeling and texturing experience and it’s meant to be a „making of”. Not being a step by step tutorial, this will resume itself to presenting the pipeline typically employed at AMC Studio when creating a building or another type of next gen game asset.

Making Tank Treads using AS_TreadsCreation script

Ever wondered how to make tank treads? There’s no easy way. But there is help.

Making of a coffee table

In this tutorial you will learn a nice cafe style table with assorted chairs.

Next-Gen Environment Textures

This tutorial is targeted at medium level users and will present the process of texturing a photorealistic building that has already been modeled. I will focus on the texturing process in particular, even though the modeling and UVs are also important for the final look of the building.


In this tutorial you will learn how to create Caterham 3d model.

Making Of ‘Power Plant’

In this tutorial you will learn how to make Power Plant in 3d max.

Advance Illumination in 3d Studio Max

CGIndia bring you quite Useful and Free tutorial for 3ds Max Users. The tutorials is created by CG Artist Mario Malagrino who shows us how to achive Advance Illumination in 3d Studio Max.

Dotted Dice

In this tutorial we will show you how to quickly model a classic dotted dice.

Classic Ashtray

In this tutorial we will show you how to model a simple classic ashtray. It’s going to be an easy lesson. Let’s begin.

Fuse Bomb

Here we will show you how to model a fuse bomb, a common object in cartoons and pirate movies.

Create a Windows-Like Logo in 3D Studio Max

This tutorial will teach you how to create a Windows like logo as shown in the image below.


In this round up, you will unearth some useful and detailed 3D Studio Max tutorials. Check out these fun and cool tutorials and make learning experience more pleasant!!! Do let us know if we have missed out any useful tutorial by dropping us a line. You can also share your views regarding this collection via comment section below. Your comments are always more than welcome.

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