Autodesk 3ds Max 101

In this demonstration the instructor starts off by walking the viewer through the many fundamental concepts and techniques necessary to create a successful project. He starts off with a tour of the 3ds Max interface stopping at key areas to discuss proper viewport navigation, selecting objects, moving objects around your scene and combining basic shapes to flesh out an idea.

Once the foundation is in place, the instructor takes the viewer through a wide range of techniques for modeling, texturing, lighting, and animating their creations to complete a city scene. The viewer is given the context necessary to take the core techniques and apply them successfully to whatever their end goal or respective industry may be.

About the Instructor:
Eric Maslowski has worked in the realm of CG for well over a decade. Jumping between the many seemingly disparate fields of virtual reality, architectural and medical visualization, game development and film special effects; he has found his way to becoming one of a few globally recognized Autodesk Certified Instructors for 3D Studio Max and a rare holder of certification for the latest version of Max. In 2007 he was nominated as a 3D Studio Max "Master" by the CG community.
Apps Used: Autodesk 3ds Max 2009, Autodesk 3ds Max 2010, Photoshop
Duration: 21.5 Hours
Instructor: Eric Maslowski
DL Filesize: 1.6 GB
Project Files: Many 3ds Max files so the viewer can follow along.

User Comments


February 8, 2013 - 8:53am

I want to sudy this lesson.


July 25, 2012 - 6:11pm

It's a hard question to answer because the specifications differ for each project, but it would most likely be more detailed, higher polygon count and have a full set of textures (Diffuse, Normal and specular).

Anonymous (not verified)

July 24, 2012 - 7:38pm

I'm also interested in what "bobtheturtle" was asking about the news-box modeling for games. What did you mean by, "If we were modeling this news-box for a game, then we would be modeling it a lot different". What do you mean by different? Lower poly? Certain techniques? This is in the second DVD by the way.


June 25, 2012 - 7:43am


Both are great DVDs but it really depends what you want to learn. If you want to learn more about max, then this is the DVD for you, but if you want to learn how to improve your texturing then the Next Gen Texturing DVD is the way to go Smiling

Anonymous (not verified)

June 24, 2012 - 8:08pm

I was wondering, should I start this DVD first or the Next-Gen Texturing DVD first? I have intermediate level in PhotoShop and little proficiency in 3ds Max. Any advice?


March 19, 2012 - 11:15pm

In this tut, when you where modeling the news-box, you said "If we were modeling this news-box for a game, then we would be modeling it a lot different."

What do you mean different, did you just mean lower poly model?

thank you

shahnawaz (not verified)

December 29, 2011 - 6:26am

i need full knowledge of autodesk 3ds max.

Anonymous (not verified)

September 30, 2011 - 2:38pm

Yes, the best tutorial DVD of introduction


July 22, 2011 - 4:32pm

Worth every cent. If you are looking for a comprehensive introduction to 3ds max, look no further. These dvds has a few inconsistensies if you like me are using 3dsmax 11 or 12 but they are very minor (and few in number) and the things you have to do instead are not that hard to work out.

it starts from step "i have no experience with 3ds max whatsoever" and goes through all the fundamentals.

a safe buy for the complete beginner (like me).


July 18, 2011 - 3:57pm

can the models we create in this video be used in commercial games?

Anonymous (not verified)

October 1, 2010 - 2:09am

Audio track doesn't follow the video in some chapters. Like he is talking something ahead of what the video shows.

Ehsan Forghani (not verified)

August 21, 2010 - 1:31pm

"Now, another thing that we can do to make our life a little bit easier, is to use grouping option!"

I like Eric, he's a great tutor. Using unexpected statements during the tutorial. That's cool Smiling
Good job Eric, keep doing well.

Ehsan Forghani (not verified)

August 18, 2010 - 2:25am

I love it the way Eric teaches each lesson, choosing the best examples, which never made me tired.
I always thought a good 3D software training is through mere objects modeling, but he knows how to make you familiar with the stuff that are necessary for not only modeling and almost any other subject which should be covered, and repeating them intelligently in other lessons, so you understand them.
I'm really sorry Eric, I didn't have the money to buy it, so I downloaded it. I'm so sorry. I wish you forgive me.
Lots of thanks for gr8 tutorial.


June 19, 2010 - 10:14pm

Do want! this is all the topics I have been wanting to know about but havent been able to find really good detailed answers to.


May 17, 2010 - 6:56am

Best Tutorial DVD I ever bought!


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March 28, 2010 - 5:02pm

you're just a briliant !!