Textures / Materials

Real-World Map Size is Your Friend

Real-World Mapping Coordinates are a misunderstood, but highly useful tool in 3dsMax. Learn what they can do for you!

Assign Random Material ID to Selection

I've put together the following short MaxScript to allow you to assign a random material ID to a selection in 3dsMax.  I'll update it into a full tool if I get enough comments asking for it.

Arch & Design Material: Tips and Tricks

Learn some tips and tricks for working with 3dsMax's Arch & Design material presets through mental ray. We'll look specifically at glass and metal shaders...

3d Studio Max Arch & Design Preset Examples

Take a look at the different Arch & Design material presets in 3d Studio Max and mental ray. There's an easy material for every situation!

mental ray Arch & Design Overview

In this article, we'll go through how to effectively use the mental ray Arch & Design material in 3d Studio Max.

Sub-Surface Scattering Guide Part 2

This is the definitive guide to sub-surface scattering (SSS) in mental ray for 3d Studio Max. In part 2 we go over more advanced features of SSS!

Sub-Surface Scattering Guide Part 1

This is the definitive guide to sub-surface scattering (SSS) in mental ray for 3d Studio Max. In part 1 we go over the basics of how to use SSS!

The 3d Displacement Shader

In this quick walkthrough, I'll show you how to use the mental ray 3d displacement shader in your 3ds Max materials.

Ink & Paint Primer

In this tutorial, we'll be looking at how to effectively use the Ink & Paint shader in 3dsMax. There are visual examples of each feature plus techniques to make your renders pop!

World-Machine Colors and Mixing Tutorial

This tutorial covers creating custom color overlay maps in World-Machine 2. I go over every mixing device to show you the diversity of tools at your disposal.

Making of Matrouk

Hi everybody, my name is Yousef Ikhreis from Jordan. 30 years old, self-taught artist, I am working as Art Director since 2003. Also I am doing a lot of free...

Making of Tiger Zoo

Photography has always inspired me; I love especially shots of nature and wildlife from magazines like The National Geographic. During a recent travel in the...

How to Create the Ocean

This tutorial just give you an idea how you can create an ocean with few simple steps

Making of The final Warning

The character was made for the Stylized Challenges #016: Creatures of Legend - Dragons at Threedy.com. After several failed sketches I came up with a roguish...

Making of Nihal from the Land of the Wind

The inspiration for this image came from the protagonist of the Licia Troisi's novels, Nihal from the Land of the Wind, a young half-elf female warrior. A ve...

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