3ds Max | Tutorials

Free Video Tutorials!

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GavinB from CGTalk has generously provided the following free maxscript video tutorials. You'll need the TechSmith codec in order to view the videos... View the original cgtalk discussion thread here...

Maxscript 101 - Free Online Training

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The creator of Maxscript (John Wainwright) has made his previously commercial training DVD available for free on Vimeo! It's broken up into easy to watch chunks and even though it's a bit dated it remains one of the best introductions to MAXScript available.

A sincere thanks from the ScriptSpot community to John Wainwright for releasing his incredibly valuable training series for free and to our very own "Garp" for putting in the time to get the video split into sections & uploaded. Thanks!

Script Installation in 3ds max

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Additional help (external link): Macro installation (MAXScript) on Tech-Artists.org


Lets Play With Array

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A simple MaxScript tutorial that I wrote to help on question posted into the ScriptSpot forum. Of course, I written it in PDF file and also to facilitate the readers, in manner what allow to read it without bound the context to the forum topic. I was try as well to make it simple for the novice coders. I hope you learn something from it.

Best Regards,


MaxScript image button .BMP layout

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A MaxScript button image layout how to. Included below (buttons2_16.zip) are the maxscript text and photoshop psd files shown in the tutorial. I can sum up the whole exercises with one word "spacing".

Pay attention to the 16px dimensions show here. The psd file includes a frame guide layer showing correct button spacing.

email me with any question. [email protected]

Clear out the dead wood from the layer manager

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Clear out the dead wood from the layer manager

Occasionally, you end up with a load of layers in your scene that are no use to anybody, serve no function to society, and end up taking valuable space like an unwanted uncle at a wedding.

Commercial Training Options

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If you would like to learn more about MAXScript, there are currently several affordable training options available to suit nearly any budget.

MAXScript Cheat Sheet

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This is a fantastic 2 page reference (written by Markus Boos) for those starting out with MAXScript! 

From the site description:

Ever try exploring the power of MAXSCRIPT? If it seems too confusing to attempt, try this 2-page cheat sheet that covers most of the major concepts in one easy to read reference, courtesy of MAXSCRIPT guru Markus Boos (one of 20 authors of the 3DATS 3ds Max Advanced to Expert book)

Tutorial #005 - Superflow Elements Advanced

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V-MOTION Solutions Tutorial on Advanced Techniques with Superflow Elements

Software: 3ds Max

- SF Elements Advanced
- Using SmartArray & Quick Clone
- Path Distribution
- Integration with Pflow
- Realtime Rig for particle emission
- Pflow Setups discussed
- Rendering with Krakatoa
- and more...

Length: 40 minutes / Download Tutorial for High-Res

Try the Superflow Elements Demo: http://www.v-motion.co/download/down.pl?ID=6

LED style animation with MAXScript

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Just illustration of an example approach which can be done and without writing code but there also a few points where using MAXScript can save alot of time.

Ok, this I start just as idea for quick reply into the forum but as I remember LED style animation is popular task in animators colleges and as am not sure if there is a similar tutorial, I made this.

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