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Mysticpuma2003
11-20-2007, 04:31 AM
also any books that can be recommended for the program.

Even though I'm an old fart, I have been interested in 3D modelling for a long time, but have only just decided to really give it a go.

My son, who has just started college is using Max, and after seeing some of the basics that can be done, it has certailny grabbed my attention.

I am not expecting to work in the industry, but want to learn about the program through tutorials starting at basic, and obviously getting harder.

I know I said Max users, but is there anyone out there who uses Max or other 3D programs, who can point me to some good forums and websites that help beginners?

Thanks for any help, cheers, MP.

Outlaw---
11-20-2007, 04:56 AM
MP,
MilkShape and Blender are 2 free 3D modeling programs that might have more tutorials available since their target audience is users exactly like you. It might be harder to find absolute beginner info for Max since it's geared toward the professional whose traditional route is through some type of training class.

Of course, the principles are the same across all 3D modeling apps but the complexity of the subject, and the differences in features and user interfaces make it extremely difficult (IMHO) to use tutorials written for one application as a basis for learning another.

--Outlaw.

Milk Shape (http://chumbalum.swissquake.ch/)

Blender (http://www.blender.org)

Codex1971
11-20-2007, 05:29 AM
www.3dbuzz.com (http://www.3dbuzz.com)
Has free video tutorials for 3D Max, that is where I started out. You'll need to register.

http://www.3dtotal.com/
They have well organised tutorials for beginers to advanced users for many popular 3D packages.

http://www.3dm3.com/
Any news 3D related is here. Got some tutorials, but many you'll find are the same at 3D Total.

http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/
If you get proficient and don't mind spending a few $$$ this place has tutorial DVD's created by the industry experts, but they're not for the beginner.

One thing I have learnt over the years is don't expect too much at the beginning, be patient, be prepared to put in the time, draw your ideas on paper first, and finally practice; practice; practice.

sparty7200
11-20-2007, 06:14 AM
This is what I've started on:
http://www.3dtotal.com/team/Tutorials/fiat500/fiat500.asp

Regards

Sparty

Diablo310th
11-20-2007, 10:14 AM
Mystic....have you looked at teh tutorials that come with the program? I teach 3D Max in high school and this is what I use to teach with.

Mysticpuma2003
11-20-2007, 10:25 AM
Gents, many thanks for the quick replies.

Thanks for those links I'm sure they will come in handy.

I know, it's the deep-end to start at, but I find that (as I did with Photoshop and After effects), if you start with 'High-End', the effort usually pays off in the long run.

I'm reasonably good at art and sketching so the design will be straight-forward, making it 3D...well...we all have to start somewhere!

Diablo, are they the ones that launch in a window at start-up?

If so, then I haven't tried them yet, I really only got the program a couple of weeks ago so I'll dig in later on tonight and see what I can make in a 2-4 hour period.

Thanks for the advice....one day I'll make a flyable B-24...and then I can celebrate my 100th birthday http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif....thanks again, MP.

stalkervision
11-20-2007, 10:32 AM
http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com/B-24_Stuff.html

buddye1
11-20-2007, 05:42 PM
Originally posted by Mysticpuma2003:
Gents, many thanks for the quick replies.

Thanks for those links I'm sure they will come in handy.

I know, it's the deep-end to start at, but I find that (as I did with Photoshop and After effects), if you start with 'High-End', the effort usually pays off in the long run.

I'm reasonably good at art and sketching so the design will be straight-forward, making it 3D...well...we all have to start somewhere!

Diablo, are they the ones that launch in a window at start-up?

If so, then I haven't tried them yet, I really only got the program a couple of weeks ago so I'll dig in later on tonight and see what I can make in a 2-4 hour period.

Thanks for the advice....one day I'll make a flyable B-24...and then I can celebrate my 100th birthday http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif....thanks again, MP.

Hi, I have almost the same experience. I too am retired (30 years as a software EXE). I decided to learn C++ which I have never worked on.

I have spent the last several years working on BOBII C++ code reworking the BOBII AI. It has been great fun.

My purpose is to encourge you to go for it. Stay focused and stick with it. You can teach an old dog new tricks and have fun in the bargin.

Good luck and drop by the Shockwave forum and we will put you to work on BOBII or what ever you want.

Schutze_S
11-21-2007, 02:12 PM
When I was learning 3DSMax 3** I tried web sites but found buying a good book much more rewarding.I took the time to work through all the chapters and really enjoyed it.Great for a grounding for when you want to move on to creating whatever goal you set yourself.I moved onto 3DSMax 4 and AutoDesk Inventor 10 from AutoCad 14's bolt on AutoDesk Mechanical Desktop 2.

The book I used was "3D Studio Max R3 - In Depth " by Rob Polevoi.

As stated in the earlier posts the Tutorials that come with the package are excellent.

Stick at it, it's a fun rewarding hobby http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BTW you never stop learning.

triad773
11-21-2007, 02:32 PM
Here is a good forum the pros hang out on I have found useful: http://mograph.net/board/index.php
Also http://motionographer.com/ and http://www.cgsociety.org/

Lots of stuff if you know what you are looking for. Sort of the equivalent of the UBI forums for motion graphics, so be prepared to potentially get flamed, tho the mods there are pretty good about keeping things in order.

I've dabbled in 3D but I have toooo many skills in other apps like Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to devote so much time to an endeavor.

Best of luck

~S~

Triad