Foundation 3ds Max 8 Architectural Visualization

  • Authors
  • Brian L. Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Getting Around Inside 3ds Max

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-13
    3. Pages 37-55
  3. Modeling

  4. Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Pages 163-187
    3. Pages 207-227
    4. Pages 229-240
  5. Lighting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Pages 263-289
    3. Pages 291-304
    4. Pages 307-319
  6. Cameras and Animation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Pages 329-339
    3. Pages 341-349
    4. Pages 351-370
  7. Rendering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. Pages 387-413
    3. Pages 415-431
    4. Pages 433-460
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 461-562

About this book


Welcome to the world of 3D architectural visualizations using the most powerful and versatile 3D software package on the planet: 3ds Max. In just the last few years, the visualization industry has arguably become the fastest-growing 3D industry, and may soon overtake all others in total number of users. Just as the use of computer-aided design became the norm for nearly all architectural, engineering, and construction firms in the 1990s, 3D visualizations have become standard practice today.

This book takes you through the challenge of learning one of the most complex computer programs ever created, by way of easy-to-follow tutorials and instruction. It specifically focuses on those parts of the program you need to know to produce stunning architectural visualizations.

The intent is not to show you every possible way to accomplish a task, but rather some of the fastest and most efficient ways. At the end of the book, there is a guide to marketing your services, as well as 20 top tips that took the author almost 10 years to learn in a production environment—sometimes the hard way.

3ds Max is a large and complex application, but by learning just the features that apply to visualizations, you'll be learning everything you need to know to get ahead in the industry in the shortest possible amount of time.


3D graphics 3ds Max Animation computer-aided design (CAD) design modeling software

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