By Jon A. Bell
3ds max 6 Killer information positive factors 275 scorching tips--all illustrated, all in complete colour, for all degrees of 3ds max clients, from beginner to complex. Get quick assistance on UI customization, modeling, animation, lights, fabrics and texturing, rendering (including psychological ray three secrets), the Reactor dynamics process, Particle move, Bones and IK, the transportable License software, and extra! methods to improve your 3ds max renderings with courses corresponding to Adobe Photoshop and Discreet Combustion! accelerate your workflow and create attractive results with greater than forty MAXScript tips, created by means of visitor contributor and scripting specialist Borislav Petrov. Written and edited by means of Jon A. Bell, specialist 3D artist (The Discovery Channel, The background Channel, nationwide Geographic) and writer of the best-selling 3D Studio MAX f/x e-book sequence, 3ds max 6 Killer suggestions is a must have reference for each 3ds max 6 artist!
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32 CHAPTER 2 • Sculpting the Body 3ds max 6 KillerTips CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM MODIFIER MENUS I’m a traditionalist, at least when it comes to my 3ds max layout—I haven’t changed the look and feel of my program very much since the 3D Studio MAX 3 days. So, when the default in 3ds max 4 became not to show a list of modifiers, I rebelled and immediately set it back to the way I wanted it. When modeling, I find that having a dozen (or more) of my most commonly used modifiers available, all the time, is extremely helpful, and I don’t care if it takes up some additional space on the Modify Panel rollout.
22 CHAPTER 1 • Nuts and Bolts 3ds max 6 KillerTips VIEWPORTS: SEE ONLY WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE Want to isolate objects in your viewport based on their Z-depth from the Perspective or Camera view? Just right-click on the viewport label to bring up the Properties menu, and choose Viewport Clipping. When you do, you’ll see a slider bar with two indicators along the side. Sliding either indicator clips (cuts off or hides) objects either closer or nearer to your point of view. You can use this slider bar to hide pieces of your scene interactively, so you can focus only on what you want to see.
12 CHAPTER 1 • Nuts and Bolts 3ds max 6 KillerTips THE COMMAND PANEL: DOCKING AND FLOATING Hey, did you know that you can undock and “float” the Command Panel from its usual position on the right side of your screen? Just move your mouse cursor to the upper-left corner of the Command Panel (near the Create Tab icon), right-click, and choose Float (or left-clickhold and drag when the cursor changes to an arrow with a rectangle). You can also dock the Command Panel on the left side of your screen.
3ds max 6 Killer Tips by Jon A. Bell