Introduction to 3ds Max

The first part of this chapter is designed to get complete beginners up to speed with an overview of the 3D Studio Max user interface, tools, and some functions. The version we’ll be covering is Max 2011; if you happen to have an earlier version, a lot of this information will still be accurate.

A trial version of the latest release can be downloaded from the Autodesk Web site. Just go to and look in the Products tab.

First of all, let’s have a brief look at the layout of the User Interface (or UI). Figure 1.1 is a screen grab of how 3ds Max appears when it’s launched. Let’s have a look at each ...

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