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Autodesk 3ds Max 2013 Essentials by Randi L. Derakhshani, Dariush Derakhshani

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Chapter 1

The 3ds Max Interface

This chapter explains the Autodesk® 3ds Max® software interface and its basic operation. You can use this chapter as a reference as you work through the rest of this book, although the following chapters and their exercises will orient you to the 3ds Max user interface (UI) quickly. It’s important to be in front of your computer when you read this chapter, so you can try out the techniques as we discuss.

Topics in this chapter include the following:

  • The workspace
  • Transforming objects using gizmos
  • Graphite Modeling Tools ribbon
  • Command panel
  • Time slider and track bar
  • File management

The Workspace

This section presents a brief rundown of what you need to know about the UI and how to navigate the 3ds Max 3D workspace. ...

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