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How to Cheat in 3ds Max 2011 by Michele Bousquet

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11 Special effects

Natural phenomena and weather effects are created with a combination of special effects tools.

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ON ANY GIVEN DAY at the movie theater, you can enjoy a variety of special effects from rain, snow, and smoke to entire forests and landscapes.

While big-budget film effects might not be in your schedule, there are a few effects you can add to your scenes with a minimum of work.

Cracks in a surface

ANIMATED CRACKS appearing in a landmass make a powerful visual statement. The ProBoolean tool with an animated loft makes quick work of it and allows you to determine where the crack appears and how fast it grows.

1 Create a terrain with ...

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