Chapter 2. Introducing 3ds Max Objects

If you've never used a 3D modeling program, you may find the behavior of objects in 3ds Max to be rather unusual. Objects in 3ds Max are dynamic and malleable, and they can be basic or extremely complex. In this chapter, you'll be introduced to some of the ways you can create and form objects, and in the process, you'll see that you can create just about any shape from just a handful of basic object types and modifiers.

Most 3D modeling programs typically offer basic building blocks called primitives. Primitives are rudimentary shapes on which you can build to form your model. 3ds Max offers three types of primitives that you can use to build forms: standard primitives, extended primitives, and splines. This ...

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