Welcome, and congratulations! You’ve just bought a ticket to the world of Autodesk® 3ds Max® . Hang on and get ready for the ride of a lifetime! With 3ds Max, you can create 3D places and characters, objects and subjects of any type. You can arrange them in settings and environments to build the scenes for your movie or game or visualization. You can animate the characters, set them in motion, make them speak, sing and dance, or kick and fight. And then you can shoot movies of the whole virtual thing.

The Ancient Indian Crown

Kameswaran Ramachandran Iyer, India

You can use 3ds Max to visualize designs of real things that will actually be built, such as buildings and machines. The File Link feature of 3ds Max lets you base visualizations on designs created in AutoCAD or Autodesk Architectural Desktop: when the design changes in these other applications, the revisions can be automatically updated in your 3ds Max scene. Add lighting and materials, then render to still image or movie formats.

These tutorials teach 3ds Max through a series of hands-on exercises. Prepare to be entertained and fascinated by the awesome power at your fingertips.

Online Tutorials

The tutorials are provided as an online help file. To do the online tutorials, from the 3ds Max Help menu, choose Tutorials to display the online collection.


Special thanks are due to a number of hardworking and talented individuals who helped create these tutorials. A tip of the virtual hat to:


Where to Find Tutorial Files