3ds Max 2008: A     Comprehensive Guide
Sham Tickoo
, Purdue University Calumet and 
Nirupama Gupta
, Animation Specialist, CADCIM Technologies, USA
Published by CADCIM Technologies, USA

ISBN: 978-1-932709-41-4
Paperback, 816 Pages

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3ds Max 2008: A Comprehensive Guide introduces the reader to 3ds Max software, one of the world's leading 3D animation and modeling packages. This textbook covers the new and salient features of Autodesk 3ds Max 2008. The textbook caters to the needs of both the novice and the advanced users of 3ds Max. As a comprehensive textbook, it aims at harnessing the power of Autodesk 3ds Max for the use of animators and designers. Keeping in view the varied requirements of the users, the textbook first introduces the basic features of 3ds Max 2008 and then gradually progresses to cover the advanced 3D models and animations. This textbook covers all the tools, options, and their applications of 3ds Max 2008 to create the real world objects. Each concept has been thoroughly explained through text, practical examples, tutorials, and exercises.

The book will help you unleash your creativity, thus helping you create stunning 3D models and animations. The textbook will help the learners transform their imagination into reality with ease. Also, this textbook takes the users across a wide spectrum of animations through progressive examples, comprehensive illustrations, and detailed exercises. Written with the tutorial point of view and the learn-by-doing theme, the textbook is ideally suited for learning at your convenience and at your pace.

Following are the additional features of this book:

    Consists of 17 chapters that are organized in a pedagogical sequence covering modeling, texturing, modifiers,
      lighting, cameras, animation, NURBS modeling, helpers, biped, and systems in Autodesk 3ds Max 2008     

    The first page of every chapter summarizes the topics that will be covered in it

    Consists of hundreds of illustrations and a comprehensive coverage of Autodesk 3ds Max 2008 concepts and

    Real-world 3D models and examples focusing on industry experience

    Step-by-step instructions that guide the user through the learning process

    Effectively communicates the utility of tools, toolbars, and shortcut menus in Autodesk 3ds Max 2008

    Additional information is provided throughout the book in the form of tips and notes

    Self-Evaluation test, Review Questions, and Exercises are given at the end of each chapter so that the users can
      assess their knowledge

Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Autodesk 3ds Max 2008

Chapter 2: Standard Primitives

Chapter 3: Extended Primitives

Chapter 4: Defaults Objects and Patch Grids

Chapter 5: Splines and Extended Splines

Chapter 6: Modifying 3D Mesh Objects

Chapter 7: Modifying Splines

Chapter 8: Materials and Maps

Chapter 9: Compound Objects

Chapter 10: Modifiers

Chapter 11: Lights and Cameras

Chapter 12: Animation Basics

Chapter 13: Particle Systems and Space Warps-I

Chapter 14: Particle Systems and Space Warps-II

Chapter 15: Systems, Hierarchy, and Kinematics

Chapter 16: NURBS Modeling

Chapter 17: Helpers and Reactors

Student Project


Evaluation Chapters of 3ds max 2008:A Comprehensive Guide textbook (zipped pdf files)   contents-max-2008.zip (34.9 MB), c011-max-2008.zip (1.44 MB), c012-max-2008.zip (1.14 MB),         c014-max-2008.zip (2.28 MB),
c017-max-2008.zip (1.67 MB)
Tutorial files
(zipped PDF file)

c02-max-2008 (0.18 KB),    c03-max-2008 (0.18 KB), 
c04-max-2008 (0.18 KB),   c05-max-2008 (0.18 KB),
c06-max-2008 (0.18 KB),   c07-max-2008 (0.18 KB), 
c08-max-2008 (86.3 KB),   c09-max-2008 (29.3 KB), 
c10-max-2008  (0.18 KB),  c11-max-2008 (89.5 KB), 
c12-max-2008(1.31 KB),    c13-max-2008 (0.18 KB), 
c14-max-2008 (58.2 KB),   c15-max-2008 (0.18 KB), 
c16-max-2008 (52.8 KB),   c17-max-2008 (752 KB)

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3ds max Files (zipped files)
  c02-max-2008  (291KB),   c03-max-2008    (381 KB), 
c04-max-2008 (411 KB),   c05-max-2008    (521 KB),
c06-max-2008 (1.30 MB), c07-max-2008  (436 KB), 
c08-max-2008 (1.31MB),  c09-max-2008    (2.34 MB), 
c10-max-2008 (812 KB),   c11-max-2008     (4.81 MB),  
c12-max-2008 (3.37 MB), c13-max-2008   (332 KB), 
c14-max-2008 (1.69 MB), c15-max-2008    (1.71 MB), 
c16-max-2008 (818 KB),   c17-max-2008    (5.17 KB)
Student Projects
(zipped PDF file)

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