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#1 TiM



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Posted 27 March 2008 - 04:23 AM

3D Graphics Tutorials and Resources

I'm going to get the ball rolling here and start posting links to good 3D resources I know. Given the varied nature of 3D, if the list becomes too big, I may have to divide it up into different threads.
If you know of any excellent tutorials or resources, post them here and I'll add them to the list. :)

General Resources

Online Communities

Foundation 3D Forums
Formerly know as the LightWave 3D Group, Foundation 3D is an online forum community encompassing all aspects of 3D development, primarily geared towards high-end 3D modeling and rendering.

A very large forum community dealing almost exclusively in the Science Fiction genre. Often receives updates on current SciFi television shows as well as hosts a very impressive array of talent. Geared more towards high-end CG and usually must be Science Fiction related.

Probably the biggest Computer Generated Art community on the internet, with many professionals from various industries hanging out on it.

Polycount Forums
Geared towards developing 3D art for video games, Polycount's forums are often inhabited by many professionals from the games industry and often showcase impressive works of art shown in various engines.


Vue 8.5 Personal Learning Edition
The Vue 8.5 Personal Learning Edition. Can either be installed standalone or as integrated solution for 3DS Max, Maya, Softimage, LightWave or Cinema 4D

Free open source 3D content creation suite.

Application Specific Tutorials

NewTek LightWave 3D

LightWave Tutorials on the Web By Scott Cameron
This site is a godsend to LightWave 3D users. It's essentially a large compilation of LightWave tutorials found around the internet and is constantly updated as new ones are found.

LightWave Written Tutorials by NewTek
The official LightWave website, a series of written tutorials introducing the main facets of LightWave including the interface, the moder application and the layout application.

LightWave Video Tutorials by NewTek
The official LightWave website, a series of video tutorials introducing the majority of new functionality introduced in LightWave 9 including new modeling tools and the nodal shader engine.

MeniThings - How by Aristomenis Tsirbas
Aristomenis, or 'Meni' is quite a prominent CG artist who has worked on many projects before including several Star Trek episodes. His site gives some useful insight on using LightWave 3D.

3D Studio Max

BakaNeko - 3DSMAX Modeling Tutorials By Athey
An impressive collection of tutorials on modeling low-poly characters, and optimizing the meshes in 3D Studio Max.

Tutorialized - 3D Studio MAX Tutorials
A big collection of tutorials for 3D Studio MAX including modeling, surfacing, rendering and more.

Application Specific Tools

3D Studio Max

Bulding Generator Script
A Script that generates buldings. It has a quick generation function or can be configured manually.

Active Type Script
This script helps to quickly create objects or add modifiers. When assigned to a shortcut, it will pop-up an input box where you can type in the name of the object that you wish to create , or if you have a selection of objects, it will pop-up a list of applicable modifiers instead.

Tree Maker Script
Script that generates trees.

Debris Maker Script
Script that quickly generates different types of Debris.

Greeble Plugin
A modifier that can be used to create hull plating for spaceships and cities. The plugin is avaible for all max versions from r3 to 2011

Ivy Generator Plugin
Let's ivy "grow" on objects. The plugin is avaible for max versions 9 to 2011

The Digimation Suite
[SIZE=1]12 Proffesional plugins by Digimation released for free. The Digimation Suite is avaible for max versions 4 to 2008

#2 William


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Posted 27 March 2008 - 11:17 PM

http://www.tutoriali...rials/3DS-MAX/1 - 3DS Max

#3 GSIO01


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Posted 14 June 2010 - 11:30 PM

Added a tools category and added Building Generator for 3DS Max.

Building generator is a really awesome and useful script.

Just a few results of the quick generation function:

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#4 GSIO01


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Posted 15 June 2010 - 09:27 AM

Added additional Max scripts and plugins.

Added Applications category for now containing VUE 8.5 PLE edition and Blender.

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