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Creating Site Plans - Part 1 of 3

site plans part 1 - free videos and tutorialsIn this, part one of a three part series, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about modeling site plans for architectural visualizations. The tutorial contains 25 pages of tips, tricks and routines presented by the crew at 3DAS.

Creating Site Plans Part 1- 2.7 MB PDF
Supplemental Files (MAX, DWG) - 2.6 MB ZIP

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Creating Site Plans - Part 2 of 3

site plans part2 - free videos and tutorialsIn this, part two of a three part series, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about modeling site plans for architectural visualizations, including: Paver Bandings, Road Lines, Mulch, Water, Parking Stops, Vegetation and more! The tutorial contains 20 pages of tips, tricks and routines presented by the crew at 3DAS.

Creating Site Plans Part 2 - 1.2 MB PDF
Supplemental Files (MAX, DWG) 9.1 MB ZIP

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Creating Site Plans - Part 3 of 3

site plans part3 - free videos and tutorialsIn this, part three of a three part series, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about modeling site plans for architectural visualizations, including: Applying materials, Lighting, Rendering, Animation and more! The tutorial contains 19 pages of tips, tricks and routines presented by the crew at 3DAS.

Creating Site Plans Part 3 - 1.7MB PDF
Supplemental Files - 7.9 MB (ZIP, MAX, MAT, DWG, NOV, JPG, TGA)

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A Little Background Information

3D background info - free videos and tutorialsBackgrounds are a critical part of just about every type of 3D scene. Although they are a relatively simple element to add to a scene, backgrounds can just as easily be a source of frustration and problems for 3ds Max users. The following discussion explains each of these categories and subcategories and looks at methods to implement each type of background.

A Little Background Information - 3.9MB PDF

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Critical VRay Settings – Part I

critical vray settings - free videos and tutorialsTo say that VRay is a complicated program would be an understatement!  Ironically enough, however, it has become the most ubiquitous engine in the visualization industry because of, among other things, its simplicity.  Although it contains a large number of settings which should ideally be separated from critical settings and grouped into an advanced section all alone, it is nonetheless a fairly easy program to digest when you know which settings are critical and which can be left for exploration down the road.

Critical V-Ray Settings Part I - 1.7MB PDF
Scene Files - 1.5MB MB ZIP

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Managing system resources

system resources - free videos and tutorialsA frustrating reality of working in any 3D program is waiting on the computer to process information. In the ideal 3D world, you could build all your scenes without regard to file size, available RAM, CPU speed, rendering times, or any number of things that complicate the design process. However, since most of us have to be aware of our computers' limitations, we have to manage the way we build objects and assemble our scenes. In this article, we're going to take a close look at some tools and procedures that can improve system resource management.

Managing System Resources - 534 KB PDF
Scene Files - 7.4 MB ZIP, MAX

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