Over 55 Hours of Architectural Visualization Training

3ds Max Bundle

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CGschool has compiled the most comprehensive 3ds Max training for 3D visualization artists. With our 3ds Max video training bundle you will learn over 50 hours of 3ds Max training for architectural visualization.

The 3ds Max Video Training Bundle Includes (Click the Tabs Above for Class Details):

  • 3ds Max Beginner
  • 3ds Max Intermediate
  • 3ds Max Advanced Modeling
  • 3ds Max System Resources




3ds Max Beginner Intermediate, and System Resources Instructor

Brian Smith began his 2D and 3D CAD studies in the early 90s and worked as an animation specialist in architectural, engineering, and landscaping firms in southwest Florida. He started his own company in 2001, specializing in the production of architectural animations and renderings, and a few years later cofounded the production company 3D Architectural Solutions (3DAS) in Sarasota, Florida. In 2006, he founded the publishing company 3DATS and in 2008, 3DATS teamed up with CGarchitect and Spine3D to form CGschool—the world’s leading visualization training company. He divides his time between production and training, and in his free time looks for big mountains to climb.

Brian graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a major in Aerospace Engineering. He served on active duty, including two years as a Battery Commander, responsible for a short range air defense battery of over 100 soldiers. Following 9/11, he served in Washington, D.C. as an Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer, working closely with the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Air Force, and the FAA to provide air defense coverage of our nation’s capital. He is currently a Major in the Florida Army National Guard.



3ds Max Beginner Intermediate, and Advanced Modeling Instructor

Alexander Gorbunov began using 3d Studio for the first time in 1996 when he started his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the NUOS, Ukraine. At that time, it was 3D Studio 4 for DOS. He was immediately fascinated with 3D graphics and decided that it would be his lifelong hobby. After finishing his education in 2001, he turned his hobby into a small business and began a freelancing career by producing small visualizations for companies all over the world. Concentrating mostly on interior scenes, Alex noticed an ever increasing demand for custom furniture and accessories. As more time passed, he found himself more and more interested in the creation of furniture and invested a great deal of personal time honing his craft. In 2005, he moved to Tampa, FL, just a short drive from 3DATS. Soon after, Alex took his work to the next level and founded Intero Visuals; a company dedicated to the creation of fine 3D furniture and accessories. His collections are the absolute finest the crew at 3DATS has ever come across, and so recognizing his unique skills and dedication, 3DATS entered into a strategic partnership with Alex and has found him to be an invaluable asset to their production. His work can be seen at Intero Visuals.

3ds Max Beginner


Recording Length:  16.5 Hours

This training course is designed for users with less than 6 months production experience in 3ds Max and teaches students the 3ds Max tools essential for creating architectural renderings and animations. In this training course, the instructor covers every major component of the 3D design visualization process, from modeling to production, with special emphasis on those tools that will provide users the greatest efficiency in producing visualizations. This class avoids advanced topics such as inverse kinematics, reactor, space warps, etc, to allow more time to be devoted to those areas of the program which serve as the foundation of most visualization projects. Students will learn countless tips and tricks that maximize productivity and efficiency that normally takes many years in a production environment to learn.

3ds Max is a large and complex application – but by learning just the features that apply to visualizations, you’ll be learning everything you need to know to get ahead in the industry in the shortest possible time. This course requires no previous knowledge in any 2D or 3D software. Covers 3ds Max 2011 with most support files provided in Max 2009 or earlier.

3ds Max Session Outline

Video Part 1

The Fundamentals – 2 Hours

  • Key Interface Elements
  • Basic Visualization Modeling (Edit Spline, Edit Mesh, Box Modeling)

Modeling – 4 Hours

  • Integrating AutoCAD with Visualization Modeling (Importing line work / Workflow)
  • Critical Compound Objects Part I – Lofting
  • Critical Compound Objects Part II – Scatter, Terrain, Booleans
  • Critical Visualization Modifiers

Materials – 3 Hours

  • Material Basics for Visualization (Material Editor)
  • Critical Map Channels and Map Types
  • UVW Mapping

Video Part 2

Lighting – 2 Hours

  • Lighting Basics for Visualization (Light types and Critical Settings)
  • Photometric Lights and Global Illumination

Cameras and Animation – 3 Hours

  • Camera and Animation Basics for Visualization (Critical Settings and Constraints)
  • Animation Controllers and the Curve Editor
  • Rendering Basics for Visualization

Efficient Workflow – 4 Hours

  • Scene Assembly (Linking vs. Importing vs. XRefs vs. Proxies)
  • Basic Visualization Effects
  • Production Tips and Tricks
3ds Max Intermediate


Recording Length:  14.5 Hours

This training course is designed for users with at least 6 months production experience in 3ds Max and is designed to show students how to put their knowledge to practical application by creating the individual components that make up the typical architectural visualization. Specifically, students will learn numerous methods for creating structural elements of a building, such as walls, windows, doors, etc, as well as the numerous different site object types that can be found in most visualizations, such as curbs, roads, and sidewalks, etc. Following material and lighting techniques, students learn how to create high quality animations while maintaining speed and efficiency during the rendering process. Next, the instructor presents methods of implementing all of the important effects that can really make visualizations stand out above the competition. 

Finally, students are given invaluable insight into the world of marketing a 3D visualization company as well as time tested production tips…all of which are sure to increase efficiency, reduce work load, and speed up renderings. This training course requires a fundamental level of knowledge of 3ds Max. Covers 3ds Max 2011 with most support files provided in Max 2009 or earlier.

3ds Max Session Outline

Video Part 1

Scene Preparation – 2 Hours

  • Working with AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture and Revit drawings
  • Advanced 2D Modeling

Creating Building Elements – 4 Hours

  • Walls
  • Windows and Doors
  • Roofs
  • Furniture

Creating Site Elements – 3 Hours

  • 2D & 3D Sites
  • Vegetation
  • Backgrounds

Video Part 2

Finishing a Scene – 3 Hours

  • Advanced Material Creation
  • Unwrap UVW
  • Advanced Lighting Techniques

Animation Techniques – 2 Hours

  • Animating Architectural Elements
  • Controllers and the Curve Editor

Efficient Workflow – 4 Hours

  • System Resource Management
  • Render Elements and Power Modifiers
  • Production Tips and Tricks
3ds Max Advanced Modeling


Recording Length:  17 Hours

This training course is designed for users with an intermediate level knowledge of 3ds Max who are already familiar with general modeling features. The training course is designed to teach students an advanced and highly efficient way to create complex objects for visualization projects, whether it’s a chair or a vase, car or chandelier, tree or bath tub… just about anything. Students will be shown nearly every modeling tool available in 3ds Max for fast and effective work. The instructor will demonstrate how to improvise and use unique modeling techniques to find best ratio between speed and quality. Using practical exercises and visual examples, students will learn useful tools and commands, critical modifiers, hidden powers of Editable Poly and Editable Spline objects, modeling tips and tricks, how to create materials and textures, and much more.



3ds Max Session Outline

Video Part 1

  • Overview of general practices, industry standards and examples evaluated – .5 Hour
  • Principles and workflow of furniture and other complex model creation – .5 Hour
  • Advanced 3ds Max 2010 interface features and optimization of models – .5 Hour
  • Deep analysis practical application of all available 2D shapes & 3D geometry – 1 Hour
  • Editable spline – deep analysis and practical – 1.5 Hours
  • Editable poly – deep analysis and practical application – 1.5 Hours
  • Interactive modeling – model #1, low complexity – 1 Hour
  • Compound objects – deep analysis and practical application – 1 Hour
  • Modifiers – deep analysis and practical application – 1.5 Hours

Video Part 2

  • Interactive modeling – model #2, medium complexity – 2 Hours
  • Interactive modeling – model #3, medium complexity – 2 Hours
  • Interactive modeling – model #4, high complexity – 2 Hours
  • Advanced material application to complex models – 1 Hour
  • Tips and tricks – 1 Hour
  • Additional software and plugins to improve performance – 1 Hour
3ds Max System Resources


Recording Length:  2 Hours

A frustrating reality of working in any 3D program is waiting on the computer to process information. Most of the time 3ds Max is waiting on us for input but for numerous different situations we are forced to wait on 3ds Max and our computers, depending largely on how we manage our scenes. Someday when computers are powerful enough, you may never have to worry about how complex your scenes become, but for the foreseeable future, you should employ practices and procedures that keep your wait times and render times to a minimum. So what are the attributes of a scene that affect the amount of time you have to wait on your computer and what can you do to minimize your wait? 

This video explores what goes on behind the scenes with 3ds Max and our computers. It examines how algorithms work to process our commands and provides time-tested production tips and techniques to help maximize speed and efficiency. After watching, you will understand how to make your system work faster and how to avoid difficulties in working with large scenes.

3ds Max Session Outline

This presentation discusses how to improve system resource management as it relates to the following five areas:

  • File size
  • RAM
  • Open/Save Times
  • Bitmaps/Materials
  • Video Refresh Rates

After you complete this webinar, you will know the answers to these questions and 
countless other questions related to system resource management, such as the following:

  • What is a BSP tree, how does it work and why is it important to proper resource management?
  • What has a greater impact on file size and render time; the total vertex count or total polygon count? Why?
  • Why do scenes with the same polygon count often have widely ranging render times, load times, and file sizes?
  • When should you create copies, instances, XRefs and proxies?
  • What’s the difference between static memory and dynamic memory?
  • Do modifiers increase file size and/or memory consumption? Why or why not?
  • When should you collapse objects or leave the modifier stack unchanged?
  • When should you attach objects together or leave as separate objects?
  • In terms of system resource management, what is the difference between an Edit Mesh and Edit Poly?
  • How much RAM and processing power do you really need?
  • What exactly is raytracing and how does it affect RAM consumption and render times?
  • How can you minimize system crashes even with large scenes on non-powerful workstations?
  • What size bitmaps should be used on materials? What file types should be used and why?
  • What happens to the operands of a compound object when the final object is created?

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