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Introduction to High Poly Modeling for Games in 3ds Max

Learn the basics of sub-division / high poly modeling for games using Autodesk's 3ds Max!
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In this video we will take an introductory look at High Poly modeling. We'll start with the basics of edge control, modifiers, hotkeys, and workflow improvements. Then, we will apply these techniques as we tackle a high poly stoplight prop.

About the Instructor:

Don Ott has been working in the game industry as a 3d artist for over 8 years, and is the co-founder and owner of, which produces high-quality, game art and 3d related tutorials by industry pros! He is currently a Senior Artist at High Moon Studios in Carlsbad, CA, currently working on his 6th AAA title, slated for release in 2015. He is also a professor at Laguna College of Art and Design where he teaches Game Asset Modeling. You can see more of Don's work at

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  • Students new to high-poly / sub-division modeling
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Learn the basics of sub-d / high poly modeling using 3ds Max
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  • Autodesk's 3ds Max
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Expand All 16 Lectures Collapse All 16 Lectures 01:32:02
Introduction to the Basics
7 Lectures 24:50

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Preview 01:06

Dissecting the Stoplight Prop

Adding Edge Loops to the Top

Aligning and Instancing Pieces

Adding Edges Loops to a Curved Object
Refining and Bringing it Together
9 Lectures 01:07:15
Deleting Hidden Backfaces

Adding Extra Detail to the Light

Adding Additional Support Edges

Using the Push Modifier

Modeling a High Poly Bolt

Tackling More Complex Shapes

Adjusting the Final Silhouette, and Closing

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