3ds Max + V-Ray: 3ds Max PRO in 6 hrs
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3ds Max + V-Ray: 3ds Max PRO in 6 hrs

3ds Max intro course: 3Ds Max and V-Ray for creating 3D architectural imagery.
4.4 (452 ratings)
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Created by Adam Zollinger
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 10.5 hours on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
  • This course is intended to introduce 3d Visualization to the students, starting from the ground up. I will teach all the basic skills for getting you started making awesome images and building a portfolio.
  • Learn to bring your 3D designs to life.
  • Learn 3ds Max basic navigation, customization, transforms, modeling, etc.
  • Learn the basics of rendering using Vray, the industry standard for Arch Viz.
  • Learn Vray materials, lighting and cameras.
  • Learn the basics of using Photoshop to create texture maps, and also post-process your renderings to create beautiful finished images.
  • Provide the foundation for starting a career in 3d visualization.
  • Complete your first photoreal, professional rendering using 3ds Max and Vray.
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  • 64 bit Windows operating system
  • Computer and Internet
  • Ability to download / install trial software
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Knowledge of CAD, 3d software, photo editing, art / illustration -- helpful but not necessary.
  • Previous experience in a design field is helpful, but also not necessary.

*Course Updated 03/03/2016 - now contains resources for moving on to more advanced techniques after finishing this course.

*Much more content coming soon (advanced techniques for arch viz, interior renderings with V-Ray, animation, etc)

*I'll be your technical support - I answer questions every day in the discussion area, and I always respond to your private messages. In these advanced computer programs, you will inevitably run into technical problems. I am always here to answer all your questions and help you troubleshoot. You can't find another course anywhere that gives you this much training, from a practicing professional, who is also at your beckon call to help, for such a reasonable price.

*Recent Student Feedback

"The Missing Link

Having done numerous on-line 3D courses I am always looking for new ways of doing things to speed up production and modeling. The course although basic is very well structured with very few ambiguities. What Adam outlines in the Intro clip is what you should achieve relatively easily by the end of the course. . The only downside is that he hasn't done more advanced Visualisation courses yet. When they do come on stream I will no doubt enroll as his skill and experience within the industry comes through in his presentation." NOTE: I do, in fact, have some more advanced classes now.

"This course is perfect for the beginners in 3ds max and V-ray. The information is clear and easy to understand. The course was a blast..."

About 3ds Max and V-Ray:

Knowing how to use these two programs together is a valuable skill. Seriously, I taught myself how to use these programs many years ago, and now I get paid quite well for my expertise. 3d is not just my hobby, it is also how I support my family. You can learn, and start a career in 3d too. Everything you need to get started is in this course. I will take you through 3ds Max and V-Ray from the very beginning, and by the end you will be well on your way to creating your own images and filling up your portfolio with polished work. Keep in mind, you do not typically need formal training to get a job in 3D. What it takes is an awesome portfolio, so let's get started on yours.

Some Questions To Ask Yourself:

  • Are you currently in a job you do not enjoy?Jobs in 3d are seriously fun and rewarding!
  • Are you an architecture student who feels overwhelmed sometimes trying to learn complicated software just to present your design properly? This course can get you up and running QUICK! Plus, you'll learn it the right way, from a pro.
  • Are you a SketchUp user who is no longer satisfied with the modeling / rendering capabilities of SketchUp, and are ready to take your 3d skills to the next level? SketchUp is great at what it does, but it falls short when it comes to making flashy, photoreal images. Also, bring your sketchUp with you, then learn to import it into 3ds Max and render with V-Ray, the best render engine out there.
  • Are you a practicing architect that needs a better way to portray your designs to clients? You've come to the right place. I am an expert at just that.
  • Maybe you're a gamer who wants to create your own game assets? Even you should learn 3ds Max. It is the industry standard for video games, and I personally have used it for asset creation for my unity 3d games.

Course Structure

  • For absolute beginners, I will show you how to get the software as a free trial and start finding your way around. I will also go over how to customize your UI for a professional workflow, because why learn the slow way to do things, right? I'll also share with you my custom UI files. Of course, you can skip all of this if you are more seasoned.
  • Next we will start with the basics of modeling. I will show you different techniques, and we will begin to work on our project. Again, files will be provided if you want / need them.
  • With modeling down, we will go into V-Ray and start playing with lighting, materials, cameras, render settings, etc.
  • Finally, we will learn how to enhance our images with Photoshop. I give some great post-processing tips in this course.
  • By the end you will be able to create architectural renderings on your own with a completely professional setup and workflow. Then it is your turn to start practicing your skills, creating beautiful work, building a portfolio and landing a job.
  • AFTER THE INITIAL PROJECT - once you have completed your first project and learned the basics, I will then move into more advanced techniques (also, there is fully professional interior V-Ray project coming soon that students will be able to learn along with -- this is for more advanced users, or people who are ready to move on from the initial 6 hrs of instruction)

How Will This Course Benefit You?

If you are a beginner, this class will be a great overview of how to get up and running. It will cut out all the stuff you do not need and show you exactly the workflow necessary to work like a pro.

If you are a veteran user, take this course to polish your V-Ray skills, and also to streamline your workflow. I show so many tips and tricks that I use everyday to pump out arch viz projects fast and on budget. There is no need to sacrifice quality and creativity if you can fly through the project quickly and on budget. I'll show you how.

COMING SOON: If you feel like you have mastered the basics, I have now added more advanced / obscure techniques that can really help your images to stand out, and much more will be coming soon, including a professional V-Ray interior shot that is completely photoreal.

Ready To Sign Up?

What are you waiting for? If you're still not sure, check out the preview videos. Also, check out my profile to the left and see some of my portfolio. Cool, right? Wan't to make some of your own images? Let's get started. 6 hrs is all you need to get started, then take the skills I share and practice, practice, practice.

Remember, I will provide the files and download links that you need for everything. My models are included. Come with nothing, leave with a finished project and a great knowledge base.

Start Your Love Affair With 3d Today!


*If the price isn't right, keep an eye out for Udemy promotions and coupon codes around the web, but I think a 6 hr training for $64 is a pretty good deal. Sure beats a semester at community college :)

*30 day money back guarantee, no questions asked! (If you hate it, get a refund)

-Adam Zollinger

Professional (self-taught and ready to teach you) 3d Artist

Who is the target audience?
  • Design professionals who want to learn 3D
  • Architecture students
  • SketchUp users looking to advance their skill set
  • Anyone with a vague interest in 3d
  • Draftsman who are interested in learning rendering
  • Architects
  • Current 3ds Max users who want to learn how to work with Vray
  • Gamers who want to learn to model their own game assets (especially architectural ones) in 3ds Max.
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Curriculum For This Course
81 Lectures
7 Lectures 14:43

Welcome to the course! You're going to love it. This video will give you a small idea of the kinds of images that I create using 3ds max. I hope that I can help you along the path to create beautiful images as well. Take a look.

Preview 01:16

This is a brief introduction to what visualization is. It also gives you a nice resource to check out. I including some resource links in the the supplemental material as well.

What The Hek is Visualization?

In this video, I will give an idea of what knowledge you need before starting this course. Don't worry, if you are here on Udemy, you probably have everything you need.

What You'll Need (Pretty much nothing)

Generic Video: How To Get The Most Out of This Course

This video will walk you through the basic software we need, and where to get the demo versions. I am adding some other downloads you might want in the supplemental material.

Download Some Software, Dude!

When I originally made this course, I used 3ds Max 2010 and V-Ray 2.0. I am now adding new lectures all the time, including (depending on when you read this) a whole new section of interior renderings done completely in 3ds Max 2016 and V-Ray 3.2. I am also going through and trying to add addendum to the original course as necessary, to help you follow along regardless of what version of the software you are using. Most things are applicable to all versions.

SOFTWARE UPDATES: Newer Versions of the Software Available. What To Do...

ALL RESOURCE FILES FOUND HERE: copy the link in the article
Looking Around In 3ds Max
4 Lectures 21:24

Yikes! What are all these buttons? Don't worry, this video will help you to start feeling a little more comfortable. I go over basic navigation within Max to show you how to get around.

First Time Opening Max

This video picks up where the last one left off. I go over more about the various buttons and toolbars in Max. Hopefully after this you are starting to feel a little more comfortable. Hang in there, soon this will all become second nature.

Toolbars, Command Panel and Other Awesome Stuff

Are you concerned that your software looks different than mine? Don't be. I've got you covered. Watch this video to see what you can do. If you want my UI files for download, follow the link below.

Get With The Program

SOFTWARE UPDATES: More Info About Newer UIs, and UI Customization
The Fundamentals of Modeling
4 Lectures 36:30

How do we make objects? Well...in lots of different ways. Here are a few of them.

Different Methods Explained

Here I look at splines more in depth. They will be an essential modeling element moving forward.

Read Between The Splines

Here you will learn about modifiers, and the modifier stack. These are an essential part of 3ds Max, and I believe it is the modifiers that make Max perfectly suited for Architectural Visualization.

Let's Add Some Mods!

In this long winded video, with a few too many "uhms," I explain all the important parts of transforms in 3ds Max. I also talk about cloning objects, and the difference between instances and copies. If you're new to 3d, don't skip this video. You need to know this.

Transforms (move, rotate, scale) -- More Than Meets The Eye
Setting Up Your First Scene
3 Lectures 28:38

Hopefully you are feeling a little more comfortable finding your way around in Max, so it is time to start an actual project. I find this is the best way to learn. In this video I will talk about reference images, and show you how to set them up. I will also show you how to set up CAD from .dwg files, if you've got 'em. It is essential to setup your scene right. It will make your life a lot easier as you move forward. If you start to get lost, don't worry. I am going to be making the project file available for download as I go along. If you get stuck, maybe you can just download the file and move onto the next section. Find the downloads in the External Resources for this section. The Max file will coordinate with the name of this section, 4.01.

Bringing In Reference Images

In this video I finish setting up the scene for the sketch, and finally we start modeling our first project. If you can't get your's set up right, download mine from the supplemental files.

Setting Up The Sketch -- Ready To Get Started

Here I do a few more things to set up the scene, then we're off and running. Let's get to modeling.

More Project Setup - Start Some Modeling!
Modeling The Building
7 Lectures 55:11

Here we finally get into the meat of the modeling. We continue with the basic walls using splines. I also show you some of the important spline tools that will be a necessity moving forward,.

Building Our Walls

This video teaches you how to model simple doors, using poly modeling, that can be copied around your scene over and over.

Building Our Doors

Here I continue modeling the building, specifically the windows. I also show you how to model without those obnoxious gizmos.

Building Our Windows

In this video, I simply record my screen as I model. It can be a bit tedious sometimes, so I sped it up 4x. Don't get discouraged. You can model it yourself (this is how you will learn best), or you can download my file to catch up. In the following videos, I will focus on some of the more unique problems in modeling, and show some solutions for solving them.

Lots of Modeling - Time Lapse So You Don't Get Too Bored

Here I show you a few different ways to model roofs. Of course, the roof on my house is quite simple, but don't worry, I'll show you how to make other roofs too.

Building Roofs

Still modeling...still modeling.... Modeling is a pretty important part of all this, so stick with it. This video goes over how to make railings.

Building Railings

Another time lapse of some modeling. I get most the parts in place for the exterior of the model, using the same techniques already described. The video is sped up 5x. I made a few changes to the design as well, because I didn't like how it was looking (the house is still not very attractive). Notice that I don't pay much attention to the sides or back of the house. That is because I am going to take my still shot from the other side. Don't model more than what you are going to see! I did put in a few generic interior walls so that you will see something through the windows. I would suggest modeling on your own and making the house however you want using the previous modeling techniques. However, if you want to use my file, it is available for download.

Modeling Time Lapse Number Two
Adding a Camera
4 Lectures 24:57
Some Clarification for Different Software Updates.

Make sure you install Vray (I'll show you how). Now, we can start to set up for rendering, starting with cameras. I will show you the basics of adding a standard camera, and a Vray Camera. Vray Cameras are better, by the way.

Setting Up Vray and Adding a Camera

Here I go over all that gibberish in the Vray camera settings. I have to go quick, but essentially, all the settings line up with actual camera settings, except 3d cameras allow you to cheat if you want. Check it out. It will help as we move into lighting our scene.

More Camera Settings

If you are using a newer software than I am, you will notice that your V-Ray camera doesn't work the same way as I am showing. This is because Autodesk made some updates. This video will explain.

SOFTWARE UPDATES: Changes to the camera for Max 2015 and V-Ray 3.0
Adding Lights
2 Lectures 18:54

Finally I add some light. For this scene all we need is a simple Vray sun and sky system. We'll also look at our first rendering of the building, and learn what GI is.

Let There Be Light - Adding a Sun

More Lighting / Scene Setup
Rendering With Vray
2 Lectures 16:44

Here I skim over the render settings for Vray. I also show you the few that I usually mess with. In addition, I will post links to some other important resources for learning Vray Settings.

Essential Settings

In this video, we finally spit out a rendering. Yay!

Rendering An Image
Adding Materials
6 Lectures 01:08:47

This is part I of the basic settings for a simple Vray material. Even if you know nothing about making materials, you should be up and running in no time, but don't forget to watch part two too.

Preview 10:41

The long awaited, and much anticipated part II of the basic Vray materials video. I am also attaching a link to an older video I did, regarding Vray Materials, which goes a lot deeper. Watch that one too, if you feel like you can handle it.

Part II

This video shows how to turn random images off the internet into beautiful materials in 3ds Max. The key is texture maps. For this you will need a photo editing software with basic functionality, and you will need to know your way around in it, at least a little bit. You can also purchase really nice textures if you don't feel comfortable creating your own. I will provide links to everything you will need in the supplementary materials.

Editing Your Maps in Photoshop

Here we just pick up right where we left off in the last video. I use the same diffuse map to generate a bump map and a reflection map.

Creating Bump and Reflection Maps

After creating all the maps, I put them all together and applied them to the building. We have our first real Vray Material on the house!!!

Putting The Maps Together to Create An Awesome Vray Material

Just some more examples of making different types of materials.

More Materials - Metal
Modeling Surroundings
4 Lectures 25:56

In this video I show you some good places to find some 3d tree samples, and talk about what we will be learning in the following videos concerning building a site for our house.

Gathering Landscaping Resources

Vray proxies are an important part of any 3d project these days. In this video I will teach you how to properly create them. You will thank me for this someday.

Turn A Tree Into a Vray Proxy -- Trust Me, It's Awesome!

Now we finally start modeling the surroundings of the house. I will show you a very basic and simple way to create terrain. I will then show you how to start cutting up that terrain to create different areas of your landscape. Just watch.

Modeling a Site and Using Shapemerge

Here we place our proxy trees and finish up the site work.

Placing Your Trees
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About the Instructor
Adam Zollinger
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Digital Artist & Instructor - 3ds Max / V-Ray / Photoshop

Digital Artist - 3ds Max & Photoshop

Adam has been working as a professional (and award winning) 3d artist for over 10 years, but his expertise does not stop there. He has also authored / illustrated a children's book, and created graphics for numerous mobile games. He has expert knowledge in the following programs:

  • 3ds Max
  • Mudbox
  • Photoshop
  • V-Ray
  • After Effects
  • Various other software programs and plugins

Most importantly, he has dedicated himself to lifelong learning, and he loves to teach others as well.

From the artist:

"I mostly work in the Architectural Visualization industry. This a career which I almost entirely taught myself, and have perfected over several years. In order to save you the trouble of learning the hard way, like I did, I wan't to offer my expertise to you."

Join one of Adam's courses today to benefit from his years of experience creating high-end, professional graphics.

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