3ds max 6 Killer Tips by Jon A. Bell

By Jon A. Bell

3ds max 6 Killer advice beneficial properties 275 sizzling tips--all illustrated, all in complete colour, for all degrees of 3ds max clients, from beginner to complicated. Get fast assistance on UI customization, modeling, animation, lighting fixtures, fabrics and texturing, rendering (including psychological ray three secrets), the Reactor dynamics procedure, Particle movement, Bones and IK, the transportable License application, and extra! tips on how to improve your 3ds max renderings with courses resembling Adobe Photoshop and Discreet Combustion! accelerate your workflow and create beautiful results with greater than forty MAXScript counsel, created through visitor contributor and scripting specialist Borislav Petrov. Written and edited through Jon A. Bell, expert 3D artist (The Discovery Channel, The historical past Channel, nationwide Geographic) and writer of the best-selling 3D Studio MAX f/x publication sequence, 3ds max 6 Killer information is a must have reference for each 3ds max 6 artist!

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Ini file in a text editor such as Notepad, and locate the header [Performance]. Then add a new line that reads like this: ShowFPS=1 Save the file, exit Notepad, and then start 3ds max again. Now, if you look at the status bar at the bottom of your 3ds max UI, you should see five new fields. The first four fields correspond to the frame rate of the (default) four viewports, and the fifth field is the current frame rate. CHAPTER 1 • Nuts and Bolts 9 3ds max 6 KillerTips MAKING A SPLASH (SCREEN) When you load 3ds max 6, the splash screen (or title screen) shows the newest 3ds max logo: a blue, snaky, “Yin/Yang-type” numeral 6.

X and earlier, this parameter was disabled by default, so setting Enabled=1 was required to turn on the red coloring. CHAPTER 1 • Nuts and Bolts 19 3ds max 6 KillerTips UNDO UNDOES IT Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone can go back and fix the consequences of their decisions. Luckily, this isn’t really a problem in 3ds max; you can undo your actions by pressing Ctrl+Z on your keyboard, or going up to the Undo/Redo panel on your main toolbar and left-clicking the counterclockwise arrow. Note that if you’ve made several mistakes (actually, let’s call them “choices you learn from”), you can undo an entire series of operations by right-clicking on the Undo icon to bring up a drop-down list of your previous 20 actions.

3ds max is blessed with one of the most customizable user interfaces (UIs) of any program, 3D or otherwise. You can rearrange, recolor, rework, and generally Nuts and Bolts user interface and customization tips recombobulate (as opposed to discombobulate) a wide variety of UI elements within the program—from icons on your toolbar to the order of rollout elements within a long scrolling menu to creating your own custom floating menus using MAXScript and the Macro Recorder feature. You can change your icon appearance, create your own icons, or even dispense with icons altogether and create a largely textbased interface.

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