The Ultimate Collection of 3D Max and Maya Tutorials

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Maya and 3D Max are commanding software for 3D modeling, animation, texturing, rendering and visual effects. This software was developed for the motion picture industry and is now being used for games, design, visual effects, film, animation, visualization and simulation. In this post we present to you an Ultimate Collection of 3D Max and Maya Tutorials and best practices for your creativity.

How to create a car using the polygonal modelling

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Gold Material Tutorial

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Lighting your Spaceship

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Chrome Material Tutorial

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Dotted Dice

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Tank

This tutorial focuses on making tank treads using Mel scripts.

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Making eyelid rig with driven keys and expressions

This tutorial teaches you how to create an eyelid rig with driven keys and expressions.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Growing Flowers

In this tutorial, you see how to create a growing flower animation.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Stormy Ocean

This animation tutorial teaches you how to create a realistic ocean storm.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Clock Animation

Create a clock animation using Maya Expression.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Lava Effect

This tutorial explains how to make a shader for lava effects using Maya’s material editor, called Hypershade.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Rocket

Model a rocket with a particle trail in Maya.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Particle Emission When Objects Collide

Emit particles at the exact location of the collision of objects.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Destroying A Wall

Destroy a wall using rigid bodies and particles in Maya.

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Rigid Body Collision Detection

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Spaceship Fleet

This animation tutorial shows you how to use the particle instancer to create a fleet of spaceships flying across a plain.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Bend Deformer

This Maya tutorial covers the use of the Bend Deformer, which links one attribute to another, and the use of math in expressions to create animation.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Rotating Wheels

Learn how to create an animation of a wheel that rotates in sync with the speed of the car. The final animation is more accurate and realistic.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Falling Leaves

Create a falling leaves animation in Maya using nCloth and Paint Effects.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Yoyo Animation

Tutorial on animating a yo-yo, with the string wrapping around the fingers of a deforming hand. Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Muscle Rigging

Maya tutorial on creating muscles that contract and expand a few frames before the limb moves.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Instancing Animated Geometry To Particles

Particle Instancing saves time when animating many identical objects in a scene.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Mechanical Stairs

This tutorial teaches you how to create a set of mechanical stairs.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

BlendShapes

This Maya tutorial explains the process of using BlendShapes for facial animation.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Domino Effect

This tutorial teaches you how to set up the geometry of a domino effect and apply a passive-to-active key switch.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Jellyfish

This tutorial shows you how to create and animate jellyfish. It covers many topics such as modeling, texturing, animation and paint effects.

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Walk

This complex tutorial uses Maya Expression to add repeating actions to a model.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Motion Blur

Add motion blur to your 3D animation in post-production by creating 2-D motion vectors in Maya.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Maya Live

Maya Live is a set of motion-tracking tools for matching CG to clean plate footage. This basic tutorial teaches you how to use Maya Live.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Hotbox

Hotbox is a great feature of Maya that will increase your speed and productivity. It allows artists to access every tool in Maya with the keyboard space bar, without having to waste time searching for tools and menu items all over the large Maya interface.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Irradiance Particles in Mental Ray

Learn how to use the powerful irradiance particle system in Mental Ray to lower your rendering times while balancing the rendering quality of your image using custom techniques and settings.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

The tutorials featured below come from skilled professionals who work in the CG industry and are intended for advanced users of Maya software. You can use these techniques in other 3D software packages as well. Some of the tutorials use other packages like ZBrush, Mudbox and Photoshop in combination with Maya for best results. Before you begin any of these tutorials, make sure you have enough processing power: most of these tutorials are resource hungry. If you perfect the basic techniques covered above, try to use your skills to work on some of the high-quality projects featured below. Practice is the key to success.

Modeling a Character

In this tutorial, you see how Carsten Lind creates a character model in Maya.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

American Alligator

See how Massimo Righi creates a sunbathing American alligator.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Next-Gen Environment Textures

A tutorial by Daniel Vijoi on creating next-gen environment textures in Maya. This tutorial focuses more on texturing.

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Sohrab

Making Sohrab, by Farzad Dalvand.

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Male Green Frog

Tutorial teaches you how to create a photorealistic render and 3D model that can be used for animation.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Steam MasterNext

Making Steam Master: next-gen game head by Sorin Lupu.

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Spitfire War Plane

In this tutorial, you see how to model a Spitfire war plane.

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Swimsuit Babe

Make an attractive woman, by Jimmy Chow.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Fruit Tarts

Make lovely fruit tarts, by Hau Ming.

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Last ELF

Make the Last Elf in Maya. The author, Piotr Fox Wysocki, has done everything in detail to give it a real-life look.

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Prince

Making Prince, by Robert Vari.

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Tiger Zoo

Making Tiger Zoo, by Massimo Righi.

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Prehistoric Animals

A demonstration of how this artist renders realistic-looking prehistoric animals.

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Ingrid Bergman

Making Ingrid Bergman, by Max Edwin Wahyudi.

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Morgane

Modeling Morgane in Maya, by Cousigne Adrien.

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Breaking Subsurface Scattering into Render Layers in Maya

This tutorial is about the process of breaking the subsurface into rendering layers and compositing them in post.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Portrait of a Troll

Jonas Persson creates this Portrait of a Troll.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Cheese Platter

Detailed tutorial on making a cheese platter, by Hau Ming.

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Quiet Room

Making a quiet room, by Yan Chan.

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Gladiator

Making a gladiator, by Christopher ADAJAR.

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Joker

Making the Joker, by Mohammadtaghi Aibaghi Esfehani. The detailing is done with ZBrush, texturing and matte painting and shave and haircut with Adobe Photoshop, and the finaly rendering with Mental Ray.

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Varga

Making Varga in Maya.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Old Farm

Creating an old farm, by Daniel VIJOI.

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Trapped

Making Trapped, by Massimo Righi.

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Fatjon’s Performance

Making of Fatjon’s Performance, by Qu Yu Cheng.

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High Polygon Realistic Character Creation

Creating a realistic high polygon character in Maya.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Gordon Ramsay`s Caricature

Making Gordon Ramsay, caricature by Jason Edwards

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Turtle

Maya tutorial on creating a realistic-looking turtle. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

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The Making of Al Pacino Sculpt

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The Making of Wonded Ork

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Making of “The Hunter”

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Low-Poly Character Modeling and Texturing

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The Making of Kehel, elf warrior

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Modeling a Cartoon Duck

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Modeling of Chipi

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Young Rodeo

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Making of Wolverine

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Bad Pussy (Hungarian)

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Making of Paragalis

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Making of Binah

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The Making of Lulu

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The Making of Warrior

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A female body from a cylinder

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Modeling and Texturing of a Shark Part-I Part-II

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Modeling Creature’s Details

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Mecha Modeling: Gundam RX-78-2

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Dinosaur

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The last knight

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Making of Bugatti

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Z4 Unleashed

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The Making Of Porsche

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Modelling overview of a Mercedes S-Class Millau

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Anchor Box Modelling tutorial

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Create airplane model

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The making of Bruttus 4Z

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Making a Chair in 3ds max

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Making of a Toaster

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Golden Diamond Ring tutorial

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Tyre Modelling

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Compositing For Production Using 3DSMax and Mental Ray

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Making of a coffee table

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Creating low-poly foliage

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Render Glass

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Making puzzles with a picture on top

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Caterham

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Making of Nissan 350Z

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Making of Dead Twice

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Tutorial: It’s Time for Bullets!

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3ds MAX + VRay Tutorial :: Time is running

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Clock tutorial

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Creating a Golden Jaguar Statue

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Making of cafe

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Computer case modelling

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Advance Illumination in 3ds Max

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Making of Quad bike

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Street Cop

Creating a street cop, by Mashru Mishu.

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Dr Julian

Maya texturing tutorial by Julian Jeremy Johnson-Mortimer.

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Character Walk Through

Maya tutorial on creating a stunning character.

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Meet You

Making of Meet You by Zhang Sheng.

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Facial Animation Rig for Delgo

This tutorial from Warren Grubb shows how he created a facial animation rig for this character, which is more powerful and flexible than standard multi-targeted blendshape rigs.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Character hair

This tutorial shows how to create low poly hair for game characters using lots of images and some printscreens directly from the application used ( Maya, Photoshop, etc.)

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Next-Gen Game Car

Model a game car without blueprints. This tutorial covers modeling, UV mapping and texturing.

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Mini Cooper

This Maya tutorial focuses on shading and texturing.

Ultimate Tutorials of Maya and 3D Max

Classical Girl

Making a Classical Girl by Wang Shiyong.

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Foot

Modeling a foot in Maya, by Steven Stahlberg.

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