NEW TUTORIAL: 3D Text in 3D Max

Well it looks like the mystery is all over. I’ll be using 3D Studio Max for most of the 3D tutorials to come. Although, I still plan to cover Cinema 4D for specific tasks, I think 3D max is the best solution to help the most amount of people. Many of the features in C4D to integrate with AE is a bit like cheating because the people that have Maya and Max or other 3D programs cannot take advantage of the easy integration so instead I’ll be focusing on universal solutions. Watch the tutorial for a more technical explanation.

Anyhow, I’m going to need a little more time to finish the Medical Zoom tutorial but this is a fun one that I think will help a lot of people and frankly cut me some slack to get a few other things taken care of.

Watch Tutorial

September 25th, 2007 @ 4:08 am
Hi Andrew!

I've done most of your great tutorials and even use the techniques at work (placement). Your work made me realize that this is the direction I want to study in. Thanks for that!
I find it great that you're going 3D now. This will give a lot more possibilities. Though I regret it that you chose for 3D Studio Max, because this rules out all MAC users like myself. C4D is available for both platforms.
But for the rest, keep up the great work!

September 25th, 2007 @ 4:19 am
Great to see a tutorial on it, I was planning on buying 3d Studio Max anyway.

September 25th, 2007 @ 4:22 am
thnks andrew.. woohoo! im first :P
September 25th, 2007 @ 4:24 am
gees, its that early over there.... ur very committed to ur work man.. thnks for this tute.. was cool!
Some Guy
September 25th, 2007 @ 4:35 am
Thank you very much!
September 25th, 2007 @ 4:38 am
One word... stunned! Your are amazing!!!
James Wicks
September 25th, 2007 @ 4:51 am
I am in the early learning stages of C4D.
But your post is making me think that Max warrants a look before I buy.

I'd be interested to know why you chose Max over other 3D programs.

James Wicks
West Palm Beach
September 25th, 2007 @ 5:05 am
Alright!! I'm excited about the new 3D stuff!!

Maybe you'll be releasing some training dvd's on 3DSMax? Just maybe?
September 25th, 2007 @ 5:23 am
Nice!!! i'm not a 3D master at all, but this was great i know its important in all todays job standards. ps. if you got to, then halo the movie, they have those great video on how they made the movie with a really cool thing on how they used a body suit the you wear to generate these 3D movements and people.
September 25th, 2007 @ 5:25 am
For now,
Can anyone recommend some training DVD's for purchase or some free training stuff for 3D Studio Max that they have used and enjoyed?

I am a COMPLETE beginner. In fact, after this tutorial, I'll have opened 3D Studio Max one time.

Can anyone help me out?
Adobewan Kenobi
September 25th, 2007 @ 5:52 am
So will you be integrating 3DS Max a lot in the future? Or will there be pure-AE tutorials to come?
September 25th, 2007 @ 5:53 am
I think you have chosen the best 3d application
September 25th, 2007 @ 6:08 am
Nice!! thanks yet again
September 25th, 2007 @ 6:42 am
love your site andrew

like to see a lot more of 3ds max intergrating with after effects

for Joberg

3ds max Training dvd's at and the gnomon workshop

tutorials at cgtutorials an 3d total

keep up the good work
September 25th, 2007 @ 6:49 am
thanks andrew! im looking forward to this tutorial. thanks man. im hoping for some awesome rendering tips:) cause i got no idea lol. have a good one. jon
September 25th, 2007 @ 7:02 am
Looks really great, but I do have one question.

When you render the whole thing, from range 0 to 75, and you save it in png, do you get 75 different png's, or how does that work?
September 25th, 2007 @ 7:32 am
Andrew, you take all the time you need man to handle your business (baby business too- Congrats new daddy). Your followers will wait, and if they need something to keep themselves busy...they can purchase your wonderful DVD's and start creating! :)
I appreciate all the great stuff you produce, thanks!
September 25th, 2007 @ 7:46 am
Nice tutorial (as usual), I think that you should definitely do more 3DS Max tutorials.

I have not long had Max and from this one tutorial I can now do some useful and handy techniques. Can't wait for the next tutorial!

Very, very good.

September 25th, 2007 @ 8:00 am
Sweet! I use 3ds Max alot, and I'm really excited to learn more with it!
September 25th, 2007 @ 8:06 am
Thank you, thank you! It's so nice to see a 3ds mograph tutorial instead of standard c4d!
September 25th, 2007 @ 8:29 am
Andrew could you do a tutorial on how to Roto out powerlines, i know that everyone i talk to has problems with that.
September 25th, 2007 @ 8:48 am
I think its great that your gonna use 3d soft. Keep up the great tuts. Can't wait for medical tutorial.
September 25th, 2007 @ 8:49 am
Andrew!!! Please make a

you are a great teacher man. thanks a million mate :)
September 25th, 2007 @ 8:55 am
Great tutorial AK! I was just curious though what the short cuts are to move around in the viewport like zoom and rotate and what not.

September 25th, 2007 @ 8:57 am
Thanks andrew, great tut, and it goes over to C4D seemlesly :)
September 25th, 2007 @ 8:59 am
I have a question Andrew, why haven't you looked into Zaxwerks invigorator for 3dtext? Its a plugin for AE.

Anyway good stuff very usefull
September 25th, 2007 @ 9:20 am
hey jorberg!

check out
you have to register (free) and then all the tuts are free!

and i always find tutorials by just searching for them;)
- -> 3ds max tutorials

As for the dvds I would visit

Hope this helps;)

Really looking forward to the 3ds max tuts, Andrew!:)


Brad Warren
September 25th, 2007 @ 10:12 am

I'm a big fan. Hey I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on rendering in passes in Max and then compositing with live action plates in after effects. PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE!
Jak Razzi
September 25th, 2007 @ 10:28 am
Does the tutorial work for gmax also? Im not sure how simmilar they are.


Long live Andrew Kramer!!!!!!
September 25th, 2007 @ 10:49 am
Hey Levi!
Thanks for the info! I looked at some of those DVD's at and they look pretty sweet! They look a little I'll check out the other sites you mentioned as well. I have absolutely ZERO experience with 3D Studio Max, and I really think it could help take my videos to another level.

Thanks again for your help, and if anybody else has any suggestions I'll definitely be open to them! Thanks Levi!
September 25th, 2007 @ 11:06 am
You should start out with 3dbuzz (we love free stuff). I think they cover all the basics as well as some more advanced stuff. But when you get the basics the other sites are fantastic;)

September 25th, 2007 @ 11:11 am
AK ,
Love your work, but 3D max leaves the Mac users out in the cold.
September 25th, 2007 @ 11:18 am
Remember you don't have to change 3D programs to do this and future tutorials. You're welcome to use most any mainstream app. I will try very hard to keep the principal universal and you won't have to worry about the mac or PC nonsense.
Mr T
September 25th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm
Hey great tutorial again,

Im just started with cinema 4d a while ago. using mac, so 3dmax is not an opion. Looks great do.
I was wandering how i would bent a plane in c4d.
It doesnt seem to work. Putting blend on top of the plane. When i change angle, nothing seem to happen.
Andrew? Any other c4d dude?
Mr T
September 25th, 2007 @ 12:49 pm
Hey great tutorial again,

Im just started with cinema 4d a while ago. using mac, so 3dmax is not an opion. Looks great do.
I was wandering how i would bent a plane in c4d.
It doesnt seem to work. Putting blend on top of the plane. When i change angle, nothing seem to happen.
Andrew? Any other c4d dude?
Jack Ebensteiner
September 25th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm
Firstly, I just wanted to say thanks for the always impressive and useful tutorials.

Second, I'm a max user, but not a pro by any means. I was thinking in regard to your latest post, that to keep the concepts universal and general, tutorials should focus more on modeling and animating principles (i.e. smoothing groups etc. when poly modeling) and less on using things like modifiers. I haven't used other 3D packages extensively, but while they might have similar modifier-like functions, they are different from max which makes it difficult for others to follow. Modeling and animating concepts are the same regardless of which app is being used - only the UIs are different. Anyways, I'm just throwing that out there.

Being a fellow fan of House, I'm really looking forward to the Medical Zoom Tutorial. Keep up the awe-inspiring work!
September 25th, 2007 @ 1:25 pm
@ Mr T.

-Create a Null object.
-Create your plane and a bend deformer
-Make both a child of the null object (you can also select both of them and hit alt-G to group them under a null.
-Set the bend angle to about 90 or whatever.
-Rotate the bend deformer as needed.

Hope this helps

September 25th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm
Is Blender3D an okay equivalent to 3DSmax?
September 25th, 2007 @ 2:02 pm
Whoohoo 3D! awesome!
To bad I dont have Studio Max, only C4D... My 3D teacher sayd it was better... (hint)
Jack Ebensteiner
September 25th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm
@ 17th Letter

I haven't used blender a ton myself, but I've seen what blender users have made. I've seen some fairly impressive work made with blender, but Max is obviously the more popular choice. I would say that it's more in the hands of the creator. If you're really good, you can make great work in any app. I'm not entirely up to date with the key differences between the two though, so I can't really give you a straight answer. I can tell you though that anybody saying one or the other will be biased. The "which 3D package (3ds max, maya, cinema 4d, blender, xsi, lightwave etc.) is best" argument is an age old one. For example, I personally would say that Max is better, but then again I'm a Max user and a bit of a fanboy. Maybe someone else will chime in and give a little more perspective to this.
September 25th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm
Ok. Just don't make too many 3D tutorials. :p
I don't have the money to buy a 3D modeler.
Maybe I'll go download blender again.
September 25th, 2007 @ 2:45 pm
From what i read online 25-30% of PAYING Adobe's customers are Mac users. That seems like a high number to me , considering they have no way of getting 3DMax running.
John Paite
September 25th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm
Normally I would drift off to sleep when I watch 3dsmax tuts but even though I already know everything you teached here I was just glued to the tut hahaha Theres something abt you and your tuts. I hope you make tuts for lighting,texturing, material, animation, rigging, and right now for me the hardest part is lipsync ..Am i getting too excited here I dont know haha.
September 25th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm
Vladik, please note, I'm not teaching every 3D program... I will be showing ideas and concepts that can be translated into most any 3D package. Just try it, you'll see.
September 25th, 2007 @ 4:39 pm
this is so cool!!!! good choise there not to implement c4d, i dont understand 4 dimensions yet
September 25th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm
Hey Andrew, Im from Ireland and i was wondering,

will you be doing more 3D Max Studio Tutorials...
like animation,modeling ect... because if you can master 3d max along with After effects.."the sky is the limit man" there is so much you could do,

if you can i would love to see more tutorials on 3d max, no pressure but it would be pretty sweet.

Grá Maith Agat! (it's irish dude)
September 25th, 2007 @ 5:10 pm
Great! this is amazing. This is the first time i see a 3ds max tutorial that's well done
you're not just an After Effects guy anymore, your tuts are so rich now
Mr T
September 25th, 2007 @ 5:36 pm
@ Alejandro

Still doesnt do anything. DId like you said.
i did>took a plane(objects>primit>plane)>took bend(deformations>bend)>put both in a null.
Chang everthing that could be change in the bend. Nothing happens...

T. :5
September 25th, 2007 @ 5:59 pm
Go to the coord. tab for the attributes and play with the 3 value to the right for Rotation.
September 25th, 2007 @ 6:00 pm
Ur just so awesome I want to give you a hug ^_^, please do more 3ds max tutorials I am very intrested ^_^ also on the main page of youtube, your famous, and those bastards for stealing! and not doing a good job at it
September 25th, 2007 @ 7:34 pm
@Mr T:

As Andrew said; what I meant with rotation wasn't the actual property of the bend deformer, but the rotation coordinates of it. Just take the rotation tool and spin it in any direction, you normally achieve the desired effect by rotating it along the same axis that the strength is being applied.

I hope I made myself clear this time...


September 25th, 2007 @ 9:29 pm
Geesh, I check your site for updates more than I do And everytime I do, there is always something amazing like this. It's Christmas every week!
September 25th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm
he andrew

cant wait for yout new tutorial your a good teacher. been working with 3ds max for some some, but new to after effects,

made a film for my student facility introduction day,s couple of weeks ago, used some of your tutorials (that real worked) intergrated with some 3ds max. had to make it in a short time so renders aren't very good an some mistakes

check it out

September 26th, 2007 @ 12:46 am
I'm sure you have all good reason for doing 3D tuts in 3Dmax. It's just that Mac users and legit users (3Dmax price vs Cinema4D price ) have huge barrier to overcome to be able to follow along.

Cinema4D vets surely can translate steps from 3Dmax to Cinema4D or Maya but for those of us just getting to know 3D app its different story altogether.
September 26th, 2007 @ 8:45 am
I dont have 3D studion max. Guess I am going back to playing Halo 3.

Check this out.
September 26th, 2007 @ 10:00 am
If you're a student you get Maya free and many other programs on your school loans. :)
September 26th, 2007 @ 3:04 pm
Hi Andrew!

I have worked also with 3ds Max since it was on those early DOS versions. Remember?
It is nice that we use same tools. All though your text tutorial was pretty simple.

Seamless BG is also very easy to create by using the line tool. Just draw curved line on left view and then extrude it. If you check the adabtive option the line will be much smoother.

Well. I really can't wait how you will come up with that medicaltutorial that you have been writing about.

Keep up the good work!
September 28th, 2007 @ 7:58 am
wat do u mean its the end of After Effects on this site.. A.K is a Video Effects Professional, i dont think he's ditching AE for MAX.... hes just branching out, introducing new things for us! He's Awsome! Thnks Andrew...

oh if ur bored...

comment and rate if u want to :P
October 8th, 2007 @ 10:16 am
3ds Max will check this Tut soon

keep on rocking

Best Regards
November 28th, 2010 @ 10:12 am
I love your 3D stuff. I feel like I haven't seen much of it lately.
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