47.5. 3D Text in 3DS Max
• Create 3D text with a seamless bg in 3ds Max
• Use a skylight to generate soft shadows
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Sep 25, 2007
Tutorial Notes:
This is just a supplemental tutorial while I work on a new one for AE+Max. Notice the numbering. Remember you do not need to change 3D applications, you can easily follow along with most any mainstream 3D software. I don't even have a place for 3D tutorials... yet.
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396 Responses to "3D Text in 3DS Max"
Nipun Iroshan
06/08/2014
Thanks a lot
Superrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrb
waqas
05/02/2014
awsome
loccomc
06/16/2013
excelent
Fahad Raza
05/14/2013
Thanks man, you are awesome... it helps me
nice tutorial...
hangxoan
04/19/2013
This is a nice tutorial what i have looked for a longtime ago.
Diell TH.
02/13/2013
can you add this to After Effect so it can look 3D ?
A. C. Rusinov
09/18/2012
You can literally do this whole thing with just Element 3D! :D
pwnisher
07/02/2012
ha funny because if i say something crazy like f(**)k whiteout (***):videocoipilot makes a few changes look: #%&!ing shit! funny
ACDC
05/13/2013
LOL
PsykoTroniK
06/06/2012
Thanks Andrew. I spent an evening looking to find info on how to make decent looking 3D text in 3DS Max and then bringing it into AE and applying animation. Or doing the animation in 3DS Max already. Your tutorials always help! I agree with previous comments - you explain nicely what you do, steps are not just jumped without telling us what you are doing and why. I've just started using 3DS Max BECAUSE I wanted proper 3D rendered text. Thank you very very much!
Ritesh Sharma
03/25/2012
I liked ur tutorial.I hve also made 3d text by seeing ur tutorial.i enjoyed doing this work.hey u just tell me one think frm where u got Metal Chorma (Standard).I dn't hve default in my 3D Max 2010.just tell me frm will i get that...
Ritesh Sharma
emad alanssi
03/16/2012
I have been heating 3d max but now thank you andrew
rick enbody
01/18/2012
keep the 3Ds Max tuts coming. I had Strata, and 3Ds Max is really the tool for Special Effects. LOve it! I think the more you know with your art, the better you will be.
I love videocopilot
11/21/2011
<3, u should make more 3ds max tut, by the way u can make some plug ins or cool stuff and sell it ^^
sunny rawat
11/01/2011
i want some more
Arvind soni
09/28/2011
vry gd imagination & pwr thougtfully_
Jorge Luis Moreno Luna
08/11/2011
Me ha quedado muy bueno!!,
Is Very GOOD
THANKS FOR THE TUTO!!
leewy
08/03/2011
i can not watch this video,why?
anto
07/21/2011
can i know ? when i'm using this i can rotate to the Y axis maybe cause i accendtly pressed a button IDK wich one help me pleaseeeeeeeeeee !!!
akash rathore
06/03/2011
i like this side
Optimus97
05/24/2011
I'm sorry, Andrew, but I have no materials in Mtl Library. What shall I do?..
Your tutorial is great!
Felix
03/07/2014
Yeah me too...
It has been more than two years since you've asked the questeion..
Did you solved the problem?
Bob
05/18/2011
Hey my 3ds max mtl library is empty. how can i fix this? is there a site where i can download the file?
REDiVATED
03/03/2011
yeah.....make some more 3DS MAX tutoials PLS :)
VideoCopilot<3
05/31/2011
Agree, plz do it :( more tuts... or maybe create models, plugins for 3ds max too and sell them :)
teetu
03/12/2011
plase software downloads 3ds ax
inter note
02/14/2011
hi Andrew,
great tutorial as usualy. But when I render at least, after creating light, I have not a great quality, lots of 'noise'. I have changed 'rays per shadows" but seems to not change.
if you (or anyone) have suggestion pls !

anyway thank u
Austin
01/20/2011
Dear Andrew,

When my 3D Max Starts up it doesnt have all those default tools in the main toolbar, any help would be nice.

Thnx,
Austin
rakesh murthy
01/18/2011
andrew..... you are my hero # 1.
i was damn impress with your 3d max knowledge.
i thought you are only about after effects.
hope to see more of 3d max tutorial on your website. tc and thanx once again for inspiring million like us.
Alexsey
01/02/2011
thanks
manu
12/25/2010
3D Text in 3DS Max
Create 3D text with a seamless bg in 3ds Max
Firefox1095
12/21/2010
LOL My laptop overheats and crashes when I render something in After Effects unless I put it right over a fan or put it sideways with the fan behind it and I don't think it will be able to render something from 3DS MAX!
Morgan
12/04/2010
You're great... you have no idea what you've done to my brain...
keep it up...

ice
William
11/03/2010
Andrew, I'm naming my first son after you...and my daughter?... after your wife? or mother.Which ever you'd prefer. 3ds max tutorials form you please. Trust me when I say, they are needed.
You are a super hero. thanks.1.
Mahmoud
11/02/2010
thenk you video copilot
Fortune kay
10/05/2010
want to buy your cs5 tutorilas materials,presets and packages,4dmax tutorials packages, needs to have your procedures for getting them....and be a constant patronage of all your multimedia products....kindly help me out....cause i don't want to partronize counterfeit products.....
ltbiomed
09/03/2010
hello,andrew please make some 3ds max tutorials!!!! pleaaaaaase!!! all the 3ds max tutorials are crap! but you,you know how to make people understand,you're magical man!
ganpati
05/31/2011
me too want some 3ds max tutorials.... i know u r the man who can import certain things into my brain... thx in advance...
Max
01/10/2011
I also agree he's the only one with good 3ds max tutorials. Please make some more!
Eshita
12/13/2010
i agree!!! pls andrew :) pretty pls.....pretty pls with a cherry on top :D i searched through the whole of youtube tryin to search for 3ds max n maya tuts but didn't get anything.......pleeeeaaaase! :)
Randy J
08/01/2010
hi Andrew luv ur job i wuld like that u gimmie more 3D Max tuturials
nyrlok
07/19/2010
hey thanx for this tutorial... can u show more 3d max text animations!! thank u once again
best animation in chandigarh
07/11/2010
i love all designing and ideas
Elvin C.Gadama
07/02/2010
Finally, someone who knows AE can teach me something about the software, thanks Andrew, keep up the good work, teacher, "advertise to appetise" your fans/students.....
walid
06/25/2010
extra tut dud ;)
ur the best man.
great tnx from morocco;

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melissa
06/12/2010
Hi can you give me more tuts on 3d max am really desperate about it. Tanx anyway for all the after efx tuts they've been helpful really. You're too much.
celebrity
03/31/2010
thanks Andrew uv awoken a lot in me.your simply God sent
thumbs up
Harsh Grover
03/28/2010
I am grateful to your goodself for this tutorial. It is good tutorials for beginners.
HimelCool
03/27/2010
Hello Andrew! , I'm your new fan. You are a great 3DSmax tutor. I'm looking for more tutorials From you in this site 3d Category. Still I got only four(4) tutorials. Actually I'm looking for a tutorial on car modeling from you.
Brest Richard
03/26/2010
Hi Andrew, you are a very helpful man. Thank you. You helped me again :]
Nice tutorial againg :)
sos
03/09/2010
where can i get the chrome plug in? please help
Christian matsoukis
02/10/2010
u have to select te file output b4 u can save it
coco
02/03/2010
Need help. i can't have animation with render , what must I exaclty do?
Constant
02/03/2010
Oh , it's ok , just have to clic on " File " just next to " save file " srry for the useless post
Constant
02/03/2010
nice tut. just a problem : in " render scene " , " Save file " is locked , where is the problem , plz help me : (
Mark
01/23/2010
Need help...

When you click you can just rotate around the text and move around but when i click all it does is select the text, any help...??
Lyndon
01/21/2010
"like a bicycle ramp, a roller blading ramp, or a skateboarding ramp... whatever you're in to." LOL, tear drop.
Dibbyo
01/16/2010
pls provide us some match movie tutorials.
thanks.......
RYan
01/14/2010
Andrew ur amazing....the things you can do with these programs blows my mind. Your My hero Hands Down.
ali salcido
12/20/2009
Andrew Kramer is the man. I agree with dhillon - WE WANT MORE 3DS MAX Tutorials!!!!!!! I had a had time finding the chrome material and figuring out how to render but its all good now. Thank you Mr.Kramer
Anton Drobot (Russia, Tomsk)
12/13/2009
Hi Andrew!
Excellent lesson for beginners 3ds max.
However, many advanced users who want to know how 3D text from 3Ds max can be used in Adobe after effects?
Get a very useful lesson!
Thank you!
With love from Russia! :)
chandruhasan
12/05/2009
tahnks
heilong79
11/12/2009
go to mtl editor then go open and load a new lib, when selecting go to your c drive (not the setups you have in my documents) and find the autodesk folder, then find materiallibraries folder and load the 3dmax one. Thats it.
Josh
10/11/2009
This was a realy helpful tutorial, My friends recommended it. Thanks again
Morten Frol
09/17/2009
Hey Andrew!

I was watching your tutorial and I love it, I got a nice finished product and I am very happy about it. But, one thing; I am also an active Photosghop user, so I would really like to render my outcome WITH shadows (using skylight as in the tytorial) and WITHOUT any kind of background. So the final render will be just the text and the shadows added, so I can put the render into any background color in Photoshop. But how can I do that? I render the file without a 'plane' but all I get is a black background and no shadows. Any help would be nice!
And again, thanks so much for this great tutorial!

Frol
John Sparies
09/11/2009
Great tutorial ,
I bought 3ds Max because Andrew is the man and I want to make good videos also ,
but I Was Wondering if Maya or any other program is needed for making 3d stuff . Ive Read The Website stuff but what does Maya do that 3ds max doesn't do??? ?? ?
ill Take Help From Anyone !
Jspraya@sbcglobal.net
or just Jspraya on You Tube
Sascha//GER
09/08/2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm-STdbAdLw
=he shows you how to make your own chrome material^^
Muhammad imran
09/05/2009
Thanks for tutorials my belong to not english contry but i enjoy the tutorials thank for videocopilot
David Johnson
08/14/2009
fady u can search on yt how to get a chrome effect thats what i did
David Johnson
08/13/2009
after following render settings and render it just rendered like 30 pic of the cam looking right at it help plz
fady
06/27/2009
same problem with u patrick..
I have 3D MAX 2009, can't find my material library anywhere :(

both files are empty :(

what can i do? any sugestions plsss???
Matt
06/24/2009
Er should be,

Copy them all and paste them into the other folder in My Documents.
Matt
06/24/2009
Patrick,

Go to My Documents and look for the folder 3ds Max. There should be a 'materiallibraries' folder inside it. If there's nothing in it, go into your 3ds max folder (Usually C:\Program Files\Autodesk\3ds max 200X) and look for 'materiallibraries' again.

There should be a bunch of mat files in there. Copy them all past them into the other folder in My Documents.
Patrick
06/22/2009
umm, i don't have a materials library for some reason. i do, but there is nothing in it. anyone know what's up?
Olavo Ekman
06/17/2009
Hey Andrew, nice work on the tutorials... Let me give you a simple hint for 3DS Max... Anytime you wanna edit one or more objects without clicking others by mistake, you can isolate them by selecting the objects you wanna edit and pressing Alt Q . Then you enter "Isolation Mode" and the viewports will only show your selected objetcts...
Diegomitai
05/21/2009
esta gente es increible...
exelente trabajo!!...
(comentar o votar es agradecer)
PowerTurkish
05/19/2009
Hey Andrew, I have a problem. I followed this tutorial and I also have 3DSMax. But till the place where you were working with the Materials (3DSMax) stuff, I haven't anything (Material) in my Material Library. How come?

Hope you can help me out ;D Greetings PowerTurkish from YouTube!
Vicente
05/16/2009
Hi. I Like this tutorial for 3Ds max...
I Have a problem, I don't have materials in my library... Need materials please
Thanks... Bye
dhillon
05/10/2009
WE WANT MORE 3DS MAX Tutorials!!!!!!!
Rocky
05/10/2009
Thanx mr.Andrew Cramer 4 your effort.......you are our only hope in AE.
Vijay
04/30/2009
Wow i cant file the chrome material thing.in there's noting in that list
Duyan
04/11/2009
Greate tutorial!! Thanks so much!!
jaags
04/01/2009
i Feel very much great this tuts really urs donning verry truly job. pless send more projects tutorils .<:
Ante
03/17/2009
i don't have metal_chrome.....does enyone know's where to find it?
conor
03/07/2009
yo lovely tutorial but i have a slight problem whe im using my 3ds max the way you can move a object you have made any way (X,Y,Z axis) and like twist it on its side and stuff like that well i can only move mine x and y so side to side ot twirl it around with the "select and rotate" tool please i need help it doing my head in
Josh
02/20/2009
Thank you for this tut. Helped me out a lot.
Rhaven
02/11/2009
SIMPLE...but has the "watch this" factor... SIMPLY AMAZING...
Zifeng
02/03/2009
Wonderful day!
Astyanax
01/25/2009
TNX!
just wat I needed :)
shami
01/06/2009
Hello Friend, This helped me alot in my 3d career.
Please post more simple tutorials like this related to only motion graphics. Basically i am After effects user and do motion graphics so want to learn 3d max to enhance my graphics in after effects.
Love u alot
Shami
osn
12/20/2008
ur tutorials are the best!

can u make softimage xsi tutorials?
jimmy
02/25/2011
Hey Andrew?you are very good.
Emil Clausen
12/03/2008
Hey Andrew!
im a big fan of Videocopilot.net
Specially because of the Tutorials.
Im so glad for your guides and you are good to guide me through! keep making tutorials! you are PROFFESSIONEL!

Greetings from Denmark!
5/5* of tutorials.

- The best site in Video editing, WORLD WIDE!
none
11/26/2008
Where did you get the chrome texture?
Does it come with 3ds max?
If it does, does it only come with the full version and not the trial?
ja hyuk shin
11/21/2008
thanke man
???? ?????...
korea
Rishi
11/19/2008
You are amazing.........
Surin
11/14/2008
Thanks man its soooo cool i like your site and your tutorials.thank you andrew.
Dogger
11/14/2008
:( I havent any materials in mtl library...
Jersy
10/28/2008
i dont have any material in MTL where can i find it
matryl1
10/22/2008
I haven't materials in MTL. I can't instal materials in website. PLis help.
FI
10/18/2008
Andrew, you rock!!!
Heng Sotheanith
10/18/2008
Thank you for sample project and video
Pixel Industries
10/16/2008
Hi Andrew,
In your tutorial there isn't any informations about Filter Antialiasing in 3D Max...
I think that you apply to Render a Video Filter..
It's right?
Raewyn
10/13/2008
hei andrew, thanks for the tutorial.. pretty cool..
what are the best plug in for 3DS MAX?? uhmm.. dont have any idea... hahaha.. LOL
Govinder
10/11/2008
Hi, I am running 3DSmax 9 however, I do not have all the materials in my "My library", can anyone help?
Manny Campa
10/06/2008
I am new to 3ds max and this tutorial was very easy to follow along to... I learned a lot... thanks so much
beck
09/18/2008
Thank you Sir for this tutorial...i hope you could have more 3ds Max tutorials..
Damian
09/15/2008
Hi!I'm Damian. I like the film effects. I doing them for fun in After Effects Of course. I'm from Poland. I have a question. Do you can send me some 3d materials? My e-mail:terminator.b12@wp.pl
Thanks a milion!
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