89. Soft Shadows 3Dmax
• Cast soft shadows with a fast-rendering lighting array
• Break up text characters and animate individually
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Tutorial Notes:
The technique in this tutorial can be translated for many other 3D programs including Cinema 4D, Blender and others.
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291 Responses to "Soft Shadows 3Dmax"
Dominik
06/26/2013
Wow, nice tutorial. Now I will still be alive when my rendering ends.
farhan
06/14/2013
Hey Andrew....
Please can u make tutorial same as this with the Element 3D TEXT.. i have been trying since very long.. please make one...
riazahmad
05/14/2013
good
wiaam
02/13/2013
good video thanks
Als
02/03/2013
what program is this?
Tuhin
02/01/2013
thanks

good viveo's

bagladesh
Hoang Doan
12/21/2012
like this video
papua
07/27/2012
How you can render it so fast...i render one single image for 2 minutes...with 8gb ram, ivy bridge gt660 2gb...wtf?
benit
07/02/2012
me gusta
pwnisher
07/02/2012
i dont get a #%&! understanding of "3ds max sturpid progam"!
Rhaducal
04/21/2012
Thanks sir!!!
AAMIR KHAN
03/11/2012
GOOD EFFECTS
Binh
03/09/2012
My Omni light shadows wasn't blur.
Could you teach me how to setup Omni light to make blur edge?
Nabeel Asmath
02/04/2012
Guys help me when i am using omni light it works but i cannot see it unless i render it By the way great tut andrew ..:D
Hossein_grapH
12/09/2011

This is the same technique that i were looking for

So much usable

Thanks alot
rajkumar
10/11/2011
thanks
tarsem
09/30/2011
good
kent-p from buja
09/28/2011
i like your tutoriel thank you
Justin
09/06/2011
Download nothing ! Plz check.
micky
09/02/2011
gud......
like it......!
kunba
07/26/2011
i'm from china
ak u r so wondful
please marry me
ha ha
EDDIE
07/06/2011
3DMax is very frustrating!
joako
09/06/2011
you should try maya... that is frustrating
jay
07/04/2011
Hi, andrew. im urs great fan..and regular client to visit ur video copilot sites.. i've almost seen urs all products, tuts...and many more.... i am from nepal..so..i didn't get any idea to purchase urs products... so kindly send me the way to buy urs products.... i am 3d artist..i use 3d max with after effects..all works in 64 bit...so.. plzz... send me the way to get urs products.
Zyrakion Lim
07/02/2011
The steps looked so complicated...
I think I need months of practice before I can master it...
adonais
06/25/2011
Hi, I'm from Brazil! your tutorials are perfect! are the best
found! congratulations on the great work!
JACK
06/23/2011
good?it is so nice
Bittu
06/08/2011
i just love the way u teach thaks sir
i wanna be like u
shivaprsad
05/16/2011
yours tutorials is very very nice. i like it
??????
05/11/2011
good.
Cristian
05/10/2011
I love your way to teach T_T.
You're so secure about what you're doing >=D!

I wanna be like you sir!
I GOING to be like you sir :3
sin
04/12/2011
you are very good.....
Nate
04/08/2011
hey does anyone know any good tutorials for a beginner in 3DS Max?
vfx dude
07/16/2011
check out the particle shadows and make the future ball

thts how i got started
amalamilton
03/29/2011
fine
knk_ph
03/18/2011
Nice! was better than any class I have ever seen
mirzas
03/18/2011
if we dosent get modify options.....follow this......
before making its instant copy.. set the light to given settings.. and then make copy if it..
it will help u..
uuganaa
03/17/2011
nice
Shriram
03/12/2011
u r master mind brother
jajang
03/08/2011
it's verry good
tofflan
03/01/2011
can't find anything when u got an so old version of cinema4d :(
..
02/26/2011
oh my ladygaga
Fandart
02/25/2011
YES! Thats extremely useful.
sharpest_sword
02/25/2011
you are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BobKnaan
02/23/2011
Thanks so much,
very useful !
HOON KIM
02/22/2011
I admire you. these lectures are exactly the one I was looking for.. Thank you.
Khim Piseth
02/21/2011
very good . . . . . .
Amt ambliya
02/15/2011
i like
Chanuka D
02/12/2011
Great Tutorial Andrew!! Please Do More 3D Tutorials...
ramyad
01/29/2011
Great tutorial. PLEASE do more 3DS tutorials, you are a great teacher and would love to see more complex 3DS visual graphics and effects.
mano
01/27/2011
Fantastic
Fathi Sharif
01/19/2011
wow good tutorial becouse i like it
hasanur reza zimy
12/27/2010
your tutorial is very professional
Serkan Zararsiz
12/07/2010
very nice, and good tutorial thanks.
Syed Abdulrehman Mujtaba
11/20/2010
Hi You are one of the best in giving tutorials I have used a lot and watch this videos to My channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpGyrW7W4nw

Thanks
Nazim Hayyan
11/03/2010
Anyone ever what the SyFy channel?

Their tv logo is exactly like this.
AAMIR KHAN
03/11/2012
GOOD EFFECTS
jasemei
11/03/2010
thanks a lot
Alex
09/03/2010
Thank you so much! Very nice tutorial!
ryan
08/27/2010
@david
when you create the copies of the light make sure you chose instance for all as the modify options dont show when you select both intances and copies
David
08/16/2010
Hi there. Can someone please help me? I select all the lights when he names it "array" but when I select all lights and hit modify the option to turn intensity and all those options go away. I can only get those options if I select the lights one at a time. If you have any ideas please share your thoughts and thank you

Fox
david
08/15/2010
Looks like someone has helped themselves to this idea { If the link doesn't work , google 'SYFY logo'

http://www.geekologie.com/2009/03/16/syfy logo.jpg
navin
08/08/2010
hey Andrew kramer U are great....Ur tutorial iz very helpfull...coz nw i learnd hw 2 create smoke trail effect....soon i will uplod it in youtube nd i will be givin d link hee thankz soooooooo much... :)
Matthew Sabia
08/07/2010
This also looks great if you turn the specularity and glossiness way up then add a Raytrace refection map at  :)
Cjay
07/28/2010
hi andrew im a mongolian man. You are greatest and best maker. Sorry my english too bad and im 16 years old. I can do more and more things use you tutorial. Thank you very much
Matthew Sabia
07/22/2010
The SiFi Channel now uses this for their logo! :D
ASH
07/20/2010
BEST FUTURE FOR GRAPHICS DES GEN
Amit
07/10/2010
hey
can u make a tutorial in which 3d text animate
and 3d text should from after effects only not cinema 4d or 3DS max
plz...
Paul
07/02/2010
Hi Andrew,
i can't thank you and your team Enough for the great Work done. My skill in AE has greatly increased and i enjoy AE more than any other Software.
Keep the Good Work on. God Bless You Abundantly
Heather
06/15/2010
Can this same effect be done with moving video rather than animated objects? For example, is there a way to add shadows to objects in a well-lit clip of raw FOOTAGE (characters' faces, bodies, etc.) but still have the objects in the footage move with the shadows tracked so that it appears as though the footage was shot with low light? If I haven't been clear, please let me know. All adding-shadows tutorials seem to focus on animations rather than real-life footage.
Earl
05/25/2010
i followed all your settings for the omni light, the first light you made on the tutorial. How come my shadow are really faraway from my text? I followed all the settings shown in the video but still the shadows are way below the text?? I could really use your help..
Omar Zahid
05/02/2010
@Private.
You cant do it that way. You misunderstood the concept. There is no way to import 3d objects into AE.Its a composting application... and Usually, you'll leave it as a 2d layer.
Alex
04/20/2010
Hey,

i am a LONG time watcher. LOVE your website. its changed my life... really. i found something that might be of use to you. maybe you can use it in a different tutorial or something. i'd like to see The Kramer add his flare (maybe literally?) to the concept shown here. hope you like it!

AV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yimdi6QOSAc

:D
PfcEnder
04/08/2010
@Morgan when you have a lot going on its gonna be slow to render. its slow for Andrew as well but he cuts out the render times to make the tutorials easy to follow.
bjay james
04/02/2010
can u include how to render in a avi format a good quality.....
Morgan
03/31/2010
Hey, i have a question, When im doing the stuff in AE, when i press play it takes ages to play it, in his vid when he presses play it is really smooth, how can i fix mine?
Dara
03/20/2010
i want which program is best 3ds max or maya about render
dan
03/12/2010
luv u guy,u make me. tks
Steve
03/11/2010
Hey, I'm trying to do this in max, everything works except the inital shadow. It isn't appearing like yours, mine is just appearing flat behind the text not at an angle.
abid
03/11/2010
ur great man
Private
02/11/2010

Hi, for some reason my 3D Text always appears as Flat Image when i wanna import it to After Effects.

I press F9 to render it.
Then Save Image as .. TARGA.
Then i import into After Effects and make the Layer 3D .. but its still a Flat Image.

Any Help ? Thanks !
Hat
02/04/2010
The SyFy channel used this for their brand new logo!

Dude I'm starting to see your work everywhere. I mean, at least the foundations/influence of it.
UrGeProductionz
02/02/2010
Hey Andrew!

When I group the lights it will not show "Omni Light" in the Modifier.

- UP
Kemuel
01/04/2010
Thx i just started using 3ds max and this has made it easy to start learning!
FrankLP
01/02/2010
I just stumbled onto this site...awesome stuff! You guys really are talented, and you make the teaching/learning fast
The Answer
01/02/2010
@Christopher J
Depending what version of max you have press 'x'
Armen
12/29/2009
Hey Andrew, make some more 3D Max tutorials! it's awesome man! Perhaps you can do some meteor type tutorial!
yunus
12/29/2009
Greats kramer Thank you!
Christopher J
12/25/2009
I'm new to 3d Max, I've got a problem and was wondering if you could tell me how to fix it...
the y,x and z axes won't display on my object when I use the "click and move" tool.
Do you know what I should do to able to display them again?
aqib shaikh
01/30/2011
go to customise preferenses,gizmo,and then turn on the gizmo,cose the max.n open it again.
Hat
12/23/2009
Dude they totally used this on the History Channel's Holiday Bonus commercial!
William A Hilton
12/16/2009
Saw this being used as a promo on Sci-Fi channel. Everything was the same. Pretty funny.
fanza
12/10/2009
what the name software used??..
Mger
12/10/2009
it's awesome ! I would like more tutorials like this.
lost
12/10/2009
Your wealth of experience is highly appreciated.
God will continually improve you.
You are simply the best!!!
Bob Deistchle
12/01/2009
First, thanks for the great tutorials and insights. Great site.
Second, anyway to create these "SyFy" shadows in After Effects and Zaxwerks?
Thx,
BD
Dragon Hell
11/27/2009
Thanks Andrew
Davide
11/21/2009
Andrew,
Can something like this be done in After Effects?

Thanks!
sunah
11/08/2009
this is very very very very nice tutorials
Majid Arif Siddiqui
10/31/2009
any chance for more 3d max tutorials?
hehe.. this is really great..

tnx ;}
BraCharles
10/29/2009
Great use of 3D in a also sutle way. Very Very Smart. You Rock!!!
formeazzy
10/08/2009
great
Ashish
09/21/2009
hi andrew this is nice 1 god bless u
elvijsb
09/13/2009
nice tutorial but i had to stop the video like every 2 seconds to keep up :D starting to think that 3ds max just isnt for me.
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