From the Back Cover
Turn Your Ideas into High-Impact Architectural Visualizations
Transform flat drawings and concepts into impressive 3D models with 3ds Max Design 2010 and the comprehensive instruction in this in-depth guide. The expert authors use their real-world experience to show you how to get the most out of Autodesk's powerful visualization tool with this in-depth reference and tutorial.
You'll find pages of professional workflows and examples of projects that pros work on every day, such as retail spaces, small offices, and residential developments, and learn techniques you can apply immediately to your own work for striking results. Whether you're a visualization veteran or new to 3ds Max Design, this book offers the step-by-step instruction you need to master this indispensable visualization and validation tool.
Creating complex shapes with surface modeling tools
Simulating lighting effects accurately
Using the Exposure feature to analyze sustainable design features
Staging a virtual walk-through of your room designs for clients
Enhancing models with texture, materials, and displacement maps
Understanding camera motion, keyframes, and function-curve editing
Using mental ray to achieve the most realistic renderings with Global Illumination and Final Gathering
Take Advantage of the New 3D Visualization Tools
Explore the New Exposure Lighting Analysis Tool to See How Lighting Factors Affect Your Design
Seamlessly Import Data from the Revit Family of Products into 3ds Max Design
Gain Access to a New Library of Manufacturer-Related Building Materials
Produce Stunning, Photo-Realistic Imagery through More Efficient Workflows
Render Drawings Faster and Better with mental ray 3.7
About the Author
is a 3ds Max Design guru and application engineer. He was one of the first artists hired by Autodesk to test the first version of this software in 1990, wrote many of the tutorials that ship with 3ds Max, and continues to train 3ds Max users.
Jeffery M. Harper uses 3ds Max to create architectural and civil engineering visualizations as well as models, stills and animations used in Computer Based Training Programs.
Jon McFarland uses 3ds Max Design to create visualizations of proposed facility construction and expansions and teaches 3ds Max Design courses at the university level. He has written six books, including AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD LT 2010: No Experience Required.