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3DS Max Tips to speed your workflow

A list of the most common tips and tricks that can become part of your 3DS workflow.

1) Use the Rename Objects tool to rename several objects at once.

  • Tools Menu > Rename Objects 
  • Enhanced Menu > Object Properties > Rename Objects

Rename Objects tool - Autodesk Knowledge Network

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2) Disable autobackup when working on complicated scenes to help avoid crashing.
PLEASE NOTE: You MUST save often to avoid loosing data in case of crash!

  • Standard menu: Customize menu > Preferences > Preference Settings dialog > Files tab 
  • Enhanced menu: Customize menu > Customization > Preferences > Preference Settings dialog > Files tab

File Preferences - Autodesk Knowledge Network

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3) When you "Save" your work, rename the save file incrementally to keep a record of your progress.  Also: Try assigning a hotkey to save, such as [CTRL+Shift+S]

EX:

  • 2017-03-28_myfilename_exterior_01.max
  • 2017-03-28_myfilename_exterior_02.max
  • 2017-03-28_myfilename_exterior_02a.max

4) Assign hot keys to your common tasks / most used and or repeated tasks

  • Standard menu: Customize menu > Customize User Interface > Keyboard tab
  • Enhanced menu: Customize menu > Customization > Customize User Interface > Keyboard tab

Assigning Hot Keys - Autodesk Knowledge Network

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5) [ALT + X] to turn selected object transparent.  [ALT + X] to remove transparency.

6) [ALT + Q] to isolate a selected object.

7) Pressing 7 displays a total polygon and vert count.

8) For complex scenes, setting objects to "Display as Box" to prevent slow loading or incorrect editing of objects.  NOTE: The " J " key will hide and un-hide bounding boxes.

  • Display panel > Display Properties rollout

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Display Properties Rollout - Autodesk Knowledge Network

9) Really like your current view in the Perspective viewport?  Insert a camera by pressing "CONTROL + C"

10) Increase the undo level in your scene to step back further.

PLEASE NOTE: For complex scenes, this *can* and will take up extra system resources.  (memory and/or disk space).  Be careful not to set the number of undo's too high

11) Use your F keys!

  • F3 switches Shaded Display to Wireframe
  • F4 switches Shaded viewport to Shaded with Edges
  • F5 will set transform operations to the X axis
  • F6 will set transform operations to the Y axis
  • F7 will set transform operations to the Z axis
  • F8 switches between xy, yz, and xz planes for transform operations
  • F9 completes a quick render of the current viewport according to render settings
  • F10 opens the render dialog box
  • F11 opens the MAXscript listener dialog box
  • F12 opens the input dialog box for transform operations

12) Hold control while panning to pan more quickly

13) Press " I " to center view on cursor position

14) Press [ALT + W] to maximize or minimize viewport

15) Transform gizmo gone?  Press " X " to bring it back.

16) Layers are your friend.

17) Press " A " for Angle Snap and " S " for Snap To Grid

18) [CTRL + I] to select inverted

19) [CTRL + L] toggle default lighting

20) Clipping Planes let you exclude some of a scene's geometry to view or render only certain portions of the scene.

Clipping Planes information - Autodesk Knowledge Network

 

 

 

 

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