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3ds max: what is the right workflow


I installed 3ds max 2013 on my pc...and I tried to explore the software making some no sense 3d illustrations just to know the tool.

For illustrations I am used to use inkscake and adobe illustrator.....so here I am a bit lost.

My first question is: what is the right workflow to produce a JPEG and a EPS file to submit??? I saw there is a menu "Print Size Assistant" where I can save a TIFF file.....and then??...help

Thaks in advance for your precious support
Posted: 11/16/2013, 01:11:18 AM
The process is really much more complicated than a forum post, but essentially, once you have your scene built you need to choose Render/Render Setup from the menu.
Scroll down to Outsput size of that dialaog box and choose a size, then down to Render output to choose a format and location to save as.

Click the "Render" button in the bottom right corner of tht dialog box and Max will render and save a render of the viewport you choose to the left of that button.

Max has a pretty good help system and the internet is chock full of tutorials.

Good luck!
Canon 40D; 3d Studio Max; Terragen; Photoshop;
Posted: 11/16/2013, 05:46:47 AM
Ok thanks.

But what about setting:

-Final Gather Precision
-Image Precision
-Soft Shadow Precision
-Glossy Refraction
-Glossy Reflection

Do I have to set them all to "Very High"?? (in order to be accepted from Dreamstime)

Can I create EPS file with 3ds? Or only JPEG or TIFF?

Posted: 11/16/2013, 08:31:54 AM
Depends a lot on the scene being rendered but everything set to the middle and final gather off will work fine.
Takes quite a fast machine to set anything higher than that.
You can play with those settings as you become more familiar with max.

I render to png and then save as jpg out of photoshop.
A max render to eps is just a giant bitmap in an eps file. Not much good as it's not vector.
Canon 40D; 3d Studio Max; Terragen; Photoshop;
Posted: 11/16/2013, 12:04:00 PM
Thanks a lot Rik57. You have been really precious :-)
Posted: 1 minute ago
You canget an eps or AI file out of max but as far as I know it would take a plugin like Swift 3d or illustrate! to make that happen. Never used max 2013 so don't know if that capability is built in yet.
Canon 40D; 3d Studio Max; Terragen; Photoshop;
Posted: 11/17/2013, 05:20:40 AM
Final Gather Precision is used only if you have an indoor object or scene - like a statue in a musem with light coming from outside trough a window. So the advice to turn off is ok to save rendering time if you have simple scene. Good luck.
Posted: 11/19/2013, 03:26:20 AM
Thanks Alvera. I only just started using a new enough version of Max to even see the Final Render option so wasnt completely sure how it was used. I learned Max using 2.5. :o)
Canon 40D; 3d Studio Max; Terragen; Photoshop;
Posted: 11/19/2013, 04:17:24 AM
Welcome. Yes, Max 2 was also my teacher years ago. Now they use photons, physics and other science weird things just to put our CPU to the floor :)

A simple explanation for Final Gather is here: http://www.evermotion.org/tutorials/show/8056/3ds-max-what-is-final-gather-
Posted: 11/19/2013, 11:35:47 AM
thanks alvera
Posted: 11/19/2013, 12:01:31 PM
I uploaded multiple 3D images created from 3DS Max but all were refused because of distorted pixels. How do I create a high quality image in 3DS Max ?
Posted: 06/05/2014, 02:19:30 AM
I haven't seen that response to any of my 3D files...photos yes, but nothing from Max.
I render to at least the highest default settings in the choices and it should always work fine.
Doing anything in Photoshop post render?
Canon 40D; 3d Studio Max; Terragen; Photoshop;
Posted: 06/05/2014, 05:52:27 AM
No, Rik57.

How do you specify the highest default settings and what pixel size?

Could you show an example of an accepted Max render?

What are the steps?

Any tips?

Thank you!
Posted: 1 minute ago
   Glass Machine   

This is for Max 2012 but it should be close to whatever you are using.
In the Render Setup dialog box, under output size, you need to choose a size from the dropdown. This option is really just for the aspect ratio.
If you choose "35mm 1.85:1" the default sizes appear to the right as 4 buttons.
I test the render using the smallest size and render the final using the largest (4096 * 2214, in this case).
You can also choose "custom" form the Output size dropdown and enter whatever pixel sizes you want. The render sample included here is actually 4096 * 2340 pixels.

Just make sure whatever size you choose gives you at least the required 3 mega pixels.
Canon 40D; 3d Studio Max; Terragen; Photoshop;
Posted: 06/06/2014, 07:20:22 AM
I appreciate your message Rik57. Thank you!

I used Max 2013 and I chose "35mm 1.85:1" and the 4096 * 2214 size. Hopefully, it will be accepted.

Your render is awesome :)

I will let you know the results
Posted: 06/08/2014, 02:24:01 AM
I look forward to seeing how I goes.
If you have any more questions let me know.
Canon 40D; 3d Studio Max; Terragen; Photoshop;
Posted: 1 minute ago
Well, you got one up!
Good luck with more.
Canon 40D; 3d Studio Max; Terragen; Photoshop;
Posted: 1 minute ago
Thank you for your advice Rik57. Have several accepted now! Thank you!
Posted: 1 minute ago