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Free 3D couch/sofa models

Get these free 3D sofa models here link I've checked the files and the quality seems fine :) There are 4 different sofas in .max, .3ds and .obj file formats.

Compositing Premultiplied 3D CG...

Often, when working in the 3D visualization field one has to composite 3D renderings on top of a photographic background, using Adobe Photoshop. Here is a great tutorial I found on how to do it properly: link

60 free 3D model websites

There is a great list of free 3d model sites over at - check it out here

Sculpmaster 3D app for iPhone

SculptMaster 3D [iPhone] from CreativeApplications.Net on Vimeo.This app allows you to sculpt in 3D, by using your fingers on your iPhone touchscreen. You can even paint your creation once you have modelled it, although there is no way as yet to export your 3D sculpture. Nonetheless, If this is the way things are going maybe I should get an iPhone after all?

Charles Leo's article on 3D Architectural Rendering

Charles Leo, owner of, has written an informative article about 3D Architectural rendering. It's a great read if you are considering a career in this field, detailing the pros and cons of working in the 3d visualization industry. I can personally relate to what he says about freelancing and outsourcing!

Read the article here: click

A rendering done by Charles Leo/Lunarstudio:

Framanip Pro V1.0 animation sequence viewer for free

FRAMANIP PRO is now is available for download here: It's an animation and image viewer created for 3D animators. It displays individual frame sequences in real time, using your computers RAM.

It can do many things including:
Display any BMP / TGA / TIF / PNG / JPG / JPEG2000 sequence at any Frames per second rate (FPS).Resave all the frames in different file format. Resize or crop all the frames …

How to create volumetric 3D clouds with V-Ray 1.5 SP3

Francesco Legrenzi has a great tutorial on his site on how to create 3d clouds using V-Ray. Click here to go to his site and view the tutorial
(He's the Italian dude who wrote the excellent book called: "VRay - THE COMPLETE GUIDE".)
VRayEnvironmentFog - Test 01 from Francesco Legrenzi on Vimeo.

vRoom plugin for Lightwave 3D

VRoom 1.1 is a plugin for Lightwave that simulates the interiors of buildings and the glass panes through which these interiors are seen, even if there is no interior geometry!

It looks pretty cool - check it out here



Apple Boot Camp support from Autodesk (for 3DS Max)

Autodesk is now officially supporting Apple Boot Camp, a component of the Mac OS X operating system that enables customers to run Windows on their Apple Hardware, for users of various Autodesk products, including:
AutoCAD 2010
3ds Max 20103ds Max Design 2010
Autodesk Inventor 2010
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010
Autodesk Revit Structure 2010
Autodesk Revit MEP 2010

This means you will be able run 3ds Max properly on an intel-processor Mac :) Well, it has been possible for a while now, but it is now officially supported...
More info here:

Ocean Surface Test by Sascha Selent

A cool 3D animated ocean surface test by Sascha Selent - made with 3ds max and V-Ray: link

Relink Bitmaps v2.0 is available

Relink bitmaps is a maxscript utility that allows you relink all 3ds max and VRay stuff - it's a bit like the standard 3ds max resource collector - just better!You can donload it for free at Colin Senner's site:
The download is free, but if you can, why not give Colin props and make a small donation to help him pay off his student loans?


All 3dsmax supported Bitmap Texture types Relinks Mental Ray Proxy files Relinks VRay Proxies (.vrmesh)Relinks VRayHDRI filesRelinks IES files (including VRayIES files)Automatically checks for script updates and new versions250% speed increase from previous versionsCommand-line mode available for automating repetative tasks (see documentation on the website)Configurable default user options saving button clicks and wasted time

Tutorial: How to make a shadow matte with V-Ray

Welcome to this tutorial on making a shadow matte with V-Ray. To complete this tutorial you will need 3DS Max 2008 or newer, with V-Ray 1.5 and Adobe Photoshop.

The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how to render out a 3D object, with its shadow included in an alpha channel, so that you can composite the 3D object and it's shadow on top of an existing photograph.

You will need to download the "vray shadow matte tutorial.rar" file from:

In this file you will find two 3ds max files, a background photo and some additional info.
Please note that the max file used in this tutorial uses the V-Ray LWF (Linear Work Flow) technique, as described on the chaosgroup forums ( To use LWF you need to change 3DS Max's Gamma settings - please see the included file called "LWF_gamma_settings.jpg" to see what your settings should be. (You can change the Gamma settings in 3DS Max under: Customi…