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Tutorial Making a Plexiglas Material in 3ds max  
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Added on: 6/4/2007
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This tutorial was written exclusively for The3dStudio.com by Rick Johnston of Dreamscape Studios (Member Link)

*** Micro Beginner Tutorial: Making a Plexiglas Material in 3ds max***

Making Plexiglas material
Micro Tutorial DS070505

Start 3ds Max

Open the file provided called Nav Light.max (or use any file or object you have handy) See Fig 1-1

Fig 1-1
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Original file after opening


You will notice that at the front of the teardrop shape there is a green mesh. It is the light cover for a boat or aircraft Navigation Light. This is the surface you will apply your material too. Select the green mesh. See Fig 1-2

Fig 1-2
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The green Mesh has been selected

Open the material manager dialog. See Fig 1-3

Fig 1-3
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The Material Manager Dialog has been opened

Select the first box in the material manager dialog.

Under the Blinn Basic Parameters look in the top left box. In this box is the color controls. The controls will determine the color controls for ambient color, diffuse color and specular color. Next to these to the left is a pair of locks that will lock either specular and diffuse or diffuse and ambient together. Unlock these locks. Both should be gray. See Fig 1-4

Fig 1-4
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The lock is off on the color control dialog under the Blinn Basic Parameters

Click on the specular color box. This will activate the color manager. In the middle whiteness bar, pull the indicator arrow all the way to the bottom. To the right you will find that the color numbers are top to bottom, 255, 255, 255, 0, 0, 255. The end result is a very bright white color. See Fig 1-5

Fig 1-5
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Making adjustments to the specular color

Select the diffuse color box. This will activate the color manager again. In the whiteness box move the arrow upward to a medium light gray. To the right you will find the color numbers top to bottom are, 173, 173, 173, 0, 0, 173. See Fig 1-6

Fig 1-6
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Making adjustments to the diffuse color

Select the ambient color box. This will activate the color manager again. In the whiteness box move the arrow upward to black. To the right you will find the color numbers top to bottom are, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0. See Fig 1-7

Fig 1-7
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Making adjustments to the ambient color

To the right side of the Blinn Basic Parameters section there is a Self Illumination control, leave it alone. Below that is the Opacity control. Set the opacity control to 13. You will note in the material manager the first ball has changed colors and is now nearly invisible. See Fig 1-8

Fig 1-8
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Color and opacity adjustments completed

In the controls below the self illumination and opacity and the color controls of the left is the Specular Highlights Controls. Se the Specular Highlights at 120. Set the Glossiness at 10 and Soften to .50. See Fig 1-9.

Fig 1-9
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Making adjustments to the specular highlights and glossiness

Apply the material to the green mesh. Save the material to the library. Type in Plexiglas to the default material name and the click on the save to library button just above it. A small dialog box will appear and allow you to name the material something different if you wish to do so. Save the material to you library, close the box. See Fig 1-10

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Saving the material to the library

Render the file and see what result you get. See Fig 1-11

Fig 1-11
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