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3ds Max® Design software is a comprehensive 3D design, modeling, animation, and rendering solution for architects, designers, civil engineers, and visualization specialists. Evaluate and sell designs before they are built, with rapid iterations, accurate daylight analysis, and high-impact visuals and animations.

Features
Slate Compositing Editor

Perform simple compositing operations directly within Autodesk 3ds Max or 3ds Max Design with the new Slate Compositing Editor. The schematic node-based interface enables you to easily wire together rendered layers and passes and combine them with compositing nodes (like blends and color corrections); the resulting composite can then be sent to Adobe After Effects or Adobe Photoshop for further refinement.

ActiveShade Interactive iray Rendering

Experience an interactive creative process for finalizing renderings, with new ActiveShade support for the NVIDIA® iray® renderer. ActiveShade enables you to iterate more effectively by providing an interactive rendering session that constantly updates as changes are made to cameras, lighting, materials, and geometry. By shortening the feedback loop, you can more efficiently fine-tune your scene, making it faster and easier to achieve your intended look.

Render Pass System and Photoshop Interoperability

Scenes can now be more easily segmented for downstream compositing. Thanks to an entirely new render pass system in Autodesk 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design, you can now create render elements for Autodesk® Smoke® software, Adobe After Effects, Adobe® Photoshop software, or certain other image compositing applications more efficiently. A state recorder enables you to capture, edit, and save the current state, while a visual interface shows how compositing and render elements are wired together to create the final result. You can quickly set up and execute multiple render passes from a single file; individual passes can be modified without the need to re-render the whole scene, enhancing productivity.

Adobe After Effects Interoperability

If you use Adobe® After Effects® software, you’ll find a level of interoperability in Autodesk 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design that sets a higher standard for 2D/3D data exchange. The new Media Sync functionality provides two-way transfer of cameras, lights, null objects, plane objects/solids, footage, footage layering, blend modes, opacity, and effects; with it, you can iterate more effectively and reduce rework to complete projects in less time.