Hello everyone, my name is Destral. A lot of people might know me as thedarkarcon4 on youtube and Toa Kaita on several forums, like scifi-meshes. I figured I'd bring a bit of activity to this place by showing off a tutorial I made in the past. This tutorial will show you how to create ringed planets with detail in 3ds Max, utilizing a sphere, particle systems, and a cylinder or two.
OK, for starters, create a sphere with a radius of 10 and 12 segments The more segments you have in your sphere, the longer the render times will take, so I'm going to use 12 in this tutorial. Center it in the middle of your work station. Next add a Noise Modifier to it. In the noise Parameters menu, give these settings:
Seed: (Whatever number you wish)
Fractal must be checked.
Strength: X 25, Y 25, Z 25
This will give us our asteroid. But we want it to have materials on it, correct? Well you may choose whatever material you wish for this asteroid, as long as it’s dull, grey, and has a lot of craters in it. For this tutorial I’m going to use the standard 3ds max moon map.
Next, copy your sphere as a Copy instead of Instance. This sphere will be modified as follows:
Delete the noise modifier on this sphere as it is not needed. Then grab your favorite planet material and apply it to the sphere.
Then create a Tube, centered in the middle of your workstation. Apply these settings:
Radius 1: 3000
Radius 2: 2000
Height Segs: 1
Cap Segs: 1
Then Go into Object Properties and uncheck “Renderable.” I’ll explain why later.
OK, next we will be creating a Particle Flow Particle System. Go into your “Create” Tab and click the dropdown arrow and select Particle Systems. Create a PF Source.
Once you have created your PF Source click Particle View.
In the Particle view, look at event 1 and click on “Birth 01.” In the Birth 01 Modifier tab set these settings:
Emit Start: 0
Emit Stop: 0
Next, add a “Position Object” Modifier into Event 1. Then click it, and choose your Tube as an Emitter Object. This is the reason why we unchecked "Renderable" before, so in the final render, we see the asteroids instead of the cylinder overtop of them. Change the location from “Surface” to “Volume.”
Delete your “Speed” Modifier.
Leave your “Rotation” Modifier alone for now.
Now, delete your “Shape” Modifier and replace it with a “Shape Instance” Modifier. For your Particle Geometry Object, select your Asteroid Sphere.
Now render it and you should have an effect something like this.
Pretty sweet, eh? Now do you want one ring or two rings?
If you want two rings, keep reading.
Select your Tube and give it these settings:
Radius 1: 2000
Radius 2: 1500
Now create another tube. Give it these settings:
Height Segs: 1
Cap Segs: 1
As before, go into the object properties of the tube and uncheck “Renderable.”
Now, go back and select your PF Source, and enter Particle View. Now go to Event 1, select the “Position Object” Modifier, and add your second tube. You should get an effect like this (Glows not included).
That’s my tutorial, I hope it helps.
CREDIT: Kristian Foshaug @ 3d Total for his ‘Asteroids’ Tutorial and inspiring me to make my own