Modeling stitching in 3Ds Max

I’ve had quite a few requests for a stitching tutorial, so here it is.

I’ll show you 2 methods – a quick and easy one that’s ok for 90% of the time and a more advanced one that’s perfect for those high quality close-ups.

Both of the methods rely on creating some splines from your furniture/cushion/pillow geometry. It’s a good idea to think about the necessary edges while modeling the object. It can make the process a bit quicker (for this example I had to do some changes to the object geometry, so if you want to get straight to action, you can skip the first 7 minutes of the video).

I hope you find the tutorial useful ;)

61 thoughts on “Modeling stitching in 3Ds Max

  1. Excellent!

    I am in the middle of making a bed that has a stitched leather section…you have read my mind :-)

    Your tutorials are superb, thank you very much for taking the time to create them, and this website.

    Best wishes,


  2. I am always impressed by the quality and the work you do, thank you again

  3. omg .. another impressive tutorial

  4. Anotare great tutorial!!! Thanks for share…

  5. big THANKS!.

  6. Thank you very much! Now just make one of your lessons! Thank you and good luck!



    big THANKS

  8. Alvaro - Brazil

    Congratulations, like file (pillow.max) to exercise class.

  9. Spacing tool is more convenient for distribution.

    • The problem with spacing tool is that it doesn’t have “allow upside down” option. This causes weird behavior on many splines – objects on some segments are turned in the wrong direction.

  10. Austris,ты гений!!!

  11. thank you very much for your lesson ))!I need a volume light with vray light through the window. Can you make a tutorial for this

  12. Thank you very much!

  13. Great Appreciated this useful tutorial.

  14. Trust You,
    You are DEsigner ;)

  15. As always breathtaking. As for tutorials and instructions on 3ds max, you are the highest class. Sometimes I thought that I try to Maya or Cinema 4D. But I always stopped – I would lose all of your tutorials for 3ds max (of course – some things are transferable). It’s a lot of tutorials on 3ds max – digitaltutors, youtube, etc. Free and paid. But your are, as I mentioned, the first class. Thank you and I hope we will see more and more instructions in less time than ever before. I bow down to the ground.

  16. Really helpful… you have patience man.. great

  17. WOW) i was always looking for this kind of tutorial! Thanks very very much!Regards!

  18. Great!

  19. Thank so much! like it

  20. This tuto is simply avesome¡¡¡¡ Thx a lot…

  21. Thank you! Я вас обожаю!

  22. Austris
    you are the best!!
    gooooood tutorial.
    thank you

  23. thanks austris.

  24. thank you very much

  25. Thanks for this Kind Sharing; Good Luck :-O)

  26. Thanks Austris!! great work like Always!

  27. Thank you , your work always great

  28. This time -unlike the previous- I can’t see the tutorial with my android mobile.

  29. Great work men! Effective tutz always!

  30. Thank you very much! and good luck for you

  31. This is an interesting approach deserves close attention.
    I use a similar technology, but with some differences.
    Creating a spline shape is no different from this method.
    But then, on top of the newly created spline insert “Normalize spline” modifier.
    By adjusting the parameters of the modifier achieves the desired size with spline segments (the size of one stitch).
    1.”Convert to editable spline”;
    2. Turn on “Enable in render” and “Enable in Viewport”.
    3.Select all the vertices and break them.
    4.And on top of the stack is inserted “Turbosmooth” modifier with one iteration.

    The stitches are ready.

    Further, for a more realistic looking we can apply a gradient map as described in this tutorial.

    This process takes about the same time as the above described method
    Sorry for my english )))

  32. Austris, muy bien, muchas gracias por tu sinergia y altruismo con nosotros.

    Dios te bendiga.

  33. Thank you, this your tutorial nice.

  34. thank you
    شكرا لك على مجهودك الذي تبذله فدروسك جدا رائعة نشكرك على كل ما تقدمه ونتمنى لك حيات سعيدة ونتمنى ان نرى دروس جديدة لك عن كيفية صنع الانميشن والمشاهد المتحركة عن طريق الفيراي والماكس شكرا لك

  35. Thanks a lot!

  36. it’s very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very Good

  37. oh!!! it´s amazing, thanx..

  38. as always… you are the best… thank you for free tutorial…

  39. Dear Austris

    Please make a tutorial of any one walk through. I don’t know how to make walk through in architect industry. I really need that.

  40. very veryyyyyyyyyyyyyy thank you

  41. impressive again thanks for efforts

  42. Another great tutorial! Thank you so much! ;)

  43. Thank you very are the best I’ve ever seen.

  44. very Good

  45. very nice, didn’t watch it yet, but I can not expect less than brilliant. Thank you.

  46. THanks you very much sir.Big help for people like us starting and doing 3dviz.Thank you very much.

  47. Супер сайт!!!

  48. Very nice!This Tutorials is free? I can’t see it!

  49. great tutorial!
    do you think you could explain how to make a realistic looking vray glitter material that would also be realistic looking in video?

  50. Thank you very much! good luck

  51. Thank you ……

  52. Ur awesome!

  53. Thank you very much!

  54. Thank you very much!

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