does anyone know any good websites to get materials for 3ds max? - I visit there often. If you go to the Discreet 3DS Max forum on that site, there’s a comprehensive thread on Mental Ray Shaders. You can also visit here: (simply amazing)

That should be a good start. :slight_smile:

also, does anyone know how to make objects transparent in 3ds max?

in the material dialogue box, set the opacity to a lower value