..::Deconstructing the Elements gallery::..
Focal Press, co-published with Autodesk
The following are image results and animations (each effect is fully animated as applicable) of the 28 tutorials which are included in the third edition - 16 of which are in print and 12 are as video tutorials.
I've also listed the results of the 30 written tutorials available in the 2nd edition which comes as a free download with the 3rd edition (28 of which are in the 1st edition) and the additional 6 video tutorials which come with them (4 in the 1st edition).
In essence, if you grab the third edition, you get everything below...!!
Second Edition (including First Edition content):
Second Edition reviews
3D World Magazine #82: 9/10 - "This title really is at the forefront of 3ds Max effects manuals... an absolute must-have for Max artists. "
Amazon.com - "I first heard of Pete Draper's book from a fellow classmate who currently owns a first edition copy. Just thumbing through the tutorials my jaw dropped.
Deconstructing the Elements has fast become the keystone to many students personal 3ds Max libraries. (We have even been recommending it to our teachers) The tutorials are laid out fantastically and teach you as much about the concepts as well as `how to.'
Deconstructing the Elements is the best resource for anyone who wants to learn elemental effects and particle systems within 3ds Max. I can't wait for this book..."
First Edition reviews
3D World Magazine #58: 9/10 - "... an impressive volume of special effects tutorials ... it aims to expand readers' max knowledge by adding those really exciting set pieces which you thought were only possible with expensive plug-ins"
Rendernode.com - " This book is just amazing! Produced by an old (old?! OLD?! sheesh...! - Pete) CG pioneer, Peter Draper, this book contains very complicated tutorials that he explains in a very easy way for readers to understand ... I don't think there's an excuse for not buying this book. It's a gold mine that will enrich your skills for a very low cost."
Amazon.com - " This book delves deeply into the mechanics of creating great vfx inside Max all without using plugins. This should be part of the manuals that come with the product. Well written, well researched and, in the end, GREAT effects. Draper writes with flair and is easily understood. It's clear to me that he really did his work on this one. As well, the quality of book itself is right up there... In a day and age when disposable is the middle name ... this one book fits in the keeper category. (it sits beside my computer...)"
The following PDF is taken directly from the first edition of the book to give you an idea of the book's content and structure for each tutorial, plus what is included for each tutorial on the DVD-ROM... / electronic download so it is a bit of a heavy download.
Introduction section, full page Analysis of the Effect (with reference material - tons more on the DVD-ROM / electronic download (3rd edition)) Walkthough - broken into sections and steps with each step having its own screenshot (full-size versions on the DVD-ROM / electronic download (3rd edition)) and information breakdown, and finishing with the Taking it Further section where we discuss how to adapt the scene further (Taking it Further sample 3ds max files also included where relevant)
||Deconstructing the Elements with 3ds max - Sample Tutorial - Grasses (39Mb zip file including reference material & full PDF) (note: chapter taken from first edition, therefore tutorial numbering is different from the samples listed for the 2nd edition)