Starting a Project
Maya 2012 Tutorial
How to Start a Maya Project
Maya projects contain multiple directories (folders) and provide a simple way to keep all your project assets organized. For instance, in a project there are multiple folders; one for the project scenes, another for your textures and yet another for your line art from Illustrator.
Launch Maya and choose File > Project Window. Click the New button in the Project Window panel.
Give your project a name (no spaces) and click the folder icon to set a location for the project. Click the Select button to accept the location.
Click the Accept button at the bottom of the dialog box.
Click File > Set Project to navigate to your new project folder.
Click Set to connect to your new project.
Save your scene in the scenes folder by choosing File > Save Scene. The scene should be saved in your project's scenes folder.
Common Project Folders
Whenever you create a project in Maya several folders are created. Each folder is used by the program to store various files. The following is a list of the more common folders and their contents.
data - Illustrator Files
images - Rendered Images and Movies
scenes - Project Scenes
sourceimages - Textures
Five Reasons to Use Projects
Projects are the best way organize your Maya documents and are always recommended because:
1 - Maya knows where to place your rendered movie files.
2 - Your textures now have relative links.
3 - You can easily find your textures and Illustrator files for editing.
4 - Backing up is easy because everything is in one folder.
5 - Collaborating with others is simple because everything is organized.