Starting a Project

Starting a Project

Maya 8.0 Tutorial


How to Start a Project in Maya



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 (scenes), another for your textures (sourceimages) and yet another for your line art from Illustrator (data).


Step One

Launch Maya and choose File > Project > New.

Step Two

In the name dialog box give your project a name (no spaces) and click the Browse button to select a location for the project.

Click the Choose button to accept the location.

Step Three

Click the Use Defaults button at the bottom of the dialog box. This creates the folder names for each of the project components.

For instance, saved scenes go in the scenes folder and rendered movies are placed in the images folder.

Step Four

Click the Accept button and your new project is created. To connect to the new project, choose File > Project > Set and navigate to your project folder.

Step Five

This would be a good time to save your scene. Choose File > Save Scene. The scene should be placed the new project's scenes folder.

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.

Making Sure the Project is Set

To verify that the project is set, open the Render Settings. At the top of the panel, Common tab, you can tell that the project is set by noting the path to the project's images folder.

You can also tell if the project is set by choosing, File > Project > Edit Current. The current project is listed at the top of the panel after the Name title.

Project Folders

Whenever you create a project, Maya adds a series of folders (aka directories) to help you keep things organized.

Commonly used folders and their contents include:

data - Illustrator files

images - rendered movies and still images

sound - sound files

sourceimages - textures