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).
Launch Maya and choose File > Project > New.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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