Before you can save your
work, you need to set a project in Maya.
A project is a file directory
that stores and organizes all of the files (scenes, images, materials,
textures, etc.) related to a particular scene. In Maya, you create
and work with a variety of file types and formats. The project directory allows
you to keep these different file types in their unique subdirectory
locations within the project directory.
You can create a new
project directory by choosing
File > Project > New. Alternatively,
you can choose an existing folder to act as the project directory if
you have prepared a folder in advance.
For these lessons, the
project directory will be the GettingStarted folder
that we have created for you. Here, you will find all the template
files that you need for the lessons, and you will save your work
as you learn. You need to copy the GettingStarted folder
to your Maya projects folder,
and then you need to set the GettingStarted folder
as the project directory in Maya.
To copy and set the GettingStarted folder
as your Maya project
- Navigate to the GettingStarted folder
that was installed with your Maya software. The location of this
folder depends on the operating system that you are using.
(Windows XP, Windows
Vista and Windows 7, 32 or 64-bit)
(Mac OS X)
- Copy the GettingStarted folder.
- Paste the GettingStarted folder
in one of the following locations, depending on the operating system
that you are using:
(Windows XP, 32 or 64-bit)
and Settings\<username>\My Documents\maya\projects
(Windows Vista or Windows
7, 32 or 64-bit)
(Mac OS X)
- In Maya, choose
File > Project > Set.
- Browse for the GettingStarted folder
that you pasted in your Maya projects directory
in step 3.
- Select the folder and click OK.