Select File > Project Window.
The Project Window lets you create new Maya projects, set the location of project files, and change the names and locations of existing projects.
New – Click New to create a new project.
Current Project – Displays the project name.
Location – Displays the location of a the current project. When you create a new project, click the browse icon to navigate to the location you want to use for your project files.
A set of folders will be created at your desired location. Use the folder
- scenes – for your Maya scene files
- sourceimages – for your Textures
- movies – for your Playblasts
- images – for your rendered images.
Select File > Save Scene As to save your Maya scene file to the “scenes” folder within your project. It is recommended to save different states of your project at least once a day. You can manually add a prefix, for instance “20160225_My_Project.mb” or just use File > Increment & Save. Maya then automatically adds a consecutively numbered suffix, for instance “My_Project.0001.mb”. Now your folder structure on your hard drive should look like this: