A Maya project can consist of many files in various categories. To keep all this data structured, Maya uses a defined project structure. It is important to use a Project to make sure all relevant data can always be located. You may run into trouble, especially with file textures when you don't use this structure or when you forget to Set your project.
Some typical locations for different types of files within your project
- Maya scene files (.mb) are stored in the scenes/ directory.
- all pictures used as file textures are stored here.
- all rendered images data are store by Maya are saved here.