USING MARVELOUS DESIGNER PROJECT FILES

One thing that I really like about Marvelous Designer (MD) is you can save your entire project in one file in one file, which is not only a time saver but very convenient.  Saving your work as a Project will include your garment, the pattern pieces for the garment, and a copy of the model you were working from.  It also may save objects you have in your scene, but I personally have not worked with other imported objects yet so am not 100% sure of this.  You will need to try it yourself...send me an IM in-world and let me know.  Also, I believe if you have the most expensive professional version of the software it will also save any animations you have added. 

One of the huge benefits of using project files is if you are going to use different models, such as the 5 SL Standard Sizes.  Yes, I know "fitted mesh" is suppose to be the grand thing but, it doesn't always work well with all AV.  My suggestion and that of others is make a couple of sizes of "fitted mesh" to cover more AVs and you will have really happy customers.  So Project files are a really nice feature of Marvelous Designer.  If you have not experimented yet, you might give it try.


HOW TO SAVE A PROJECT FILE

I may have went over this in the past, but it doesn't hurt repeating the information since more and more people seem to be starting out with Marvelous Designer.  These instructions should be the same for both MD3 & MD4. 

1) Go to the top FILE MENU
2) Click SAVE AS (should give you a side menu)
3) Mouse over and click PROJECT
4) SAVE the file to a on your hard drive (I save to my desktop for convenience & move it later)

Once the file is saved, you can close Marvelous Designer and come back to your project at a later time. 

HOW TO USE A PROJECT FILE. 

1) Open Marvelous Designer as you normally would. 
2) CLEAR the Avatar in the default scene. 
3) Go to the top FILE MENU 
4) Click NEW
5) When it asks you if you wish to save the default pattern, CLICK NO. (This default pattern should open each time you open Marvelous Designer)
6) On the FILE MENU, CLICK OPEN
7) Mouse over and click PROJECT
8) NAVIGATE to your PROJECT file on your hard drive. 
Only those files with the extension of .ZPrj will be available for you to open.
9) CLICK ON the appropriate file to open it. 

You can experiment with skipping steps 2-5 and start with step 6. I had some issues with some residual pieces and things not working appropriately in an older version of Marvelous Designer; thus, I started using steps 2-5 in my workflow. It is just a personal habit. 

If you wish to keep your project "as is" before you work on it, once it is open, follow the steps of how to save your project file from above and give it a new name.  It will keep the original file intact and you will have a exact copy to work on.  If you make a mistake, you can always trash the current working copy and reopen the original.  I find this pretty handy at times.

The one thing I do find annoying, you cannot simply SAVE your project file after working on it.  If you try to SAVE it,  it will only SAVE the simulated garment.  You have to SAVE the PROJECT file again via SAVE AS and give it a new name.  This can either be handy if you are doing your work in stages, but can also be a great annoyance since you have already created a new project file from your original.   Sometimes, repetition can be good and often a life saver.

I hope you find this information useful!

Happy Creating!
Morgaine

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