A quick tutorial on how to gather a bunch of content together where it can easily be found in DAZ Studio without having to actually move any files around. It should come in handy if you have characters that you use often (like me) or if you're working on any large project where you need to use a lot of elements from many different products.
Now like JGN79 said below, of course it's a lot easier to just assemble a figure and save it as a Scene file, and I do that as well. This way is useful as backup (since sometimes Scene files can have issues between versions), or just to gather everything in one place if you want to quickly test materials on individual items or before working on a big scene.
I hope it can be helpful and thanks for taking a look!
This is so helpful! My files are a MESS and I can't find a thing. SO many freebies that are just floating around all willy nilly all over the place under random categories ....ahhhhh. lol THIS is going to save my sanity for sure! Thank you!
Thanks, I'm glad it can help! I don't actually use Categories much these days but they can be a useful feature. Just be careful when updating Studio, I lost what few categories I had created when I updated (probably why I don't use them now).
You're welcome, I hope it can help! I've also found it useful for collecting things like trees and plants, floor/ground planes, and other items that may be scattered everywhere and also may not show up in a search (because people give them all kinds of weird names).
This is exactly the use I had in mind when I came across your tutorial. Besides universal scene items, I'm likely going to add my favorite Iray shader directories so I don't have to keep swapping as I work. (I tend to re-shade things immediately after adding them into the scene.)
Things have changed a bit in Studio 4.9, you can create your own folders within Studio and drag 'shortcuts' from the Smart Content panel to the Content Library panel to create custom folders without having to use the Categories. However way you choose should help you keep the files you use most often handy. Another very useful method that I like is to right-click on an item in your Content Library and choose "Create Custom Action". A link to it will appear in a Scripts menu item in the top bar, and you can move them around through the Customize... feature later. Hope it helps!