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Creating Categories in DAZ Studio
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Published: June 14, 2012
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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!
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galene21 Digital Artist
Thanks!It helped me a lot!!!
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
I'm glad! Thanks for taking a look!
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galene21 Digital Artist
Really helpfull, thanks your tutorial I created some new categories, it's a quick advantage on working with daz.
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
Categories can be useful if you tend to use the same content in multiple images. Glad it was useful!
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galene21 Digital Artist
Yes, really usefull, I'm following the others tutorials, it help me a lot, it take long time to create such tuto, thanks again for your dedication.
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TracyWongProfessional Digital Artist
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! 
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
You're very welcome, I'm glad it can help! 
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
Thanks.  :)
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_your quite welcome_``~...
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AnjMirageHobbyist General Artist
thanks for this! content libraries in daz studio are insane. i feel like i spend just as much time searching for items as i do creating the actual picture. this is going to help tremendously.
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
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).   :)
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Cyprine2013Hobbyist Digital Artist
and here is to create smart content fav.me/d6ctii8
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
Thanks, that looks like a good tutorial.  :)
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Cyprine2013Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thanks:
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thankyou very much i m pretty sure this will save me a lot of work in finding the files again and again...
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
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). :)
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RaxatechHobbyist Digital Artist
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.)
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
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!
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RaxatechHobbyist Digital Artist
I knew about the custom action option but it really only works for a few options without getting cluttered.  I set up the custom some custom categories last night and found them immediately useful.  :)
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Estroyer Digital Artist
Someone at DAZ pointed this out to me, thank you!
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
I hope it can help, thank you for taking a look!
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tymora11Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, I've been trying to figure out how to do this! Thanks!
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SnowSultan Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad it can help!
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