Practical 3D Tips #1: Save Incrementally

If you’ve ever had one of those days where you spill your coffee, you arrive at work late, your computer takes forever to load, and then you lose access to your files – this tip is for you.

I can’t do anything about your coffee or being late, but with this tip I can make sure your files are suitable for use. What I’m about to tell you will save you untold hours of stress and frustration over your career; Interested?

Saving incrementally (by using the ‘+’ button instead of ‘Save’) will save your files, your time and potentially any colleagues in range when it all goes pear-shaped.

Disaster waiting to happen:

Picture this; you go ahead and try to open that file you’ve been working on for the last three days solid. It refuses to open because the file’s corrupted. Nervously, you try it again – your program crashes straight away and gives you another error report.

Alternatively, you work on the file for a few hours before realizing that you’ve made a huge mistake. You need to go back several steps and your undo button doesn’t reach. You’d saved over your old file less than five minutes ago, the base you started with is long gone and now you’ll have to manually undo everything you’ve done over the last few hours.

Imagine the amount of time and effort you’ve just wasted in either of those situations. Doesn’t it make you sick?

Light at the end of the tunnel.

Now let’s look at how they could have gone with a little more preparation;

Your file’s corrupted, so you go ahead and open the previous file without a problem. You’ve maybe lost about half an hour’s work.

There’s been a mistake made in your project and you have to go back to fix it; no problem, you just load the previous file and continue working from exactly where you need to.

Action Steps:

1. Create a folder for your project; name it something meaningful and name your initial file as something you can instantly recognize.

2. Every time you make an important or meaningful change, choose to save.

3. Instead of clicking ‘Save’ click ‘+’.


Using those three steps consistently may seem like a waste of time and storage space at first, there’s a definite argument for that. However I can guarantee you that at some point in your 3D career, probably several points, without using this simple trick you’re going to get burned.

Taking a little time to save now, will prevent missed deadlines, unhappy co-workers or clients, stress, and hours of work in the future. Boring; yes. Does it work? I’ll let you be the judge, however I’d swear by it.

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