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How do I scale from one side side only?

I want to keep the left side of a object in place, but scale it smaller from the right.

See this screen shot:

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I want it to end up like this:

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But I had to scale and move to get that.

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Why do you need to scale? Just grab the vertices on the "right side" in edit mode and move them to the left. – Ocaso Protal Jan 17 '14 at 7:32
@OcasoProtal yea but that won't keep the origin relative. – Petah Jan 17 '14 at 7:37
@Petah Why not recenter the origin afterwards? – gandalf3 Jan 17 '14 at 7:46
@gandalf3 yes in this case recentering the origin after moving the vertices would work. But in other situations this would not be the case. – Petah Jan 17 '14 at 8:20
@Petah Unless you have your origin placed in a really strange spot (i.e. not relative to any geometry) then I can't think of any cases where this isn't the case. You can always position it using the 3D cursor. – gandalf3 Jan 17 '14 at 8:27
up vote 15 down vote accepted

Set the Pivot Point to 3D Cursor and the 3D Cursor to the end that should not move while scaling.

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For an exact position you may want to snap the 3D Cursor to the selection (Mesh -> Snap -> Cursor to Selection).

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Another option is to try vertex slide in edit mode. Select the vertices you want to move and press GG.

Note: this is specific to mesh edit-mode and assumed you have topology which can slide.

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I tried this, but it also seems to shrink them too. Also in edit mode it is easy enough to move the vertices as per the comments on the question. – Petah Jan 17 '14 at 8:24

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