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I have a small issue when trying to merge two objects together

I am trying to add the following selection...

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to be part of the rest of my mesh by using CTRL +J, see below...

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However when I do, it splits the first selection in half, see below in yellow. Is this because the first selection no longer has a mirror modifier applied?

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On a slightly separate note, when I used shift/click to select both objects - shouldn't the first selection still have a darker outline? (see above second image, showing no outline...)

Many thanks

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    $\begingroup$ you need to apply the modifier before joining to make the geometry real. $\endgroup$ – cegaton Apr 5 '18 at 19:51
  • $\begingroup$ Grouping or Parenting might be a better option, if you don't want to apply your modifiers at this stage. $\endgroup$ – Robin Betts Apr 6 '18 at 8:30

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