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This seems an obviously desirable option for proportional editing: to be able to transform only selected elements, using, say, the active element as the center of falloff. Is there a Blender way to achieve this reasonably quickly?

I know it can be done by hiding the elements you wish to remain untransformed, but often you want to see them during the transformation.

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    $\begingroup$ nope. proportional editing works by affecting the surrounding unselected vertices. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Apr 30, 2018 at 13:34
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    $\begingroup$ I wonder whether there are any major obstructions to scripting this, apart from my lack of expertise. I imagine you could use vertex weights? $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Apr 30, 2018 at 17:07

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One workaround is to select the vertices that you want to leave unaffected and press H to hide them. Proportional editing will only have effect on the visible geometry.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, as I mentioned in the OP, that does seem to be the Blender way, at the moment, but I really would like to see the unaffected geometry while I'm shoveling stuff around. $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Apr 30, 2018 at 17:07
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In Object Mode, simply lock the transforms of the objects you don't want to be affected : in the Properties pannel (T), clic the locks next to the Location/Rotation/Scale properties.

In Edit mode, I don't think it's possible.

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