I have a strange effect on my model. I modeled the Portal Companion Cube and since there's a lot of similar objects, I created deep linked duplicates of them to make easy adjustments to all of them.
Since I wanted all objects on the same UV Map I use the TextureAtlas add-on to keep the separated objects but edit the UV all at once. But I noticed that half of the objects that I duplicated flipped their normals as soon as I pressed "StartManualUnwrap". Fixing the normals in that mode doesn't help since I assume what the Addon does is create a merged copy of the object, to the change doesn't translate back to the original.
What I don't get is why only half of the objects are inverted whereas the other half is just fine. AFAIK the deep link means the geometry exists only once and all instances link to it, so how can it be different?
I also tried to unlink them all, but the effect remains. The only way to get gid of it is to merge all objects and fix the normals. But that way, I lose the option to bake all objects separately by mesh name in Substance Painter.