I first discovered some workflow shortcomings of blender 2.8 when I asked " In blender 2.8 how do you make a local instance of an object in use by multiple scenes? "

Now that I understand collections a little bit more, I can describe what is going on.

When you use New Scene>Linked Copy you end up with linked instances of all your objects, but for objects inside a collection (which is the case for the camera, cube, and light in the default scene) you do not have access to a "make local" button in the object panel. That is because there is only one User of the object: Its Collection.

The collection has been linked to both scenes and that is the "problem".

I can not find a way to make a scene-local copy of that collection.

  • Right-clicking on the collection in the outliner brings up a menu with no obvious solutions
  • I have not found a tab to manage the properties of a Collection (which would be the natural place for a Make Local button.) This makes collections like second-class citizens compared to objects, meshes, materials, etc.

When I imagine a Make Local operation for collections the obvious (to me) functionality would

  • create a new collection which has links to every object in the original collection (objects, subcollections, other things I have not yet realized can belong to collections)
  • link this newly created collection to the same container of the original collection (which might be the scene, or might be a parent collection)
  • unlink the original collection from its parent in this context, leaving the fresh copy as its replacement.

A complication that I only realized while creating the list above: if the collection is a subcollection (its parent is a collection instead of a scene), it won't immediately become scene-local, because the scene still has the shared parent collection. (maybe another operator we need for this is "make local recurse up")

What am I overlooking? Where is the button/menu that will let me make a scene-local copy of a collection?

  • $\begingroup$ You are overlooking, that when you RMB click on the collection and choose ID data > Make Single User the info bar shows: not implemented yet, because this feature seems to be not implemented yet. Meanwhile, can't you use New Scene > Link Object Data? $\endgroup$
    – Leander
    Sep 6, 2019 at 16:52
  • $\begingroup$ That operation does not appear on the menu when right-clicking on the menu in the Scenes mode of the Outliner. It does appear in the View Layer mode (which I had not looked at). It is not clear to me why the two views have different menus for the collections object, but maybe it is a philosophical difference. $\endgroup$
    – Mutant Bob
    Sep 6, 2019 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ Using New Scene > Link Object Data is NOT what I want. I want most objects to be shared between the two scenes, and only a few to be scene-local. $\endgroup$
    – Mutant Bob
    Sep 6, 2019 at 20:42


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