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I have applied materials simultaneously to individual objects with ctrl+l / materials, but the ald+d objects do not allow or show the applied materials. How do I apply a material, as I cannot even apply it to one? except the shift+d objects.

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To add materials go as you would for other objects. Material properties/new or brows. The material of a Alt D object is always linked by data until you change it under the material properties shown in the image below to object. Thank you Robin! enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ You can choose to associate materials with the Object, as opposed to its mesh (Data), if you want to. (Bottom right of the materials list for a selected object). So Alt-D objects whose Data is linked can have separate materials. But I confess, I still don't get what's up with the OP? $\endgroup$ – Robin Betts Dec 28 '19 at 20:38

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