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I have downloaded a free model for my current project and spotted those different colors on Scale, Rotation, Location, and other properties.

What do these different colors signify? What is the meaning of various possible color overlays on UI properties buttons?

The very same model after Ctrl + C Ctrl + V to my project file disappeared after a while.

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  • $\begingroup$ Ok guys it is conneted with animation. For some reason person who created this model add an animation witch makes my model shrink to 0.0001 scale. SO when I pressed spacebar by mistake I just shrinked my model and couldn't see it :D $\endgroup$ – BatatasFritas Aug 12 at 15:27
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Button colors match their respective property state in relation to animations.

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  • Grey/Theme Colored - Unchanged, non animated value
  • Green - Property is animated but not keyframed at the current frame
  • Yellow - Property is animated and keyframed at the current frame
  • Orange - Value is changed but doesn't currently match the evaluated/keyframed animation for this frame. This happens when you changed the property but haven't yet keyframed the new value, it will jump back to the keyframed/evaluated value stored in the file if a new keyframed is not inserted, leading to potential data loss. The stronger orange color should warn the user of its unsaved state.
  • Blue - Property is overridden. This is only for libraries, or linked data from other external blend files. It means the value differs from the default value stored in the remote library, and has a new locally defined data override.
  • Purple - Property has a Driver, an expression or simple math function that automatically controls its value according to input calculated from other properties/objects.
  • Red - Error state (used more frequently in modifiers or constrains). The property either has an invalid value, is disabled or producing no visible effect. In the example below a Subdivision modifier has zero subdivisions both for viewport and rendered output and is thus effectively disabled for all intents and purposes, making its name red despite no harmful errors occurring.

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Have in mind that all these colors are editable though, so while most themes try to stay close to these defaults, nothing stops them from setting something completely different.

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It means that some keyframes have been created for the selected object and for these particular values. The light brown means that your timeline cursor is placed on a frame where you've created keyframes. The brown means that you've transformed your object (here the object scales) but haven't saved these values with any keyframes for the moment.

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