Which object should be selected when selected to active is checked for baking, the one I'm baking to or from? I can never remember which one.


The active object is the same no matter what action you are performing in blender.
The active object is always the object you selected last.
When using the default theme, the active object is outlined in yellow, and all other selected objects are in orange.

If you selected your object in the wrong order, you can just ShiftRMB RMB on the object again to make it the active object.

To remember the selection order for baking is simple when you know what the active object is. Just say selected to active. Now think, you are baking from the selected object to the active object.


The object you're baking to is selected, quickest way to remember this is that the active object is the object you're changing

  • $\begingroup$ This is backwards, the active object is the one that is changing. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 17 '14 at 20:28
  • $\begingroup$ @gandalf3 ??? excatly $\endgroup$ – GiantCowFilms Dec 17 '14 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ The object you want to bake from should be selected, not active.. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 17 '14 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ Selected != active. They are two different things, only one object can be active, and it doesn't have to be selected to be active. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 17 '14 at 23:10
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    $\begingroup$ @GiantCowFilms Activate? I've never seen it used like that though, as you usually make the active object active by selecting it. However if you deselect it by pressing A, its still active. In your answer you used selected as an adjective, so I don't seen any problem with just s/selected/active? $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Dec 18 '14 at 0:25

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