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I'm trying to duplicate a loop of faces on a bottle shape to create a label. I can do it successfully if I drag the duplicate faces away from the original bottle and then separate the vertices by selection. Problem is, when I leave the duplicate vertices in place and the try to separate them by selection, Blender then deletes the original faces underneath the new faces, leaving me with a hole in my bottle. What am I doing wrong?

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    $\begingroup$ Sounds like you might have Auto merge enabled in 3D view > Header. $\endgroup$ – gandalf3 Feb 23 '15 at 11:46
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, I'll take a look and see if it is. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Bricker Feb 23 '15 at 14:53
  • $\begingroup$ Where do I find "Auto Merge"? I looked and am not finding that option. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Bricker Feb 23 '15 at 18:41
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    $\begingroup$ Hey, I figured it out. You have to hit return/enter right after you hit Duplicate. This locks in the duplication. If you don't do that, Blender deletes the underlying verts once you do the separation step. Voila. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Bricker Feb 24 '15 at 3:14
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    $\begingroup$ @ThomasBricker Please add that as an answer below. $\endgroup$ – Ray Mairlot Feb 24 '15 at 14:42
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You have to hit Enter right after you hit Duplicate with Shift+D. This locks in the duplication. If you don't do that, Blender deletes the underlying verts once you do the separation step.

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