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Is there a way to move vertices away from each other without using scale?

I have two groups of vertices that I want to move away from each other the same distance in both directions. I know that I can grab them all and then scale away from the pivot point, but the problem is that it distorts the groups.

Before Scale: enter image description here

After Scale: enter image description here

How can I do this without scale, and without having to move the groups individually?

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  • $\begingroup$ Are you sure you are selecting Vertices not Edges before scaling ? Can you share the blend file ? I ll give it a try $\endgroup$
    – Tune
    Oct 29, 2023 at 23:19
  • $\begingroup$ Hello, Glen, it would be great if you could share your file on blend-exchange.com for @Tune. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Robin Betts
    Oct 30, 2023 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ Hi @Tune thanks for your offer, I appreciate it, but Robin nailed it for me ;) $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2023 at 18:38

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This move is a relative translation, not a scale. For a symmetrical object like this one, you could either work under a Mirror modifier, or use the 'Mesh Symmetry' setting in the header:

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In this orientation, the operation is GX

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  • $\begingroup$ Robin thank you for this. I've tried using the Mesh Symmetry option so many times and it never worked (no idea why) so I thought it must be for something else beyond my understanding. Now in this instance it is working exactly how I always figured it should, but prior to your post I had abandoned all hope of using it. So thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for ;) $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2023 at 18:36

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