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I need to separate the leaves of an apple tree from its trunk. The only thing defining the two is that they both have a different texture, so I wondered if there is any way to manage to separate the two? Currently I have this 'export selected' add-on: https://github.com/dairin0d/export-selected Which I plan to use to separate the two objects into different .blend files.

I'm not certain on how else to do this as the model is quite a mess vertex wise:

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Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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  • $\begingroup$ If trunk consists of linked geometry then it will be easier to select its vertex and run Ctrl+L to select linked geometry of the trunk and then invert the selection with Ctrl+I $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Aug 13, 2017 at 15:40

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Expanding on j.akshat's answer:

If you have only the two materials/textures and want to do it the easy way, you can Tab into edit mode and press P (Separate) > Material.

If you want a bit more control:

  • Go into face select mode.
  • Select any face with the material/texture you want to separate.
  • Press Shift+G (Select Similar) > Material in the resultant pop-up.
  • Press P > Selection.

After you do this, you can open another (or a new) .blend file and press Shift+F1 to import the object from the first file.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you all for the fast answers. This one worked the best for me. $\endgroup$
    – 92carmnad
    Aug 13, 2017 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ You're quite welcome, @92carmnad. Glad I could help. $\endgroup$
    – SilverWolf
    Aug 13, 2017 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ @RayMairlot, thanks for the keyboard formatting. I wasn't quite sure how to do those. $\endgroup$
    – SilverWolf
    Aug 13, 2017 at 17:06
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Yes there is a way.If they have different textures then you must have applied two different materials.Then you can go in edit mode and select the leaves by material and separate them.enter image description here

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The laves faces seems to be a way much larger than the trunk faces. Select similar(cntrl + G) by face area might work adjusting the threshold.

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