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How can I reuse existing materials, objects, etc from an existing .blend?

I have created several designs for a particular project and they are related, but I don't want to have to keep recreating any similar elements, such as shared materials or textures. How can I use the ...
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How to add an object from another scene? [duplicate]

I'm am trying to create a scene in Blender, by adding in another object from a previously created scene that is on a separate .blend file. How can I do this? I have tried to append an object from one ....
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How to Link/Append a data-block using the Python API?

I'm searching a way to append a group in Python. It should behave exactly like the Append function (ShiftF1) works, all objects should be local and editable. The idea is to append a character (with ...
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How do i copy material from one .blend file to another? [duplicate]

I have two different files (rigs) which I would like to append one to the other, I did this by appending the object of one. Although now the material of this object is missing. How do i append it?
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What is the differance between Linking and Appending an external blend?

What is the differance between Linked and Appended data from external .blend files?
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How to link/append with a Python script? [duplicate]

I want to append an element from another Blend file by a script. I found the Blender operator bpy.ops.wm.append which should do what I want. However, the API documentation is a bit unclear: ...
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Is there a way to merge multiple blend files?

I have around 100 separate .blend files that have one material each, is there a way to merge the materials from all of these blend files into one? I am trying to do this to add the materials into the ...
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How to get nodes from one .blend file into another? [duplicate]

I have two .blend files, and I want to get nodes from one into the other .blend file.
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How to append parent object from an external file including all the children?

I would like to append a very complicated hierarchy tree from another file. The file has multi-level parent-children relations and I'd like to append the whole structure just by appending it's main ...
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Respect unit scale when linking or appending objects

Appending/linking the same object with the same metric size from Blender files with different unit scales in Blender 2.8 results in objects of different sizes. It seems, Blender respects only the ...
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How can I import materials from another blender file with python?

I have many files containing different parts of my blender internal material collection. How can I make a script which imports all of them into another blend file?
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Particle Settings Link/Transfer

I'm just wondering, is there a way to transfer Particle System Settings from one .blend file to another? Something related to how appending and/or linking works. For example, I have x.blend which ...
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Append Texture Coordinates

I have a chessboard object that I've appended to the file. However, no matter what I do I can't edit the behavior of the texture coordinates. 3d Texture view and UV window clearly show the appropriate ...
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Append group with Python API [duplicate]

I want to append a group with the Python API, like I would normally do with File > append. I already tested this solution: How to Link/Append a data-block using the Python API?, and this one: How to ...
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Appended or Linked Hair Particles not like original Hair Particles

The hair of my character changes radically when brought into a new file, as either Appended or Linked - see images. As a work around I have created a new copy of the character and then rather linked ...
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How to add a custom object entry to the add menu?

Hello I am creating an addon for blender. I have rigged a character, with controller handlers, sliders to control the rig, etc. I need now to understand how to create a custom 3D menu to append the ...
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Append function in menu is greyed. What can I do to fix it?

I'm trying to add an object from a previous project, but in the File menu bar the append option appears greyed out. If I press Shift + F1, I can browse between the folder of my PC, but when I click on ...
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Has appending lights and cameras been deprecated?

I find in recent versions (2.69a, 2.7, 2.71) of Blender that I cannot append lights or cameras from one ~.Blend file to another. The documentation suggests that this used to be possible in versions ...
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Removing corrupt object

I have a corrupt object in my master scene. It can't be seen anywhere else than in the outliner. I can select it (in the outliner) but I can't delete it. It happen to be so that this corrupt/lost ...
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Appending an object brings duplicated objects

I have a scene with three sets of three bricks, nine in total. I created eight of them by duplicating the first one and modifying them. In another scene I append one of the bricks. I get the brick I ...
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How to get rid of garbage data in blend file

I'm having a problem that by appending collections from scene to scene (or shot to shot) the blend files are inflating in size (well over 1GB already), although they contain more or less the same ...
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Crowd Scene: Generating many characters with random clothing objects

I'm working on a small crowd scene and trying to figure out the best way to set it up from a workflow perspective. I have addons or particle systems to place the characters, but I need to generate a ...
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How to append many objects without appending materials [duplicate]

Is there any option, to append many objects without appending their materials? Example: I have scene1.blend with cube object ...
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Is it possible to get the file path to the .blend file that a linked object came from programmatically?

I am trying to find a list of all file paths that are appended/linked in a .blend file through the Blender API, I need to run a script in each appended/linked file to change materials so in turn the ...
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Bringing in Multiple Animations of a Single Armature to Be Used For One Animation

I have created 3 animations using one rig in separate .blend files, a walk in place, run in place, and a simple front flip. If I were to create a new file with this rig in it, how would I go about ...
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Problem appending a Node Group in Blender 2.71

I am currently having a problem while attempting to append a Node Group into a new file. I think I have followed the steps correctly; I created the node configuration, selected all the nodes, Ctrl + ...
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Animation not working after appending node group

I have a question concerning node groups and animation. I have a project in two files, both containing node animations. But, how can I merge the two node configurations together?. Of course I can re-...
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Append python script for Blender 2.8 [duplicate]

I'm trying to write a script to append an Object or a Collection from a blend file to a new file. Can someone please point what I'm doing wrong? ...
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Can't append in Blender

I have a problem and I don't know why. The append option for my file is gray and doesn't work, but, this problem is only for my file. The append button works for all my other files. This the file ...
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Change linked object to appended?

I have linked maybe 20 objects into one blender file, but now I want to change it to appended objects. I want to use this blender file in Unity, and it seems the objects get broken if I include linked ...
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How can I append an object from an external blender file using a relative path with Python?

How do I append a custom object from an external blender file using relative paths so I can pack the file with the addon? I can append the file easily with absolute path like this but I could fined ...
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How to imitate Ambient Occlusion in Cycles?

I created an object with some basic shading and Ambient Occlusion switched on and thus getting the right look. Now that I need to paste it in my main project (through Append) I need the same effect ...
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Appending Materials

I am trying to append models from a separate blender file. The objects get appended but the associated material do not show up in the new blender file. The materials show up in the materials tab with ...
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can't transform the object

I downloaded Minecraft blocks and append one of the objects to another blender file. but I can't move this yellow box which I appended from the file (I tried to move this with G from the keyboard as ...
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How to merge all identical materials into one?

I have made some trees to make a forest and each tree has its own file. Now I have appended them into one file and now I have like 40 unnecessary materials which are completely the same and each is ...
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transfering compositing nodes with render layer nodes

I have two projects. In one I have a lot of compositing nodes including a lot of render layer nodes. I have found a way to append nodes but it does not work with render layer nodes. Is there a way to ...
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Deleting all groups with python API

Is there a way to delete all groups with the python API? What I want to do is delete all objects and groups in the current environment and then append groups from another file. I've figured out how to ...
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How do I rotate an object that already has keyframes?

I appended an object to my scene that already has the animation I want it to have, and I want to rotate it so that it's facing another direction. The problem is that after I rotate it when I go to ...
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Is it possible to append objects to the same layer as they are in the source file?

When appending objects to new .blend file, is it possible to make objects to retain their original layers?
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Linking appended objects

Newbie here. Is it possible to link an object after it has been appended into a scene? I Appended few objects to a new file, but now I think it would have been better to use link so to have the ...
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Appending with bpy.data.libraries.load and drivers

I'd like to append all objects from a specific blend file. Some objects in the blend file have drivers attached. For example z-coordinate of the Cube is equal to z-coordinate of the Empty. I used the ...
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Why have my appended objects lost their rigid body settings?

I am working on a scene in which a wrecking ball on a chain crashes through numerous glass cubes. I created the chain and ball in a different blender file to work more quickly, since the numerous ...
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How to make Blender respect object viewport visibility when appending or linking?

When you link or append a collection to a file, all objects become visible in a viewport, even if they were originally hidden in source file. Strangely enought, render visibility is respected, while ...
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How To Append a Node group from another Blend file Using Python Script

How To Append a Node group from another Blend file that is Present in my D drive on my windows computer. I wan't to Append a Material and path to my material is - - D:\2.8\Test01.blend\Material\...
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Blender 2.8: Join doesn't work

In Blender 2.8 I tried to join several objects together using CTRL + J: function doesn't work and can't find it elsewhere. I want to join into 1 object so that I can append that file to a new one and ...
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Blender 2.79b Crash: A single object causes the crash, no fix

I am working on a vfx creature for a movie, and I've run into a very specific issue. I haven't found anything on any forum that helps fix this issue. I modeled and rigged a topology version of a ...
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How can I append a group after having it linked earlier?

I linked a group in from another file, it was a character with armature. After linking it I realize that I don't have control over the armature so I deleted it and decided that I want to append it in ...
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Texture Coordinate from object in linked material

I have an object that is being linked into a new file (Object A). Object A has a material that uses the Texture Coordinate node, and uses the coordinates of a separate object in the same base file (...
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Some modifiers don't work on appended object (Modifier's names are red highlighted)

When I append an object from a 'spare part' Blender file, its modifiers (SubSurf and boolean) don't work. Their names are highlight in red in the stack modifier. Even if I remove those modifiers from ...
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Append an object and all its children

I have some objects all parented to an empty: When I append them empty from another Blender file, only the empty is appended. All the children are missing: How could I append the whole hierarchy?
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