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Groups are a collection of objects which can be affected as one. Also used for organization.

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Is it possible to group several objects and then manipulate them (scale, rotate, translate) as one?

I've never been quite able to figure out how groups work in Blender (at least not since 2.5/6x). Is it possible to group several objects and then manipulate them (scale, rotate, translate) as one?
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Array a Group of objects?

Is it possible to array a group of objects? For example, if I have three objects in a group, (I want to keep them as separate objects) is it possible to easily duplicate them as if I pressed AltD ...
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How can I organize the outliner with groups?

When I learned the basics of Maya awhile back, they taught us that we could organize and clean the outliner window with groups. Anyway, it doesn't seem that I can hide multiple objects into one ...
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How to easily organise your Blender scene?

When making complex scenes there should be some kind of "folders" (i.e. like in Adobe Photoshop, layer management) in scene outliner, that can group objects together - but this feature seems not ...
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Group objects in blender [duplicate]

There´s a way of grouping SVG objects in blender like in Illustrator or Inkscape, where when I have to move the object the entire group move´s on together, without having to append that object to the ...
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Rotate (group) objects outwards on spherical particle system?

I'm trying to create a mini-world with (among other things) trees on it. I have created an icosphere, modeled several trees and put them in a group. Next I added a particle system to the sphere, and ...
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Selecting groups in blender

How do I select groups? I don't want to select an object and then its siblings, but I want to see a list of groups and I want to select a group like that. Is that possible? The reason I don't want to ...
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How can a rigged model be used multiple times in a scene?

I've created a rigged model and created and grouped the model and rig. I would like to add it multiple times in a single scene. I used File > Append selected the group, made it local L and created a ...
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Cannot keyframe visibility in outliner “Groups” view

I need to animate visibility for a large number of objects which are separated into groups. Typically to toggle visibility one clicks the eye and camera icons in the outliner and presses "I" over them....
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Dupligroups and Snapping

When I import dupligroups from an object .blend into my master .blend scene, I can move the transform of the dupligroup parent fine. However, I really miss the ability to snap to other scene geometry....
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How to retrieve the objects of a group

How to get all of the objects assigned to a group in Blender Python? for group in bpy.data.groups: # How to get all objects in group?
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Adding Labels, Angles, Domains on Objects for Making Math Models

I am very new to Blender. I have been looking for a program to create a model for visualizing different math concepts. Blender looks promising as it provides the possibility for not only this, but ...
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How do I make groups in 2.8?

In the Blender Guru Donut tutorial he made a sprinkle for a donut. He copied that sprinkle and made a smaller version of it. He Shift selected both and made a group with the shortcut Ctrl+G. When I do ...
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How can I independently pose Group Instances?

I would like to add two instances of a model created by makehuman to a scene. After linking one model (File/Link) and adding a proxy Ctrl-Alt-P. I used Add / Group Instance to add another instance ...
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How to remove object from group?

How do I remove one object from a group hierarchy? I don't want to delete it, just remove it from one specific group.
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How to use multiple particle types in a particle system?

I created a particle system, duplicating a red sphere. However I want to also have yellow and orange spheres (already have them in another layer) in the same particle system. So I want to know how to ...
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How can I move a group along a path?

I created a very simple railroad using an array-modifier followed by an curve-modifier, after that I wanted to run a train on the railroad. The Locomotive is consisting of several grouped objects ...
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How do I switch low with highpoly models?

I've heard this trick at the conference, but I can't remember it nor find the video. I have 300 instances of the same linked group in a scene and I want to use a low poly version for the camera work. ...
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How to remove one of the group inputs

I'm using Blender 2.74 and trying to follow an online video tutorial on creating "sun" (presenter is using version 2.63). The problem I'm facing is that the presenter just selected a few nodes in the ...
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How to group nodes in Sverchok?

From node tree type, I can easily group nodes by easily add Frame (layout>frame). However I use Sverchok add one in which there is no such layout like node tree type at all.
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Local anchor for group master (move/translate/offset of group master moves group instances)?

Let's say I start with the default Blender (2.64) file, except I set the cube to be 1 for all dimensions. At that point, the cube is at xyz location (0,0,0). Then, let's say I select the cube with ...
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Can I group items only in the Outliner

I would like to hide many items in the Outliner by grouping them and then collapsing the group. I realize the Outliner can display only Groups, but those groups are functional groups that affect the ...
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Can't remove object via python once grouped

I'm writing a script that is adding and removing about 50 objects every frame. That part is working fine, but once I add the objects to a group, it creates odd errors. In tracking down the error, I ...
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Append group with Python API

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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Add a group instance with python

I have a group of objects named MyGroup. I can add a group instance with Shift+A -> Group Instance -> MyGroup, but I can'...
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Purge unused data (e.g. particle system, or groups) by script

How can I completely remove a objects (e.g. particle system or groups used in particle systems) in blender using python? The problem is this: I have a script, with which I create a scene (e.g. adding ...
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Pointers to node groups?

I am making "2x4"s!!! For consistency across the variations i have to use the same texture, otherwise they would look like they were made with different types of wood... but if you line them up you ...
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How to retrieve the groups of an object?

How to get all of the groups an object is assigned to in Blender Python? for obj in bpy.data.objects: # All objects # TODO: Retrieve the groups of obj.
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How do I offset animation start in a linked blend?

I have a resource file containing a model with materials and animation tracks (NLA action strips) that I want to re-use in another Blend file. In the resource file I created a group containing the ...
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Can I parent objects to parts of a group instance?

Let's say I have a group of ten parts and I want to parent an object to one of the objects in a group instance. Is that possible?
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It is possible to add modifiers to a group?

I made a group of different objects with different set of modifiers for each one. I wanted to add a lattice modifiers to this group to be able shape its form... it is possible? I tried with no sucess.....
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How to lock group

Is there any locking of group. When we make a group and after selecting one part of the group the entire group does not move until Press Shit+G -> Group then its move. Or i have to go in the outliner ...
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How can I modify the mesh of a linked character?

I have a fun problem: In character.blend I have an armature and a mesh with shapekeys inside a Group. In a new scene (pose.blend...
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is there a quick way to delete a group and leave the objects?

I added my objects into groups to append them easily and now I have got bunch of groups which I don't need anymore. how can I delete them?
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Can't delete group instance?

I have downloaded a Blender file, and the model is visible twice. I would like to have only 1 of them. But no matter what I try, I am unable to remove just one model. I have uploaded the Blender ...
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Properties of a selection of objects

Imagine a scene containing multiple objects, for example a bed and a chair. The bed and the chair aren't blender-objects themselves, but they consist of many subobjects. To view the dimensions, ...
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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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Is it possible to change the order of objects in a group?

Simply put, is it possible to change the order of objects in a group? I would like to change it due to using the Animation Nodes addon effecting objects in an undesired order. In the provided GIF, ...
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How to add an object to an existing group from Python?

I'm trying to add objects to previously created groups from a Python script. What do I do?
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Linking objects, groups, and Freestyle

Freestyle can be restricted to certain objects using Groups. I have a file with freestyle settings and a group named Freestyle1. I also have a separate file containing ObjectA which is also inside a ...
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How to merge two or more groups to one using Python API?

Having a large amount of objects in several groups, not being instantiated, I would like to merge them all to a single group. What is the most efficient way to do it using Python API? EDIT A minimal ...
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Node Group separator for parameters

Is there any way to add separators to better organize node group parameters?
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How do I find which materials are using a particular node group

I have a blend file that I am using as a materials library. I have discovered that there are node groups that were not named, so I have a collection of NodeGroup.xxx groups. I would like to find the ...
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Hide an object in a linked group

I have a character made of several objects that I am linking into a scene. The character's objects are part of a group, and I'm linking in the group. However, for certain scenes I want to hide some of ...
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Memory (and large project) management [closed]

From what I've understood from other questions here, group instancing and dynamic linking are two methods for managing memory in a project that is large or complex. The latter also allows one to ...
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Is it possible to deselect a group while keeping the original selection selected?

You can select a group of objects by selecting one object of that group and pressing ShiftG > Group Is it possible to deselect a group, while keeping the rest of the original selection selected? (e.g....
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How do I rotate a group of objects around their respective centers?

This question asks about rotating a group of objects around a common center. I want to rotate a group of objects around their respective centers, is that possible?
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Should I Join or Parent?

I am making a battleship, and there are many tiny cylinders and cubes for detail. Because the only things that needs to be animated are the turrets, should I join all idle parts together?
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Cloner Object (like in C4D) in Blender

Solution The Array Modifier is basically equivalent to the Mograph Cloner in Cinema 4D. I was a bit confused since there is also a Mography Array in Cinema 4D which I would not need for this case. ...
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How to get wind to affect hair particles with group or object render

I am using a group to get more variation in grass stalks as per this tutorial. Unfortunately that tutorial was for a still image so did not cover wind or other force fields. From various other ...