Questions tagged [linked-data]

Questions about linked data. There are many kinds of data that can be linked, (e.g, Materials, Object Data, Modifiers, etc.) even across multiple blendfiles.

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Is there a good workflow for creating 'swappable' linked characters?

We're creating an animated scene that features lots of simple characters based off the same model. We'll vary them a bit (some male, some female and with different colours and clothes etc), but they ...
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How can I unlink two objects?

I recently got this mouse model and want to make an Ad with it. My Problem is that those two Parts are connected somehow. I made them 2 Separate Objects in Edit Mode by using P ( Separate Object ) ...
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Material - Duplicate then Unlink Material from Original

I have a material that took some time to create. I want to duplicate the material, but then unlink it from the original material. Note: This is NOT a question about unlinking a material from an ...
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What context does make_links_data need?

I can't get bpy.ops.make_links_data to work with context overrides. When I select objects manually, it works fine, but the following doesn't: ...
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How to make local objects link mantain their hierachy in Blender 2.8 python?

Is there a way to maintain hierarchy objects after we Make Local several linked objects the scene ? I notice that if we try Make Local the parent object, the child will be put outside the parent, in ...
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Appending multiple objects from multiple .blend files

I have around hundred objects in separate files. In each file there is a single object. I want to batch link/append all these objects to my scene. How can I do that?
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Re-path linked files without losing their animation keyframes?

After re-organising my project folder and relinking back all the linked files in a scene. the linked files lose their animation keyframes. all the characters are left in their T-poses. How do I relink ...
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How to manage linked objects in complex scene?

For example i have many scenes , one object may object-linked to object from other scene while other may only data-linked. How can i manage which object linked to which one in what scenes ? and how ...
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Copy object to another scene, but keep data

What I need is to make a copy of an object to another scene, but keep the object data the same (link).
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Blender 2.8 Link Collection Problem

I have a simple test character that has geometry, an armature, some circles to drive the bones all inside a custom collection. When I link to the custom collection from within another file, the ...
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How to save properties of object in linked file?

I have few imported objects from outside blend file. I can add a property to every object (imported or not). But after reloading a file, only property from local objects are saved. How can I save ...
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Animating individual proxies?

(Please note I am using v2.80 for this question.) I have a character in a .blend file. The character model(s) and rig(s) are in a collection called "CharacterName" so I can easily link the whole ...
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Short animated film in Blender in single room environment with several acts - single scene or multiple scene setup?

I'm animating a short animated film that takes place in a single room. There are 3 acts, with multiple characters, with the room in different states between each act (objects moved/added/removed, ...
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Can't manipulate linked or appended objects that were made with 2.79 inside 2.8

I'm using Blender 2.8 and my friend works in 2.79. Whenever I append or link his files there is something like a locked logo front of those objects and I can't manipulate these. What could be the ...
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Linked objects are not rendering properly?

When I render my scene there seems to be an issue with my floor panels. These are individual floor panels, so I created a separate file and linked the floor panel in my new blender file. Then I did ...
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How to get a list of all unlinked objects in the scene with python?

For example, I am running this script: ...
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Problems when duplicating the object for high poly editing

I am currently following a course where the task is to model a sword in low poly, put it in a collection, duplicate everything with SHIFT + D and then start to add all the details (High Poly) to the ...
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Functionality like Photoshop's Smart Objects

In modern versions of photoshop, there's a feature called smart objects. The simplest way to describe it is a 'file within a file'. A smart object layer is effectively the final canvas state of this ...
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Is it possible to get node data from a different object, than the one being rendered?

More specifically, if I have a curve that a specific object is following, and I want rendering to change based on a property of how far along this track that specific object is, can I pull the exact ...
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Workaround for offset of linked collection? (Blender 2.8)

Linking Suppose I have a source .blend file with object "A" within collection "A-Collection", "B" within collection "B-Collection", and "C" within collection "C-Collection", pictured below: Then I ...
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When I rotate A mesh, B mesh will rotate too, but I don't want it, how can i do?

I made 2 mesh(cylinder.001 & cylinder.000, separate mesh), the inside mesh is made by duplicating the outside mesh. After that , when i rotate one of the 2 meshes ,the other one will rotate too. I ...
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How to get rid of Data-Block objects using pythong?

I'd like to access all linked data blocks and remove them from scene using python, without deleting the actual data from my hard drive. Context: I linked a grouped armature to my scene, made it a ...
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How can I easily check if an object is linked to an other object?

Sometimes I accidently make changes to an object without noticing that it is still linked to another object. Is there a simple way to keep an eye on object links? I couldn't find it anywhere in the ...
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Linking materials dosen't assign it correctly to the same mesh

Im trying to copy the materials from a mesh to another, They are both linked with macthing UVs and Materials it just hasn't assigned them correctly. If i copy the object data it works but breaks the ...
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Asset linking 2.8?

I have switched over to Blender 2.80 for my projects. I've created a character and rigged it, as is normal. (I never set it up for linking in 2.7x) I'd like to link it over into a new file for use in ...
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Problem with linked duplicates and bone weights

So I am making some eyes for a model and thought it would be great if they could be Linked Duplicates so I could make small changes to both at the same time. However, in linking the Mesh Data the ...
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How to make external linked data local and editable

I am working on this set of files. There is numbers of external object in main blend file. I want to make one of them local and editable. This is initial state. When I am making it local (L shortcut -...
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What is best way to organize a scene with different sets of materials?

I am currently creating an interior scene and want to show different examples of wall/ floor materials to my customer. So I was thinking about how to organize my scene when I want to have different ...
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Linking a file with multiple meshes

for my ue4 game ive made a little wheeled robot and ive recently redone the wheels so they dont look quite as plain, I was thinking is would be best to link the wheel in so if i change them in the ...
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Linking a rig with actions and animating more

So I created a character, rigged it using rigify and created a simple walk action. Next I linked it to my scene blender file and created a proxy to work on it. In the scene, I saw the walk action and ...
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Can not find unlink object data in Blender 2.8

Currently using Blender 2.8 and I would normally hit "U" to unlink object data from linked duplicates I can't seem to find it anymore. Searched the word "unlink" in the preferences but nothing comes ...
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Can you have linked boolean modifiers that update with source file changes?

So, I'm currently using Blender as CAD software for 3D printing. (yeah, I know, but I'm on Linux and FreeCAD is essentially unusable, so I'm making do.) I've got a large set of prints I'm working on ...
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How do resave a lib file with a more current version of blender

I am trying to append an old .blend file to my tire, I keep getting an error message saying Linking or appending from a very old .blend file format (247.0). no animation conversion will be done! ...
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How to copy or project uvs & (data block) to another object

How to copy or project uvs & (data block) to another object? to use the same UV map in other objects How i do this ? Maybe you want to work on your object until it satisfies the lowpoly lod ...
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Make unique proxy for many instances in linked file

Have one file with "window" which frame shape can be changed using bevel object. Frame has attached hook for scaling without affecting frame shape. Also have a "glass" mesh. Glass and frame are ...
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Remove path constraint in object linked from another scene

I have a starship model following a path in scene A. The model is linked to scene B where I would like to do other things with it. However, the object keeps the movement animation from scene A. There ...
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Can I reuse a character to multiple characters in one scene with the link feature?

I want to link each character to a scene several times, as shown in the image above, and give them different animations. We also adopted a link function to flexibly respond to character design changes....
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Blender link external scene in the existing scene

I have a wery complex scene with lots of objects, and I have to fragment my file in smaller parts to be able to work I have basic file in whitch I shoud import the other files as objects, or as ...
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Link an object from a different Blender file and be able to move it around while retaining its modifiers

I want to bring an object modeled in one Blender file into another and have the second file reflect changes that are made to that object after I have later edited the first. I have been using File->...
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Can I bake linked object via proxy?

So I was wondering if I can link a my character rig group and proxy it, how do I go about baking it? Or will I have to append it and then I will be able to bake it?
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What is a best way to organize my own kitbash library?

I do have assets that I made over the years, and when I need them, I link or append them 'norma' Blender way. However while the list of assets grows it is becoming more and more cumbersome. There is ...
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Using Vertex Paint to variate Linked Duplicates

Is there any way how to variate vertex colors on linked duplicates (sharing the same mesh data)? I am pretty sure it is not possible as vertex color is a part of the mesh so only some vertex paint ...
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Merge a rigified object with new armature for proxy linking

I used rigify to create a rig for my character. After that, I created a separate armatures with 4 bones and set them as shape keys for blinking and smiling for my character. This new armature I called ...
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How to get information about linked files?

I have a scene with several objects and groups linked from other files. How to know what file contains my linked object or group?
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Update Scenes with changes, while keeping their settings different

I am using a workflow that needs to render the same objects with different render engines. Since you cannot set different render engines by render layer, it needs to be done by Scene (unless you right ...
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Duplicate objects to multiple locations

Is there a way to copy/duplicate/link objects to multiple locations at once? For instance I have several boxes around the scene and I want to copy/link/duplicate a sphere to the location of each box......
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How do I find what's using an indirectly linked library?

Something in the file I'm working on is linked from another file, and it's getting it's materials from a third file. I've moved everything and I'm renaming the paths to fix broken libraries. I can't ...
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Linked libraries versus Scenes

The file we are working on has a lot of group instances linked from other files. Some of them work the way I would expect, with the files they come from listed as libraries in the Outliner when it's ...
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How to find and eliminate materials that aren't disappearing with orphan data purge

The files I work with have gone through a lot of versions and are linked a lot, and aren't that organized. I am trying to set up a new palette of colors and so I stripped off all the materials in a ...
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How to change the position of a Linked Object?

I've made multiple blendfiles with objects, curves and materials. Now I want to place these 'element'-blendfiles in one 'parent'-blendfile; building one scene to render. Because I am going to build ...