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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Replace object mesh with collection instance

I know how to replace an object with another object. I simply select two objects, press ctrl + L, then Link Object Data. There ...
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How can I join two objects together in order to shade as one object?

I have two objects I created separately then put them both on the same file and wanted to join them, creating one object. I tried selecting both then pressing the join button. That worked for object ...
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Is there a way to replace an object with another one AND its children?

I want to replace several objects with a group of objects each. So I tried it with a parent group and linked the data oft the parent with the objects I want to replace, but it only links the data of ...
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Getting around polling issues with bpy.ops.object.make_override_library

I'm trying to make a linked library into an instances with a override library so I can pose a linked character before i'm finished with it. it used to work in 2.93, now I get a context polling error ...
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Input drivers on linked objects not updating automatically

I have created a plant generator with geometry nodes and am attempting to use the world position as an input to a voronoi texture that is sampled to provide some randomness to the height, bendiness ...
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Linked Library Add-on: Cannot return to original file

I have linked a collection of a blend file in another blend file (Main Comp). I have activated the "Linked Library Add-on" in Preferences. I can switch from the Main Comp to the linked blend ...
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How to change a modifier property value in more selected objects without changing a unique value?

I have 40-50 similiar objects and I'd like to animate their scale randomly in the same way but the animations should be shifted to each other. I can do it easily by linking then unlinking the ...
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Why do the hair simulation goes crazy when linked to another specific project?

I have a file contains 1 linked animated character, which I made it into library override. When I bake the hair simulation, it goes like this I really don't know why because in the original file it ...
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Is there a shortcut key or addon to refresh a linked object?

I am on blender 2.93.0 Is there a shortcut key to refresh a linked object/collection? Or even better, is there an addon that will enable auto refresh of linked data(objects/mats/collects etc)?
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How do I specify the path to the proxy file with the finished animation if the location of the rig has changed

I animated a character that was a proxy object. Then I transferred the scene file with the animation to another computer. Now I need to use this animation, but I don't understand how to link the proxy ...
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How do I know what objects in a scene are linked? And how do I find their file locations on my computer?

I have a scene/animation that contains a bunch of linked-in objects from other files. My folder with my objects accidentally got duplicated to another area on my computer (i.e.: one in a "3D ART&...
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How to link data from a .blend relative to the current Blender version's addons

I'm trying to link certain data-blocks (node groups) from a .blend file stored in the addon folder of the current blender version. I want to be able to switch blender version and for all the links to ...
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How to convert vertices rotation to object rotation?

I have two monkeys with exactly the same meshes. They have same objects rotations, but different vertices rotations. How I can link their meshes with saving rotations? I think I need to convert the ...
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Copy keyframe data of vertex to extruded vertices

I animated a sinewave onto my mesh path with keyframes. After extruding the verts, the animation data doesn't get copied to the extruded mesh. Only the originals verts before extruding are animated. ...
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Changing where a linked object links to

I have an animated armature and objects in my main scene which I link to in other scenes. If I increment (or change) the name of the original scene is there a way of changing the target of the links ...
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Link Revit LT exported IFC to BlenderBIM Add-On

Can one link an IFC file (specifically a building model assembled in and exported from Autodesk Revit LT) into Blender, or Blender w/ BlenderBim? And I mean "link," not import. I do not ...
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Why can't I unlink the copies in Blender 2.9?

I duplicated linked object multiple times (Alt+D) And now I can not get rid of the link for some copies. I tried: Apply - Make instances real, Make local - All (I tried all the parameters in Make ...
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Where can I find the path to the library of a linked material in the UI?

Let's say I have lots of materials and objects and collections dynamically linked from other .blend files, how do I know which library is responsible for a specific material? I cannot find this ...
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Handling Animations of linked Collections

I am working on a little animation clip. I have two blend files. In the first one I build my assets which I then link to my main file. I built a little campfire asset with multiple objects (stones, ...
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How do I removed the stored vertices data in Blender 2.79?

Thank you very much for your time, any help would be appreciated. I have been using the code below to shrinkwrap an Icosphere onto my 3D models, then find the vertices coordinates of the Icosphere and ...
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How to recognize local and linked Material with Python

in blend file I have local material called "aluminium". Then I link material called "aluminium" from from different blend file. How can I regonize these two? When I print: ...
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Is it possible to apply modifiers changes to several objects at once?

I have a series of objects that all use the same series of modifiers. When I select a bunch of them, and change a modifier, I expect it to propagate to all the objects, and instead it only applies to ...
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"New Blender Instance" option is missing the "Edit Linked Library" addon

"Edit Linked Library" is a built in addon that allows me to open the linked object in it's original file. However I want to open it in a new instance of Blender. This is supposedly a ...
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Linking a collection with a material which displaces in a certain direction into another scene

I have created a material which displaces the top of a cube upwards in the z direction. I added drivers to the rotation of the displacement such that it is driven by the rotation of the cube (See that ...
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Positioning 1000 roses in Blender

I need to put 1000 roses on a 3D heart. See the images. I can make a heart and a rose and link duplicate it. But don't want to position each rose by hand. Is there a smarter way to do this? What ...
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How to place an animation into a 3d landscape without everything breaking [closed]

Consider a project that consists of separate .blend files: 3d Terrain (created procedurally) Character animations The intention is to link both of those into a new file and place the character ...
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How can I purge recently deleted objects?

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Linked data cannot export armatures/animations on fbx files

Working on a huge project, i have to use multiple meshes and collections and i have them all in separated blender files, i want to use linked collections to assemble all the objects and export this ...
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Errors on Appending Character after Linking Environment

In Blender2.93(Windows10), appending only Characters First works fine ie EditToggle is allowed. However, once external Environment Objects like buildings,trees etc are 'Linked First' and then ...
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Why do I always have to reassign appended materials when starting blender?

I have appended some materials from blender file A to blender file B. In file B, I have assigned the materials to some objects and additionally added fake users just to be on the safe side. However, ...
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overrides and linked collections, saving problem

I have a couple questions that are related: a. I have a problem saving objects I've modified from linked collections. They sometimes disappear as soon as I save the file I'm working on. So far, the ...
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How to replace materials in one blender file with materials of the same names from another file without creating copies

I have two blender files that have different materials with the same names. Both were originally in Blender Internal, but I manually converted the BI materials to eevee in one of them. The other file, ...
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How do I Duplicate a rigged character (armature)?

How do I get multiple instances of a rigged character (that I have downloaded) in my project and be able to pose them individually? All I have got working is linking the rigged character (from the ...
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Rotation and scale Changes appear to not save with Linked object

I have a set of objects that I am importing into a main scene via linked connection. For some reason the changes I make to the rotation and sometimes the scale of these objects are not being saved. ...
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Weight Paint differently on Linked Duplicates

I am rigging a bird and all my wing feathers are linked duplicates with the same mesh data. I would like to keep the objects linked in case I want to change the shape of the feathers later. My ...
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How to get Pin to work in UV maps once you have joined a mesh?

I have created a new file for testing purpose. Create Monkey, seperate lose parts from the mesh (the eyes) copy uv maps, join everything together. Now both eyes share the same space in the uv map. But ...
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Assign different animation actions to different scenes in a single file, linked character file

I have several linked scene copies where I want to animate objects, cameras, and lighting for architectural animations; such as a door-opening during a walk-through, or sunlight and other lighting ...
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Quickly select multiple sets of linked data objects

It's easy to select an object and all its duplicates in a scene. Just SHIFT+L and Select Linked > Object Data. But Blender will only select duplicates of an ACTIVE object, not all selected objects ...
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Setting Origin without affecting location of linked duplicates

Presently working through a tutorial, and I have realized that I have inadvertently made a buttload of linked duplicates of a mesh object with an origin out in the middle of nowhere. The origin in ...
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How to edit linked object cloth parameters

I have a cloth object in a base file that I linked into a new file. I then did a library override so I could expose the various objects in a collection (...
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Adding a modifier to the top of the stack of multiple objects without overwriting previous modifiers

I would like to add a triangulate modifier to all of my objects on top of all my other modifiers. This is different from Ctrl+L link modifiers because this overwrites modifier data. Either an option I'...
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Automatic moving of unselected objects & detailed Blender documentation

I am using Blender like for CAD-like work because it does what I want and the 25 CAD programs I tried do not. Argh. I use S -> Selection to Cursor a lot. Sometimes Blender moves the shared meshes ...
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Modify all linked instances

It seems that inherited attributes that can be overridden is needed in Blender for objects considering its complexity. In any event, I thought I read that linked objects only have location and ...
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Change all linked objects?

I have tried to understand linking objects (or is it meshes?), but am apparently failing. I want to create a 2nd and 3rd copy of a collection such that if I change any of the objects, they all are ...
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Share parts of mesh data across meshes

Greetings to the Blender community, I'm using an Array Modifier on object A, with object B and C as caps. My problem is, that if I edit object A, the edge doesn't align with the caps anymore. Is there ...
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Rig controller material

I was curious if this was possible: I have a model of a product *(wall light) for rendering. the product has 4 or 5 different material options. I have it as a collection that I can import into any ...
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How to copy indices from one mesh to another ? (vertex numbers/index/id) (the same uv)

I have two objects with the same number of vertices. I dont know how, but one object got its vertex numbers changed (indices) As you see on the picture numbers on one are diferent than on the other. ...
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Override linked object hierarchy

My goal is to keep assets separate (in one scene/other blend file) and reuse them with the ability to transform individual objects in the hierarchy each time differently (so that the transformations ...
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Make Library Override with collection from current file

Is it possible to do a "Make Library Override" in order to edit an object linked to another Collection which is in the current file? I can do that if the collection is from another file, but ...

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