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When modeling a complex object, such as a watch, you may choose to model the different parts as separate objects. However, all of the parts may be attached to each other. In these cases, you want to designate one object as the parent of all the children. Movement, rotation or scaling of the parent also affects the children.

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How do I “parent” objects?

I'm looking for a way to have two separate objects be connected, so that when I move the first object the second one will move also. The term parent is used, but how do I parent a object?
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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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Is there a way to select the children of a parent object?

Say I have a set of objects parented to another object, for the sake of this example say they are parented to an empty. If I have the empty selected, is there a way of quickly selecting all the ...
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How do I parent another object only to a specific bone?

I have hands model which I rigged, now I want the gun to be parented to the left hand, where the problem occurs as left hand is the same object with the right hand, so by parenting the gun to the bone,...
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How to make object A a parent of object B via Blender's Python API?

I have two objects each of them hold in a variable. Now I want to parent them so object A is the parent of object B. How can I ...
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Parenting a mesh to a particle [duplicate]

I have made a character with particle hair. The hair is dynamic and it works fine. I want to attach beads to a strand, so that it moves along with the strand of hair. However, I can not find the right ...
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Parent two objects, without the child getting moved by the parent

Is there a way to parent an object to another, such that the parent does not move the child when it moves? I thought of adding a "negative" Child-of constraint to compensate for movement by parent, ...
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“Parent to” - confusing and misleading

I've long thought that the expression "Parent to" is being used in an inverse manner. If I "Parent A to B" I make A the parent to B and B the child of A, but I often hear the expression being used to ...
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Are there any disadvantages to starting blender with the --enable-new-depsgraph argument?

The question says it all :). I'm asking because it solved the latency problem between parents and children in the viewport and I will use this as the default blender starting argument (blender --...
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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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Removing dotted assist lines? Problem only occurs when Appending!

When I open the file directly from my desktop, these assist lines don't seem to show. But when I Append it, these random dotted lines appear that seem to point to its parented object. Is there any ...
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How to make an object's vertex follow another object

How do I make an object's vertex follow another object? (Not to be confused with: How to make the object follow another object's vertex)
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Pinpoint the area light to object

I've made an object and put an area light on scene. I want that area light points toward the object. I tried to put constraint and PARENT TO OBJECT but that doesn't rotate the light in that specific ...
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Why should I use an empty instead of just animating a model?

It seems as though if people want to animate a model (without deformations) instead of just animating the actual model itself, they parent the object to an empty, and then animate that. Why is this? ...
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The Outliner doesn't show Parent-Child relations in blender 2.8

I have a pretty big scene in blender. In v2.79 the hierarchy looks like this in the Outliner: However, with 2.80 Beta, it looks like in the screenshot below. The only indicator that we get for "...
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Is it possible to begin/end parent relationship with animation or keyframe?

I would like to have a parent/child relationship drive a camera pan dolly, but end the parent relationship at a set key frame. Is it possible to keyframe or in another way animate and control parent/...
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Blender parent problem

I used Blender2.79 and I think I just find the problem. I have two objects and I want to make parent relations to each other, when I used CTRL + P, the child's transform location still relate to ...
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'Child of' Constraint, setting Inverse doesn't work?

I want to parent a mag to the left Hand Thumb but once I target my Armature the mag absolutely changes LOCATION / ROTATION / SCALE this is really weird, I mean even setting it inverse doesn't help. I ...
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Keyframe toggle visibilty for child object using parent object in outliner?

I have a parent object with over twenty child objects. I want these objects to be keyframed to toggle viewport visibility & restrict rendering on and off at a certain points in the timeline, using ...
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Clear parent relationship, but keep animation

By hitting AltP in the 3D View Window, I can clear the parent relationship. But then I lose the animation endowed to my object by the parent object. How can I clear an object's parent, but keep the ...
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How can I restrict the rendering of a parented object without removing the parent-child relationship?

For Example: I have a cube and a sphere in my scene. The cube and the sphere have a parent-child relationship, such that the cube is a child of the sphere; as illustrated: The Outliner only shows the ...
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Pin/Parent Vertex of OBJ1 to Vertex of OBJ2

Is it possible to parent/pin the vertice of one object to the vertice of another object? Essentially parenting, but on a vertice basis instead. For example, two cubes have a corner overlap, those two ...
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Automatic Heat Weighting: Failed to find a solution for one or more bones

I am trying to do automatic weighting on this object, but I am getting a "Automatic Heat Weighting: Failed to find a solution for one or more bones". I have tried multiple things to fix this: ...
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Child of constraint and moving rig in Object mode

I have a character wearing a belt that's giving some problems. Here is the setup: Several Empties are the children of vertices on the character Each Empty then has a bone attached to it via the Child ...
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Connect grease pencil to object transform

Is it possible to parent a grease pencil layer to a particular object, so the grease pencil can be used to annotate future details of that object. A workaround is to use a texture for every ...
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How do I make the camera follow two objects at .5 influence each in blender game engine?

In blender, in the constraints tab, I can parent the camera to two objects, both with 50% influence. Now in the blender game engine, I have not found a way to do this. When I start my game, the ...
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Only one child light source for parent objects created multiple times

I have a minimal knowledge of Blender because two classes in my course requires it. I'm making a game where a cannon shoots at targets. I've decided to make a night level (the day level is 100% ...
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Any ideas for “slow parent” alternative in new depsgraph?

Alright, so I noticed that slow parenting doesn't work in new depsgraph And I really need something like slow parenting to create a trailing/delay kind of motion for a bendy bone Do you guys know ...
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How do I know the parent of my selected object?

I downloaded a car model and selected the steering wheel. I want to rename it now. Unfortunately, it is attached to some parent objects so I cannot find it in the hierarchy (see at screenshot). Is ...
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Omit certain bones from Automatic Weight calculations?

I have a foot rig I've prepared in advance, for use on various characters. It has some bones that are only IK target bones, so I don't want Automatic Weights to be calculated for those when I parent ...
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Can't Parent one bone to another - this option is inactive

I'm trying to create a pop-up book, using this lesson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6GjavMTaiQ But I can't Parent bone that moves the page of the book to the bone that moves the cover of the ...
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Why are modifiers not applied to child objects?

If an object has one or more children or other descendants, you would expect that when you apply a modifier to that object, it would apply to the descendants as well. At least for the Array and Mirror ...
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Is it possible to parent bones between armatures?

I have 3 separate armatures, A, B, and C. I want to parent one bone from Armature A and another bone from Armature B to one bone in Armature C. I'm trying to make one bone in Armature C offset the ...
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Best strategy for rigging and modelling tongue in face

We are working on a cute monster with a big tongue: We want the tongue to have a different material and texture than the rest of the body. We also want to rig the tongue so it elastically stretch ...
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How do I set up a complicated rig correctly for linking? (Advanced)

I have recently completed a complicated rig, and within its own file it works brilliantly. (Yay, me). My problem comes when I Link it into another file. Everything is Grouped, and I link its ...
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Move object parent without children

Can I move the parent object without the children? In all 3D software there is an option to turn on/off to move only the parent without the children. It is a fundamental function that is often used. ...
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How to animate Constraints?

I am making a Reloading animation and I want at first to Parent the mag to the gun when it moves, then Parent the mag to the hand. So to do that I though of creating 2 Child of Constraints and then ...
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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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Shortcut Without Confirmation Dialog

I'm new to Blender and I'm trying to add a shortcut to "Set Parent To: Object" I want the shortcut to go to the action directly without the confirmation dialog, but I can't seem to get it working. ...
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Is it possible for a single object to have more than one mesh?

I have two objects, A and B, each with their own meshes. Is it possible to take the mesh of A and put it inside B but still keeping it separate from the original mesh of A? How can this be done? For ...
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Parenting a rigid body: Physics problem

I made a car using the Vehicle Controller (demo file at the end/bottom of the page) concept. It's a "rigid body" chassis, that attaches four "no collision" wheels at run-time. It works pretty good, ...
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Trying to rotate multiple objects together and then move one, but rotation gets doubled

I'm familiar with Blender but I'm just now learning animation, and I thought a simple robot would be a good way to learn basics before I moved onto bones and such. The gif shows my problem: The cube ...
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Why doesn't my parented smoke domain move with the parent object?

I have parented a fireplace, the firewood (the smoke flow) and the smoke domain. Unfortunately, the smoke domain doesn't move along when I move my parent object. I can't move it separately either. It ...
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How to parent a bone to an empty?

I've got a Problem, because I'm trying to create this (Rigging an umbrella-like object) -but I just can't figur out how to parent the bone to the empty. Can someone help me with this?
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FBX Export parented objects are missing

I have a Problem with the 7.4 binary FBX Export from blender that when I Import my FBX File in Unity or Substance that some objects what are parented are missing. When I unparent them and Export ...
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Can I move the parent object without moving the child?

I'm doing an animation and I need to move the parent without moving the child - can I do this without unparenting them, because it messes up the rig and the animation. Let's use this rig here: Is ...
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Automatic Weight problem

I want to parent my character's pants to the armature, by pressing ctrl + P -> with automatic weights, but there's a problem with the pants after doing so... What I tried so far: Removed doubles ...
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I want to add a constraint from one end of a truck to the end of a trailer

I want to add a constraint from one end of a truck to the end of a trailer, but the constraint goes from the center of each object. I put a box on each end to use the constraint, but if these boxes ...
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parent an object to a bone in python

I'm trying to parent an object to a bone in python without using operator So I did this : ...
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sphere acts weird while changing its worldPosition

I have an empty and I have set a sphere as its child. When I change the empty's worldPosition(via right-clicking with mouse) the sphere teleports to entirely different location. The strange thing is ...