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Chapter 3. Maya Interaction > Duplicating Objects

Duplicating Objects

You'll often create new objects by starting with existing objects. Sometimes, you need to copy an object many times to create a complex object. Maya's object duplicator is under Edit | Duplicate on the menu. The default is to duplicate an object in place; you can do this with the hotkey Ctrl+d. The new duplicate appears by default exactly over the original object, so you normally follow a duplication with a transform.

Advanced Duplication: Array Duplication

In some cases, you want to create more than one duplicate. Use the Edit | Duplicate Option box to modify how duplicates are made. You can make each copy with an incremented transform from the previous one, as shown in Figure 3.9. Maya makes only linear arrays—duplicates that appear in a line. To fill an area or a volume with objects, you simply choose Edit | Duplicate | option box again with the line or area of objects duplicating along a perpendicular axis.


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