one or more duplicates of the selection, optionally with transformations
applied to each duplicate.
Edit > Duplicate Special >
Select how you want the selected object(s) duplicated.
Make a copy of the geometry being duplicated.
an instance of the geometry being duplicated. When you create an
instance, you do not create actual copies of the selected geometry.
Instead, Maya redisplays the geometry being instanced.
Group objects under one of the following:
the selected objects under their lowest common parent in the hierarchy.
the selected objects under the world (at the top level of the hierarchy).
- New Group
a new group node for the duplicates.
- Smart Transform
Transform on so that when you duplicate and transform
a single copy or instance of the object (without changing the selection),
Maya applies the same transformations to all subsequent duplicates
of the selected duplicate.
- Translate, Rotate, Scale
Specify the offset values for X, Y, and Z. Maya applies
these values to the copied geometry. You can position, scale, or
rotate objects as Maya duplicates them.
NoteThe default for Translate and Rotate is 0.0000.
The default for Scale is 1.0000. With the default
values, Maya places the copy on top of the original geometry. You
can specify offset values (positive or negative floating point)
for translation, rotation, and scaling that are then applied to
the copied geometry.
- Number of Copies
Specify the number of copies to create. The range
is from 1 to 1000.
- Duplicate Input Graph
Turn this option on to force the duplication
of all upstream nodes leading up to the selected object. Upstream
nodes are defined as all nodes with connections feeding into selected
For example, if A, B, and C are the upstream nodes
connecting to D...
A > B > C > D
...and you select D and use the Duplicate
Input Graph option, the resultant graph is as follows:
A1 > B1 > C1 > D1
(where A1, B1, C1, and D1 are duplicates of
A, B, C, and D respectively).
- Duplicate Input Connections
this option on so that in addition to duplicating the selected node,
the connections feeding into the selected node are also duplicated.
For example, if A, B, and C are connections feeding
A > B > C
...and you select C and use the Duplicate
Input Connections option, then the resultant graph is as
A > B > C and
A > B > C1
(where C1 is a duplicate of C).
- Instance Leaf Nodes
Duplicate entire node hierarchies except
for the leaf nodes, which are instanced to the original hierarchy.
The new menu item is an improvement over the existing instance menu item,
in that all dynamic attributes on the non-leaf nodes are properly
duplicated into the new hierarchy.
- Assign Unique Name to Child
The child node is renamed when the hierarchy is