Shift+Clone is the primary way to
duplicate objects in 3ds Max. You hold down the Shift key and drag during any of
the standard transform operations: Move, Rotate, or Scale.
- On the main toolbar, click (Move), (Rotate),
- Select a transform coordinate system
and constraints. Each transform carries its own settings. To avoid
surprises, always click the transform button first, and then set
your transform coordinate system and constraints.
NoteYou can also use the Transform Gizmo to
set axis constraints.
- Select the object or set of objects you
want to clone. The selection can be a single object, multiple objects,
a group, or a sub-object selection.
- Hold down the Shift key
and drag the selection to apply the transform.
As you drag, a clone is created and selected;
it is now the object being transformed. The original object is no
longer selected and is unaffected by the transform.
When you release the
mouse button, the Clone Options dialog appears. Change settings
in this dialog or accept the defaults, and then click OK.
Options dialog for any transform you choose.
Cloning Without Transforming
Cloning objects with Shift+Clone requires transforming
them at the same time, by moving, rotating, or scaling them. In
some cases, you might want to clone an object without transforming
it in any way. The Edit menu Clone command gives you this option, which
lets you create only one clone at a time.
To clone objects without transforming:
the object or objects to clone.
- Choose Edit menu Clone.
The Clone Options dialog appears. This is the same dialog used with Shift+Clone except that there's
no Number Of Copies setting. The Clone command lets you create only
- Change settings in this dialog or accept
the defaults, and click OK.
The cloned object occupies the exact same
space as the original, and is selected when cloning is complete.
to select the original or reselect