Copy shape key

How do you copy a shape key?

I thought that when you select an existing shape key and create a new one (by hitting the “+” sign), that a copy of the selected shape key would be created.

This doesn’t work. Why not? Whenever I see online tutorials or instructions, this is how they do it.
Has this been changed?

I’ve also tried: setting shape key sliders to non-zero values and then creating a new key, but again, I only am copying my basis key.

Workaround: I’ve been making copies of my basis, going into edit mode, selecting all the vertices, hitting “w”, and selecting “Blend from shape”.
Inconvenient, but works.

If anyone could shed some light on this, I’d be most thankful.

This doesn’t work. Why not?

  • adds a new shapekey. You may just want to add a new shapekey not copy an existing one. If you do want to copy it you use the ‘New Shapekey from Mix’ option


Perfect! That’s what I’m looking for.

The stuff I’ve been watching online is out of date I guess.