Copying an Object


When I am in object mode and make a simple copy of an object (i.e. through <shift>-D), making any subsequent changes to either the original or duplicate object effects both (i.e. set a material). I’ve tried re-naming, but they still seem linked.

How do I make them independent?



With the default blender shortcut config
Shift+D = creates a duplicate object (will still use the same material)
Alt+D = cretaes a linked duplicate

To make a linked duplicate a single user press U

For materials there is a number next to the material name. This is the number of objects using that material. Mouse click on that number to make it a single user for that object