Perhaps the most intuitive way to clone an object is with the Cut, Copy, and Paste commands. These commands are found in the Edit menu. Choose Edit ➪ Cut (Ctrl+X) to place a copy of the selected object on the clipboard and remove the object from the scene. You can choose Edit ➪ Copy (Ctrl+C) to do the same thing but leave a copy in the scene.
After copying an object to the clipboard, choose Edit ➪ Paste (Ctrl+V) to place the object back in the scene. When the Paste command is selected, the object appears attached to the cursor where you can drag it around the scene and drop it by releasing the mouse button. When using the Paste command, you can place copied objects in the same scene or you can open a different scene and place the object there.
There is also a Paste in Place command that you can use to place the copied object in the exact place from where it was copied.
Cut, Copy, and Paste entities
In addition to objects, the Cut, Copy, and Paste commands can also be used to duplicate entities. To duplicate an entity, simply select the entity and use the commands just as you would for dupli- cating an object.
Tutorial: Creating a row of sunflowers
The Cut, Copy, and Paste commands make it easy to create a row of objects. For this tutorial, you’ll create a row of sunflowers. Follow these steps:
1. Open the Sunflower.skp file from the Chapter 07 folder on the CD. This file includes a single sunflower component.
2. Select the sunflower by clicking on it. Choose Edit ➪ Copy (Ctrl+C) to copy the object to the clipboard.
3. Choose Edit ➪ Paste (Ctrl+V). Position the cloned sunflower next to the existing one and click to place it.
4. Select both sunflowers and repeat the Copy and Paste commands. Repeat one more time until there are eight sunflowers. Figure 7.1 shows the resulting line of sunflowers
FIGURE 7.1 Use the Copy and Paste commands to create a row of objects.