I've seen tons of other posts on this, but they don't help. I'm following a certain Youtuber's tutorial on modeling, and he uses a reference image of a mug to help him model his mug, so I decided to do the same. Thing is, it's not showing up, even when I go into Front/Side/Top Ortho view. Here:enter image description here


.blend file

Reference Image

  • $\begingroup$ @CytaStorm, could you please share your image file + blender file? $\endgroup$
    – moonboots
    Nov 14, 2018 at 1:11
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    $\begingroup$ ...at the least a picture of image open in image editor (to ensure it is not a broken path) . By the looks it has a relative path (filename starts with //) indicating image file should be in same folder as blend file. There are some tools under File > External Data menu to report and find missing files (If this is the case) $\endgroup$
    – batFINGER
    Nov 14, 2018 at 1:24

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Your image is not a JPG file...it's a WebP file, which Blender does not seem to be able to load as a background image. Try a different image. I took a screenshot of the image from my web browser, so you should be able to download and use this one:

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  • $\begingroup$ Other common files seem to work, too. I've tested PNG myself. $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2018 at 6:01
  • $\begingroup$ It is a JPG file though. $\endgroup$
    – CytaStorm
    Nov 15, 2018 at 2:25
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    $\begingroup$ it has a .jpg extension, but it is NOT a jpg file. If you open it with a hex editor you'll see it's a RIFF container that holds a WebP format. I can't even open the file with an image editor. I also downloaded the exact file from the IKEA website using Chrome, and it saves it with a .jpg extension but it's not a JPEG formatted file. $\endgroup$ Nov 15, 2018 at 3:21
  • $\begingroup$ using the 'file' command on Linux gives: RIFF (little-endian) data, Web/P image, VP8 encoding , 500x500, Scaling: [none]x[none], YUV color, decoders should clamp $\endgroup$ Nov 15, 2018 at 3:23
  • $\begingroup$ a JPG file should give something like: JPEG image data, JFIF standard 1.01, resolution (DPI), density 72x72, segment length 16, baseline, precision 8, 1322x1053, frames 3 $\endgroup$ Nov 15, 2018 at 3:24

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