# Is there any way to save background images in the .blend file?

I'm trying to use the background images option to model from blueprints. After I cropped, loaded, positioned and scaled in each viewport, things were going pretty well with the modeling. I saved the progress on the model and came back the next day and the images were not there. Am I missing something? Do I have to set everything else up again or do you have to get your modeling done in one session?

• Just wondering if you moved the blend file after saving. Otherwise Blender should be able to load the images. – satishgoda Jun 24 '13 at 17:22

The most convenient way

File -> External Data -> Pack into .blend

In the report area it will say 'n files packed' Where n is the amount of images currently in the image list. Now hitting save will include those images in the .blend. The problem you might have with this method is that it will auto-pack any subsequent images you add.

Alternatively (one by one, gives more control)
You do them individually, go to the UV image editor. For each image you want to pack you select the image so it shows in the view, then

Image > Pack Image

Again you have to save the .blend file before exiting.