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What does the View as render option in the 3D view background image settings do? The Blender wiki does not mention it, and I have not been able to find anything about it.
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It does nothing for the background image in the 3D view. However View as render is a setting for the entire image datablock.
What View as render does do in the compositer and image viewer is toggle on or off the Color Management settings in the properties window.

With View as render off click for full size off

With View as render on click for full size on

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    $\begingroup$ Hm.. So it seems that the setting isn't supposed to be visible (and using valuable space) in the background image section? (Sounds like this is a bug) $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Jul 7 '14 at 23:30
  • $\begingroup$ @gandalf3 yes I don't see any reason for it to be there. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Jul 7 '14 at 23:31

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