I am having an issue with rendering a scene in Blender. When not in rendering mode, Blender shows my reference image with ease. But as soon as I hit F12 to render the image, my reference image disappears. I need that reference image because in my scene, I am depicting some sentient cubes watching TV, and I need an image for the TV to show. I have searched around Blender for quite some time and have not found a setting. If it is not possible to show reference images during the rendering process, could you please show a way to do it without a reference image? By the way, if it helps, I am using Blender 2.80.


The whole point of reference images are to help while modeling and setting up a scene, they are not intended to be in the final rendered image.

Blender includes an addon called import images as planes, enable this addon and you get an extra import option File->Import->Images as Planes. Using this will setup your image as a texture on a plane so that it will show up in the final render.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! That helped, I can't believe I missed doing a textured object!!! :) $\endgroup$ – LyghtningWither Aug 9 '19 at 14:59

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