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I'm at Level 3 - Part 1 of BlenderGuru's Beginner Tutorial for 2.8 and I'm receiving the following error when I attempt to add a reference image:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "C:\Program Files\Blender Foundation\Blender\2.80\scripts\startup\bl_operators\object.py", line 918, in execute obj.data = image
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'data'

location: <unknown location>:-1

I've tried uninstalling & reinstalling Blender a couple of times and even updated and restarted my Macbook - nothing has worked.

I am able to add reference images to new files, but not the tutorial file I've been working on. I can't add background images to it either. Please help me fix this.

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Just had this same problem. I was trying to add the image to a hidden collection. Adding to an unhidden collection gave me the reference.

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  • $\begingroup$ That may have been my issue as well. Thank you for sharing! I'll keep it in mind during my next Blender experience :) $\endgroup$ – Sharna J Jan 17 at 1:27
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I am just going to assume this error is just a bug or something.

I worked around it by creating a new file, uploaded my reference image and sculpted the object there, and then appended it to my donut file.

I hope this helps anyone struggling with the same issue.

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I just moved the reference file to C:\, and this solved the problem

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