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First of all, new to Blender (about 2 months now) so if this seems like a basic question, I apologize. Here is my situation..

When modeling, I am using the Background Image for referencing front, back, and sides. I am able to set the opacity/transparency of the images and model with the objects, but I am trying to do the reverse.

I am trying to figure how to set the opacity of all the objects in my viewport to be translucent, while leaving the Background Images with full solid opacity. This way, I can easily see my drawing even through my objects.

When I do the translucent images, the lines begin to get hard for me to see.

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Welcome to Blender Stack Exchange!

In Blender 2.8 and on, there is an option to enable translucency in a scene, called X-Ray. It can be found in the shading options in the viewport.

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Once that is enabled, everything in the scene goes translucent. Images may also go translucent depending on how you imported them. If you import your reference by going Shift+A, >Image >Reference they will stay fully opaque.

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you can turn on x ray mode by enter image description here

if you have pie menus addon installed, you can also choose toggle x ray after pressing z

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I think you want to use a PNG file with a transparent background to start with, this can be done in most photo editing software's like Photoshop or the free GIMP program.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hi. Welcome to the site. I think the user wants to avoid having the background images transparent. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 16:51

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