For some reason, when I try to put a texture (picture) on any object, it doesn't work. Here are the steps I took to put a grass texture on a plane:

1: I made a new texture for the plane

2: I set the type to image or movie

3: I opened my Jpeg file

4: I even tried rendering, it won't show up!

Here is a screenshot of when the texture won't load:

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Some other texture-related things that won't work for me (even when I follow the exact steps on a video tutorial):

  • Texture painting
  • Cube textures
  • Skydomes (spherical maps)

Any ideas on why this isn't working? Thanks!

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    $\begingroup$ You're almost there, you need to unwrap your model see: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/5915/… (ignore the game engine stuff). $\endgroup$
    – stacker
    Nov 15, 2014 at 23:51
  • $\begingroup$ It looks like you added the texture while the camera was active, so the texture isn't actually applied to the plane. Try selecting the plane, then adding the texture. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Nov 15, 2014 at 23:53
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, I added the camera to the scene after applying the texture. $\endgroup$
    – Henry V
    Nov 15, 2014 at 23:59

1 Answer 1


You have to unwrap the object and give it a material with the texture for it to show up.

First you have to tell blender how to put a 2D texture on a 3D object by unwrapping it, which means selecting edges where the mesh will be cut to flatten it. This is done by going into edit mode, selecting the edges, hit Ctrl.+E > mark seam, then U > unwrap.

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Then you have to give it a material with the texture.

If you are using the cycles render engine this is done by first going to the materials panel of the properties view and clicking New.
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Then switch to the node editor and add an image texture node by hitting Shift+A > texture > image texture. Then add a diffuse shader Shift+A > shader > Diffuse BSDF, plug the color output of the image texture into the color input of the diffuse and the BSDF of the diffuse into the BSDF of the material output.
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    $\begingroup$ He's using blender render not Cycles $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2014 at 2:14
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    $\begingroup$ @BlendingJake I know, I just know practically nothing about BI, so if you want to add an answer for BI that would be great! $\endgroup$
    – PGmath
    Nov 16, 2014 at 2:28
  • $\begingroup$ @HenryV you still have to give it a material using the texture paint data. $\endgroup$
    – PGmath
    Nov 16, 2014 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ When I switch to cycles render, it won't let me add the nodes in the node editor. The options are all grayed out. $\endgroup$
    – Henry V
    Nov 16, 2014 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ @HenryV you may have to click use nodes in the material panel, also make sure you click the new material button. $\endgroup$
    – PGmath
    Nov 16, 2014 at 15:34

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