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I have chosen the book BlenderBasics_4thEdition2011.pdf to use in teaching my first 3D Animation Class using Blender. In it, on page 38, there is a lesson that uses a background image as a guide to create a 3D logo. The text says to scroll down on the Transfom Panel to find the "Background Images" panel. I cannot find that panel. I have downloaded the latest Blender 2.72 release.

Can someone help me with this please? I have done a couple Google searches and found images of that panel but I can't seem to find it on the Transform panel. What am I doing wrong?


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  • $\begingroup$ Press [N] to open the properties tab; You'll find it there. $\endgroup$ – someonewithpc Dec 9 '14 at 20:19
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! Pressing N was the key. It is obvious I am a novice to Blender but I am learning. I appreciate the quick reply. $\endgroup$ – Randy Van Nostrand Dec 9 '14 at 21:29

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Press N to open the properties panel on the right side of the 3D view (if it is not already open) Then scroll down till you see backround images and click add image. To see the image you must be in orthographic mode and a side view, pressnumpad 5 to toggle orthographic/perspective mode and numpad 1/3/7 to go into a side view.


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