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Not only in ortho: top, front, back.

Please don't link this answer How do I set a background image while I am editing?

I want a background image like this guy has -> https://youtu.be/M-RJ6tYrPmE?t=3m31s

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  • $\begingroup$ i think he just imported an image as plane $\endgroup$ – gladys Aug 9 '15 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ How do you do that? Sorry I'm new to this. $\endgroup$ – Andrew Parks Aug 9 '15 at 22:50
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    $\begingroup$ Empty image can be seen in all views except render (even solid and wireframe) with modifiable transparency, image as plane can be seen only in texture, material and render view $\endgroup$ – Bithur Aug 9 '15 at 23:56
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Go to the file --> user preferences --> add ons --> type images --> import images as planes --> check the checkbox

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Then you can go to file --> import --> images as planes. Or in the 3D view SHIFT + A --> mesh --> images as plane

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At the beginning of the video the author clearly says "I just added an image empty"...

Add>Empty>Image.

Then select the image you want the empty to use.

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All of this is cleary stated on the answer you linked: https://blender.stackexchange.com/a/314/1853

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Add an Empty (press Shift+A-->Empty-->Image). enter image description here

Under the Properties header in the Empty panel click on Open. enter image description here

Adjust the transparency of the image. enter image description here

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