Still a bit of a noob with Blender and definitely with this stack exchange, so please go gentle!

Anyone else having a problem getting images (.png, .tiff, .jpg) to show up in an empty in the 2.77 release? I realize I can use a background image, but would rather use an empty for the perspective view. Tried disabling the "import images as planes" add-on, thinking that script might've altered something, but no luck.

Hope this issue isn't something moronically obvious that I'm missing here; many thanks ahead!

  • $\begingroup$ How do I get a constant Background Image? $\endgroup$ – David Mar 24 '16 at 18:27
  • $\begingroup$ (tab) into Object mode --> Properties tab (n) --> select Background images. Load it in. Note that you will only be able to see it in Orthographic view (5) on your numpad. $\endgroup$ – j_a_l Mar 30 '16 at 17:13

Use shiftA and select Add->Empty->Image

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Then in the data section of the Properties panel Look for the Display control to open the image:

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the response. Loading it in isn't the problem. Maybe I should've been more specific about this. It shows it's loaded, but no matter which transparency or scaling parameters I choose, the image doesn't show up in the Empty itself, in 3D view. I wonder if this is a bug? $\endgroup$ – j_a_l Mar 24 '16 at 13:55
  • $\begingroup$ check the drivers for your graphics card. Which GPU are you using? $\endgroup$ – cegaton Mar 24 '16 at 14:09
  • $\begingroup$ OpenCL. Tried switching to CPU just in case, but still no go. $\endgroup$ – j_a_l Mar 24 '16 at 17:04
  • $\begingroup$ It does look like a bug. If you are going to report it make sure you do include all relevant information (OS, Type of GPU, etc) blender.stackexchange.com/questions/1377/… $\endgroup$ – cegaton Mar 24 '16 at 17:08
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the heads up. Yeah, it's strange: I can load in and use a background reference image in 3D view no problem; only in an Empty does this issue occur. $\endgroup$ – j_a_l Mar 24 '16 at 17:10

There is a workaround. Blendercoders assisted with this one: 'Set UserPref -> System -> Clip Alpha to.. 0.005' and/or load factory settings. This worked for me.

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    $\begingroup$ I have the same problem and tried the above and no luck. Any other ideas? I'm assuming this is a bug. I've been trying to learn blender but these show stoppers just leave you scratching your head. I put in a new empty plane and an image for my sculpt. The image doesn't show up and I'm stumped since I'm very new as to what is causing this. $\endgroup$ – imaginethepoet Jul 14 '16 at 2:11
  • $\begingroup$ @imaginethepoet, have you tried loading factory settings in the File pop-down menu? I double-checked and the previous workaround Clip Alpha 0.005 still works on my end. You sure you're adding an Empty and not trying to add a Background Image? If you're choosing the latter, make sure you're in Ortho view to see it; won't show up by default in Perspective view. $\endgroup$ – j_a_l Jul 15 '16 at 19:26
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, yes I tried this on my mac and I'm having the same problem. I changed the clip on alpha and closed out the file and tried again. I'm in Ortho mode after I changed the mac to allow for emulating keys. Still no image is showing up. Any other ideas or maybe I should revert to an older version? $\endgroup$ – imaginethepoet Jul 17 '16 at 1:07
  • $\begingroup$ You can always revert back to the earlier version, but there should be a way to fix this. Attach some screenshots and a detailed account of your workflow. $\endgroup$ – j_a_l Jul 20 '16 at 15:36

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