I'm trying to import a background image, and it shows the file name, but it does not show up. I put it in Ortho view but it still wouldn't show. I tried with lots of images just to make sure the image was corrupted or something.

Any ideas?

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    $\begingroup$ Can you add a screenshot of 3d view and background image panel? $\endgroup$
    – Denis
    Dec 23, 2016 at 19:29
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    $\begingroup$ make sure, that the viewport view matches your view setting of your background image, so both top for example $\endgroup$ Dec 23, 2016 at 20:08
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    $\begingroup$ Do note that background image will be visible only in preset orthographic views (Numpad1, Numpad3, Numpad7). See blender.stackexchange.com/questions/118/… $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Dec 23, 2016 at 21:19

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Background images will only be displayed in

Camera Prespective view (Numpad 0)

Any of the Preset Orthographic views

  • Front/Back (Numpad 1 or CtrlNumpad 1)

  • Right /Left (Numpad 3 or CtrlNumpad 3)

  • Top/Bottom (Numpad 7 or CtrlNumpad 7)

Background images will not show in perspective view.

To switch between Perspective and Orthographic view use Numpad 5

Background images are used for reference only and will not be part of the final render.


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