no backdrop(?)

Hello, i am in the last part of the blenderguru-tutorial. I want to use compositing in order to change the final image. The problem is backdrop won´t let the image appear in the background of the node-editor. The only hint i have is as follows: in the video it appears that andrew used "Last: Link Nodes". I don´t know what that exactly means...


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You will need to shift-A add a Viewer node and connect your image/renderlayer node to the Viewer as well as your Composite. At the bottom header, tick the option for 'Backdrop' like you have, and the image should show up in the background of the node editor.

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    $\begingroup$ thank it kinda worked, but the image in the background is way too big now. How can i scale it down? ...oh i found it: i can zoom out at "Zoom" $\endgroup$ Jan 16, 2017 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ You can use <kbd>V</kbd> and <kbd>Alt</kbd>+<kbd>V</kbd>, also for zooming, and <kbd>Ctrl</kbd>+<kbd>Shift</kbd> left click on a node to watch his output. $\endgroup$ Jan 16, 2017 at 21:02

The answer is that you will have to press (shift A) go to output, then pick viewer, after that just connect the yellow image wire to the viewer and there you go. if you press v it will shrink the backdrop image or if you press alt v it will enlarge the backdrop. This answer works in v2.79 so far and may update answer if it changes in the future


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