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This has really bugged me, I am trying to follow a tutorial on modelling but I cannot see my background image. I have gone through many youtube videos but everything they suggest, I have already done. I am in orthographic mode, I am in front mode (I set it to appear in all views) and I've set the opacity to 0.5.

Here's a screenshot of my screen. My screen

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  • $\begingroup$ Looks like it is set up correctly. What format is your background image in? Try some other .jpges just as proof of concept that you can display something. $\endgroup$ – Lewis Apr 4 '17 at 16:51
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    $\begingroup$ It seems that you have no color space (indicated 'color' in your screen capture followed by an weird empty choice)... try to change (if any value in that list) $\endgroup$ – lemon Apr 4 '17 at 16:53
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As Lemon mentioned in the comments,

You dont seem to have a color space.

Its weird it even let you have a blank one. Maybe try choosing the drop down, if that doesnt work try restarting Blender.

Just choose sRGB if you dont have Filmic.

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Background images work with cameras, push the Numpad 0 button to set the camera in view. 2.76b and you can also use Numpad 5 to switch view mode

Num 0

Camera view

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    $\begingroup$ Can also press the numpad 5 key to set to ortho which is how the views need to be for background images not using the camera. $\endgroup$ – Craig D Jones Apr 4 '17 at 20:49
  • $\begingroup$ Background images work not only with cameras, but also in any of the preset ortho views. Read: blender.stackexchange.com/a/122/1853 Note even if the view is set to ortho but not in the preset (front/back, left/right, top/bottom) views the background image will not be displayed. $\endgroup$ – cegaton Apr 5 '17 at 4:02

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