Questions tagged [3d-view]

The viewport (also known as the 3D view) is where the user interacts with most 3D elements of the scene.

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Why does part of my model disappear when I zoom in on it in the 3D Viewport?

I'm having an odd issue - When I try to zoom in on a detail using my MMB, the "camera" in the 3D view seems to be cutting off the exterior surface of my object and showing me the inside instead. I'd ...
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How do I set a background image while I am editing?

How do I put a backdrop behind the model that I am creating so that I can compare the picture to the model while editing?
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Shadows along edges of mesh in 3D View

I have recently started using blender and one of the models I'm working on has dark shadows along edges. I started this model from scratch. I can't remember them being there when I first started the ...
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Why does the zoom sometimes stop at a point?

I often find that I can zoom in to a point, but then cannot zoom any more, even when there is a lot of room to zoom to the meshes on the scene. This is particularly annoying in the following ...
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Why do the measurements of this object seem erroneous?

I just found out about the Mesh Display : Length feature in the "N" panel (thanks to this seemingly-migratable question) that allows one to measure the length of a face or vertice. But my first ...
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Where can the viewport clipping parameters be changed?

Zooming in to inspect texture details in 3D view clips some closer faces like shown in the image. It's not the camera view so changing camera settings doesn't help. Where can the distance to the ...
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Gray cone obscuring/clipping the 3D Viewport

When looking at my objects in 3d view I'm seeing a gray cone that seems to be hiding other objects. Can anyone help me turn this off and explain what it is please. Screenshots attached.
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How to close/open a view panel

I can't find a way to close a view panel, in particular the horizontal at the bottom, is pretty useless to me at this moment.
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How to show textures in the 3D View editor?

I have added some textures to objects in blender but the textures don't show up until I render the file. it can be difficult to know what the objects look like without rendering it. is there a way to ...
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Can't find the palette to alter new objects

When you add a new object into the blender scene, normally on the tool shelf a window will become available where you can put in the objects size or number of vertices etc. These options: For what-...
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How can I recreate geometry using a photograph?

I am trying to change the floor covering using a picture. How can I define the floor?
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Edit Mode Transparent Objects

I changed my Blender Units to Metric System, but when I'm building things, my meshes are transparent, i.e. I can see through faces like in wireframe even though my wireframe is turned off. All faces ...
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Animated textures don't work in Blender viewport playback

I am trying to animate in 2d. I do it with planes that have textures on them. I recently came up with the idea of having a plane with an image sequence of mouths because animating actual lip syncing ...
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I accidentally set an object as camera, how do I undo this?

I have a problem with rendering in cycles. In blender render my object is rendering fine, but in cycles when I pushed F12 I got only this: One more thing: when I click 0 on keyboard I'm not in camera ...
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Render Border's related check boxes - How do they work?

Render Border, is a great little function for reducing render time while experimenting, but what does the 'Render Border' check box in the Properties >View panel do - apart from turning off the red ...
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Precisely move the 3D cursor

The 3D cursor can be moved by simply LMB clicking anywhere in the viewport. Is there a faster and easier way to position the 3D cursor?
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How do I clear the render border?

In the 3d viewport I am using a border region to only render things inside the selected region. I did this with CtrlB. I cannot get rid of the region. How can I make the border disappear?
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Unable to see anything after importing .obj file

I try to import .obj files from this project: http://dbarchive.biosciencedbc.jp/en/bodyparts3d/download.html - the files contain Polygon Mesh Data. When I import the obj file into blender, the ...
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How do I align the viewport to a face normal?

I would like to align the view straight on to a face, perpendicular to the normal. How do I align the 3D viewport to the face of a mesh?
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Is it possible to make Blender a Y-up world?

After learning bits and pieces of Maya, 3DS Max, IMAGINE and XSI I noticed that they all have Y-up worlds with Z being used for depth (naturally). is there a way to make Blender a Y-up world? and ...
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How to roll the viewport?

How do I rotate the viewport around the local (to the view port) - Z axis? Basically what you would get if you were to hit R with the camera selected in camera view.
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Viewport pivot point changed from scene objects to around viewport camera origin

I am starting to learn using blender, and at some point I managed to do something to the 3D view camera. Usually the camera orbits around an object, but now the rotation seems to happen (atleast very ...
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Where is the Layers panel in Blender 2.8?

I am starting working on Blender 2.8, but I can't find the layer panel. Where is it?
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Transparent Image different in viewport than render

Bit of an issue here, trying to render this glass scene Looks fine in the viewport, but when I hit render Does anyone know the cause of different view port and final render, and how to fix it? Here'...
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Material Opacity in viewport?

I'd like to do motion graphics type work in blender and it would be really helpful if I could see the results of keyframing material opacity to cut items in and out of view. Blender internal is ...
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Objects disappear when looking through camera [duplicate]

When I go to camera perspective, there are parts of my object that I can't see. I tried adding and deleting my camera a lot of times and positioning it so that the objects I would like to see on my ...
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How do you return to the default view (the one you see when blender starts)?

I cannot find any menu or keys that return blender to the view that you see when you start blender. Using save close and then open again but it must be easier than that? How do you change the view ...
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Update viewport while running script

I have a script, which creates multiple objects through a loop. However, the script freezes the viewport until it is done. Instead, I would like every object to be seen in the viewport one by one as ...
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How to display the edges of a mesh while in Object mode?

I sometimes like to view my models in wireframe mode, but it doesn't show individual faces, only lines representing the general formation of the object. With subdivisions (especially) this does not ...
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Why is this environment texture image showing only a solid color in the 3D view, using Cycles?

I'm having a problem rendering the environment map. I downloaded a sample project that has the same settings as my project but it renders without a problem. I tried using both a .hdr and .png image. ...
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Cycles viewport render different than f12 render?

What could cause this? f12: Viewport: (the f12 has fewer samples, but even when the viewport is at lower samples it looks different..) I know about color management, but that is at the defaults.. ...
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short view distance in 3d view? [duplicate]

Ok so In blender, I'm making a city, but in the 3d view, it disappears when going to a certain distance: I'm not using a camera or anything, this is user perspective Help?
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Background image is not displaying in rendered mode

how to make background image sequence displayed in render mode in the 3D view? I made a 3D tracking and I want to see the original video as a background. This is what i mean: In "material mode" I ...
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Is there a textured but unlit (full bright) viewport mode?

I'm trying to display models that have shading drawn or baked directly on the textures, but I can't figure out how to disable Blender's default scene lighting. If there are no lights in the scene, ...
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I can't see my background image in the 3D view

I try to set up an image as background for a basic blender tutorial, but it isn't visible. This is the image I try to have as background:
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How do I select an object in the 3D viewport?

I am trying to select the cube that in the middle of the scene. How can I select it? All I see is a crosshair appearing everywhere I click. Is this a bug?
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How to reset the center of rotation of the 3d view when it is not the center of the view

Sometimes the 3d view rotation using the 3rd mouse button starts to rotate around an unusual point that is not very convenient. I don't know why it starts doing this, but it usually starts when I'm ...
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Show mesh vertices ID

I am try to do something based on the ID of a vertices. I want blender to show me the vertices ID. How can I have blender show me the ID in the viewport? I do not see an option in the Mesh Display tab....
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How to assign different background images for different 3d views?

I was following this tutorial about creating a spaceship in Blender: As advised I created 3 background images for the three views to be uploaded via the properties bar (N). I did not fail to switch ...
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Is there a Way to Align Camera to View and Fit the View?

Pressing Ctrl Alt NumPad 0 causes the camera to teleport over and align itself to the current view in the 3D viewport. However, it usually takes up only a small portion of the view, meaning that you ...
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How to merge vertices in Blender?

I am attempting to create my first 3D character just for practice. Being one of my first 3d models I going through the learning curve needless to say. In doing so I find myself creating many extra ...
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How can i create a 3d curve/saddle shape?

I have tried and failed to use the Bezier Curve tool to create a 3D saddle shape only managing to bend a plane in one direction. Is this the best way to do so and how should I go about doing it? ...
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Panning with Shift + middle mouse button stopped working

When I pan with the Shift + MMB, it doesn't work. I think I might have accidentally pressed some sort of key-shortcut. It works for other views, so it's not my mouse. What sort of shortcut could I ...
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How do I change the mode of perspective?

I'm working on a scene that, currently, is much more convenient when the view is.. not the correct perspective. There's a word for this, but I have no idea how to phrase it and my tries to look it up ...
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Can matcaps be used for all objects and not just selected objects?

Update, in 2.71 and newer, there is no longer a limitation I like to use Matcaps as they greatly improve the viewport performance and are good when editing to get an idea of what the object looks ...
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Packed images used as background don't show up when reopening the file

I have seen a single (1) mention of View port background images disappearing when the .blend file is saved and reopened. However...the answers are not relative to what I am experiencing. I go ...
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Is there a Blender alternative to Chroma Key rendering in OpenGL?

Self answered Question - no points being sought here. For some months I've been using a transparency phenomena in Blender's 3D viewport that renders objects that are behind semmi-transparent objects ...
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How to change the default views of quad view?

How do I change the TOP ortho view to BACK ortho view for my BACK image? check out the pic I uploaded to see what I'm talking about.
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How to toggle visibible / selectable / renderable for multiple objects?

For quite long time, I was looking for a faster way to toggle (or toggle off) visible / selectable and renderable for many objects, as illustrated below: I know we can do the relatively quick select ...
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How to see Cycle's material transparency in 3D View

I have two planes with the same node setup, but only one of them is transparent in Material Viewport Shading. The one that works was created by the Import Images as Planes addon. The other plane was ...

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