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Questions pertaining to 2D images in blender. Use this tag for image textures, baking images, and any other question relating to images.

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Can Blender render pngs with the background transparent?

I would like to render an animation as a series of .png images with transparent backgrounds for use in a video. Is this possible?
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How do I completely remove an image from my .blend file?

I'm creating a model for a 3D game that will eventually be exported using a custom Python script. This model makes heavy use of UV textures. However, the project now references a bunch of images that ...
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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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How do I put an image texture on a material in Cycles?

I am creating a model of a glass and I would like to put a drawing on it (a png picture). I know how to do it using Blender Render, but not with Cycles Render. Help :)
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How to give an image or video a TV screen effect?

I thought it would be interesting to create a .blend that filters any regular video or image with vintage television look. Edit: Although this question initially arose from my desire to create a ...
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How can I render an object with an hdr background?

I have an object with an hdr for the background. What do I do in Cycles to render the background with my object? How is this different from an ordinary render in Cycles? The hdr is a big one, 350MB.
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Why can't I import a SVG file from Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape?

I've tried multiple times to import a SVG file from illustrator CS5.5 to Blender 2.71 and 2.73. However, I do not see a mesh, curve, or anything pop up in my "Outliner" window. So I know its not so ...
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Is it possible to create image data and save to a file from a script

I'm currently trying to extract textures from a binary file, and ideally I'd like to save each texture to a file or embed in the .blend file. However, before saving ...
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What does the compression setting do to a PNG?

I was most surprised to find that the compression setting in the render settings, made a huge difference in the file size of a png. Is there any image quality degradation with the compression on? ...
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How to create a gradient texture?

I am wondering how to recreate some kinds of effects (you can easily do in Photoshop) in Blender. I want to create the gradient textures like ones pictured below, should I render objects and blur ...
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Add a transparent image on top of a material [duplicate]

I'm designing this animal-type creature, and want to add a transparent .png image to its face with the face features (object has a subsurf). On the left is the image with the features, on the right is ...
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Save all render passes to EXR image?

I am having an issue with EXR file export that I did not encounter in previous versions of Blender. I used to be able to render a render layer with all its passes and get all the passes included with ...
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How to show render-stamp for arbitrary values?

Is it possible to take arbitrary properties and display them in the render stamp as some other software do. (Click the image for larger version)
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How to refresh loaded textures

I am working on a scene, and using CrazyBump to export Displacement and Normal maps; I want to tweak the textures, but currently I need to restart Blender before they update. Is it possible to ...
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How to convert image sequence to video using the VSE?

I've exported all my frames to .png. Could you please explain (step by step) how to convert images to video using the video sequence editor? I used to export as .avi raw before, but because I'm ...
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What image format encodes the fastest, or at least faster? PNG is too slow

When rendering [in 2.80], I have discovered that video streams save much faster than rendering to PNG files. This is frustrating to me because I have learned that the safety of image frame rendering ...
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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 disable texture filtering?

I have a model that is simple and uses low-resolution textures. I'd like to be able to disable the texture filtering so that the textures look sharp and pixels stand out. An ideal answer would ...
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Meaning of UV in “UV/Image Editor”

In Blender they speak about the UV/Image Editor. I cannot find the meaning of the letters "UV". What is UV standing for ?
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What does Save As Render do to the image when saving it?

So you render your image in cycles, and then go to save it, then in the bottom left corner is options, and both ticked are save as copy and save as render, and I'm wondering what "save as render" does?...
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How can you save Blender materials as image files?

How can I change my object material to an image texture? I want to be able to export a blender material applied to an object as (for example) a .png file. Is this possible ?
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Using image sequence of medical scans as volume data in cycles

I know it's possible to do this in BI, but I need your help to do this in cycles. For now, I have a setup to use an image sequence as volume but it only shows 1 slice/frame. I'm using generated ...
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Baking normal maps in blender: “Error: No objects or images found to bake to”

This happens pretty much every time I try to bake normal maps. It's quite a broad error message and I still don't know exactly what the problems I'm having are, only that if I keep clicking things for ...
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How to place a .png texture with transparency over a material

I am trying to create a low poly face with a face from a .png file. The issue is I already have material placed for hair and skin, as shown in the picture below. I have created a .png file with a ...
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How to combine two different textures into one

After applying to a small studio and making a model of an axe with two pieces which meant separate UV maps. After submitting the model and textures, I was told that both the blade and handle of the ...
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Is there any way to save background images in the .blend file?

I'm trying to use the background images option to model from blueprints. After I cropped, loaded, positioned and scaled in each viewport, things were going pretty well with the modeling. I saved the ...
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Is there some way to map different image textures to instances of linked duplicates?

My understanding is that linked duplicates share an object's material properties and mesh data, but not its object transform properties. In a scene I am working on, I very much like the efficiency of ...
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Extracting parallax data from only two photos to help reconstruct a 3D scene

In terms of integrating Blender renders with existing photographs, is there a way to create a set of Blender mesh points using the parallax info between just a pair of stereo photographs? I've gotten ...
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How to get reflections from 3D to show up on real images

Andrew Price released a nice tutorial on how to nicely put 3D objects on top of a real image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjWoglMYXBE I have seen images, such as this: https://s3.amazonaws.com/...
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Save the 2D bounding box of an object in rendered image to a text file

I have a blend file with a moving object and want to save the object's bounding box positions (x, y, ...
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Importing PNG series with Import Image as Plane is blurred and has artefacts

I am using a series of .png images (from green screen footage) with alpha channels. However, when I try to import image(s) as plane(s) in a rendered scene, the image is blurry with anti-aliasing off. ...
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Fake user in UV Editor. What is it for?

I wonder what is the Fake User in UV Editor for. Since I know you can't restore the render result after closing Blender (without saving). Any ideas?
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How to save print-quality screenshots of the 3D view?

My question may look somewhat similar for the ones already answered on different forums "how to capture high resolution screenshots of blender"; although I don't care about the user interface at all! ...
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How do you animate image texture materials in blender cycles with keyframes?

I have an image texture material on a mesh already in blender cycles 2.75... I was wondering how to change the material with keyframes so it changes to different pictures in the animation... I tried ...
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Can I change the speed of an image sequence?

I'm using an image sequence in a material, it draws a series of incremental model outputs for a flooding on a landscape. However it's moving too fast for the rest of the flyover animation. It doesn't ...
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Image Alpha Background Renders Black when using “Import Images as Planes”

I must be missing something here. I'm doing an extremely simple Import Image as Plane using the AddOn and the imported image has an alpha background but it renders (and even previews in the material ...
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Delete all unused textures from Blender using Python

With large projects that have hundreds of textures, it can be very difficult to deal with them in the UV image editor using the following little drop-down menu. The best solution that I've come with ...
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How do I scale my reference images correctly within Blender and is there an easier way?

I am trying to model this car and I got the blueprints and cropped each of the views and check that they were all within the scale of each other. I used these blueprints here http://carblueprints....
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Exporting Cycles Sky to skybox images

I followed a tutorial Adding Clouds to Blender Cycles' Sky Texture on how to generate a nice sky in Blender with good results. Now I want to export the sky as 6 images for making a skybox in my game ...
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Auto save images along with .blend

Blender has a very irritating quirk in which it fails to save an image that you have painted on, when the .blend is saved. To fix this you have to remember to use "save as image", before you save the ....
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Why should texture resolutions be powers of 2?

It's often said that texture dimensions should be square powers of two (512x512, 1024x1024, 2048x2048...), but what is the purpose of this really? I've given this advice myself and do it whenever I ...
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Colour shift when viewing render outside of blender

So this is what occurs the left is original right is when its saved knowing tiff saves it raw, I did it and was able to open it in Photoshop the same way(correct) it was in blender but just like ...
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Why won't Blender let me import .svg files?

I know this seems to be a repetitive question, but nothing seems to work for me. I am trying to make two ping pong paddles to put in Blender using Inkscape. I've watched the YouTube tutorials, and I ...
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Why is accessing image data so slow?

This script in the Python console: ...
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Can I get a more fine grained zoom in the UV/Image editor?

In the UV/Image editor, and consequently when viewing the render results, the zoom has pretty big increments. If I render at 1920x1080 or larger, I can get the image to fit almost perfectly to the ...
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Can you replicate Optics Compensation in VSE?

The Effect "Optics Compensation" in After Effects is great to compensate the distortion of certain lenses such as Fisheye lenses or wide angle, etc. I have only so far been able to replicate this in ...
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How to save still renders straight to disk like animations?

Animation frames get saved to disk automatically. Still images do not. Is there a setting that can be changed so that single-frame renders also get saved to disk automatically upon completion? To ...
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How can you make the mesh in a 3D view a bit transparent?

I'm modelling with a reference image as a background image, but I can't see it through the mesh. How can I make it a bit transparent in the 3D view so I can see the image? NOTE: I'm doing this in ...
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Is there a way to tell Blender NOT to load certain images during render?

So I have this problem, renders take too long because its loading unnecesary images. I'm working on an animation and I'm using very large Images with all the character frames. And I want to somehow ...
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Save image as for example .png by a script

My export script should export all images that the user might have used as textures. I don't have problems collecting the images. I also don't have a problem emulating being in an image-editor. The ...

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