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Using the Images as Planes Add-on for Background Images


images as planes add-on

Background images have their use in Blender when guiding your modeling or animation process, but they have their limitations as well. In particular, you're not able to stretch or rotate your image. Christopher Yonge uses the 'Images as Planes' add-on as an alternative and shows you how to use it in this video he created for his animation class in University of California at Santa Cruz.

About his classes, Chris says:

University of California at Santa Cruz offers digital modeling and animation classes for registered students 3-4 times a year. The digital modeling classes average 180 students per quarter, the animation class around 50. Blender has been used since they were started three years ago and has proved ideal for teaching and production.

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Adds the missing piece of functionality that Image-Empties lack, and that is a fully time-line integrated movie clip as a reference image. Good for quick rotoscoping setups.

  2. Kirill Trideshny on

    This must be a standard IMO. The only one thing I'm not happy here is a bad mixing of semi-transparent images on planes. GLSL is a weak part of Blender, sadly.

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