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Using Background Images in Blender 2.8


Derek Elliott writes:

Hey BlenderNation -- by popular demand I have put together a quick tutorial going over how to utilize background images in Blender 2.8!

This is a bit different than the 2.79 method so this tutorial will get you up to speed on the new system and maybe teach you a few tricks along the way.

Let me know in the comments here or on YouTube if you have any questions!

About the Author

Derek Elliott

Hi, I'm Derek! I've been using Blender for over 10 years and in the past 2 years I have made my living with this beautiful software. Most recently, I've begun making tutorials on YouTube to teach new users the same way I learned.


  1. Older method of placing background images was more elegant and doesn't need any tutorials, as it was so simple.
    Why always the need to change something that is not broken ?

      • When i have a front view and a side view image (etc), I do not want that image to be getting in the way when trying to work outside of those views. The fact that the background images would not be visible when you were not looking along the relevant axis was exceptionally useful, as it prevented them from obscuring the edges and vertices of the model from behind when working in wireframe. If these reference images had the option to only be visible when looking along a specific axis i could see them acting as a substitute, but as is they are a separate tool, they seem optimized for images to refer to every now and then in the corner of your screen. Not references for matching vertices to locations on the image from behind.

  2. Can perhaps someone develop an addon to bring the good simple easy not-tut necessary method back ?
    I just hope this will not become so "religious" like the left click was for years !

  3. The more you guys mention it, you're right. The old way was definitely quicker. I do think it was in a weird place though and was not intuitive at least at first.

    Also -- just to be clear, the fact that I made a tutorial on this doesn't really have anything to do with difficulty of the new system. I have some old tutorials that go over the old method (as only a piece of a larger tutorial) and a lot of people using 2.8 were commenting that they couldn't find the background image option. That was the primary reason I made it.

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