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BlendRef, A simple reference viewer add-on for Blender


Sreeraj R writes:

BlendRef is a simple image reference addon I developed for Blender. While using import image as references or other third party addons, I encountered viewport cluttering and interference. This is an attempt to solve this issue.

You can load multiple images at once, scale, rotate and shift the individual images. You can also rearrange and organise image references like multiple node trees.

Hope it will be useful for you.

I have also made all my past addons free to download, including the TwoDPhysics addon for 2D rigidbody simulation inside Blender.



  1. Cool! I literally have Inscape open right now with 20 odd reference images.

    Would really like the standard G, R, S Blender keys to be used to control the location, rotation and scale of the images.

    and just to be sure, do all the images and the positions etc save in the standard .blend file?
    and if they do is there a way to remove them to clean up the final version?

    • I also wanted to use the same, but since those keys are reserved for node editor operators , assigning them will break other operations.

      Yes, all the images and positions are saved just like any other data block. You can delete and clean up as usual.

  2. More shortcut to remember why not g to move r to rotate to be consistent with blender. What if we don't want to use keyboard shORtcuts. It seems blender devs are keyboard shortcut triggered Happy. By year 2050, no more shortcut left to use except for crtl shift alt r just to do a task.

    • As I mentioned above those keys are reserved to other operators in node editor, so assigning them will break usual workflow. Trust me I don't like these overcomplicated shortcuts either, in fact it took me a long time to figure out which one is not used.

      If you look at the end of the video, it shows the same can be done by sliders in the properties panel.

      • Any chances you could add scaling on another hotkey like Alt + s its sometimes annoying to look for that small arrows to scale up the image

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