[Bf-committers] Reference Images Proposal

Campbell Barton ideasman42 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 6 17:14:23 CET 2010

Some more fun things...

8) Would be nice to have an "Add Image Reference" in the add menu
which could select from images, would bring up a search menu if there
were >10 (just like add group).

9) Drag and drop an image from the file selector onto a mesh applies
it to the texture, but dropping onto an empty could make it a
reference :)

Generally this gets a +1 from me but what happens to existing
background images? - is this removed? if so we can use do_versions to
add empties. is this an acceptable replacement?

On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 4:15 PM, Andy Braham <andybraham at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>     I wanted to start work on improving background images, right now
> the only thing that can be done with background images is adjusting the
> scale, and x/y position this does not leave very much flexibility. What
> I propose on doing is creating a "Reference Image" or "Image" option in
> empty objects, or possibly adding a new "Image" object using empty
> objects as the foundation. This would eliminate the need to adjust the
> images external to Blender plus many more benefits:
> 1.) Image orientation - Allows any image orientation and scale helping
> with aligning and fine tuning images.
> 2.) Multiple Images with varying depths - This functionality would be
> invaluable when modeling objects with cross sections.
> 3.) Scenes - Allows images to be used as objects in scenes saving time
> on modeling and allows "stacked" image backgrounds
>                       similar to cartoon style backgrounds.
> 4.) Foreground Images - By using X-Ray the image would be rendered in
> the foreground.
> 5.) Projection - When Project Paint is finished this will allow the
> addition for the ability to move the image over a object and project
>                              the image into the texture.
> 6) Flexibility - This allows Blender to be much more flexible by not
> tying the images to just a view orientation.
> 6.) Implementation - This functionality would be quite easy to implement
> since none of the views would be affected by adding more options.
>  I would really like some feedback on this from everyone.
> /Thanks,
> Andy Braham/
> [IRC: Smurfinator]
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- Campbell

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