[Bf-committers] Reference Images Proposal

Andy Braham andybraham at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 6 17:43:28 CET 2010

As for existing background images would it be best to convert them? If a 
background image is found we could create a reference image with its 
origin at X:0, Y:0, Z:0 and direction facing the same as the previous 
view (right = X:1, Y:0, Z:0)

The Drag and Drop is a good option, could we take it a little further by 
adding a drop would create the empty/image?


On 3/6/2010 8:14 AM, Campbell Barton wrote:
> 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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