[Bf-committers] Reference Images Proposal

Paolo Ciccone phciccone at gmail.com
Sat Mar 6 22:29:40 CET 2010

I like the suggestion a lot. 3D Coat has an excellent way of handling image
references with respect to the orientation and Andy's proposal sounds like a
movbe in that direction. It would be a very useful system for modeling and
could be extended to other situations. I like that it brings a simple
solution, from the user's point of view, of what is a routine task.


On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 7:15 AM, 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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