[Bf-committers] Reference Images Proposal

Campbell Barton ideasman42 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 8 15:59:14 CET 2010

it would still be adding geometry which would be constrained to the
current draw system, having empties reference images means we can
define a different draw method which ignores draw types, its also a
bit odd to have a modifier that only creates data (ie, not a

If we have image data for an empty we could then adjust alpha,
add/multiply blending and useful options not available to meshes, all
in the empty data panel.

On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 3:48 PM, Charles Wardlaw
<cwardlaw at marchentertainment.com> wrote:
> What about a modifier?  Add the "image plane" modifier to an empty,
> and it holds all the data.
> ~ C
> On Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 9:03 AM, Campbell Barton <ideasman42 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Update: Discussed over lunch & Ton reckons having image as obdata for
>> empties is OK, but not adding a new object type.
>> This can replace background images as suggested earlier.
>> This can be added regardless of how projection paint ends up working
>> since being able to place a reference image is important, while it
>> adds some overhead to have objects for each reference image it also
>> means we can support them without adding new ways to manage layers,
>> drawing, hiding, transforming a new data type, copy to another scene
>> etc.
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