Setting Up Image Planes

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  • Software: Blender 2.73
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A 3D modeler's best friend.

Image planes are an integral part of a modeler's workflow. Whether it's a device, sports car, or character, image planes keep a model's shape and form accountable.

What you will learn

Blender offers 2 native methods for establishing image planes for modeling reference:
  • Background images: UI-based image planes that lack object properties and depend on orthographic/camera views.
  • Image Empties: Object empties masquerading as image planes that can be manipulated like any other object.

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