Quick Tips in 3ds Max - Removing a Background Image

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  • 2012
  • Basics
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Quick Tips in 3ds Max - Removing a Background Image

This 3ds Max quick tip shows you how to remove a viewport background image permanently.


Notes

  • Recorded in: 3ds Max 2012
  • This tip is intended for use with 3ds Max version 2012 or higher.

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If you've ever used an image as a Viewport Background, then you already know
how easy it is to set it up.

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All you need to do is press Alt+B to get to the Viewport Background dialog box,
then choose a file, adjust options and there you have it.

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But as easy as it is to define a background image, it's not as easy to get rid of it.

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There is nothing in the Viewport Background dialog that enables you to delete
an image already in use.

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The best you can hope for is to replace it, or simply to disable its visibility
so that it doesn't appear in the viewport.

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But that presents you with a different problem because although you don't see it,
it's still part of the scene.

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If you are not careful, you might ultimately get errors if you delete or misplace the image file.

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Notice as the Asset Tracking dialog is refreshed how the image file is shown to be used in the scene.

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To totally get rid of a background image definition, you need to use a simple MaxScript command.

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In the bottom left corner of the screen, in the white Max Listener box, type in the command:
backgroundimagefilename = "" and press Enter.

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This does it. Notice in the Viewport Background dialog how the image definition has been wiped out.

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Notice also how the asset has disappeared from the Asset Tracking list after a refresh.
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