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In a effort to learn the blender interface, which is confusing to say the least, I've chosen to model a model from referrence pictures easily found on the web.

Problem is that I can't ( and won't ) get perfect "right", "front" and "top" pictures. Blender only allows you to see the background pictures when in ortographic mode and only from right|front|top, which doesn't help me.

How to I proceed to model from non-perfect guide images?

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That is where your artistic eye comes into play. You'll need to make the transformation in your mind's eye and then model that. –  Nate Oct 13 '10 at 16:34
    
Start with a reference photo which does have near perfect front/side views. Got to learn the basics first before jumping into the details. –  5ound Oct 13 '10 at 19:29
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My first (successful) Blender modeling-from-reference-images experience came from the fantastically useful Blender Noob-to-Pro wiki. The fox modeling exercise not only supplies the images for you, but gave me some ideas about how I could combine household items and my phone's camera to produce my own reference images - since I'm not patient enough right now to learn how to sketch my own...

Honestly, going through most of that wiki got me to the point where I was able to make sense of almost all of the other tutorials I could find Googling.

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i still have the entire noob-to-pro wiki printed and bindered –  espais Jan 11 '11 at 12:02
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You can also get left, back, bottom views. Try holding shift when using the keypad to activate those views. I would also suggest editing the images in photoshop or something similar first.

The blender noob to pro wiki is a bit out of date. Its not using the most recent Blender version (2.55) and as the interface is completely different, this could be confusing.

Try going to http://www.blenderatists.org/forum or irc freenode #blender for help

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