I’ve just changed over from Maya to Max 5 and am whizzing through the start of the basic tutorials. For the tutorial on basic modelling which creates some chess pieces you have to model the knight. At the start of this tutorial it instructs you to set up a viewport background image. Sounds straightforward…
I followed the intructions to switch on the viewport background in the left view. On the dialog I selected the file, set it to match bitmap aspect and Lock/pan zoom. The display background flag here is on by default. I pressed ok and bingo…nothing.
On the viewport menu the background is ticked on and the settings in the viewport dialog are still set as described above.
I checked through prefs, UI settings etc but couldn’t find anything to make the background show up. I had almost consigned it to being a bug until I loaded up one of the finished tutorial files for the object. Who would have thought it… The background image in the file works fine. I checked the Viewpoort background settings and they are the same as mine…don’t figure.
Even more bizarrely, after loading the tutorial example, I reset from the file menu and tried to set up the background… bingo in the right way this time. It worked without problem.
Unfortunately, after I quit and load up a fresh I can’t get the viewport to display a background again. It’s not that important to me but I am pulling my hair out in sheer frustration.
As it is, at the moment I can get the background to work in the viewport…but only after loading the knight tutorial and then resetting. Bugger.
Any ideas would be much appreciated. I was just getting to really like this move to Max as well. Hopefully this is an easy one for the veterans out there.