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Background and reference images disappear in the Local view
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Blender Version
Broken: 2.8 release
Worked: 2.79

Short description of error

When entering local view background images disappear with all the other unselected objects because they're treated as objects now.

Exact steps for others to reproduce the error

  1. New file with a cube.
  2. Load a background or reference image.
  3. Create a sphere and select it.
  4. Press / to enter the local view.

Desired effect (2.79): The cube disappears, the reference/background image stays visible.

Actual effect (2.80): Both the cube and the reference/background image disappear.

Possible workaround: Manually select the background image before pressing /. That's not very handy, because you have to select the background image every time and it can be covered by other objects. It certainly slows down the work. Besides, I would really prefer leaving the background images unselectable to avoid accidentally selecting them all the time.

Another workaround: Make the background images unselectable. Select the required object. Make a script/macro to invert the selection and hide the selected objects. This requires knowing how to do scripts or macros or paid addons (I used Pie Menu Editor for this). Besides, that's not really the local view, you just hide all the objects. Therefore it doesn't work with such handy tools as MACHIN3tools Focus (free addon).

Proposed solution: In the object data properties of background images add a "Display Local" checkbox under the "Display Orthographic" and the "Display Perspective" checkboxes, that would enable the image to stay visible in the local view.



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