The Image Editor lets you create, view, and edit images, as well as see render results and intermediate Compositor output.
Used to sample the color of one or more pixels in the image. As long as you hold LMB, the footer will show the following:
X and Y coordinates of the mouse cursor.
Color in RGBA.
Color in RGB after Color Management.
Color in HSV.
- Sample Size
The dimensions of the square used to sample underlying pixels. If larger than 1, the resulting sample is an average of all underlying pixels.
See Annotations for more information.
Tools for controlling how the content is displayed in the editor. See Navigating.
Tools for opening and manipulating images. Shows an asterisk if the image has unsaved changes. See Editing.
Apart from loading existing images, you can also create new ones:
In addition to images, the data-block selector includes the following items:
Render Result: displays renders. When this item is selected, the Slot, View Layer, and Render Pass selectors become available (see below).
Viewer Node: displays the image that's fed into the Viewer Node in the Compositor.
- Image Pin
Prevents the Image Editor from automatically switching to the texture of the selected object. (This switching only happens if the 3D Viewport is in Texture Paint mode).
The render slot to view (and render to). You can create new renders without losing previous ones by selecting an empty slot before rendering. Afterwards, you compare them by pressing J and Alt-J to cycle forwards and backwards. Alternatively, you can use the number keys 1, 2, 3 etc. to select the slot with the corresponding number.
Slots can be renamed by double clicking their name in the Image panel in the Sidebar.
- View Layer
The View Layer to display.
- Render Pass
The Render Pass to display.
- Viewport Gizmos
Lets you show/hide all gizmos using the toggle button, or specific gizmos using the drop-down arrow.
- Display Channels
Select which color channels are displayed.
- Color & Alpha:
Enables transparency and shows a checkerboard behind the image.
Displays the alpha channel as a grayscale image. White areas are opaque, black areas are transparent.
Displays the depth from the camera, from Clip Start to Clip End, as specified in the Camera settings.
- Red, Green, Blue:
Single color channel visualized as a grayscale image.
Holding RMB will sample the image just like the Sample tool, except it will always sample only one pixel.