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Projection Texture Painting

Projection texture painting allows an artist to paint on texture mapped on a 3D model. Unlike painting in the image editor, projection texture painting is done in the 3D viewport of blender.

Getting Started

To enter texture paint mode, you need to select a mesh object and select Texture Paint from the mode menu (the one which toggles between Object, Edit etc. modes).

Painting on a 3D model requires some setup before being possible. Blender needs a way to map an image to the 3D model. This is accomplished by using a UV map (see UV Mapping for more details), so if the model hasn't been unwrapped yet, it should be unwrapped prior to entering Texture Paint mode. The image assigned to the UV layer is also used for painting. That means that the user should either:

  • unwrap the model while the target image is being displayed in the image editor window, or
  • unwrap, and while still in edit mode, change the image in the UV editor window to the target image.

If the target image is not square, the first method is preferable, so that unwrapping accounts for the aspect ratio of the image.


Project Paint panel

There are a known limitations in painting...

  • Overlapping UVs are not supported (as with texture baking).
  • When painting onto a face which is partially behind the view (in perspective mode), the face can't be painted on. To avoid, this zoom out or use an Ortho mode viewport.
  • When painting onto a face in perspective mode onto a low poly object with normals pointing away from the view, painting may fail; to workaround disable the Normal option in the paint panel.
    Typically this happens when painting onto the side of a cube T34665
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World and Ambient Effects


World Background

Ambient Effects

Stars (2.69)

Game Engine


Introduction to the Game Engine
Game Logic Screen Layout


Logic Properties and States
The Logic Editor


Introduction to Sensors
Sensor Editing
Common Options
-Actuator Sensor
-Always Sensor
-Collision Sensor
-Delay Sensor
-Joystick Sensor
-Keyboard Sensor
-Message Sensor
-Mouse Sensor
-Near Sensor
-Property Sensor
-Radar Sensor
-Random Sensor
-Ray Sensor
-Touch Sensor


Controller Editing
-AND Controller
-OR Controller
-NAND Controller
-NOR Controller
-XOR Controller
-XNOR Controller
-Expression Controller
-Python Controller


Actuator Editing
Common Options
-2D Filters Actuator
-Action Actuator
-Camera Actuator
-Constraint Actuator
-Edit Object Actuator
-Game Actuator
-Message Actuator
-Motion Actuator
-Parent Actuator
-Property Actuator
-Random Actuator
-Scene Actuator
-Sound Actuator
-State Actuator
-Steering Actuator
-Visibility Actuator

Game Properties

Property Editing

Game States



Camera Editing
Stereo Camera
Dome Camera




Material Physics
No Collision Object
Static Object
Dynamic Object
Rigid Body Object
Soft Body Object
Vehicle Controller
Sensor Object
Occluder Object

Path Finding

Navigation Mesh Modifier

Game Performance

Framerate and Profile
Level of Detail

Python API

Bullet physics


Standalone Player
Licensing of Blender Game

Android Support

Android Game development