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Can you add a bitmap image on to a plane?

david_fawkesdavid_fawkes Member Posts: 3

Is it possible to add an image on to a plane in a part. Then can you see the photo while sketching. I work that way in solidworks and Pro E.


  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 3,335
  • bruce_williamsbruce_williams Member, Developers Posts: 527 PRO


    As Neil shared the help gives the steps to add an image. Then using the image as a 'template' to sketch over works really well.

    A few tips to add:

    1) if you can control and/or determine the overall size of image (at least in one dimension) it will help when sizing the bounding box to get the image scaled correctly

    2) It is wise to put the image on it's own sketch. then it can be shown/hidden separately from the CAD geometry.

    3) Minimize the points on any spline (that is good practice at anytime). There some really good threads on the forum about splines.

    Hope that helps and let us know if anything else.

  • david_fawkesdavid_fawkes Member Posts: 3

    Thanks Bruce, good suggestions, I'll give it a try.

  • romeograhamromeograham Member Posts: 462 PRO

    To add a little tip to what @bruce_williams said on sizing the image.

    In Onshape, if you have a sketch with only 1 dimension it will scale the entire sketch, maintaining aspect ratio (unless you have contraints that prevent this).

    Therefore, you can use an image of whatever size you like. Then draw a line on the image with the ends of the sketch lined up with something in the sketch that you know the correct size. Then you can add a dimension to that line, setting it to the correct size. Voila, the whole sketch will scale to make your dimensioned line correct.

    Now that your image is scaled correctly, you can add dimensions and constraints to place the image correctly.

  • StephenGStephenG Member Posts: 297 ✭✭✭

    Yes, one can insert a bit map into a part studio sketch but the image's usefulness is limited to creating sketch geometry. If the intent is to also have the image appear in an assembly, or a drawing, you are out of luck. Onshape at the present moment does not display bitmap images in assemblies or drawings.

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