How to Project Decals and Images onto Object Surfaces in Blender

Featured image for a blog post explaining how to project images onto object surfaces in Blender. The image shows the Gachoki Studios logo with a transparent background on the left, and an orange sphere. As you progress to the right, the logo is projected onto the orange sphere. The title "PROJECT AN IMAGE" is displayed at the bottom.
How to project images onto object surfaces in Blender

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These methods can be used to also add decals and logos to 3D objects. They a compatible with EEVEE and Cycles render engines.

Method 1: Project images onto object surfaces the manual way

How to activate the import images as planes addon in Blender
Activating the import images as planes addon in Blender
  • On Blender’s header menu, go to Edit > Preferences > Add-ons
  • Activate the Import Images as Planes add-on
How to import an image as plane in Blender
How to import an image as a plane in Blender
  • Press Shift + A on your keyboard and go to Image > Images as Planes
  • From the popup select the image or decal you want to project
  • Align the image to the position you want to project to the object
How to add Shrinkwrap modifier in Blender
How to add a Shrinkwrap modifier in Blender
  • With the image selected, go to the Modifiers tab and add the Shrinkwrap modifier
  • For Target, choose the object you want to project the image
How to subdivide a mesh in Blender
How to subdivide a mesh in Blender
  • With the image selected, press the TAB key on your keyboard to go into Edit mode
  • Press W and select Subdivide
  • On the Number of Cuts, section put 15
  • Press TAB again to go back to Object mode
How to adjust the offset value on Shrinkwrap modifier in Blender
How to adjust the offset value on the Shrinkwrap modifier in Blender
  • Adjust the Offset value on the Shrinkwrap modifier until you are satisfied with the projection

Method 2: Project images onto object surfaces using the Product Rendering Tools add-on

Product Rendering Tools add-on has tools that enable you to import and project an image in a fraction of the time. Not only that, it takes just a few clicks.

Here is how it works:

How to import images using Product Rendering Tools addon in Blender
How to import images using Product Rendering Tools addon in Blender
  • Import your image or decal
How to project an image to a mesh using Product Rendering Tools addon in Blender
How to project an image to a mesh using Product Rendering Tools addon in Blender
  • Project the image to a mesh

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