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Image Hotspots: What is it and how can I use it?

What are image hotspots?

We’ve introduced another version of hotspot annotations, which allows you to add a still image to your scene. Use them to show alternatives to material, color or shape without having to render an additional scene, or get creative and show before/after shots and more. Image hotspots are another way to enhance your design, and tell your story in the context of the VR scene, without having to flip between VR and catalogs. Image hotspots are available to all accounts. To create a custom plan that fits your business needs, call us at 1-844-310-3429 or email us anytime at

How can I add image hotspots to my project?

First, you will need to add the still images to your VR project. Start off by selecting the VR project you would like to add the still image to, from the Projects page. 

On your project page, go to the “Images” tab.

Yulio dashboard, images tab

Drag and Drop your image into the upload box under the Images tab. Yulio supports any PNG or JPEG images, with no minimum resolution, up to 50 MB in size.

Make sure you are uploading your image under the “Images” tab to create an Image Hotspot. Image hotspots and VR scenes are uploaded under different tabs. You can upload a VR scene under the “Scenes” tab.

Yulio dashboard, scenes tab

Now that you have uploaded your image you need to create the Image Hotspot in your VR project. 

Click on the blue “Experience Editor” button in the top right corner.

Yulio dashboard, hotspot editor

Next, click on the Image tab to access the Image Hotspot editor. 

All the still images you have uploaded will be available here to insert into your VR project.

Click the green + icon to add the Image to your VR project. You can also simply drag and drop the thumbnail into your VR project to place the image. 

Yulio project, add images tab

Once inserted, you can drag the Image Hotspot anywhere in your scene. 

Click on the pencil icon above the hotspot to access the Image Properties panel. Here you can name and adjust the depth of the hotspot.

Yulio project, add images tab

How Do Image Hotspots Appear in a Project?

You can see your Image Hotspot in both browser mode, or in a VR headset.

In the browser “fishtank” view, your Image Hotspot is triggered by clicking. It will open the image as an overlaid thumbnail.

Yulio project, image hotspots

A second click, will enlarge the Image Hotspot in the browser window. 

Image hotspot

In VR, images are triggered by gazing at the Image Hotspot.


Click here for an example of a VR project with an Image Hotspot.

Check out our YouTube channel for more info & tutorials.

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Rachel Chan

Rachel is a writer for Yulio, covering all things VR. With a keen interest in creativity and innovation, Rachel enjoys seeing how businesses use VR in their workflow, and how they have been transformed by it.