Use Billboard tool to create a surface with an image mapped onto it
These can be used for entourage, underlays, backdrops or any task where you need to quickly create a surface with an image on it.
Select Billboard tool.
In Tool Options palette click Load File button and select any image file on your computer.
Set Placement options to control desired Size, Orientation, and Scale of billboard object.
Click in modeling window and a billboard object is created.
Tip - Use the Align With View option and the billboard object will always face towards your camera view. You can also move, rotate, or scale the billboard object just like any other object in your scene.