UV textures turn black and don't save

Hi guys! I’ve been learning Blender for the past 10 days and I am loving it. I’ve already done 9 simple models and I expect to continue. Now, the only little problem I have with Blender is that every other model it messes up my UV texture file. Sometimes I have saved but when I open the file at new the texture has turned black. Other times I just switched between object and texture paint mode and the texture turns black. Most of the time I can still see my texture in the tiny preview before selecting image, but when selected it’s only black. The material also goes black. I have turned on “pack external files”, save data block. The only time I seem to be able to keep my textures intact is when I keep saving them as a separate PNG, but that seems inconvenient. I am hoping I am just doing some rookie mistake, but whatever it is I hope someone have had the same problem or know how to fix it. It would make my life a lot easier.

I’ll add a couple of screenshots, please ask if you want screenshots of other menus ect

(Already tried to post this thread, but it vanished and was never approved… if the admin see two of these threads please only approve one and delete the other)


If you create a new texture you will have to save that image to file before closing your .blend file.
In the UV Image Editor window use the Image / Save as Image menu entry.