Drag & Drop Actions

  • Where to find it:

    • Image Manager Palette
    • Shelf Palette

Feature requires Mari 4.7 or higher

Node/Layer from Image

Dragging an Image from the Image Manager or Shelf into the Layerstack or Nodegraph will  let you choose which node to use the image in.

To make it a quick process for common nodes, the most used ones are mapped to quick access Hotkeys (Number Keys 1,2,3,4 etc.)

Tool Switching

Dragging an image from the Shelf or Image Manager to the Mari Canvas will automatically switch to the Paint Through Tool and set the dragged image as the

Projection Image.

While Mari by default sets the  Projection image with this action, without Extension pack it will not auto-activate the Paint Through Tool

Node Naming

Dragging an image from Image Manager to the Nodegraph and selecting a Node Type will now auto rename the new node with the format


Example of an automatically named node on creation

UDIM Drag & Drop

Dragging an image containing a UDIM Number in its name/path to Layerstack or Nodegraph, then selecting the 'Image' Node Type, will now
create an image node that is pre-configured to place the image only in the one UDIM.

Example of Automatic placement of an 'Image' Node in UDIMs, when the dragged Image contained a UDIM Number

Material Creation

Dragging more than 3 images from the Image Manager into Ndoegrah or Layerstack will automatically add Material presets found in the shelf to the Node Type Chooser.

This allows you to easily create materials from the selected images

Environment Light Switching

Dragging a .exr or .hdr file from the Shelf or Image Manager to the Mari Canvas will allow you to select its usage:

  • As Paint Through Image
  • As Environment Light

If using it as an Environment Light, it will replace your current Environment Light.

If the Environment Light is turned off, it will turn out automatically.


All the different behavior shown above can be disabled via the Allow Drag & Drop Handling in the Misc Tab of the Mari Preferences.

If off, Extension Pack will not handle any drag & drop events.