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Image Node Preview [$]


Simon Wendsche writes:

I wrote an addon that adds a very basic feature to Cycles/Eevee image texture nodes: it shows a preview thumbnail of the image inside or above the node.

It is available on the Blender Market.


  • High performance: Thumbnails are generated by a C++ worker thread in the background, the Blender UI stays fully responsive at all times
  • Low memory usage: Each thumbnail takes up 265 KiB of graphics RAM (regardless of the size of the previewed texture). 100 thumbnails would use 25.6 MiB - a negligible amount.
  • Supported image formats: jpg, png, hdr, psd, tga, bmp, gif
  • Supported Cycles nodes: Image Texture and Environment Texture
  • No changes are made to the .blend, others without the addon can still open your scenes without problems
  • High-resolution displays supported (works with Blender's resolution scale feature)


  • Thumbnails are not displayed for packed images
  • EXR format currently not supported
  • Thumbnails of image sequences are not updated when changing frames

About Author

Simon Wendsche

I am the author of the Blender addon for LuxCoreRender.


  1. Issanou Kamardine on

    hello, I'm interested to support your project if you plan to add shader preview! This can be amazing for procedural creation.

    God job by the way :D

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