85+ Cool jQuery Effects Roundup

March 26, 2012 · 14 comments

by Lars

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jQuery effects are used more or less all over the Internet today. Just a few years ago Flash was dominating the scene for interactive and dynamic websites. The arrival of JavaScript libraries like jQuery have made it a lot easier to do advanced stuff with JavaScript, but of course the fact that Apple didn’t let Flash into their iPhones and iPads may also have pushed the development in this direction. Further the mobile movement have also helped speed up the adoption of HTML5 and as an example Canvas Animation is opening up for a lot of possibilities when it comes to developing dynamic effects in a standard way.  There are even countless examples of HTML5 games available online showing us the capabilities of these rather new technologies.

Enough about HTML5 here. You should check out some HTML5 tutorials if you have still haven’t jumped the HTML5-wagon. Here in this article we will focus on jQuery effects in various categories. Many of these jQuery effects plugins, tutorials etc. are very useful and should be simple to use. If I missed any cool resources then please let me know in a comment! Also please let us know what side you are on…Flash?… HTML5+CSS3+JavaScript?…


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jQuery Effects Index

Animation Effects

An amazing animated parallax effect using CSS and jQuery

parallax-effect

jParallax turns a selected element into a ‘window’, or viewport, and all its children into absolutely positioned layers that can be seen through the viewport. These layers move in response to the mouse, and, depending on their dimensions (and options for layer initialisation), they move by different amounts, in a parallaxy kind of way.

jQuery.Smart3D

jquery-smart-3d

This is an effect which can be used on site-header. It’s very simple to use: several layers glued together into a 3D effect.

3D Sphere

3d-sphere

In this effect the elements move in a way that they look as if it were one rotating sphere.

3D Tag Cloud

3d-tag-cloud

This works like a carousel but the elements fades into the distance at the end. It also interacts with the mouse. The greater the distance of the mouse from the center the faster it rotates.

Easy Scroll

easy-scroll

This easy scroll application was made to simplify your work and save you time in developing any kind of web template or application, it can be easily inserted in any context and has a wide range of parameters that can make your scrolling unique.

Image Cube

Image Cube

The image cube functionality can easily be added to a division with appropriate default settings. It then displays the images contained within the targetted division in a cycle every two seconds. A random rotation is chosen each time to move to the next image. Highlights and shadows are used to enhance the 3D effect.

Spritely

Spritely

jQuery spritely is a jQuery plugin created by Artlogic for creating dynamic character and background animation in pure HTML and JavaScript. It’s a simple, light-weight plugin with a few simple methods for creating animated sprites such as the birds you see on this page, and dynamic scrolling backgrounds. You can use it on any html web page, and any part of the page can interact with a sprite (click anywhere on this page and wait and you’ll see what we mean).

Animated Curtain

Animated Curtain

With this effect you can animate a curtain to open to show a text or image the moment the rope is clicked.

jQuery Animated Content Changer

jquery-animated-content-changer

jQuery Animated Content Changer is a jQuery plugin that allows you to easily manage dynamic html content. With only very simple html, you can add nice features to your website’s content. The way the change is animation is pretty cool.

jQuery Animated Postcard

jQuery Animated Postcard

Try this wonderful effect to animate the postcard inspired designs you have. With this effect, the clouds and the lifesaving float moves at the same time.

Dynamic PNG shadow position & opacity with jQuery

dynamic-png-shadow-position

In this animation, you can drag objects and place them anywhere you want. It also features a switch that can be turned on to amaze your visitors.

Quicksand

Quicksand

It’s a nice way of reordering and filtering things with a nice shuffling animation. With this, you can make a beautiful library to make your work organized.

Puffing Smoke Effect in jQuery

smoke-effect

This effect can be customized so that the chimney can puff a smoke of whatever shape you want. The one above puffs Super Mario Images. This is perfect to be used in headers.

jAni jQuery Plugin Animation

jani-jquery-animation

jAni is a simple plugin for jQuery which allows you animate background images. The plugin is basically an alternative to the animated GIF but with several benefits. At first, it’s always better to use an animated GIF as this format is supported by all browsers without any JavaScript code or additional markup, but the “dark side” of it is that an animated GIF allows only 256 colors and you cannot control animation in any way.

Gravitational Simulation in jQuery

Gravitational Simulation in jQuery

Drop the blocks by touching the red strings with your mouse. This is what this effect can do.

JCoverflip

jcoverflip

jCoverflip has been developed to enable fast and granular customization of the look and feel and feature set.

Animated Landscape Header with jQuery

Animated Landscape Header with jQuery

This effect has a cartoon themed landscape with elements which slide out to reveal additional content.

jQuery Parallax

jQuery Parallax

This is a parallax style implementation of user interactions. When the mouse moves over the document (or a specific element) the actions can be translated to modify any CSS property of an element for example an image position, to give a parallax style effect.

Rezoner’s jEffects

jeffects

This effect enhances user interaction by providing decorative effects. It’s all packaged into an intuitive jQuery plugin. Thus, you can sprinkle cool effects on your screen once your mouse is moved.

Rotating Billboard with jQuery

Rotating Billboard with jQuery

Use CSS and jQuery to create the effect of a rotating billboard with two ads. Through this you can make one set of image slices disappear while another one (the other ad) appear giving the look of rotating slices, just like in a rotating billboard system.

jQuery Flight Board

jQuery Flight Board

A jQuery plugin that sets a division to flip between text messages like a flight board at an airport. The flight board functionality can easily be added to a division with appropriate default settings. It then displays the messages in a cycle after two seconds. Highlights and shadows are used to enhance the 3D effect.

Animated Cartoon Robot with jQuery

Animated Cartoon Robot with jQuery

You can use this effect to amuse your visitors or create this out of fun. It’s an animated way of to inspire someone to look beyond the perceived constraints of web designers and developers.

Circulate

Circulate

This is a very amusing plugin. Once you open it, the object will revolve around the page and if you click the buttons, it will jump in a circular motion and bounce back into position.

JavaScript Sprite Animation Using jQuery

sprite-animation

With this effect you can add amusement to your pages by having your visitors flip the pages of this animated Javascript using jQuery.

Flip

flip

Flip is a jQuery plugin that will flip easily your elements in four directions.

Custom Animation Banner with jQuery

Custom Animation Banner with jQuery

Creating a custom animation banner with jQuery. With this animation setup, you can have different elements in a banner that will animate in a nifty fashion.

Flip HTML content in 3D

Flip HTML content in 3D

Rotate3Di is a jQuery Effect Plugin that makes it possible to do an isometric 3D flip or 3D rotation of any HTML content. It also enables custom 3D rotation animations. CSS3 Transforms are used to create this visual “3D” isometric effect.

Transition Effects

Create a Stunning Sliding Door Effect with jQuery

sliding-door-effect

Cool hover effect for a portfolio page.

jqFancyTransitions

jqFancyTransitions jqFancyTransitions is easy-to-usejQuery plugin for displaying your photos as slideshow with fancy transition effects. jqFancyTransitions is compatible and fully tested with Safari 2+, Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 2+, Google Chrome 3+, Opera 9+.

Jquery Fade InFade Out

Jquery Fade InFade Out

This jQuery effect fades in and fades out anything whether it is an image, text or even a link in a nice and smooth fashion.

jQuery Captify

image

Captify is a plugin for jQuery written by Brian Reavis to display simple, pretty image captions that appear on rollover.

KEN BURNER

KEN BURNER

Kenburner is the premium way of using a slider in your website. A combination of Ken Burns Effect, state-of-the-art Slider and Text Animations defines this slider.

Customize this slider with just a little HTML and CSS to your very needs. Give each slider some captions to transport your message. Use your Ken Burns Animated banner elements with the possibility of playing YouTube and Vimeo clips in a special detail view with describing text.

Animate a hover with jQuery

animate-hover½

Animate an image while hovering it and show the visitors information while doing that. Sounds simple huh? Well it is, but the effect is nice and can be nice for a portfolio.

jSquares

jSquares

jSquares is a jQuery plugin that pops up an image and a description in an overlay on hover.

Revealing Photo Slider

revealing-photo-slider

How to create a thumbnail photo gallery, where clicking a button would reveal the entire photo and more information about that photo. The animation used look quite good.

The Sexy Curls jQuery Plugin

The Sexy Curls jQuery Plugin

Sexy Curls jQuery plugin is an open source solution which lets you share in the beauty of the page fold feature with ease. It uses the jQuery UI and its resizable package.

jQuery Booklet

jQuery Booklet

Booklet is a jQuery tool for displaying content on the web in a flipbook layout. It is built using the jQuery library.

jQuery pageSlide

jQuery pageSlide

This plugin allows any developer to recreate a similar interaction on their own website using a few simple lines of Javascript. By attaching the method to an anchor tag, pageSlide wraps the original body content into a wrapper and creates an additional block for the secondary content load. The slide is animated whenever the click event is invoked.

Sponsor Flip Wall With jQuery & CSS

Sponsor Flip Wall With jQuery & CSS

Amaze your readers by adding this nice effect which flips an object to reveal the content on its underside.

Grid Accordion with jQuery

Grid Accordion with jQuery

The Grid Accordion works with the same theory as most other accordions. Only one cell is open at a time. The big thing is that the column of the current open cell expands to a reasonable reading width.

HighlightFade

HighlightFade

This effect highlights and then fades a text or an image with a click of the mouse. It can be made to display a highlighting box of different colors.

Dynamic Page / Replacing Content

Dynamic Page / Replacing Content

The feature of this Dynamic page/replacing content is that it replaces the content of the page if the navigation button is clicked instead of opening another window.

jQuery Cycle Plugin-Effects Browser

jQuery Cycle Plugin-Effects Browser

The jQuery Cycle Plugin is a slideshow plugin that supports many different types of transition effects. It supports pause-on-hover, auto-stop, auto-fit, before/after callbacks, click triggers and much more. It also supports, but does not require, the Metadata Plugin and the Easing Plugin.

Image Editing and Adjustment jQuery Effects

SALOON

Saloon is a jQuery Banner Rotator which animates your image and text slides with transition effects of the wide library. Easy installation, great transitions and text animations define the freshline style. See the heaps of custom transitions/animations for each object on the page! Customize this slider with just a little HTML and CSS to your very needs. Give each slider a description and more elements to transport your message.

The touch style drag and rool feature if pretty cool.

Saloon jQuery Image Slider Plugin

jCrop

jCrop

Jcrop is the quick and easy way to add image cropping functionality to your web application. It combines the ease-of-use of a typical jQuery plugin with a powerful cross-platform DHTML cropping engine that is faithful to familiar desktop graphics applications.

Lazy Load

Lazy Load

Lazy loader is a jQuery plugin written in JavaScript. It delays loading of images in (long) web pages. Images outside of viewport (visible part of web page) wont be loaded before user scrolls to them. Using lazy load on long web pages containing many large images makes the page load faster.

SUPERSIZED

Supersized

Awesome full size/screen jQuery image slider plugin. It resizes the images to fill browser while maintaining image dimension ratio. Further it cycles Images/backgrounds via slideshow with transitions and preloading

jQuery Virtual Tour

jQuery Virtual Tour

This is an extension to the simple panorama viewer that allows you to play a little bit more with jQuery by adding interactivity to transform some panoramic views into a virtual tour.

LAYERSLIDER cool jQuery effect!

LAYERSLIDER

This is a jQuery content slider using the famous parallax-effect! You can create as many layers and sublayers as you want. You can use images or any other HTML elements, including Flash movies as layers. The script is very user-friendly, you can add global settings or local (per slide) settings to each layer or sublayer. You can change delay times, easing types, durations and much more.

jQuery Corner Demo

jQuery Corner Demo

This corner plugin is pulling off its magic by adding more elements to the page. Specifically, it adds div “strips” to the item to be cornered and sets a solid background color on these strips in order to hide the actual corners of the real item. So if you step back and look at the cornered element, think of there being solid colored divs hiding the true squared off corners of the item you wish to be changed.

Apple-like retina effect

Apple-like retina effect

Try this wonderful effect to make the text and images clearer by seeing it up close as if they’re just in the retina of your eyes.

Image Highlighting and Preview with jQuery

Image Highlighting and Preview with jQuery

This effect works by highlighting and previewing images that are integrated in an article or spread over a page. This is a nice way to allow users to view a bigger version of an image that is relevant to some context. It highlights images on a delayed hover and offer a preview mode which will enlarge and center the bigger version of the image on the screen.

Flip Box

Flip Box

Flip is a jQuery plugin that will flip easily your elements in four directions.

ImjQMosaic

ImjQMosaic

imJQMosaic is a simple jQuery plugin that creates mosaic pattern using an image. Apart of just creating the mosaic pattern on an image, it also facilitates the user to put menus on top of the mosaic tile(s). Hence, it can be beautifully used as navigation menu. It can also serve as a substitute to the popular Flash based navigations on the home pages of a website or application which unfortunately don’t work on mobile phones not supporting Flash content.

Photo Zoom Out Effect

Photo Zoom Out Effect

This effect enables you to create a simple image zoom out effect with jQuery. Thus you can show some images which are zoomed in initially and when hovering over an image it gets zoomed out. This effect could be used in photography websites or image galleries.

jQZoom

jQZoom

Make a nice jQuery zoom like the one in the above screenshot. This effect offers different ways of zooming in and out.

Cloud Zoom

Cloud Zoom

Cloud Zoom is a free jQuery image zoom plugin, a comparable alternative to products such as Magic Zoom. Compared to the popular jQZoom plugin, Cloud Zoom is smaller, has more features and more robust compatability across browsers.

DRAGDEALER

Dragdealer

Dragdealer is much more than a simple image slider. It offers a wide variety of features related to dragging, but is also quite powerful for creating different types if image sliders. I recommend you go to the website and try out the demos.

Crop Example

Crop Example

The crop plugin takes an IMG element and crops them to the dimensions given. The result is a DIV with a background image with the height and width and an offset. The new DIV should also carry across the existing style attributes of the image.

ZURB Annotation plugin

ZURB Annotation plugin

Use ZURB’s Javascript plugin to easily add and save annotations.

jQuery Zoomooz

jQuery Zoomooz

Zoomooz is an easy-to-use jQuery plugin for making any web page element zoom.

AnythingZoomer

AnythingZoomer

This jQuery plugin zooms a small area when you put your mouse over it. It’s very flexible and it’s easy to customize in CSS.

imgAreaSelect

imgAreaSelect imgAreaSelect is a jQuery plugin for selecting a rectangular area of an image. It allows web developers to easily implement image cropping functionality, as well as other user interface features, such as photo notes.

Micro Gallery

Micro Gallery

This jQuery plugin transforms a set of images into a tiny gallery with several options. The Micro Image Gallery allows to switch between a grid view which shows a preview of the images as thumbnails and a single view showing one image only. The navigation bar can be hidden and sliding out when hovering over the gallery, or visible.

Interactive Picture

Interactive Picture

This interactive picture – aka an image that contains tooltips and popup boxes can be useful for showing off a particular aspect of a photo (ie items or people).

Rounded Images

Rounded Images

You can give your pictures nice rounded corners to enhance the look of your page.

JQuery.iviewer

JQuery.iviewer JQuery.iviewer is a jquery plugin used to load and view image in container with ability to zoom image and to drag it with mouse in container.

Other jQuery Effects and Resources

Outside the Box Navigation with jQuery

Outside the Box Navigation with jQuery

This effect is a nice recreation of the Mac desk, which is something that many people really like.

JQuery animation easing plugin example

JQuery animation easing plugin example

This jQuery tool is designed as an aid in making nice animations.

Greyscale Hover Effect w/ CSS & jQuery

Greyscale Hover Effect w/ CSS & jQuery

As the name suggests this produces an effect of changes the image into greyscale when you put your on it.

Color Picker – jQuery plugin

Color Picker - jQuery plugin

This plugin can help you select color in the same way you select color in Adobe Photoshop.

jQuery Touchwipe

jQuery Touchwipe

jQuery Touchwipe’s small 1 KB library allows you to obtain the wipe event on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch which can be used to scroll through an image gallery. It also works with Android touchscreens.

Array of jQuery Animations- Tutorialized

Array of jQuery Animations- Tutorialized

This tutorial will teach you how to make amazing jQuery animation using just a few line of code for each effect. With this you can create a progress-bar in less than 3 lines.

Tetris with jQuery

Tetris with jQuery

Have fun with cool Tetris on your screen with this jQuery effect.

Music player using jQuery

Music player using jQuery

Create an amazing music player coded in xHTML & jQuery that made use of mouse gestures and hotkeys. You can Click & Drag with mouse to interact with interface’s music player or use directional keys & spacebar instead of mouse.

jQuery Before/After Plugin

jQuery Before/After Plugin

This works like a sliding door in our homes. When you drag the navigation button, you expose the background of the image.

jQuery CSS Clip Animation Plugin

jQuery CSS Clip Animation Plugin

This is a nice way to scale an image by clicking the FULL, HALF and GONE buttons to see the animation in action.

jQuery Background-Position Animation

jQuery Background-Position Animation

This effect enhances the ability to make background-position animation. The object can shoot up and move back into position when a click is done.

Colourful rating system using CSS3 and jQuery

Colourful rating system using CSS3 and jQuery

Rating system is a very boring part of web browsing experience. That is why a colorful rating system is there to make rating activity more appealing. Take this to improve the rating system mechanism that you have in your site.

Dynamic FAQ Section w/ jQuery

Dynamic FAQ Section w/ jQuery

With the help of jQuery & YQL, this effect can pull the contents of a shared spreadsheet in your Google Docs account, and use the data to populate the FAQ section with questions and answers. The best aspect of this solution, is that you can change the contents of the FAQ section from within Google Docs – just edit the spreadsheet. You can even leverage the rest of Google Docs’ features, such as collaborative editing. This way, a small team can support the FAQ section without the need of a dedicated CMS solution.

Latest Tweets Tooltip with jQuery

Latest Tweets Tooltip with jQuery

If you have a news website, it might be interesting for you to allow your users to see the latest tweets about a topic. This is what this hot jQuery plugin does. It shows the latest tweets about a certain word or phrase. Words or phrases that you want to be searched for in Twitter, are wrapped with the following span. The popup box that appears can be dragged and resized. Clicking on the cross will make it disappear. The tweets are constantly being loaded in a predefined time span. This loading stops when the user hovers over the tooltip box.

Crazy Dots – jQuery Plugin

Crazy Dots – jQuery PluginC

razyDots is a jQuery Plugin that creates a loading spinner via CSS. Best appearance is with CSS3 capable browser, but can be made to work in older browsers, too.

jQuery UI Animation Effects

jQuery UI Animation Effects

The jQuery UI Effects brings us different animation techniques that we can use to in meet the need of our design projects.

Author : Lars Vraa

Lars is passionate about web design, web development, SEO, social media and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for tripwire magazine readers.

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Kerala Jobs July 11, 2013 at 7:17 am

Really useful collection. I bookmarked.

Thank you very much :)

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Emiliano February 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Hi!

I’m finding a slider wich is used in http://www.foxtie.com/ but i cant find that. Do you know where could find it or any tutorial to do that? thanks!

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click for more January 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I have read so many articles on the topic of the blogger lovers however
this article is in fact a fastidious paragraph, keep it up.

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tr?n công nghi?p November 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

nice articel ! thanks

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Radhakrishnan November 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Awesome and great collection…
Great Article… I have learned more information that I never forget..
I believe this will help to my web design…

Thanks a lot..

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tom September 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Here is also a cool one mimicking Apple’s retina display

http://mycodereminder.blogspot.com/2012/09/retina-effect-with-jquery.html

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tom September 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm

oops… sorry, you’ve already got that one covered. awesome list!

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annesofie September 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

Hi Tom that’s ok, it can be hard keeping up with all the articles we have posted over the years :)

Best regards Sofie

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rico July 5, 2012 at 2:45 am

Great Article… I have learned more information that I never forget..

Thanks.

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Dave taylor April 30, 2012 at 12:14 am

Awesome collection, I’m using the sponsor flip to create an interactive CV on my site (currently under construction) but you can see the test page at http://www.dave-taylor.co.uk/whatido it should be finished soon!

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Jewellers Melbourne April 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Thanks for the this – I’m definitely going to try and use some of these effects!

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Ryan March 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm

spritely looks pretty good thanks for the links a lot to play around with!

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Joomla Developer Nepal March 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Awesome Collections .must use it. these are for changing the look of our site.

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Sravan March 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thats a great collection. I will save this page for future use.

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