Images are incredibly important ingredients in web design to make websites user friendly and look nice. In addition, it is possible to add image effects using some cool jQuery image effect plugins.
It is easier than most people think to use jQuery plugins and the result can be amazing! This article, will introduce you to more than 95 jQuery image effect plugins providing enhancements to how you can display images on your web page.
This is essential for creating dynamic state of the art web solutions and jQuery makes it simple and elegant. You can get jQuery plugins with a lot of different features and effects and I made it simple for you by sorting the plugins I found into six categories.
Another great and extremely popular effect is the image and content slider. Check this article I published with more than 80 categorized jQuery slider plugins. Also, if you know other great jQuery plugins or would just like to share another great way of working with images in web development, please leave a comment below the article.
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This article is huge… so I decided to organize the many items into some overall jQuery image effect categories.
- jQuery Image Carousel Plugins
- jQuery Image Slider Plugins
- jQuery Image Grid and Gallery Plugins
- jQuery Image Zoom Effect Plugins
- jQuery Image Hover Effects
- Other jQuery Image Plugins
jQuery image carousel design elements that are useful for featuring multiple images and content. Carousels are designed in such a way that previous and next slides are partially visible. This often gives visitors a realistic 3D experience.
Showbiz Pro is a highly customizable plugin to show you or your customer’s services, portfolio items, blog contents… basically all business information thinkable.
Sky jQuery Touch Carousel is a jQuery carousel plugin with rich set of features. It is responsive, touch-enabled, fast and smooth. It can be easily integrated into your own web projects. You can customize the visual appearance of the plugin with the help of the plugin options and CSS.
DZS Content Scroller is a solid, advanced, fully responsive jQuery plugin to scroll content. It can be a html content scroller, a banner rotator or even a image gallery due to the fact that it support inline content and it includes two viewing modes. The first one, is to automatically calculate how many elements fit in the container and then scroll them, and because it is responsive, it will auto adjust elements to your screen size. The second one is to resize only one element to fit in the container, this is ideal for galleries or cases where you need to showcase only one item on the full width.
Titles can be personalizzed with custom effects to show. This plugin can be ease integrate with light box like systems.
Versatile Touch Slider is a jQuery plugin that offers a variety of options. It may just be a banner rotator or a shelf to display products. Has the touch feature to mobile and drag for the desktop. The navigation can also be done via buttons and menu. Through the lightbox it is possible show multimedia content (video, audio, image and html content).
Ultimate Slider is capable of holding anything you can place in a div, it designed to be versatile so it’s easy as adding an extra panel div to create an entire new section for the slider. Additionally you can add a new section in the panel by adding a new col div and the panel as well as other cols will auto adjust to accommodate your new addition.
Spacegallery – jQuery plugin MORE INFO
Space Gallery uses a fresh method for displaying a slideshow of images. When you click on the gallery it will, with a nice transition effect, rotate to the image behind. The gallery and its transitions can be easily customised with fairly extensive array of functions.
jQuery slider plugins are among the most popular scripts at the moment. We see image and content sliders on almost any business style website. The slider design element is often used above the fold on front pages to make a special presentation of key content and products.
Full Width Slider 2 is easy to use jQuery image slider optimized for full screen width.
This jQuery plugin is a full page slider for navigating between web pages. For example, you could have your home page on one slide, contact page on another, and so on.
We present Responsive Layer Slider. It is fully HTML & jQuery driven. Works on desktop and mobile devices! You get the same experience on every platform because responsive design makes it look good on all resolutions. For mobile devices this slider is touch enabled, the standard UI is turned off because there is no need for it. You get full control over each layer, you can animated it in almost 200 different ways.
jQuery Responsive Banner Rotator Plugin is a responsive slider which you can use to display yourimage, customer testimonial, quote etc. It works fine in the mobile device.
Lush is a flexible content slider. It uses CSS3 native transition and animations to get the best performance taking advantage of the modern browser features, without lose functionality in older browsers.
It uses a semantic syntax to describe the animation timeline avoiding complex attributes and keywords.
The animation system is completely extensible allowing to add more animations and transitions easily just like adding new CSS classes.
Dynamic Slider is a flexible slider that allows the customization of all of its components giving the possibility to create a large number of different layouts and configurations. It is lightweight and easy to work with and customize.
xSquare is a responsive jQuery image slider. It has a layout that consists of grids making it useful for variety of web page positions. Though the main purpose of the image slider is within a banner position it can easily be implemented as an image gallery or something similar because it is compatible with lightbox, prettyPhoto etc. The loading of images is done via smart lazyLoad with an implemented loader. Effective sliding transitions make the slider have a more dynamic look.
Supersized cycles images with transitions and preloading. It offers several useful features fx. Transistions: Fade, Sliding (Up, Down, Right, Left), and None. It automatically resizes images to fill browser while maintaining image dimension ratio.
AnythingSlider is an attempt at bringing together the functionality of all of those previous sliders and adding new features. In other words, to create a really “full featured” slider that could be widely useful.
This slider offers a a fun way to show lots of content in a small area.
The Full Screen Image Gallery plugin is full screen image gallery that automatically scales the image with kept aspect ratio to fill the browser background. It comes packaged with a flickr search engine, thumbnails, captions, and with a preloader. It basically loads image links one by one and replaces it with a full screen image gallery and it scales the image using CSS only (with some JS for IE6).
CrossSlide MORE INFO
Great slider plugin for content and images.
Especially on portfolio website we often see grid or gallery image layouts. Often you find build in page templates for this kind of design on portfolio website templates, however, when available as a jQuery plugin it is not too hard to insert yourself.
Megafolio Pro is a fully responsive media grid plugin that allows you to display content in almost every way possible using preset or randomly generated layouts. Dive right into the action by taking a look at our previews, showcasing just a few examples of whats possible with Megafolio Pro!
Responsive Tile Gallery is a completely responsive image gallery. It allows your visitors to easily sort and view all of your images. It also allows you to put your images into categories, load thumbnails instead of full resolution images, and develop responsive websites for all platforms.
Nova Gallery is a HTML5 multimedia gallery enabling you to showcase your photos/audio/video in a beautiful and sleek interface. You have the option of presenting your items in two different modes, which are a Thumbnail Grid and Full-width view, and you also have the option of switching between the two modes.
The Responsive Slideshow Photo Gallery has a fluid / flexible / responsive layout. Basically the grid is added into a html page into a div of your chosing and it’s adapting based of that div’s width, the grid height is modified based on the number of thumbnails and if other elements are below the grid div they will be pushed down automatically (document flow).
Create your own grid slider any size, with unlimited number of images and any image sizes.
GecoGallery is a jQuery gallery plugin that can be used to display images and text. Thanks to its high customization, it is useful for portfolios, showcases of products, post preview and whatever you can imagine!
There are plenty of similar galleries out there but jquery Tiles Gallery is the only one with a real complex grid. Other grid galleries are copies of Pinterest, that is already old and outdated.
Metro Gallery a flexible and easy to integrate photo gallery featured in Metro Design. It allows you to build your unique photo wall with your custom settings.
Responsive Flick Gallery is a completely responsive gallery that allows developers to load their images via AJAX using the flickr api.
Comes in two layout types (grid and line, vertical and horizontal), with scroll (jScrollPane) orbutton navigation. Thumbnail boxes support any HTML element inside them.
Your photography, paintings, and other visual art are beautiful, and deserve to be displayed online in a way that does them justice. The Crystal Gallery jQuery plugin provides a customizable, one-of-a-kind gallery look to fit all your image presentation needs.
CSS3 driven animation, graceful degradation, it will toggle the fade transition in the old browser.
This example is making use of CSS3 and jQuery. It really shows the effect when combining two powerful techniques. The CSS3 is injected by jQuery, keeping the CSS file clean. The result is nice looking polaroidsthat you can drag around on the page…cool!
This is the first product of a series that uses the Dynamic Grid engine. With Dynamic Grid: XML Gallery you can create the image gallery that you want. The script gives you huge control over the layout and animations, and the possibilities are endless. Literally endless – the script is smart enough to generate unique layouts every time it launches, which means a unique experience for your visitors on every page load.
The GridGallery is a jQuery plugin you can use to display your image like photography or other works. The image support both landscape and portrait.
ImageBoom is a grid style image gallery that can quickly turn and simple list of images into a sortable, navigable gallery.
I love this gallery plugin. It is simple, yet powerful. It is a plugin that supports many transition efects, ir preloades the images, with cations and… hell, it can pretty much do everything you would want from an image gallery. Just have a look at the feature list.
Glisse.js is a simple, responsive and fully customizable jQuery photo viewer. Simple transitions between two pictures entirely assumed by CSS3 and full screen view.
Highslide JS MORE INFO
jQuery Panel Gallery is a compact image gallery that can easily be configured. Not one image needs to be sliced or edited to work with this plugin. The plugin handles everything itself. You can even configure fading transitions per image.
Galleriffic MORE INFO
Galleriffic is a jQuery plugin that has been optimized to handle high volumes of photos while conserving bandwidth. This feature rich and easily customizable plugin is fairly easy to install and with its image pre-loading, thumbnail navigation (with pagination) and its integration with the jQuery.history plugin (supports bookmark-friendly URLs per-image) it has become very popular.
FancyBox is tool for displaying images, html content and multi-media in a Mac-style “lightbox” that floats overtop of web page. Automatically scales large images to fit in window, adds a nice drop shadow under the full-size image, image sets to group related images and navigate through them. Also support media.
Galleria MORE INFO
When adding high quality images on a website it is sometimes a requirement to allow users to zoom in and see more details. This effect is especially useful on large maps or product presentations.
Zoome is a jQuery plugin to help you zoom images with hover effect (grayscale, blur, transparent) and you can zoom-in or zoom-out using the mousewheel.
The mega image viewer jQuery plugin allows you to easily replace <div> tags
with animated image viewers.
Zoomer! is the definitive tool for showcasing products, with its built-in zoom + panning + dragging features, which can be easily customized due to its flexible theme selector and config parameters, directly from the html file. Also more configurations can be edited through the css style sheet file.
Tutorial teaching you the technique used to zoom an image thumbnail and display a overlay of text. Really a cool feature to make a specific area gain extra attention.
You have a small area. You mouse over it. An area pops up giving you a zoomed in closer look. This is a jQuery plugin that does it. I’m not going to tell you what you should use it for or elaborate use-case scenarios. Your own creativity can help you there.
One of the ways you can add more life to your website is to use image hover effects. There are many cool jQuery plugins you can use to create amazing image hover effects.
Picanim is jQuery plugin used to bring stylish image hover
Showcase offers over 60 animation settings that can be applied to each Bullet, providing the maximum level of customization possible. The script is lightweight and amazingly fast, even on Mobile Devices. Create an unlimited number of Showcase Bullets on top of any HTML element.
HoverEx is a jQuery plugin for image hover animations. It contains over 36 animations and prepared 18 hover animation templates, and also supports image zoom and slider effect. You can use it to create unique animated effects effortlessly without any knowledge of jQuery.
HoverEx is a jQuery plugin for image hover animations.It contains over 36 animations and prepared 18 hover animation templates.It also support for image zoom and slider effect.You can use it to create unique animated effects effortlessly without any knowledge of jQuery.Just make the needs html markup,it will wokr well for you.
Zalki Hover Img – is a jQuery plugin for image hover animations. Cross browser even IE 7 (even opacity).Easy to use and customize. Supports thirty animation effects from jQuery Easing. No need to adjust the size of the container. The plugin will determine the size of your photos and will automatically adjust the settings, even if on the same page there are photos of various sizes.
Side Effect is a background image effect. Side Effect can be used to add a nice effect to your portfolio items or photo gallery etc.
Easily create amazing hotspots on your images with just point & click!
Adipoli jQuery Image Hover Plugin MORE INFO
Adipoli is a simple jQuery plugin used to bring stylish image hover effects.
If you’ve ever felt the need to wrap stuff around an irregularly-shaped image using CSS’s
float, you may have been somewhat disappointed to find out that it’s forced to wrap around the image’s bounding box, rather than the actual contents of the image. This fixes that.
Tagyourimages is a jQuery plugin that lets you to make your images interactive. Your images will be able to contain additional information, such as text, images and external link in the exact position that you want.
Enrich your website experience with ThumbFx, a jQuery animation plugin that brings your images and content to life. Create unique animated effects effortlessly without any knowledge of jQuery. All effects are responsive and adapt perfectly for all device resolutions like mobiles, tablets and desktops
bgStretcher 2011 (Background Stretcher) is a jQuery plug-in which allows you to add a large image (or a set of images) to the background of your web page and will proportionally resize the image(s) to fill the entire window area. The plug-in will work as a slideshow if multiple images mode is used (the speed and duration for the slideshow is configurable).
Easiest Tooltip and Image Preview Using jQuery MORE INFO
An incredibly easy way of achieving tooltip like bubble popups that appears when you roll over link or a thumbnail.
InnerFade with JQuery MORE INFO
It’s designed to fade you any element inside a container in and out. These elements could be anything you want, e.g. images, list-items, divs. Simply produce your own slideshow for your portfolio or advertisings. Create a newsticker or do an animation.
ImgTag is a script for adding tags (annotation) to your images. With ImgTag the user can move the mouse over specific regions in your image to see a tooltip or a custom effect.
Animated InnerFade MORE INFO
Full w3c compliant animated slideshow with sliding effect on large images. Check it you you need to see the effect.
jQuery lightbox style script that support images, galleries, flash, qtime, iframe etc.
crop, labelOver and pluck MORE INFO
jQuery Cycle plugin MORE INFO
This is a lightweight slideshow plugin that supports pause-on-hover, auto-stop, auto-fit, before/after callbacks, click triggers and many transition effects. The effects look very good!
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.
imgAreaSelect is a jQuery plugin for selecting a rectangular area of an image.
PanView MORE INFO
This plugin allows your visitors view details of a big image and move around with the mouse.
Create an Image Rotator with Description MORE INFO
An image rotator is one great way to display portfolio pieces, eCommerce product images, or even as an image gallery. Although there are many great plugins already, this tutorial will help you understand how the image rotator works and helps you create your own from scratch.
The main point of this plug-in is to make an easy-to-use, simple and fast plug-in to create effect when you switch between images. Minimize the arguments you need to input and still give some decent effects.
Create Featured Content Slider Using jQuery UI MORE INFO
Lightbox Plus is a plugin that implements Lightbox JS by Lokesh Dhakar. Lightbox Plus is used to create overlay display images on the web-page and to automatically add the correct overlay links to images.
Shadowbox MORE INFO
Awesome solution for allowing users to upload and crop images on your site.
Sliding Boxes and Captions with jQuery MORE INFO
All of these sliding box animations work on the same basic idea. There is a div tag (.boxgrid in my css) that essentially acts as a window where two other items of your choosing “peek” through.