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Create a Thumbnail Gallery with Slick Heading and Caption Effect with jQuery

Written by Kevin Liew on 05 Aug 2009
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Introduction

This is a simple jQuery tutorial, but can be extremely useful in frontend design. It's an elegant way to put more content in your website, but only display it when the user wants to see it. It keeps your website clean, but in the same time does not compromise your website content.

You can check out the demonstration and the code. :) enjoy.

1. HTML

It's simple, inside the container - photo class you have three objects, first div is the heading, image in the middle and last div is the caption. You can put links, rating whatever you like inside it.

<div class="photo">
	<div class="heading"><span>Pier</span></div>
	<img src="images/pier1.jpg" width="300" height="186" alt="" />
	<div class="caption"><span>Lorem de scua shemf huan rougt ecrit vato de souju kanasa.</span></div>
</div>

2. CSS

One thing you have to know about the CSS is, if you want to position objects within a container, the container must have relative position and the object must have absolute position too. In this case, photo class is the container, heading and caption classes are the objects with absolute position.

So, it's easy, by default, heading and caption classes are hidden with top (heading) set to -50px (the height of the heading) and same thing to caption, but instead of top, it's bottom.

I have shared this CSS tips in my 15+ CSS Tips and Tricks posts

	.photo {
		/* relative position, so that objects in it can be positioned inside this container */
		position:relative;
		font-family:arial;	
		
		/* hide those extra height that goes beyong the size of this container */
		overflow:hidden;
		border:5px solid #000;
		width:300px;
		height:186px;
	}	
	
		.photo .heading, .photo .caption {
			/* position inside the container */
			position:absolute;
			background:#000;
			height:50px;
			width:300px;
			
			/* transparency for different browsers */
			/* i have shared this in my CSS tips post too */
			opacity:0.6;
			filter:alpha(opacity=60);  
		     -moz-opacity:0.6;    
			-khtml-opacity: 0.6;  

		}
		
		.photo .heading { 
			
			/* hide it with negative value */
			/* it's the height of heading class */
			top:-50px;
		}

		.photo .caption { 		
			/* hide it with negative value */
			/* it's the height of bottom class */
			bottom:-50px;		
		}
		

		/* styling of the classes*/
		.photo .heading span {

			color:#26c3e5;	
			top:-50px;
			font-weight:bold;
			display:block;
			padding:5px 0 0 10px;
		}
		
		.photo .caption span{
			color:#999;	
			font-size:9px;
			display:block;
			padding:5px 10px 0 10px;
		}

3. Javascript

Javascript is pretty straight forward, just display the div and hide the div, the only difference between the heading and caption is, the css properties (top and bottom), I added the easing as well to give your more option in choosing the right transition for your image thumbnail gallery.

	
	$(document).ready(function () {

		// transition effect
		style = 'easeOutQuart';

		// if the mouse hover the image
		$('.photo').hover(
			function() {
				//display heading and caption
				$(this).children('div:first').stop(false,true).animate({top:0},{duration:200, easing: style});
				$(this).children('div:last').stop(false,true).animate({bottom:0},{duration:200, easing: style});
			},

			function() {
				//hide heading and caption
				$(this).children('div:first').stop(false,true).animate({top:-50},{duration:200, easing: style});
				$(this).children('div:last').stop(false,true).animate({bottom:-50},{duration:200, easing: style});
			}
		);

	});

Conclusion

This is a simple jQuery tutorial, but can be extremely useful in frontend design. It's an elegant way to put more content on your website, but only display it when the user want it. It keeps your website clean, but in the same time provide all the information to your visitors.

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50 comments
tokat nakliyat 6 years ago
good code thanx
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Guerilla Grafix 6 years ago
Hey, Great Tutoria! Is there a way that I could incorporate this with HuddleTogehter's Light box scripts? I am new to jQuery and scripts, but your tuts have helped me come along way. However, I am stuck on incorporating the two scripts.
Thnx.
Nigel aka Ape
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Jim 5 years ago
Great script. Works in Firefox and IE 8. On the MAC I cant seem to get it to work on Safari and Chrome. Any ideas?
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Kevin Liew Admin 5 years ago
Hi Jim, I have tested in on Mac chrome and safari. In fact, this was built under mac environment. It works. Does the demo work for you?
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Hans 5 years ago
How can i make, that the hovering effect starts after one second? Only on hovering!
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Kevin Liew Admin 5 years ago
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toprak 4 years ago
hi !!! how to make a bottom-up ?
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shakir 4 years ago
How can i make, the slider circular .
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Curtis 4 years ago
Great script. If the transition easing effect isn't working is it possible it's due to a conflicting script I am already using?
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Kevin Liew Admin 4 years ago
Did it show any error in the console?
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