jQuery Thumbnail with Zooming Image and Fading Caption Tutorial

jQuery Thumbnail with Zooming Image and Fading Caption Tutorial

jQuery Thumbnail with Zooming Image and Fading Caption Tutorial


I came across quite a lot of CSS gallery websites that using huge thumbnail to showcase beautiful websites. Some of them are just ordinary thumbnail, but a lot of them have javascript animated caption to convey more information to viewers. In this tutorial, we will learn how to make ordinary thumbnail to something more. This is my second tutorial about thumbnail gallery, if you missed the first one, you might want to read it later - Create a thumbnail gallery with slick heading and caption effect.



<div class="zitem">
	<a href="#"><img src="1.jpg" alt="Test 1" title="" width="125" height="125"/></a>
	<div class="caption">
		<a href="">Test 1</a>


<div class="zitem">
	<a href="#"><img src="2.gif" alt="Test 2" title="" width="125" height="125"/></a>
	<div class="caption">
		<a href="">Test 2</a>


<div class="zitem">
	<a href="#"><img src="3.png" alt="Test 3" title="" width="125" height="125"/></a>
	<div class="caption">
		<a href="">Test 3</a>


2. CSS

I have added inline comment in the following CSS code. If you want to learn more about CSS, read my previous post 15 CSS Tips and Tricks or, you want to know MORE ABOUT CSS, read my new post - 15 Ways to Optimize CSS and Reduce CSS File Size

.zitem {
	border:4px solid #222;	
	margin:5px 5px 5px 0;
	/* required to hide the image after resized */
	/* for child absolute position */
	/* display div in line */

.zitem .caption {
	/* fix it at the bottom */
	bottom:-1px; /* fix IE issue */

	/* hide it by default */

	/* opacity setting */
	filter:alpha(opacity=70);    /* ie  */
	-moz-opacity:0.7;    /* old mozilla browser like netscape  */
	-khtml-opacity: 0.7;    /* for really really old safari */  
	opacity: 0.7;    /* css standard, currently it works in most modern browsers like firefox,  */


.zitem .caption a {
	/* add spacing and make the whole row clickable*/

img {
	/* allow javascript moves the img position*/

3. Javascript

This is a simple jQuery script with hover effect. What we have to do is calculate the width and height and set it to the image.

$(document).ready(function() {

	//move the image in pixel
	var move = -15;
	//zoom percentage, 1.2 =120%
	var zoom = 1.2;

	//On mouse over those thumbnail
	$('.zitem').hover(function() {
		//Set the width and height according to the zoom percentage
		width = $('.zitem').width() * zoom;
		height = $('.zitem').height() * zoom;
		//Move and zoom the image
		$(this).find('img').stop(false,true).animate({'width':width, 'height':height, 'top':move, 'left':move}, {duration:200});
		//Display the caption
	function() {
		//Reset the image
		$(this).find('img').stop(false,true).animate({'width':$('.zitem').width(), 'height':$('.zitem').height(), 'top':'0', 'left':'0'}, {duration:100});	

		//Hide the caption



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Author: Kevin Liew

Kevin Liew is a web designer and developer and keen on contributing to the web development industry. He loves frontend development and absolutely amazed by jQuery. Feel free to say hi to me, or follow @quenesswebblog on twitter.

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Thu, 6th December 2012
How could I redirect to another page when I click over image.
Thanks Reply
Thu, 2nd May 2013
I don't know if this is still tended to, but I am having a hard time getting this to work on my page.

in the css, the img {

/* allow javascript moves the img position*/
position:absolute; }

messes with my banner image and messes up the whole page. I've tried to change it to

.zitam img{ }
but it doesn't work, it doesn't stack the images on top of one another like it does without .zitam, but the caption doesnt work.

I've done this as a test page, where it was blank and i added minimal code toyours and it worked, but i can't get tit with code i already hav. Reply
Thu, 14th November 2013
Now I'm no pro, but i believe you spelt zitem wrong. You spelt it zetAm with an A instead of and E. Oh and i lied, i am a pro.

Good day. Reply
Sat, 1st June 2013
Very nice.
Is it possible to integrate this effect in slimbox or lightbox gallery?
Thanks for your work Reply
Mon, 5th August 2013
thank you very much.. Reply

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