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 data-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
kevin Admin 15 years ago
@jack, yes, you just have to duplicate the html and replace it with different image, heading and caption. It will work!
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kevin Admin 15 years ago
Hi guntars, it tested on firefox, safari, chrome, ie6, ie7 and should work on ie8 as well. (creadit to Wink for solving ie problem)
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guntars 15 years ago
hi, my IE7 not showing transparent heading/caption backgrounds. Is it up to my pc or not?
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guntars 15 years ago
hi again, well the backgrounds are showing, but they are not transparent. Maybe its connected with DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader ?
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marklee 15 years ago
Thanks for the links and all informative stuff you provided.
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kevin Admin 15 years ago
@guntars, what browser are you using?
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Sympa 15 years ago
Hello! first off amazing job! I love this! Second. I am having a problem using multiple image sizes with this script. How would I be able to redefine the script to a second image size so that both will load? See link for example.

http://sympa-inspir.com/symtest
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kevin Admin 15 years ago
@Sympa: Nice clean design! I think, you will have to declare a new set of CSS, duplicate the css and change .photo to .photo2 (other name).. and then, in the jquery script change

$(\'.photo\')....

to

$(\'.photo, .photo2\')....

hvnt\'t tested it, but I think it will work. :)
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Sympa 15 years ago
You are an absolute genius. Expect an article at length about you site as soon as my own blog is up and running. Much much love.

-Sympa
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Sympa 15 years ago
Just an update showing a working version of the script with two differing image sizes.

http://sympa-inspir.com/symtest
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David 15 years ago
Just wanted to say thx. so much for the detailed tutorial. It was very easy to implement into our website. Keep up the great work!
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designzzz 15 years ago
very well done !! love it and will definately use it
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tuna 15 years ago
it\'s amazing..
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