jQuery Zoom plugins can be really useful for showing large images on a website with limited space. In fact with a little bit of jQuery experience and the right plugins at hand anyone can create really awesome front ends e.g. with jQuery Sliders. A key element on most websites to support the content is images. If you are not aware of it already I can tell you that jQuery is very powerful with images and can help you do really cool stuff in a snap. This post on tripwire magazine cover some of the best jQuery Zoom Plugins to create Stunning Image Zoom Effects on your site or blog. This is very useful if you have large images that will otherwise take up too much space, for a image portfolio etc.
This script lets you view a magnified portion of any image upon moving your mouse over it. A magnifying glass appears alongside the image displaying the magnified area on demand. The user can toggle the zoom level by using the mousewheel. It’s great to use on product images, photos, or other images with lots of details you want users to be able to get into on command.
2. Cloud Zoom
Cloud Zoom is a jQuery plugin comparable to commercial image zoom products such as Magic Zoom. Compared to the popular jQZoom plugin, Cloud Zoom is smaller, has more features and more robust compatability across browsers.
This is a jQuery plugin that adds a magnifying glass every image on your page. Allows users to zoom in on parts of the image, simply by moving the cursor.
4. Epic Image Zoom
With this jQuery Zoom plugin you can add zoom-in functionality to any image with configurable magnification level and magnifier appearance. It provides built-in image preloading.
Zoomooz is an easy-to-use jQuery plugin for making any web page element zoom.
6. jQuery Image Zoom and Panning Plugin
This is a jQuery plugin that creates a zoom and panning effect on an image. The plugin requires two image versions, one small preview and one larger for zoom and panning. This is a nice way to view details on an image.
7. Nivo Zoom
Nivo Zoom is jQuery plugin that allows you to zoom the image in full size or as lighbox. Its main feature is that you can determine the location of larger images of these miniatures. Zoom is a cross-Nivo browser plug-ins and tested on the following browsers: Internet Explorer 7 +, Firefox 3+, Google Chrome 4 and Safari
This tutorial will show you how to create a simple image zoom out effect with jQuery. The idea is 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.
Detailed tutorial on how to create a hover image jQuery Zoom effect.
10. Smooth Zoom Pan – jQuery Image Viewer
This is a jQuery Zoom image viewer prepared to display product photos, maps or any image within custom small area. Can be configured and implemented in web pages with simple copy / paste steps. More than 30 parameters available to customize, yet a standard version can work simply with 2 values
Learn how to build thumbnail gallery with zooming effect and fadein and fadeout caption. This tutorial will walk you through the concept behind it and how to code it.
12. Image Effects Pack – jQuery Powered
A pack of premium image effects to enhance your website user experience.
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.
Really nice image jQuery Zoom plugin with the following features: click on plus and minus to zoom, drag the slider to zoom Zoom using mousewheel hover the image, Moving mouse hover the image change the pan, Click on the image to show in lightbox style
Awesome jQuery Zoom solution for allowing users to upload and crop images on your site.
16. Hover Zoom
The hover zoom effect basically reverse zooms an image while fading in a label on top of it when the mouse hovers over it. It makes for a pretty slick effect which could be used on thumbnails. As always, you can check out a demo or grab the source right here if you don’t want to read the entire tutorial.
You have a small area. You mouse over it. An area pops up giving you a zoomed in closer look. This is a jQuery Zoom 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. Demo & Download
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!
imgAreaSelect is a jQuery plugin for selecting a rectangular area of an image.
This plugin allows your visitors view details of a big image and move around with the mouse.
23. Zoomer Gallery
GalleryView is a plugin that allows you to easily transform your image lists into beautiful galleries with Flash-like zoom effects in them. It’s a simple yet elegant way of giving your interfaces a nice little shine and at only 2KB in size, it’s both compact and surprisingly easy to use.
This plugin is the jQuery version on the fancy zoom effect. This plugin is providing a smooth, clean, truly Mac-like effect, almost like it’s a function of Safari itself
25. Image Zoom 2.0
This plug-in makes links pointing to images open in the “Image Zoom”. Clicking a link will zoom out the clicked image to its target-image. Click anywhere on the image or the close-button to zoom the image back in. Only ~3k minified.
Good video tutorial showing you how to create an image zoom effect where you can select a region of an image and the image will automatically scale up to show the selected region.
The jQuery PhotoShoot plugin gives you the ability to convert any div on your web page into a photo shooting effect, complete with a view finder. You can check out the demonstration, or a nice tutorial on how to use it here.
28. 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.