16 Best Image Zoom Effects with jQuery Plugins

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jQuery gzoom plugin is a good image zoom plugin that has many features, such as, clicking on plus and minus to zoom, dragging the slider to zoom, zooming using mousewheel hover the picture, moving mouse hover the picture change the pan and clicking on the picture to show in lightbox style etc.

Hover Zoom

This one can be used for creating the hover zoom effect, which basically reverse zooms a picture whilst fading in a label on top of it when the mouse hovers over it. This is a really stylish effect that can be used beautifully on thumbnails.

Creating An Image Zoom And Clip Effect With jQuery

This video tutorial on how to create a picture zoom effect, in which you can choose a region of a picture and the picture will automatically scale up to show the chosen region.

AnythingZoomer jQuery Plugin

AnythingZoomer jQuery Plugin is a great plugin that can be used when you have a small area. What it does is that when you mouse over an image, a pop up comes up showing a zoomed in closer look.


This one is a great javascript image magnifier created at the top of the popular jQuery javascript framework.jQzoom. It is a handy script that lets you magnify what ever you want.

jQuery Cycle plugin

jQuery Cycle plugin is an amazing plugin that has features like pause-on-hover, auto-stop, auto-fit, before/after callbacks, click triggers and various transition effects. Simply amazing!

Crop, labelOver and pluck

Crop lets your visitors crop any picture on the go by using JavaScript only. 2 other plugins are also present: LabelOver and Pluck.


This one is a jQuery plugin that lets you select a rectangular area of a picture.

PHP & jQuery image upload and crop

An amazing plugin that allows users to upload and crop pictures on your website.


PanView lets your visitors check out details of a big picture and move around with the mouse.

Image Zoom 2.0

Image Zoom 2.0 allows links pointing to pictures open in the “Image Zoom”. When you click a link the clicked image will zoom out to its target-image. You have the ability of clicking anywhere on the picture or the close-button to zoom the picture back in. Only ~3k minified.

jQuery PhotoShoot Plugin

This plugin allows converting any div on your web page into a photo shooting effect, with a view finder. You can see the demonstration, or a tutorial on how to use it here.

Jquery iviewer

This one is a great plugin that can be used to load and see pictures in container with ability of zooming the picture and to dragging it with mouse in container.

jQuery plugin : Fancy Zoom

jQuery plugin : Fancy Zoom is a great plugin that provides a smooth, neat and truly Mac-like effect, almost like it is a function of Safari!

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  1. Sven says:

    Many other examples for zooming on images and 360 spins: http://www.ajax-zoom.com/index.php?cid=examples

  2. admin says:

    @Prayag Verma: thanks very useful resources

  3. Hammad Baig says:

    Great post i like this jquery image effect thanks for the sharing

  4. Way2Geeks says:

    Great job…Thanks for sharing..

  5. Michael says:

    Thanks for the list of plugins… I particularly like the one used on the image of Mr T… I find that one works really well.

  6. Will Paige says:

    A good collection of plugin’s thank you!

  7. Dzinepress says:

    really useful plugins you sharing in this post. thanks

  8. Adriana says:

    Awesome list of zoom effects!

  9. Jake says:

    You don’t need jQuery for Magic Zoom. Version 4.0 has just been released: