Transition between images in jQuery

Sometimes it is needed to change an image into another image, if possible with a smooth transiction. There are a lot of solution to the problem, but one of the simpliest approach is using the background of a containing div. Here is a possible and really raw solution

(function($) {

   $.fn.transictionto = function(options) {
      var settings = $.extend({
   }, options || {});
   //wrap into div if no div is present.
   $(this).each(function() {
      if ($(this).parent('div').size() == 0) {
      //now swap with background trick
         .css('background-image', 'url(' + settings.destinationImage + ')')
         .css('background-repeat', 'no-repeat')
      .fadeOut(1000, function() {
         this.src = settings.destinationImage;

the code is really simple, first of all if the image is not contained in a div I wrap it into a div. This can change a little the layout of the page, so I suggest for every image that need to be swapped with another image to be originally enclosed in a div to make the transition happens. Next I set the new image as the div background, set the background-repeat to “no repeat”, then fade out the original image. When the original image fades out it slowly merge with the new image into the background. Finally when the fading out is completed I change the source of the image and finally show the image again.

You can use this plugin with great easy.

 <script type="text/javascript">
      $(function() {
      $('input').click(function() {
            $('img').transictionto({ destinationImage: '/Images/photo2.jpg' });

   <img src="../Images/photo1.jpg" />
   <div style="float: left;">
      <img src="../Images/photo3.jpg" /></div>
   <input type="button" value="PressMe" />

This page contains only two images, the first is not enclosed in a div. It contains a simple button and thanks to jQuery I make a call to trasictionto plugin for each image in the page. The result is that both images gracefully transiction to destination image :D. It is amazing how jQuery can accomplish such a beautiful task in few lines of code.



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Ricci Gian Maria

.Net programmer, User group and community enthusiast, programmer - aspiring architect - and guitar player :). Visual Studio ALM MVP