CSS Photo Galleries
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NOTE: Be sure to see the link(s) at bottom of this page for additional resources if you are looking for free, public domain, dynamic photo galleries that you can use in your projects without having to be a programmer.
We have decided to compile a list of some of the best free photo gallery apps that can be implemented on client websites. Clients who would like a photo gallery or slideshow on their sites can review these examples and select the gallery application that best meets their needs. Just let us know.
There are three categories of galleries here:
- Ajax Image Galleries and Lightboxes
- CSS-Based Image Galleries
NOTE: Most of these photo gallery apps are shown in an even more aesthetic, useful way at the supreme web development blog known as Smashing Magazine. You may prefer to peruse these CSS photo gallery options on Smashing Magazine's post entitled 30 Scripts For Galleries, Slideshows and Lightboxes.
Minishowcase Photo Gallery
SmoothGallery from JonDesign
AgileGallery - Ajax Photo Gallery
The AJAX version of AgileGallery is a free AJAX photo gallery that rips through the XML output from Picasa (a free download from Google) and generates DHTML for the paging and thumbnails and displays the full sized photos along with any description entered in Picasa. Since this photo gallery uses AJAX technology, it eliminates the need for any page refresh as the user pages through the photos.
JoshuaInk.com - CSS Photo Gallery Template
The technique is based on Eric Meyer's pure CSS popups and as you would except this method applied to the thumbnails works well in Firefox, Safari, Opera etc. Although Eric's demo works in Internet Explorer, I ran into some problems layering over images. NOTE: This is an older gallery template that does not play well with recent versions of IE; fixes are possible, but you will have to come up with them yourself.
Lightbox2 is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It's a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.
Multi-faceted Lightbox from GregPhoto
Slightly ThickerBox 1.7
Slightly ThickerBox is a modification of Cody Lindley’s Thickbox script. I modified it for use on my Jason’s Toolbox Redesign. The modifications allow the script to generate “Previous Image” and “Next Image” links. The result is that you can use Slightly ThickerBox to create image galleries. In addition, you can create groups of galleries by setting a “rel” attribute on the links. (I also moved the Caption and Close link to the top and made the script case insensitive.)
Slimbox, the ultimate lightweight Lightbox clone, is a 7kb visual clone of the popular Lightbox JS v2.0 by Lokesh Dhakar, written using the ultra compact mootools framework. It was designed to be small, efficient, more convenient and 100% compatible with the original Lightbox v2.
The Suckerfish HoverLightbox is a mashup of three very popular Web design techniques blended together to offer a new way of presenting your image galleries.
Suckerfish HoverLightbox Redux
The Redux has a number of improvements, mostly visual, but some behavioral changes as well. Before going into detail, it’s important to give due credit to those who helped make the Suckerfish HoverLightbox a possibility.
Just a simple :hover over thumbnail images to give a full size view of each photograph. With all but Opera you can also click the thumbnails to retain the image on the screen. Text can be added at the bottom of each picture. This is ideal for photograph albums.
Simple CSS Photo Album
The text numbers and images are held in an unordered list without any extra markup (no ‘ems’ or ’spans’ etc). The CSS just styles the text numbers so that they appears in a box and the images so that they are hidden until your visitor clicks a number square.
Cross-Browser, Multi-Page Photograph Gallery
Based on Suckerfish HoverLightbox this one uses my multi-page layout system but includes images instead of text. Unlike the Suckerfish HoverLightbox this version is pure CSS.
CSS Image Gallery
This is a purely CSS based image gallery that displays larger versions of thumbnail images dynamically when the mouse hovers over them. A rich HTML caption can be added to the enlarged image, and every aspect of the Image Gallery exists as plain HTML on the page. The idea is to use CSS’s “:hover” pseudo class to cause an element to react onMouseover. When that happens, an absolutely positioned container holding the enlarged image, anchored on the page by another container with position set to relative, is shown. Furthermore, it’s possible to modify the behavior so the enlarged images are only shown onClick, though IE6 currently doesn’t support this behavior well. The gallery works in IE6+, Firefox, Opera 8+.
CSS Photo Showcase
This experiment uses CSS and basic markup to create a simple way to display photo thumbnails on your site while offering convenient fast zoom viewing, even for dialup users.
Hoverbox Image Gallery
This is a super light-weight (8kb) roll-over photo gallery that uses nothing but CSS.
Photo Scroll Gallery
This is a combination of several of my previous galleries to give a scrolling ‘thumbnail’ image, a medium size image on hover and a full size image on click. The thumbnail, medium size and full size images are all the same image just resized using CSS. The thumbnails are square to make the scrolling area simpler to work with. This does make these images a little distorted but not so much that they look wrong.
Sliding Photograph Galleries
This is just an unordered list of images that are normally compressed vertically (reduction 8:1). When you hover over one of these compressed images it expands to full size. It is based on my sliding menu system and adapted to use images. No thumbnails are required and all the images are ‘pre-loaded’. This method can be used either vertically, as shown, or horizontally.
This is a DOM photo gallery solution that is browser friendly, keyboard friendly, bandwidth friendly, and more.
ImageGal is a simple PHP script that will automatically create a JS/CSS/DHTML powered image gallery for you when dropped into a directory containing images. This simple script was inspired by a Jeremy Keith’s article on aListApart.com.
Satellite Image Gallery
Satellite is an all in one photo gallery website that takes advantage of Yahoo Flickr’s image hosting and management tools. You can upload and manage your images using Flickr and host your portfolio on your own server via Satellite.
Dhonishow Image Gallery
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