Image zoom tool – jQuery imageLens

jQuery imageLens plugin

Image zoom tool – jQuery imageLens plugin

Today we will continue our jQuery tutorials. And today we will talk about image zoom tools. During investigation, I was able to locate imageLens jQuery plugin. This is nice image zooming tool. It looks like round lens and have very easy initialization. Of course, I saw many another libraries too, but they was a little ugly, more like squares than the magnifying glass. I like this plugin, hope that you will like it too. And I sure that this is time to try demo.

Here are samples and downloadable package:

Live Demo
download in package

Ok, download the example files and lets start coding !

Step 1. HTML

As usual, we start with the HTML. This is source code of our sample:


<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/main.css" type="text/css" />
<script src="js/jquery-1.5.2.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/jquery.imageLens.js"></script>
<script src="js/main.js"></script>

<div class="example">
    <h3><a href="#">imageLens samples</a></h3>

    <img id="img_01" src="data_images/img1.jpg" width="350" height="262" />
    <img id="img_02" src="data_images/img2.jpg" width="350" height="262" />
    <img id="img_03" src="data_images/img3.jpg" width="350" height="262" />
    <img id="img_04" src="data_images/img4.jpg" width="350" height="262" />

As I hope – all clean here, no need explain it. Here are just main page with 4 images inside.

Step 2. CSS

Here are single CSS file with all necessary styles:


.example{background:#FFF;width:800px;border:1px #000 solid;margin:20px auto;padding:15px;-moz-border-radius: 3px;-webkit-border-radius: 3px}
.example img {margin:22px}

Step 3. JS

Here are all JS files:


    $('#img_01').imageLens(); // default initialization
    $('#img_02').imageLens({ lensSize: 200 }); // set lens size
    $('#img_03').imageLens({ lensSize: 200, imageSrc: 'data_images/img5.jpg' }); // lens size + custom image
    $('#img_04').imageLens({ borderSize: 8, borderColor: '#f00' }); // new border size and color

Everything is quite easy – when the page loads I perform initialization of imageLens plugin for each image. Each image will have different lens properties. Default lensSize is 100, size – 4, and color – #888. Of course, if you don`t going to use different lens on your set of images and want single – you can just change jquery selector.

js/jquery-1.5.2.min.js and js/jquery.imageLens.js

This is necessary libraries – jQuery and imageLens. Available in our package.

Step 4. Images

All our images located in ‘data_images’ folder:


Live Demo
download in package


Today I told you how to implement Lens-looking image zoomer. Sure that you will happy to use it in your projects. Good luck!

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5 thoughts on “Image zoom tool – jQuery imageLens

  1. Hi,
    Very useful plugin. I have a problem though: a search gives results in a dynamic table with images in it. The images vary each time and the number of images in the table also vary. How do I modify the main.js to allow the zooming for each and every image in the table. I am relatively new to php and am spending time learning and testing these days before I start something serious. I need to use this tool. Thanks for your reply.

    • Hello Bianca,
      As I see – you will need to re-initialize this for every your image after you received them.
      so mainly – you will need not to use my main.js, but add that code to output of generation of your dynamic table

    • Hello Carla,
      I think that this possibility should be given by the original plugin first, right? Unfortunately, by default there is no such opportunity

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