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Greyscale Hover Effect CSS & jQuery

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Wireframe – HTML

First set up an unordered list which we will use as our foundation for the list
of gallery images.

<ul class="gallery">
  <a href="#" class="thumb"><span><img src="image.gif" alt="" /></span></a>
  <h2><a href="#">Image Name</a></h2>


You will notice that each list will contain an image which is nested within a <span> tag. The <span> tag will be used to crop the image to only show its default state.

Styling – CSS

We will style this up as a typical gallery. Only thing unique about the below CSS is that we have the <span> to crop our image as we demonstrated in the above example. {
 width: 708px; /*--Adjust width according to your scenario--*/
 list-style: none;
 margin: 0; padding: 0;
} li {
 float: left;
 margin: 10px; padding: 0;
 text-align: center;
 border: 1px solid #ccc;
 -moz-border-radius: 3px; /*--CSS3 Rounded Corners--*/
 -khtml-border-radius: 3px; /*--CSS3 Rounded Corners--*/
 -webkit-border-radius: 3px; /*--CSS3 Rounded Corners--*/
 display: inline; /*--Gimp Fix aka IE6 Fix - Fixes double margin bug--*/
} li a.thumb {
 width: 204px; /*--Width of image--*/
 height: 182px; /*--Height of image--*/
 padding: 5px;
 border-bottom: 1px solid #ccc;
 cursor: pointer;
} li span { /*--Used to crop image--*/
 width: 204px;
 height: 182px;
 overflow: hidden;
 display: block;
} li a.thumb:hover {
 background: #333; /*--Hover effect for browser with js turned off--*/
} li h2 {
 font-size: 1em;
 font-weight: normal;
 text-transform: uppercase;
 margin: 0; padding: 10px;
 background: #f0f0f0;
 border-top: 1px solid #fff; /*--Subtle bevel effect--*/
} li a {text-decoration: none; color: #777; display: block;}


Step 3. Animation – jQuery

For those who are not familiar with jQuery, do check out their site first and get an overview of how it works. I’ve shared a few tricks that I have picked up along the way, you can check those out as well.

Initial Step – Call the jQuery file

You can choose to download the file from the jQuery site, or you can use this one hosted on Google.

<script type="text/javascript"


The logic here will be to fade out the default thumbnail, and set a background image on the <a> tag. Using CSS Sprites, we will position the image to the ‘bottom’ so the greyscaled thumbnail can seep through on hover over.

The following script contains comments explaining which jQuery actions are being performed.


$(document).ready(function() {

 $(" li").hover(function() { //On hover...

  var thumbOver = $(this).find("img").attr("src"); //Get image url and assign it to 'thumbOver'

  //Set a background image(thumbOver) on the <a> tag - Set position to bottom
  $(this).find("a.thumb").css({'background' : 'url(' + thumbOver + ') no-repeat center bottom'});

  //Animate the image to 0 opacity (fade it out)
  $(this).find("span").stop().fadeTo('normal', 0 , function() {
   $(this).hide() //Hide the image after fade
 } , function() { //on hover out...
  //Fade the image to full opacity 
  $(this).find("span").stop().fadeTo('normal', 1).show();