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Inset Border Effect jQuery Plugin

Created 6 years ago   Views 15185   downloads 2402    Author Chris Coyier
Inset Border Effect jQuery Plugin
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It’s a very simple but neat effect. The images have a border, but unlike CSS borders, it covers up part of the image. I wanted to use this effect in one of my galleries so I went ahead and experimented a bit and came up with the following jQuery plugin. It basically wraps the images in a <div> with the same dimension as the image and sets the overflow to hidden. Then it appends another <div> after the image, which the actual border gets assigned to. All the border properties can be altered by the user. It will work with almost any lightbox (tested with colorbox).


By combining the effects, new effects can be achieved and I noticed, that when used with a higher “inset” value, it gives you a really nice effect on the iPhone’s web browser. Feel free to do whatever you like with this plugin.


This plugin puts a border around the targeted elements (typically images), but unlike normal CSS borders it covers up part of the image. When the element is hovered over, the border animates to the sides, revealing the whole image.






All options:


  speed          : 1000,           // 1000 = 1 second, default 250
  borderColor    : "orangered",    // Default white (#ffffff)
  inset          : 10,             // Border width, default 10px
  borderType     : "solid",        // Border type, e.g. dashed
  outerClass     : "ibe_outer",    // Class name of outer wrap
  innerClass     : "ibe_inner"     // Class name of inner border