jQuery different Photo comparing Effect

This plugin author by flood disaster triggered inspiration.Well, it is saddening to see all the damages the flood did. In the other hand, and also notice the way it presents the before and after photos.

It’s just so intuitive and simple. So, we have decided to build something similar but with a few of enhancements. we’ll going to show you how to build it and how to convert it to plugins. Tested on IE6, 7, 8, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

 

HTML

The HTML really simple, just a div with 2 images in it. Things you need to know:

  • value in ALT attribute will be used as caption
  • width and height of the first image will be used for calculation, therefore, it’s mandatory to have it defined

This is what you need to use it:

Before
After                                                                                                                                                        

However, the content in the div will be totally revamped once it's processed by javascript. This is the real structure:

Before
After    

Javascript

Alright, some intensive stuff going on over here. The length of the script is pretty long, it's because I'm trying to make this script as flexible as possible and also make the HTML and CSS as simple as possible. You see, once we have the flexibility and simplicity lead to lengthly and complicated code.

$(document).ready(function() {

// Some options for customization
var leftgap = 10;       /* gap on the left */
var rightgap = 10;      /* gap on the right */
var defaultgap = 50;    /* the intro gap */
var caption = true;     /* toggle caption */
var reveal = 0.5;       /* define 0 - 1 far does it goes to reveal the second caption */

// find each of the .beforeafter
$('.beforeafter').each(function () {

// set current selected item to variable
var i = $(this);          
// get the source of the first image and second image using eq(index)
var img_mask = i.children('img:eq(0)').attr('src');
var img_bg = i.children('img:eq(1)').attr('src');

// get the caption for the first image as default caption
var img_cap_one = i.children('img:eq(0)').attr('alt');

// get the dimension of the first image, assuming second image has the same dimension
var width = i.children('img:eq(0)').width();
var height = i.children('img:eq(0)').height();

// hide the images, not removing it because we will need it later
i.find('img').hide();     

// set some css attribute to current item for graceful degradation if javascript support is off
i.css({'overflow': 'hidden', 'position': 'relative'});

// append additional html element
i.append('

');
i.append('

');        
i.append('

' + img_cap_one + '

');                    

// set the dimension of appended html element
i.children('.ba-mask, .ba-bg').width(width);
i.children('.ba-mask, .ba-bg').height(height);

// set the images as background for ba-mask and ba-bg
i.children('.ba-mask').css('backgroundImage','url(' + img_mask + ')');
i.children('.ba-bg').css('backgroundImage','url(' + img_bg + ')');            

// animate to reveal the background image
i.children('.ba-mask').animate({'width':width - defaultgap}, 1000);   

// if caption is true, then display it, otherwise, hide it
if (caption) i.children('.caption').show();
else i.children('.ba-caption').hide();

}).mousemove(function (e) {

// set current selected item to variable
var i = $(this);

// get the position of the image
pos_img = i.position()['left'];

// get the position of the mouse pointer
pos_mouse = e.pageX;      

// calculate the difference between the image and cursor
// the difference will the width of the mask image
new_width = pos_mouse - pos_img;
img_width = i.width();

// get the captions for first and second images
img_cap_one = i.children('img:eq(0)').attr('alt');
img_cap_two = i.children('img:eq(1)').attr('alt');

/*
// for debugging purposes
$('#debug').html("X Axis : " + e.pageX + " | Y Axis " + e.pageY);
$('#debug2').html(i.position()['left']);
$('#debug3').html(new_width);
*/

// make sure it reveal the image and left some gaps on left and right
// it depends on the value of leftgap and rightgap
if (new_width > leftgap && new_width < (img_width - rightgap)) {        
i.children('.ba-mask').width(new_width);

// toggle between captions.
// it uses the reveal variable to calculate
// eg, display caption two once the image is 50% (0.5) revealed.
if (new_width < (img_width * reveal)) {        
i.children('.ba-caption').html(img_cap_two);
} else {
i.children('.ba-caption').html(img_cap_one);          
}                                 

});

});

CSS

CSS isn't that complicated as well. I have illustrated how this script going to work which will make it easy to understand

#container {width:500px; margin:0 auto;}

/* width and height for the block */
.beforeafter {width:500px; height:280px;}     

/* The following is the mandatory styling for the plugins */

.ba-mask {  /* first image */ 
position:absolute;
top:0;
left:0;
z-index:100;
border-right:4px solid #000;
overflow:hidden;
box-shadow: 3px 5px 5px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
box-shadow: 5px 5px 10px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
-webkit-box-shadow: 5px 5px 7px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
-moz-box-shadow: 5px 0 7px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
}

.ba-bg {    /* second image */
position:absolute;
top:0;
left:0;
z-index:0;
}

.ba-caption {   /* caption  */

/* mandatory */
position:absolute;
bottom:10px;
left:10px;
z-index:120;  

/* customizable styling */
background:#000;
color:#fff;
text-align:center;
padding:5px;
font-size:12px;
font-family:arial;
filter:alpha(opacity=80);-moz-opacity:0.8;-khtml-opacity: 0.8;opacity: 0.8;
-webkit-border-radius:5px; -moz-border-radius:5px; border-radius:5px;         
}

Convert to Plugin

First of all, what we need to know is the structure of a plugin.

//You need an anonymous function to wrap around your function to avoid conflict
(function($){

//Attach this new method to jQuery
$.fn.extend({

//This is where you write your plugin's name
pluginname: function() {

//Iterate over the current set of matched elements
return this.each(function() {

//code to be inserted here

});
}
});

//pass jQuery to the function,
//So that we will able to use any valid Javascript variable name
//to replace "$" SIGN. But, we'll stick to $ (I like dollar sign :) )    
})(jQuery);

Alright, the next thing we need to do, mix the plugin stucture with the before after script, and this is the final result:

(function($){
$.fn.extend({
//plugin name - qbeforeafter
qbeforeafter: function(options) {

var defaults = {
defaultgap: 50,          
leftgap: 10,
rightgap: 10,
caption: false,
reveal: 0.5
};

var options = $.extend(defaults, options);

return this.each(function() {

var o = options;
var i = $(this);
var img_mask = i.children('img:eq(0)').attr('src');
var img_bg = i.children('img:eq(1)').attr('src');
var img_cap_one = i.children('img:eq(0)').attr('alt');

var width = i.children('img:eq(0)').width();
var height = i.children('img:eq(0)').height();

i.children('img').hide();     

i.css({'overflow': 'hidden', 'position': 'relative'});
i.append('

');
i.append('

');        
i.append('

' + img_cap_one + '

');

i.children('.ba-mask, .ba-bg').width(width);
i.children('.ba-mask, .ba-bg').height(height);
i.children('.ba-mask').animate({'width':width - o.defaultgap}, 1000);

i.children('.ba-mask').css('backgroundImage','url(' + img_mask + ')');
i.children('.ba-bg').css('backgroundImage','url(' + img_bg + ')');

if (o.caption) i.children('.ba-caption').show();

}).mousemove(function (e) {

var o = options;
var i = $(this);

pos_img = i.position()['left'];
pos_mouse = e.pageX;      
new_width = pos_mouse - pos_img;
img_width = i.width();
img_cap_one = i.children('img:eq(0)').attr('alt');
img_cap_two = i.children('img:eq(1)').attr('alt');            

if (new_width > o.leftgap && new_width < (img_width - o.rightgap)) {        
i.children('.ba-mask').width(new_width);
}

if (new_width < (img_width * o.reveal)) {          
i.children('.ba-caption').html(img_cap_two);
} else {
i.children('.ba-caption').html(img_cap_one);          
}                 

});
}
});
})(jQuery);

If we compared it to the non-plugin script, the major difference is how we convert the customizable setting (defaultgap, leftgap, rightgap, caption and reveal) to plugins. That's it, pretty straight forward, just copy and paste and slight modification

How to use this plugin

The usage is really simple, this is how you call the plugin:

$(function () {
$('.large').qbeforeafter({defaultgap:50, leftgap:0, rightgap:10, caption: true, reveal: 0.5});
$('.small').qbeforeafter({defaultgap:20, leftgap:5, rightgap:10, caption: false});
});

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