You don’t have to always use Photoshop to style your images. Some cool effects can be achieved through CSS, jQuery, etc too and I strongly suggest you to continue reading to find out how to do it!

1. CSS Image Effects To Create Rounded Image

Learn to wrap a span tag around the image element to achieve rounded images which will be displayed right in all modern browsers.


2.Multiple Backgrounds and Borders with CSS 2.1

Learn how to use CSS 2.1 pseudo-elements to provide up to 3 background canvases, 2 fixed-size presentational images, and multiple complex borders for a single HTML element.


3. Quick Tip: Multiple Borders with Simple CSS

Quick screencast showing you how to achieve multiple borders with simple CSS that way adding more depth to your designs. Much simplier version of previous tutorial.


4. Multiple Borders on Dynamically Sized Elements with CSS2

Third version of Nicolas Gallagher showing you what to do if you don’t the size of element.


5. Have Fun w/ Borders – Beveled, Pressed, & More!

Learn how to achieve pressed effect with CSS and some simple border style tricks to get various effects.


6. Polaroids with CSS3

Learn how to use some awesome CSS2 and CSS3 to turn an otherwise unassuming list of images into a full-blown set of Polaroid pictures.


7. Perfect Full Page Background Image

Learn how to add background image with CSS that fills entire page with image, no white space, scales image as needed, does not cause scrollbars and much more.


8. CSS3 Box Shadow and Image Hover Effects

Explore a new way of adding drop shadow effects just by editing a style sheet.


9. Fancy Thumbnail Hover Effect w/ jQuery

Achieve neat flash-style effect with CSS and jQuery.


10. How To Create Simple CSS Image Rollover Effect

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to create simple CSS image rollover effect with basic HTML and CSS styling.


11. Floatutorial

Floatutorial takes you through the basics of floating elements such as images, drop caps, next and back buttons, image galleries, inline lists and multi-column layouts. Check out 4 tutorials dedicated to image floating.


12. Snazzy Hover Effects Using CSS

In this tutorial, you will be going over creating flexible advanced hover techniques using CSS2.1 properties.


13. Fast Rollovers Without Preload

When using CSS image rollovers, two, three, or more images must be loaded (and often be preloaded for best results). Learn how to put all states into one image makes dynamic changes faster and requires no preload.


14. jQuery Rounded Corners

Lots of jQuery effects for rounded corners and much more patterns.


15. Easiest Tooltip and Image Preview Using jQuery

See 3 examples of using jQuery rollover preview script. This simple script can be applied for a variety of purposes.


16. Supersized – Full Screen Background/

Supersized is a jQuery plugin that resizes images to fill browser while maintaining image dimension ratio and cycles Images/backgrounds via slideshow with transitions and preloading.


17. PNG Overlay

Have you ever run into the problem of creating a site with pictures given by the client, only to find later after they update their photography the original look and feel is not retained? This solution involves creating a transparent PNG overlay which can be used as a mask / frame around regular JPEG or GIF.

This way, a typical CMS installation can be configured so users can upload photos without having to worry about using any graphics program to apply filters.


18. BeZoom Lighweight JQuery Zoom Plugin

BeZoom is a simple and lightweight alternative for JQZoom. It’s lighter and it’s easier to use.


19. Using jQuery for Background Image Animations

Play with jQuery and change the position of the background image to create the type of effect you’re looking for. There’s a new article answering the “How do I handle active states?” – Handling Active State for jQuery Animated Backgrounds.


20. 5 Ways to Spice up Your Images with CSS

Here are a few simple tricks to add some flavor to your typical bland images. Using Photoshop to style each image can be tedious and difficult to maintain in the long run. These following CSS techniques will help you ease that pain.


21. Resizeable Background Image

Learn how to set up resizeable background image with CSS. You have 3 options to choose from.


22. Style Your Image Links

Letting users know that particular section of our website is meant to be clicked on is best achieved through mouse over effect. Those “clickable” sections certainly include content images. Image Link is a script that enables you to apply additional styling to your image links.


Editorial Team

Written by Editorial Team

  • Sam

    Jquery is the best tool in web history!!! Thank god no more flash animations.

  • David

    Does anyone know of a good way to use a drop shadow effect with jquery instead of CSS3? Sadly, I have to program for IE (in addition to other browsers). Cheers for the article!

  • Walter

    JQuery always fascinating me thanks for great tips. I will try to use this

  • Some nice techniques here. I am always looking for new ways to improve our own company and also customer websites. I prefer to do most things in CSS3 / HTML markup if possible, but have recently started using jQuery, SQL and javascript for calculation modules on our company website ( Websites like this one really help get the creative juices flowing – keep up the good work.

  • Ramesh Vishwakarma

    Thanks dude nice collection I am going to use one of theme.

  • Sara

    All these are good but iam trying to find a flexible border which will work both horizontally and vertically. border of my images is cluttered. paper like effect. I can either make it flexible horizontally or vertically but not in both directions. is there any solution?

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  • Alex

    Excellent, just the list I was looking for. Thanks for posting!

  • Webster

    Nice, i was looking for something like this nice article thanks Daniels

  • Suneel

    Awesome collection to share and bookmark.

    Thanks for taking time and posting this for us.


  • Great Collection.. thanks
    Now I got to pick one for my project.. ummm.. might do a combination…
    certainly inspiring :)

  • Zeeshan Rasool

    Awesome collection, specially jquery rounded corner. Thanks for such a nice collection

  • esranull

    very nice list thanks a lot

  • Toyin

    Great article! This is really an eye opener for me. Now I know that I can style Images and Image links too. Thanks for this article.

  • Thanks for linking to one of my articles.

    However, articles 3 and 4 are far more limited versions of one of the techniques I wrote about. Article 3’s implementation doesn’t work for elements that do not have explicitly stated dimensions and makes content links unclickable; Article 4’s implementation also makes content links unclickable and reduces the flexibility of the border’s size and positioning.

    I only mention this to avoid people using code that has significant limitations that can have an impact on the flexibility afforded to the developer and the experience conferred to the user.