Image Tilt Effect

A subtle tilt effect for images. The idea is to move and rotate semi-transparent copies with the same background image in order to create a subtle motion or depth effect.

ImageTiltEffect

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Today we’d like to share a little image effect with you. The idea is to add a tilt effect to an image by subtly moving copies of layers of semi-transparent divisions with the respective background-image. Maybe you’ve seen this effect already on sites like The DNA project by j.viewz, nclud or Daniel Spatzek’s Website. We’ve implemented this effect in one of our previous demos, the Photography Website Concept, and since we’ve gotten a couple of requests, we thought it would be interesting to create a little plugin so that it can be easily applied to any image.

Attention: This technique uses some CSS properties that only work in modern browsers (i.e. 3D Transforms). The effect only works on hover which means that the effect won’t be viewable on a touch device at this point.

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How it works

A normal image is replaced with layers of semi-transparent divisions of the same image. Every layer moves according to the configuration, creating a subtle motion effect. The initial image wrapper should have an explicit width and height set so that the divisions can be sized correctly. Have a look at the examples in the demo to see how it’s done.

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An image with the class “tilt-effect”

<div class="grid__img">
	<img class="tilt-effect" src="img/theimage.jpg" alt="The image" />
</div>

…gets transformed into a stack of divisions with the same background image:

<div class="grid__img">
    <div class="tilt">
        <div class="tilt__back" style="background-image: url(img/theimage.jpg);"></div>
        <div class="tilt__front" style="opacity: 0.7; -webkit-transform: perspective(1000px) translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px) rotate3d(1, 1, 1, 0deg); transform: perspective(1000px) translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px) rotate3d(1, 1, 1, 0deg); background-image: url(img/theimage.jpg);"></div>
        <div class="tilt__front" style="opacity: 0.7; -webkit-transform: perspective(1000px) translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px) rotate3d(1, 1, 1, 0deg); transform: perspective(1000px) translate3d(0px, 0px, 0px) rotate3d(1, 1, 1, 0deg); background-image: url(img/theimage.jpg);"></div>
    </div>
</div>

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Check out the demo for plugin options and examples. You’ll find some custom example styles in the demo.css.

We hope you enjoy this little plugin and find it useful!

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Mary Lou (Manoela Ilic) is a freelance web designer and developer with a passion for interaction design. She studied Cognitive Science and Computational Logic and has a weakness for the smell of freshly ground peppercorns.

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  1. 1

    Looks good BUT it shakes like crazy when you hover it.

    Maybe you can make not it detect the initial mouse position when entering the canvas, instead create the default position at the center of the image, that way it wont snap-tilt and shake

    • 2

      If you’re using the Greensock animation library, you can easily replace tiltfx.js’s element stylings in the mousemove and mouseleave event listeners with Greensock’s TweenLite.to() for it to smoothly tween the images.

  2. 3

    Cant figure out how to add on my own images. Would love a tutorial on this one, looks great thanks!

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