If you’re creating a portfolio for yourself or your business, then you should consider creating an image gallery. However, adding images to the gallery can be challenging, especially if these images have different CSS qualities. Aspect ratios, for example, can disarrange your whole gallery and leave your images looking unprofessional. You can solve this by using a CSS gallery.
This article created by the team behind Slider Revolution will examine some of the best CSS image gallery examples to inspire your creation of a CSS gallery. It will result in a great portfolio, and a stunning website, which will help improve your business and impress potential clients. These examples will implement animations, scroll effects, transitions, and create excellent CSS galleries.
CSS gallery code snippets
Essential Grid is hands down the best gallery plugin. If there’s one plugin that would make your website better more than others, it’s this one.
Essential Grid lets you display your images in a gallery format, whether from the WordPress gallery, social media, or elsewhere.
Image Gallery Stacked As Narrow Slits And Expands To Show The Full Image On Click
This is a very fancy image gallery, made by Zed Dash, that’s a little bit different. The images are stacked horizontally in the form of cards. The amount of cards displayed depends on the size of the screen, so it’s made for all screen sizes. Clicking on an image causes it to expand, and if you click on another image, it will show the information about the image.
CSS Gallery Hover Effect
This is an excellent effect for those who sell their pictures or want to display works of art. When a user hovers over the image, you will see all the information about the image, including the artist’s name, which is crucial information for sales.
You can add additional content to images, such as an introduction and information about the image.
It’s an engaging gallery with stunning visual effects which will inspire your potential customers.
Photo Gallery Slider
Responsive Masonry Grid
This responsive grid looks just like a masonry grid, but it offers the ability to customize, so you can set everything however you want.
This includes the option to set the heights, and you can simply place images wherever you want, and the layout will adjust. This responsive layout does not require knowledge of CSS and HTML.
This CSS gallery for images comes with three different themes, giving you some customizability, along with good architecture, as the gallery is made for HTML5 and CSS3.
Purely CSS Based Image Gallery
This is another dynamic, interesting and modern CSS gallery that will impress your visitors. As you scroll over an image, the thumbnail images become larger to enable the visitor to see it clearly.
While most images will become larger when you hover over them, you can also set them in such a way that they display a larger image only when you click on them. However, this setting is not available for IE6. Nevertheless, the gallery should work for most browsers, including IE6+, Firefox, Opera 8+, and others.
The Hexagon Gallery makes use of several CSS and HTML animations and displays and offers a very strong and powerful architecture, which will bring you a supreme level of performance. The images are displayed in a hexagon-like shape. You’ll be able to display very fine details about your images, such as shadows and qualities that other images won’t display.
This gallery also enables you to display animations when the user hovers over an image. It’s a very modern gallery, perfect for freelancers displaying their work or for anyone who showcases images on their website.
Efficient Scroll Zoom
This efficient gallery allows you to display your images and gallery without spending too much processing power, by using Intersection Observer to zoom images. This helps you save on the processing power while also displaying images beautifully.
HTML CSS Gallery Lightbox
This gallery has a very responsive design, using the lightbox impact darkening technology to darken the rest of the images when you select an image, or when you hover over it.
It will give a premium level of performance to just about any device.
Masonry Gallery applies very effective and beautiful CSS effects to the images. The name says it all: it depends on the masonry grid design to execute specific actions when you hover or click over an image.
When you hover over an image, the image will become larger, and you’ll be able to see more detail of the images. However, if you click on them, the image will be on full display, while other images will fade into the background.
CSS Responsive Image Gallery Photo Grid with Lightbox
This CSS responsive image gallery will make your photos and other graphical materials stand out. Firstly, the images will become larger when you hover over them, as well as showing a number and the other images will fade out. If you click or tap on them, the images will get larger, showing all the details about the image.
Image Grid With KenBurns And Description On Hover
Designed by Giana, this image grid will allow you to make your images stand out, and show the clients and customers all the details of your images. When you hover over an image, you’ll be able to see descriptions of each image. The ken burns effect will be applied to the background images at the same time.
Slide-out Scrolling Gallery
A gallery that reveals three panels as the user scrolls
Gallery with wave transition effect
It has 24 1920×1080 pictures inside, so it can take a few seconds to download. It looks cool though. Feel free to play around with variables (transition times and delays). You can also change the number of pictures. Just change the variables in scss and js. Also, if you want to add new pictures, just add the urls of the pictures in the js array.
Full Width Vertical Gallery / Content with Toggle Description
Just a full width Vertical Gallery / Content with a toggle description.
Responsive pure CSS image gallery with CSS Grid
Here’s one of an image gallery where you select the image you want to be showcased in the center. The layout is made possible with CSS Grid. When switching to a smaller viewport you’ll get a different experience that is made possible by altering the grid-template-columns and grid-template-rows. CSS Grid is awesome!
Image gallery with zoom
Gallery hover effect + Gallery expanded
Diamond shape grid
Travel Gallery (Flexbox and CSS Animations/Transitions)
Amur leopard image gallery with CSS vars (responsive, WebKit only)
Reflective Photo Gallery Wall (experiment)
3D Tilted Scrolling Image Gallery
Here’s a nice 3D tilted scrolling image gallery implemented using Pete Rojwongsuriya’s jquery.tilted-pagescroll plug-in.
Scrolling & Looping Gallery – Vanilla HTML/CSS/JS – ES5 – No Touch Events
A masonry style photo gallery.
Quad Image Gallery
Transitioned gallery for four images
Google Photos Material Gallery
Parallax image gallery using Figure & Figcaption – #CodePenChallenge
Hive Photo Gallery Grid
Responsive and used an actual CSS grid instead of absolute positioning. Generate the markup with Pug such that it’s easy to add/ remove columns
3D TRANSFORM GALLERY – cube rotate
Rollover CSSS Blur Filter Image Gallery
Utilizing CSS Transitions & Transforms and the CSS Blur Filter. For Webkit & Firefox 35+ browsers only
accordion gallery zoom animation (css, responsive)
Gritty Grid Gallery
A fast idea to use css grid to display an image gallery. hover/click to expand
Horizontal slider to gallery grid
Full responsive grid with awesome mobile UX using one media query and two lines of code.
Nice responsive gallery with CSS columns ▪ roll over, hover caption, Magnific Popup script ▪ Zoom in effect and Haml & Sass & CoffeeScript
Pure CSS responsive gallery
Daily UI #016 | Pop-up/Overlay
This is a popup overlay design for your portfolio! Display your projects/work in detail with a click of a button.
Rhomb gallery on grids + clip-path
A split screen gallery
A split screen gallery for telling a story or showing a slideshow. It’s buggy on iOS because of the way it deals with fixed positioned elements.
Flip image gallery with content
A flip animation image with some hidden preview. When user hover on it, some sh*t happens.
Fashion Isometric Layout
Experiment for testing isometric ecommerce layout concept
Gmail Image Gallery Animation – Transformation 5 CSSthat
Drop Spread Blur
Accessible off-canvas grid gallery
Accessible grid style gallery with off-canvas image details prototype with focus management and keyboard support.
image hover effect — week 10/52
Balkan Style – Portfolio Gallery
Ending thoughts on these CSS gallery examples
Built-in galleries on your website can make your work stand out, display your art, and potentially seal new deals and attract new customers. The ability to display these images in a unique, modern way, can significantly enhance your chances of successfully attracting the attention you desire.
CSS effects can be a great way to enhance the visual appeal of your website or portfolio. Effects like sliders and others can make your work or website infinitely more interesting.
If you liked this article with CSS gallery examples, you should check out this one with CSS timeline examples.