Dynamically load hi-res images with Isotope
16 Nov 2011
Isotope can make any ol' image gallery especially more compelling. But if you're loading in 20+ images at a time, it makes sense to get the smaller images with manageable filesizes. Rodrigo Sanchez was curious if there was a way to load in high-resolution, big filesize images after user-interaction, like when the image is clicked.
The solution is to use a little bit of Isotope, but mostly depend on some custom jQuery to handle the logic.
- Markup uses smaller thumbnail
<img>, but links to larger hi-res images in
- When a link to an image is clicked, we'll check if a larger image needs to be in loaded.
- If so, first we'll add a loading GIF indicator to help users be patient.
- The large image will be dynamically added with jQuery, using the
hrefattribute from the
srcfor the new
- Isotope's included imagesLoaded is used to detect when that new image has loaded.
- After the image has loaded, we hide the small image, and show the large.
- If an image is clicked and it already has loaded a big image, we just need to show it.
- To Show/hide images, we'll toggle a class
.large. Simple CSS styles will handle what gets hidden/shown with that class on or off
Loading these big images into the Isotope layout will typically put them in a different spot from their thumbnails. You can add automatic scrolling with the jQuery scrollTo plugin.
- Get position of the container's top.
itemPositionDataEnabled: truein Isotope's options. See details on itemPositionDataEnabled.
- When clicked, use
topvalue is calculated from
.data('isotope-item-position').y + containerTop.