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Rethnaraj Rambabu Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Today, I am going to make a black and white image fade into a colour image or vice versa on mouseover with jQuery. So, follow the steps below to use the effect in your blog. In this tutorial, I'm going to use two images, a colour image and its greyscale mode image.

View the demo

You can create greyscale mode image of the original image using any image editing softwares. Or you can use free online image editors such as Online-Image-Editor, Fotoflexer, Pixlr, Picnik and more.

1. Styling – CSS

First log into Blogger > Design > Edit HTML. Search for the code ]]></b:skin> . And replace it with the codes below.

span.fadehover {
position: relative;

img.a {
position: absolute;
left: 0;
top: 0;
z-index: 10;

img.b {
position: absolute;
left: 0;
top: 0;


2. jQuery & Function

Now add the following jQuery script and function immediately before the </head> tag.

<script src='' type='text/javascript'/>

<script type='text/javascript'>
function() {
$(this).stop().animate({"opacity": "0"}, "slow");
function() {
$(this).stop().animate({"opacity": "1"}, "slow");


3. Wireframe – HTML

And here is the HTML code that you should place in your Blog posts. But, remember to add it in EDIT HTML mode and not in Compose mode in text editor.

<span class="fadehover">
<img src="URL_of_normal_image" alt="" class="a" />
<img src="URL_of_greyscale_image" alt="" class="b" />

View the demo

UPDATE : You can decide whether you want the effect is from GREYSCALE to COLOUR or COLOUR to GREYSCALE by changing the image source in the HTML code above. The image with class='a' appears first and changes to image with class='b' on hover.


Unknown said...

Thanks man! This is great!

Rethnaraj Rambabu said...

@Earl, welcome friend..

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Work with IE too??

Rethnaraj Rambabu said...

Yep,it works fine in IE also.

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Patryk S. said...

Hey, can you write a code to add a lightbox too? To this image. Is it possible?
Im tryin:)
Thanks in advance:]

Jerome Namsu said...

Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
XML error message: Open quote is expected for attribute "{1}" associated with an element type "type".


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I will try this one. thankz


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Hi! Great effect, but I can't find where to put the last code.. please help!

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awesome man ive been lookin 4 this:]

damian said...

I've been looking for this effect in html5 without using 2 images. Since all the html versions lack of browser-support (chrome) or any other compabilities, I'm going to use this oldschool method! Thank you, this script looks really smooth and impressive!

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This code is great! But how do I make it work with multiple images. Let's say I have a 8 images and I would like the effect to work on each one. Now they get overlapped.

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