Faux Crop any size image with CSS

A quick tip on how to crop any sized image through CSS

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Thanks for the tiaorutl! I’m almost there, but for some reason my images open up in a new window, and do not replace the other image. Please help! Thanks!

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THANK YOU. I was looking for something clean and simple for a photo gallery and this is it! Thank you so much!

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Mike

Thank you so, so much! Such an easy and elegant fix for something that has been driving me mad for the last 4 hours!

Honestly, people, like yourself who post things like this, really are exceptionally wonderful human beings! :)

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Artemisia Moltabocca (@moltabocca)

Haha! Yes! I have a gallery of images that includes horizontal and vertical images. I wanted a way to crop down the horizontal ones down to a consistent size without having to fire up Photoshop. Now I can delete that annoying “Gallery Images” album. I can now crop the actual image. Thanks so much! *happydance*
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Hemali

It Crop image from bottom side. i need to crop image from the top and bottom any idea..?

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@Hemali That’s not really possible with this technique, and not what it’s intended for. If you need a specific crop a photo editor is your best bet.

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Paul

Thanks this was a great tip and I used on a site to do exactly that, now the image stays in the box even though it’s bigger than the box size – perfect!

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Timbo

Awesome, just what I needed. Though like Hemali, I would like to crop the top off too.

I not an expert, but this seemed to work:

.container img { width: 100%; position: relative; top: -15px;}

The above appears to crop the top 15px off the image.

-Timbo

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@Timbo,

That will certainly work if you want every image to be bumped up 15px. If it’s just for one image or a set of images, I’d create a special class and add the positioning to that.

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Thank you bro!!! really helped me out with a clean photogallery!

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Andrew

NICE!!! In practice I found that this code only works if all of the images are taller than they are wide. I had to add some server code to determine whether the width was greater than the height and then apply the width:100% (or height:100%) as an inline style.

Am I missing something?

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    Hi Andrew. I’m not sure what the end goal for your site is but this technique is meant to crop an image to fill a defined area. I wrote it quite a while ago, and while it still gets some a few hits, there are perhaps better ways to manage images these days – Especially when designing responsively or fluidly.

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Maqsood Ahmed

I have use this tip but that’s only work for resize not for crop (not reduce size in kb)

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    tsiv

    It’s only to move the image inside of a DIV. The image is not altered, only how much image is visible.

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Sijo

Is it Possible to create full-width image using faux crop. Skewing issues occured..Please help to solve

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    I wouldn’t use this technique to display a full width image. Might be best to use it as a background-image and set the background-size as such:

    background-size: cover
    
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