Thumbnails are a common and useful way of displaying images or videos on a web page. They can be used for various purposes, such as creating a gallery, a portfolio, a blog, or a video player. Thumbnails can also improve the performance and user experience of a web page, as they can reduce the loading time and bandwidth usage of the images or videos.

However, creating a thumbnail from scratch can be challenging and repetitive, especially if you want to make it creative, responsive, and interactive. Fortunately, there are many free and open-source CSS thumbnail code examples that you can use as a starting point or inspiration for your own projects. These examples demonstrate the potential and flexibility of CSS, as they can create creative and responsive thumbnails with minimal HTML and JavaScript.

In this article, we will showcase some of the most creative and responsive CSS thumbnail code examples from CodePen, GitHub, and other resources. We will also provide a brief description of each example, as well as the link to the source code and the live demo. These examples are updated as of August 2023 collection, and include 4 new items.

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  • Web Inject

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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Adventures on Earth

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • alex

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  • HTML (Pug) / CSS (Sass)

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Medals Effects Examples

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: no

Dependencies: -

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  • Filipe Martins

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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Thumbnail Hover Full Grid View

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Fikri Al-baihaqi

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  • HTML / CSS

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Image Gallery with Overlay Effect/Animation

This is image gallery with a very easy hover effect/animation using only pure CSS.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Namrata Podder

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  • HTML / CSS

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Card Animation - Demon Slayer

Card hover animation using CSS and HTML only. It shows the info of characters from anime Demon Slayer.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Abubaker Saeed

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  • HTML / CSS

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CSS Image Hover Effects

Trying out hover effects.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Ayb√ľke Ceylan

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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CSS Thumbnail Hover Effects

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Raymond

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  • HTML / CSS

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Respopnsive Images with Thumbnails

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Sikriti Dakua

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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Thumbnail Hover Interaction

Pure CSS thumbnail hover interaction.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Rajesh Bhattarai

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  • HTML / CSS

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CSS Thumbnail Text Hover

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: no

Dependencies: -

Author

  • YJ

Made with

  • HTML (Pug) / CSS (Sass)

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Split Image Thumbnail

Split thumbnail image on hover in HTML and CSS.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Javier Lopez

Made with

  • HTML / CSS

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CSS Thumbnail Transition Effects

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Simto Alev

Made with

  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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Animated Gallery Thumbnails

A fancy responsive CSS animated gallery thumbnails.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Demo image: Thumbnail Hover Effects Thumbnail Hover Effects - GIF Demo

Author

  • Nikhil Krishnan

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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Thumbnail Hover Effects

Pure CSS3 image thumbnail hover effects, also we can easily change the grid item per row using by Sass variable.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Roxy

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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Figure & Figcaption

Design a beautiful and/or unique figure and figcapation pairing.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Hansford Nguyen

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  • HTML (Haml) / CSS (SCSS)

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Fotobook Album Thumbnail

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: no

Dependencies: -

Demo image: Document Thumbnail with CSS Custom Property Document Thumbnail with CSS Custom Property - GIF Demo

Author

  • Scott Henderson

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  • HTML (Slim) / CSS (SCSS)

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Document Thumbnail with CSS Custom Property

Dog-ear will position itself it top right corner regardless of original size / aspect ratio of image. Effect achieved by using hidden img to set size of relatively positioned parent container - then two absolutely positioned pseudo elements with the same image as a background overlap to leave dog-ear gap top right. Image url supplied by custom property declared inline in HTML.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Dependencies: -

Demo image: Thumbnail Effect Thumbnail Effect - GIF Demo

Author

  • Amrit Pandey

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  • HTML / CSS

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Thumbnail Effect

Image thumbnail hover effect.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Dependencies: font-awesome.css

Demo image: Thumbnail Hover

Author

  • Amol V Bharambe

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  • HTML / CSS

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Thumbnail Hover

CSS thumbnail hover with caption and social buttons.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Dependencies: bootstrap.css, font-awesome.css

Demo image: Thumbnail Presentation with CSS Grid

Author

  • Aysha Anggraini

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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Thumbnail Presentation with CSS Grid

This should work with older browsers as far as IE9. Older browsers and non-supporting browsers will get a "conservative" design instead.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Dependencies: -

Demo image: flex- thumbnails

Author

  • NaveenBhaskar

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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flex- thumbnails

CSS flexbox thumbnail arrangements.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Dependencies: -

Demo image: CSS Responsive Thumbnail CSS Responsive Thumbnail - GIF Demo

Author

  • raykuo

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  • HTML (Pug) / CSS (SCSS)

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CSS Responsive Thumbnail

CSS Thumbnail responsive flexbox hover transition.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Dependencies: -

Demo image: CSS Thumbnail CSS Thumbnail - GIF Demo

Author

  • raykuo

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  • HTML (Pug) / CSS

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CSS Thumbnail

Thumbnail CSS hover transition.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Dependencies: -

Author

  • Trevor Eyre

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS)

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Frosted Glass Card Overlay

Frosted glass effect using CSS3 filter property. The card's title and description slide up on hover, blurring the card's background behind them.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Responsive: yes

Dependencies: -

Demo image: Flexbox YouTube Thumbnail Grid Flexbox YouTube Thumbnail Grid - GIF Demo

Author

  • Greg Sweet

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  • HTML / CSS (SCSS) / JavaScript

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Flexbox YouTube Thumbnail Grid

Responsive flexbox unordered list grid of YouTube video thumbnails with Fancybox links. Uses a 9kb image with a 16:9 aspect ratio to be able to use the YouTube thumbnails as a background image, without seeing those black letterbox bars at the top and bottom. This also makes the video thumbnails fluid when resizing the browser.

Compatible browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Dependencies: jquery.fancybox-three.css, jquery.js, jquery.fancybox-three.js