20 Easy-to-Learn jQuery Animation Tutorials

January 26, 2010 • By

There’s no denying that the web has evolved and continues to evolve into something very different from what we had in mind a few years ago.

Animation on websites has gone a long way, some time ago everything and anything that had movement on a website was automatically categorized as Flash, now we have these different technologies that have raised the standard and have broken the mold. One of these key technologies is jQuery, and with the powerful scripting language that it represents (JavaScript) you can do amazing things.

This trend of progress is more than heartwarming, it’s amazing, and this is why we’ve compiled a hand-picked list containing 20 Easy-to-Learn jQuery Animation Tutorials that are truly amazing! Have we missed any? If so, please share with us below.

Moving Boxes Carousel with jQuery

This is a simple jQuery tutorial will not throw a lot of source code your way. The carousel has features that allow you to zoom in and out. The boxes slide left or right.


Building an Animated Cartoon Robot with jQuery

The robot is comprised similarly to the background animation scene by layering several DIVs together to create the different robot pieces. The final step, was animating the robot with some jQuery.


Crafting an Animated Postcard With jQuery

Sam Dunn of Build Internet, wrote a tutorial on how to create an animated landscape using transparent images. The tutorial is based on the jQuery Easing plugin to aid the animation and the setTimeout() JavaScript function to time the events respectively.


Accessible Charts & Graphs from Table Elements using HTML 5 Canvas

This technique provides a simple method for generating bar, line, area, and pie charts from an HTML table, and allows you to configure them in a variety of ways.


Animate a Hover With jQuery

Animate an image while hovering it and show the visitors information while doing that. Sounds simple huh? Well it is, but the effect is nice and can be nice for a portfolio, for example.


Puffing Smoke Effect in jQuery

This tutorial by Gaya Kessler features a beautiful animation effect of cartoonish smoke emanating from factory smoke stacks. You will be supplied a configurable jQuery plugin with instructions based on Gaya’s own site’s header, this way you can see the tutorial example first hand.


How To Create A “Mootools Homepage” Inspired Navigation Effect Using jQuery

The menu on MooTools is exceptional, and this tutorial covers how to create a similar one. It’s an amazing effect.


Build An Incredible Login Form With jQuery

This tutorial, guides you in creating a sliding panel, that slides in to reveal more content, using JQuery to animate the height of the panel. You incorporate these features into your sites login area.


jQuery Infinite Carousel

This screencast explains how you can create a simple and nice scrolling carousel and how you can also make it automatically loop round by itself.


Create an Amazing Music Player Using Mouse Gestures & Hotkeys in jQuery

This tutorial helps you create an amazing music player coded in xHTML & jQuery that made use of mouse gestures and hotkeys. You can Click & Drag with mouse to interact with interface’s music player or use directional keys & spacebar instead of mouse.


Learning jQuery: Revealing Photo Slider

This revealing photo slider is great, it’s perfect for portfolios and photography sites. The entire structure of the slider is coded in JavaScript and CSS.


Animated Drop Down Menu with jQuery

Drop downs are a dime a dozen these days and creating one that stands out is a bit hard. However, with this animated jQuery tutorial you will be guided on how to create one that works with jQuery. After you finish the tutorial you will know how to create your very own jQuery powered menu.


Multiple Animations with Glimmer

Glimmer is a JavaScript animation creation tool that lets you create amazing animations. By visiting the site you’ll be able to see a variety of examples with code.


How to Load In and Animate Content with jQuery

This tutorial will allow you to enhance the functionality of content on your site using  jQuery and a bit of ajax so that the content loads into the relevant container instead of the user having to navigate to another page.


Create a Parallax Scrolling Background

In this tutorial, you will be  be using jQuery to take a horizontally scrolling website and add a parallax scrolling background effect reminiscent of old-school 2D platform games like Sonic the Hedgehog.


Create a Stunning Sliding Door Effect with jQuery

This tutorial includes detailed explanation that will guide you through the process of learning how to make a stunning four corners sliding effect easily with jQuery.


The youlove.us Scrolling Background Effect Explained

The technique is actually a lot simpler than it looks, it’s based around scrolling a very tall gradient image behind some transparent PNG images. The header image (with our logo, strapline and the laptop) has a transparent background and solid text, while the main page is actually an image with the heading text as transparent cut outs.


Make Your Header Responses To Mouse Movements with jParallax

jParallax turns a selected element into a window, or viewport, and all its children into absolutely positioned layers that can be seen through the viewport. These layers move in response to the mouse, and, depending on their dimensions (and options for layer initialisation), they move by different amounts, in a parallaxy kind of way.


“Outside the Box” Navigation with jQuery

Just about every website uses the regular navigation concepts everyone’s used to. But since this can become boring to veiw, tutorials such as this one mimicking the OS X dock and stacks is the bi-product.


Re-Create the Leopard Desktop with jQuery

jQuery adds a whole lot of cool functionality to your websites. It can do a range of things, from animation to AJAX. With this tutorial you will learn how to use jQuery to create a completely coded Dashboard, just like Leopard! This can be handy in hiding widgets, links with icons, and more.


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