5 Amazing JavaScript Image Effects Libraries

Take a look at any articles on a blog or web site and you’ll see a bunch of accompanying images used to enhanced and attract attention to the content. Images alone speak a thousand words, but when edited or processed they can add even more value to your site. In this post, we’ll take a look at some JavaScript image effect libraries.


Pixastic is one of my favorite JavaScript image processing libraries. It supports a variety of operations, filters and fancy effects on images by just using a bit of JavaScript. The effects supported out of the box include desaturation/greyscale, invert, flipping, brightness/contrast adjustment, hue/saturation, emboss, blur, and many more.

NetzGesta CVI Projects

NetzGesta has a collection of several JavaScript files that will allow you to create astonishing Photoshop alike image effects through JS and Canvas.  Those effects are applied to your images by your browser during rendering. Some of the effects include  image corner, page curl image, bevel and emboss, etc.


Raphael is a JavaScript library that simplify your work with vector graphics on the Web. While its main purposes is to provide a quick way to draw vector graphics in either VML or SVG format, it does support a few handy image manipulation option like reflection, rotation and cropping. Implementation is easy and it works on most browsers including Internet Explorer 6.

jQuery Mosaic Plugin

While jQuery supports a lot of effects, most of these are pretty useful when dealing with image galleries rather than stand-alone images. One plugin that however caught my attention is imJQMosaic. This plugin creates mosaic pattern using an image.


Phototype is a client/server-side library, based on prototype, which supports all kinds of image manipulations. On the serverside the library is powered by combination of PHP/GD that renders the image. With phototype, you are able to rotate, resize, flip and do some other cool effects to images