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Captions On Hover

I have a number of caption stacks in my Stacks library. Some are simple caption overlays, some are captions that appear on hover. Then there is the possibility of combining stacks to create animated captions on hover. Jeroen, at Marathia Stacks has developed something that is more sophisticated than most hover stacks. The name, CaptionOnImage is a bit of a mouthful, but the idea is simple, effective and can save a lot of work.

At first glance, CaptionOnImage is a very simple stack. Drop it into your RW project; add an image – local, or warehoused; add a text stack with a caption and, with the standard settings, when you hover over the image, just as with some other caption stacks, your caption will appear.

CaptionOnImageCaptionOnImage, however, isn't finished there. You can also set the caption to disappear on hover, but that isn't all. By nesting the CaptionOnImage stacks, you can also have the image change on hover – with, or without a caption. Just hover over the image above and you'll see what I mean.

If you wish to go easy on the grey matter, you can open Jeroen's detailed example project – it comes with the stack – copy the example that you wish to use, drop it into your project and replace the images and the caption text. Otherwise, drag CaptionOnImage into your project and play around with the stack settings.
To do so, drag an image into the upper part of the stack and a text stack into the lower part.

First up: The General Settings are for the positioning of the caption; Top, Bottom, or Centre. If you choose Top or Bottom, you can set the distance in either % or to Fixed [px]. You then have settings for T/B, Left and Right. Force Fluid Image will ensure that your image remains responsive. Set Link will allow you to add an URL.

Hover Effect: Static sets the caption to appear on page load and disappear on hover. Hover sets the caption to appear upon hover and Both gives you a permanent caption. Show Effect enables Image Hover Effects, either for the static, or the hovered image. You have a choice of four image effects: Opacity, Blur, Sepia, or Greyscale. Hover Delay is defined in milliseconds and there are five transitions to choose from.

You may add a border to the image and the border colour may also be changed upon hover. And finally, the image can have a colour overlay – once more, you can choose between a static and a hovered colour.

If you wish to have the image change, as in the first example above, you can nest a CaptionOnImage within the lower stack, add a text caption that will appear together with the second image and you're good to go. The opposite is also possible: an image with a caption that disappears when the new image appears upon hover.

A great deal of thought has gone into CaptionOnImage. It's a great stack that makes exceedingly versatile captioning very simple without stressing those grey cells. It is a welcome addition to my stacks library!

Now — How do I add CaptionOnImage to my blog page? Oh look! There's a description for that on the demo pages too!
[Note – The images displayed here are screenshots, not the actual stack]

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