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Image Crop and Upload with jQuery and PHP

There are many good jQuery plugins are available  today to crop image on the fly. jCropimgAreaSelect and many more. Today I am going to show you how you can implement imgAreaSelect jQuery plugin for cropping image on your project with instant upload preview.

imgAreaSelect is one of the most powerful jQuery plugin for working with images that can work in all major old and new browser. It is easy to configure and implement.

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HTML Image Uploading Form

As usual we will start with html markup. We need to create a simple file upload form with 4 hidden fields with blank value. These hidden fields will need to submit image selection values. We also need to add a img without src attribute. Image will be appear here for instant preview

<!-- image preview area-->
<img id="uploadPreview" style="display:none;"/>
<!-- image uploading form -->
<form action="upload.php" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">
  <input id="uploadImage" type="file" accept="image/jpeg" name="image" />
  <input type="submit" value="Upload">

  <!-- hidden inputs -->
  <input type="hidden" id="x" name="x" />
  <input type="hidden" id="y" name="y" />
  <input type="hidden" id="w" name="w" />
  <input type="hidden" id="h" name="h" />

jQuery and JavaScript Part

The following jQuery and JavaScript code holds some imgAreaSelect configurations. We also need to use FileReader html5 file reader api to make instant image preview.

// set info for cropping image using hidden fields
function setInfo(i, e) {

$(document).ready(function() {
  var p = $("#uploadPreview");

  // prepare instant preview
    // fadeOut or hide preview

    // prepare HTML5 FileReader
    var oFReader = new FileReader();

    oFReader.onload = function (oFREvent) {

  // implement imgAreaSelect plug in (
    // set crop ratio (optional)
    aspectRatio: '1:1',
    onSelectEnd: setInfo

PHP Part

The following php code holds some basic download validation and php gd based image resize functionalities

$valid_exts = array('jpeg', 'jpg', 'png', 'gif');
$max_file_size = 200 * 1024; #200kb
$nw = $nh = 200; # image with & height

  if ( isset($_FILES['image']) ) {
    if (! $_FILES['image']['error'] && $_FILES['image']['size'] < $max_file_size) {
      # get file extension
      $ext = strtolower(pathinfo($_FILES['image']['name'], PATHINFO_EXTENSION));
      # file type validity
      if (in_array($ext, $valid_exts)) {
          $path = 'uploads/' . uniqid()  . '.' . $ext;
          $size = getimagesize($_FILES['image']['tmp_name']);
          # grab data form post request
          $x = (int) $_POST['x'];
          $y = (int) $_POST['y'];
          $w = (int) $_POST['w'] ? $_POST['w'] : $size[0];
          $h = (int) $_POST['h'] ? $_POST['h'] : $size[1];
          # read image binary data
          $data = file_get_contents($_FILES['image']['tmp_name']);
          # create v image form binary data
          $vImg = imagecreatefromstring($data);
          $dstImg = imagecreatetruecolor($nw, $nh);
          # copy image
          imagecopyresampled($dstImg, $vImg, 0, 0, $x, $y, $nw, $nh, $w, $h);
          # save image
          imagejpeg($dstImg, $path);
          # clean memory
          echo "<img src='$path' />";
        } else {
          echo 'unknown problem!';
    } else {
      echo 'file is too small or large';
  } else {
    echo 'file not set';
} else {
  echo 'bad request!';

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