How can I create a zooming effect on images when hovering?

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    I’m currently working on a web project and one of the design elements I’m trying to achieve is a zooming effect when a user hovers over an image. Essentially, I’d like the image to enlarge slightly and become more detailed when the user hovers over it with their mouse. I’ve seen this effect on many other websites and I find it really engaging and effective, but I’m not quite sure how to achieve it myself.

    I’ve done some research online and I’ve found some tutorials on using CSS and JavaScript to create the effect, but I’m not quite sure where to start. Are there any specific tools or libraries that are recommended for creating this kind of effect, or any best practices that I should keep in mind?

    I’m also curious about how this effect might impact the performance of my website. Will adding this kind of animation slow down my site, and are there any ways to optimize it for faster loading times?

    As someone who is relatively new to web development, I would greatly appreciate any advice or guidance on how to achieve this zooming effect when hovering over images. Thank you in advance!


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    That effect is usually obtained with JavaScript libraries that have expanded on one another and share similar names: fancybox, lightbox, colorbox. There are multiple WordPress plugins that implement them for WordPress sites.

    Animation happen when triggered (on click/hover, other user interaction) so the animations/popup themselves add no extra drag on the performance of the site. However, the scripts/resources needed to add the effects need to be loaded on the site, and depending on the solution chosen they may be lighter or heavier on the site.

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