Image Projector


Image Projector – a unique WordPress lightbox that provides a responsive full-window viewer and slider for images in posts or pages, including galleries and carousels.


  • Plug and Play, no editing of code needed
  • Context-dependent image collections automatically created
  • Visitor can switch view styles and background
  • Zoom available
  • Navigate with mouse-swipe, mousewheel, touch/swipe or standard buttons
  • Uses on-demand image loading and preloading – fast startup
  • Hardware-accellerated image transitions
  • Humble and quiet appearance
  • Optional thumbstrip when relevant


Used on an archive page, it will limit the images to those attached to the queried posts (typically category and tag results or search results).

It may well be used in combination with 3rd party or WordPress native galleries.

Privacy Notice

This plugin does not track users. It does not store any data to the database other than plugin settings, neither does it send any data to any server.

Last used view style and background style is stored in a cookie on visitor’s device and applied if visitor returns.


  • Image with frame, showing thumbstrip.
  • Thumbstrip hidden.
  • Full window with cut-off activated.
  • Inside square on dark background. Right-click or click menu icon to show menu.
  • Settings page, part 1.
  • Settings page, part 2.


  1. Upload the plugin to your WordPress plugin directory or install it by using the “Add Plugin” function of WordPress
  2. Activate the plugin at the plugin administration page.
  3. Modify settings in the plugin administration page as desired and save changes.
  4. On activation, plugin will generate a reference file. This will take a few seconds depending on number of posts in the database.


-or possibly frequently asked…

Why did you make this plugin when there are so many others to chose from?

Being a photo enthusiast with a WordPress site having one post per image will cause some headache when trying to present the images in a smooth flow. To avoid the cumbersome manual navigation between posts, I decided to (try to) write a plugin to access the images by an image viewer and slider having the content automatically defined based on the context.

Messing around with various gallery plugins – that always require som extra effort to set up – or modifying code was not an option.

Are there any shortcut keys available?

Yes, for those who are blessed with a keyboard:

right arrow/left arrow – next/previous
C – toggle caption if supported
A or P – toggle autoplay
B – switch background class
L – last image
T – swith between slide in/out or cross-fade transition
V or S – switch view style
X – exit
Z – zoom mode on/off

Which touch actions or mouse operations are supported?

Left mouse button down while swiping right/left with mouse – next/previous
Ctrl key and left mouse button down while swiping up/down – enter zoom mode and do zooming
doubleclick – enter/exit zoom mode
mousewheel – zoom when in zoom mode
pinch – zoom
click caption – turn off display of caption if captions are supported. Turn it on again from menu.

Only one image from a gallery or carousel is shown, and no arrows – why?

Probably due to that the the gallery or carousel wrapper is not detected. Please specify the parent element to all the gallery or carousel elements. If in doubt, do not hesitate to file a support ticket.

Can I choose which pages and images to use it in?

Yes, to a certain extent. This can be specified in the plugin settings page.

Can I modify the styles?

Yes. Please have a look into the plugin settings page and the stylesheet located in the plugin directory. If you need advice on how to set up the styles, please leave a support message.

Is it responsive and touch-device friendly?

Yes, I think so.

I do not see any menu when accessing from a touch device

That’s right, it was made like this for simplification. Please submit a message in the support section if you think it should be available.

Does it work in all versions of all browsers?

Most likely not, but it seem to work as expected in ‘all modern browsers’. There may be several ways of marking up a page so there could be situations when some tuning is necessary. Please leave a message in the support section if it does not work as expected.


23. travnja 2018.
despite the low number of downloads this is the best WordPress image plug-in, perfect for desktops and smartphones
21. travnja 2018.
In my opinion, with the last release, this is the best wordpress image plugin: pinch in/out effect; image browsing with a finger; image shift with a finger, autoplay, possibility to choose the background, etc. Absolutely the best wordpress image plugin.
16. travnja 2018.
As in the title a very nice and useful plugin which permits also pinch in/out of photos.
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Suradnici i Programeri

“Image Projector” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Fixed error that could cause wrong image to be shown when opening an image from gallery. Error was caused by variations in the image markup for some images in the gallery.
  • Tested for WordPress 5.4.


  • Zoom now centered on mouse position or pinch start position.
  • Tested for WordPress 5.3.


  • CSS markup for image with frame caused repaint problems on newest Blink browser. Fixed.


  • Tested for WordPress 5.2.
  • Minor modifications.


  • Tested for WordPress 5.0.
  • Minor modifications.


  • Improved handling when rotating hand-held devices.
  • Fixed some markup errors when entering zoom on certain devices.
  • Eliminate need for manually saving new settings after updating plugin from older versions.


  • Zoom scale remained visible after closing zoom, fixed.
  • Removed too strict PHP version requirement.


  • Addd thumbstrip support for groups of images (like galleries and carousels).
  • Fixed style that could cause zoom controls permanently visible.
  • Improved auto-detection of galleries and other groups of images.
  • Internationalization i18n, Norwegian nb_NO added.
  • Tested for WordPress 4.9.6.


  • Removed limitation that would prevent it from running on sites with no published posts.


  • Bugfix related to galleries.


  • Added option to show thumbstrip when accessed from an archive page.
  • Fixed issues with not being able to navigate between images in a single page.
  • Tested for WordPress 4.9.5.