Image Crop Functionality In Model Box Using PHP

Image uploading and cropping is very common functionality for any web application.You can upload and crop image on same page or in modal box.In this PHP article i am sharing Demo and Source Code to upload and cropped image using PHP and jQuery.There are a lot of image cropping jquery plugin available,In previous article i have list down Best Jquery Image Crop plugins.

Often we are given image/picture change functionality to end user,So user can upload and crop image.This is awesome user experience to give image change and cropping in modal box.I am using bootstrap Modal box to show upload image option.

There are following jQuery plugin and CSS Library Used

  • jQuery Library : Base library to support other jquery plugin
  • Boostrap 3 : Used to create awesome HTML layout
  • Imgareaselect : Use to define crop co-ordinate and cropp image,You can download from here.
  • Ajax form : Use to submit form Ajax manner,You can download from here

In This article i am using Imgareaselect plugin to crop image and PHP for resizing image with save cropped image.

There are Following files will participate in this image crop tutorial

  • index.php : This file is responsible to create HTML layout and show cropped image.
  • profile.php : This file is responsible to all server side functionality like image cropping and saving
  • dist : This is a folder, which is use to keep all library file.

Also Checkout other tutorial of image crop,

Image Upload and Cropping with PHP and jQuery

Step 1: First we will include all necessary jquery plugin and library files.We will keep all below files in head section of index.php file.

Step 2:We will Create div to show image and option to change image.

Here i am showing default.jpg image file for as a default image.

Step 3: Now we will create model box to upload and crop image.

Step 4: Now will write some jquery code to show the model box when we will click change pic button.

jQuery('#change-pic').live('click', function(e){

Now you can show image upload bootstrap modal box on click of Change Image.

Step 5: Now we will use jQuery Ajax form plugin for form submitting and show the image for crop process on bootstrap modal box.

jQuery('#photoimg').live('change', function()	
target: '#preview-avatar-profile',
success:    function() { 
        aspectRatio: '1:1',
        onSelectEnd: getSizes,

You can get image all parameters on 'success' call back function.

Step 6: Now we will cropped image and call save Ajax method to save image on hard disk storage.

//fucntion for get image cropped co-ordinate
function getSizes(img, obj)
		var x_axis = obj.x1;
		var x2_axis = obj.x2;
		var y_axis = obj.y1;
		var y2_axis = obj.y2;
		var thumb_width = obj.width;
		var thumb_height = obj.height;
		if(thumb_width > 0)

			alert("Please select portion..!");
	//call on crop iamge button
jQuery('#btn-crop').live('click', function(e){
	params = {
            targetUrl: 'profiles/saveAvatarTmp/',
            action: 'profiles_controller_saveAvatarTmp',
			x_axis: jQuery('#hdn-x1-axis').val(),
			y_axis : jQuery('#hdn-y1-axis').val(),
			x2_axis: jQuery('#hdn-x2-axis').val(),
			y2_axis : jQuery('#hdn-y2-axis').val(),
			thumb_width : jQuery('#hdn-thumb-width').val(),
	//make ajax request to PHP for save image
function saveCropImage(params) {
        url: siteurl + params['targetUrl'],
        cache: false,
        dataType: "html",
        data: {
            action: params['action'],
            id: jQuery('#hdn-profile-id').val(),
			 t: 'ajax',
        type: 'Post',
       // async:false,
        success: function (response) {
				jQuery(".imgareaselect-border1,.imgareaselect-border2,.imgareaselect-border3,.imgareaselect-border4,.imgareaselect-border2,.imgareaselect-outer").css('display', 'none');
				jQuery("#avatar-edit-img").attr('src', response);
				AlertManager.showNotification('Image cropped!', 'Click Save Profile button to save image.', 'success');
        error: function (xhr, ajaxOptions, thrownError) {
            alert('status Code:' + xhr.status + 'Error Message :' + thrownError);

Step 7: We will define controller/action method in profile.php.

	 Purpose			: update image.
	 Parameters		    : null
	 Returns			: integer
	public function changeAvatar() {
		global $current_user;
		$loggedInId = $current_user->ID;
		$post = isset($_POST) ? $_POST: array();
		$max_width = "500";	
		$userId = isset($post['hdn-profile-id']) ? intval($post['hdn-profile-id']) : 0;
		$path = get_theme_root(). '\images\uploads\tmp';

		$valid_formats = array("jpg", "png", "gif", "bmp","jpeg");
		$name = $_FILES['photoimg']['name'];
		$size = $_FILES['photoimg']['size'];
		list($txt, $ext) = explode(".", $name);
		if($size<(1024*1024)) // Image size max 1 MB
		$actual_image_name = 'avatar' .'_'.$userId .'.'.$ext;
		$filePath = $path .'/'.$actual_image_name;
		$tmp = $_FILES['photoimg']['tmp_name'];
		if(move_uploaded_file($tmp, $filePath))
		$width = $this->getWidth($filePath);
			$height = $this->getHeight($filePath);
			//Scale the image if it is greater than the width set above
			if ($width > $max_width){
				$scale = $max_width/$width;
				$uploaded = $this->resizeImage($filePath,$width,$height,$scale);
				$scale = 1;
				$uploaded = $this->resizeImage($filePath,$width,$height,$scale);
		$res = $this->Profile->saveAvatar(array(
						'userId' => isset($userId) ? intval($userId) : 0,
												'avatar' => isset($actual_image_name) ? $actual_image_name : '',
		//mysql_query("UPDATE users SET profile_image='$actual_image_name' WHERE uid='$session_id'");
		echo "";
		echo "failed";
		echo "Image file size max 1 MB"; 
		echo "Invalid file format.."; 
		echo "Please select image..!";
	 Purpose			: update image.
	 Parameters		    : null
	 Returns			: integer
	public function saveAvatarTmp() {
		global $current_user;
		$loggedInId = $current_user->ID;
		$post = isset($_POST) ? $_POST: array();
		$userId = isset($post['id']) ? intval($post['id']) : 0;
		$path = get_theme_root(). '\\images\uploads\tmp';
		$t_width = 300;	// Maximum thumbnail width
		$t_height = 300;	// Maximum thumbnail height

	if(isset($_POST['t']) and $_POST['t'] == "ajax")
		$img = get_user_meta($userId, 'user_avatar', true);
		$imagePath = $path.'/'.$img;
		$ratio = ($t_width/$w1); 
		$nw = ceil($w1 * $ratio);
		$nh = ceil($h1 * $ratio);
		$nimg = imagecreatetruecolor($nw,$nh);
		$im_src = imagecreatefromjpeg($imagePath);
	echo getCustomAvatar($userId, true);
	 Purpose			: resize image.
	 Parameters		    : null
	 Returns			: image
	function resizeImage($image,$width,$height,$scale) {
	$newImageWidth = ceil($width * $scale);
	$newImageHeight = ceil($height * $scale);
	$newImage = imagecreatetruecolor($newImageWidth,$newImageHeight);
	$source = imagecreatefromjpeg($image);
	chmod($image, 0777);
	return $image;
	 Purpose			: get image height.
	 Parameters		    : null
	 Returns			: height
function getHeight($image) {
	$sizes = getimagesize($image);
	$height = $sizes[1];
	return $height;
	 Purpose			: get image width.
	 Parameters		    : null
	 Returns			: width
function getWidth($image) {
	$sizes = getimagesize($image);
	$width = $sizes[0];
	return $width;

Step 8: Model method to save image path into database.

	 Purpose			: save avatar.
	 Parameters		    : $options 
	 Returns			: true/false
	function saveAvatar($options){
  		//update sql


Image Crop Result Using PHP and AJAX

Demo & Download Source Code Of Image Cropping with PHP and AJAX

  • sulung

    not working in safari. Its useless….

    • I have verified,its working fine on safari 5.1.7

      • Midhun MM

        can i get the

        • U can dwnld zip file from dwnld link

  • HJ Tsai

    it don’t support .bmp .gif .png , when I upload these picture, it show a black picture. How can I solve this problem?

    • You need to change imagecreatetruecolor method based on image type.

  • Paulo Serrano

    can anybody put a link with the complete source code working?

    • you can download from downlod link

  • Midhun MM

    i need the complete complete anybody help me

    • U can dwnld code frm dwnld link

  • as per error, method( get_user_meta()) is not in ur class or file.

    • Rohan Patil

      i am implementing your code in my codeigniter project, please suggest how to add get_user_meta() in my class or file of codeigniter project.

  • there is jquery plugin for multiple upload file control, otherwise you can create your script to add multiple upload control using jQuery.
    Create a file upload div which has upload control and clone this div when user will click add more upload button.

  • Pravin Singh

    on print_R($post);die;

    [hdn-profile-id] => 1
    [hdn-x1-axis] =>
    [hdn-y1-axis] =>
    [hdn-x2-axis] =>
    [hdn-y2-axis] =>
    [hdn-thumb-width] =>
    [hdn-thumb-height] =>
    [action] =>
    [image_name] =>

    this error are shown and not load the image

    • Comment print line

      • Pravin Singh

        i try that but not loded image only uploding…. and http analizer show [ Internal Server Error ] you can check it

      • Pravin Singh

        thanks sir folder write permission is not given by me so i have the isu thanks alot

  • Pravin Singh

    sir how to save this cropped image in my sql. how to fetch the “src=” thanks

    • you can store image path in table col and fetch that col val at run time and add with src image attribute.