With the help of this script you can upload any image file (.jpg, .gif, .png) to the web server without page refresh and crop the image. This program is using jQuery imgareaselect to select image area to crop and generate the thumbnail using PHP GD library. You can also check Multiple Image upload and Single file upload without page refresh.

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Upload image and crop

Include .js  and CSS Files

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/cropimage.css" />
<link type="text/css" href="css/imgareaselect-default.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.form.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.imgareaselect.js"></script>

Create the HTML Form with Preview Area

<div class="container">

<div class="crop_box">
<form class="uploadform" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data" 
action='upload.php' name="photo"> 
<div class="crop_set_upload">
<div class="crop_upload_label">Upload files: </div>
<div class="crop_select_image"><div class="file_browser">
<input type="file" name="imagefile" id="imagefile" class="hide_broswe" />
<div class="crop_select_image">
<input type="submit" value="Upload" class="upload_button" name="submitbtn"
id="submitbtn" /></div>
<div class="crop_set_preview">
<div class="crop_preview_left"> 
<div class="crop_preview_box_big" id='viewimage'> 

<div class="crop_preview_right">
Preview (150x150 px)
<div class="crop_preview_box_small" id='thumbviewimage' 
style="position:relative; overflow:hidden;"> </div>

<form name="thumbnail" action="<?php echo $_SERVER["PHP_SELF"];?>" 
<input type="hidden" name="x1" value="" id="x1" />
<input type="hidden" name="y1" value="" id="y1" />
<input type="hidden" name="x2" value="" id="x2" />
<input type="hidden" name="y2" value="" id="y2" />
<input type="hidden" name="w" value="" id="w" />
<input type="hidden" name="h" value="" id="h" />
<input type="hidden" name="wr" value="" id="wr" />

<input type="hidden" name="filename" value="" id="filename" />
<div class="crop_preview_submit"><input type="submit" name="upload_thumbnail" 
value="Save Thumbnail" id="save_thumb" class="submit_button" /> </div>


JavaScript Code to Upload Image and Display Preview

<script type="text/javascript" >
$(document).ready(function() {
$('#submitbtn').click(function() {
$("#viewimage").html('<img src="images/loading.gif" />');
url: 'upload.php',
success: showResponse 

function showResponse(responseText, statusText, xhr, $form){

$('#thumbviewimage').html('<img src="<?php echo $upload_path; ?>
'+responseText+'" style="position: relative;" alt="Thumbnail Preview" />');
$('#viewimage').html('<img class="preview" alt="" src="
<?php echo $upload_path; ?>'+responseText+'" id="thumbnail" />');
$('#thumbnail').imgAreaSelect({ aspectRatio: '1:1', handles: true , 
onSelectChange: preview });

JavaScript Code to Select Crop Area

<script type="text/javascript">
function preview(img, selection) { 
var scaleX = <?php echo $thumb_width;?> / selection.width; 
var scaleY = <?php echo $thumb_height;?> / selection.height; 

$('#thumbviewimage > img').css({
width: Math.round(scaleX * img.width) + 'px', 
height: Math.round(scaleY * img.height) + 'px',
marginLeft: '-' + Math.round(scaleX * selection.x1) + 'px', 
marginTop: '-' + Math.round(scaleY * selection.y1) + 'px' 

var x1 = Math.round((img.naturalWidth/img.width)*selection.x1);
var y1 = Math.round((img.naturalHeight/img.height)*selection.y1);
var x2 = Math.round(x1+selection.width);
var y2 = Math.round(y1+selection.height);




$(document).ready(function () { 
$('#save_thumb').click(function() {
var x1 = $('#x1').val();
var y1 = $('#y1').val();
var x2 = $('#x2').val();
var y2 = $('#y2').val();
var w = $('#w').val();
var h = $('#h').val();
if(x1=="" || y1=="" || x2=="" || y2=="" || w=="" || h==""){
alert("Please Make a Selection First");
return false;
return true;

PHP File upload script (upload.php)


$file_formats = array("jpg", "png", "gif", "bmp");

$filepath = "upload_images/";
$preview_width = "400";
$preview_height = "300";

if ($_POST['submitbtn']=="Upload") {

$name = $_FILES['imagefile']['name']; // filename to get file's extension
$size = $_FILES['imagefile']['size'];

if (strlen($name)) {
$extension = substr($name, strrpos($name, '.')+1);
if (in_array($extension, $file_formats)) { // check it if it's a valid format
if ($size < (2048 * 1024)) { // check it if it's bigger than 2 mb or no
$imagename = md5(uniqid() . time()) . "." . $extension;
$tmp = $_FILES['imagefile']['tmp_name'];
if (move_uploaded_file($tmp, $filepath . $imagename)) {
echo $imagename;
} else {
echo "Could not move the file";
} else {
echo "Your image size is bigger than 2MB";
} else {
echo "Invalid file format";
} else {
echo "Please select image!";

PHP Script to Generate Thumbnail

error_reporting (E_ALL ^ E_NOTICE);

$upload_path = "upload_images/"; 

$thumb_width = "150"; 
$thumb_height = "150";

function resizeThumbnailImage($thumb_image_name, $image, $width, $height, 
$start_width, $start_height, $scale){
list($imagewidth, $imageheight, $imageType) = getimagesize($image);
$imageType = image_type_to_mime_type($imageType);

$newImageWidth = ceil($width * $scale);
$newImageHeight = ceil($height * $scale);
$newImage = imagecreatetruecolor($newImageWidth,$newImageHeight);
switch($imageType) {
case "image/gif":
case "image/pjpeg":
case "image/jpeg":
case "image/jpg":
case "image/png":
case "image/x-png":
switch($imageType) {
case "image/gif":
case "image/pjpeg":
case "image/jpeg":
case "image/jpg":
case "image/png":
case "image/x-png":
chmod($thumb_image_name, 0777);
return $thumb_image_name;

if (isset($_POST["upload_thumbnail"])) {
$filename = $_POST['filename'];
$large_image_location = $upload_path.$_POST['filename'];
$thumb_image_location = $upload_path."thumb_".$_POST['filename'];

$x1 = $_POST["x1"];
$y1 = $_POST["y1"];
$x2 = $_POST["x2"];
$y2 = $_POST["y2"];
$w = $_POST["w"];
$h = $_POST["h"];
$scale = $thumb_width/$w;
$cropped = resizeThumbnailImage($thumb_image_location, 

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