How to resize an image cropping it equally on each side with CSS

Tags: html,css,image,css3

Problem :

I have an img banner that is automatically created by the framework I'm using.

The code generated is this:

<div class="owl-item" style="width: 1282px;">
    <img id="5" runat="server" alt="" src=" " style="border:0;" width="1680px" height="434px">

What I want is: When the browser width is smaller than 1680px the image starts to be cropped equally on each side, so that after some resizing only the girls face is visible (the center of the image).

The image:

I know it's easy to do if I set the image as div's background image, but I can't. I have to do that only using CSS and the HTML structure I've described.

Is that possible? Thanks!

Solution :

You could use position:absolute for the image inside a container with position: relative when the viewport is 1679px wide or less (note: this approach requires to know in advance the height of the parent element, as in your example)

Codepen demo (position: absolute)


<div style="width: ...px;">
    <img src="http://.../banner1.jpg" width="1680px" height="434px" />


@media all and (max-width: 1679px) {
    div { position: relative; 
          height: 434px;
          width: 100% !important; /* to override any inline style */
          overflow: hidden; }

    img { position: absolute; 
          top: 0; left: 50%;
          -webkit-transform: translateX(-50%);
          transform: translateX(-50%); }

A modern and elegant approach might use instead the Flexbox module, so the height of the element is not even necessary on the CSS (and this is better for code reusability)

Codepen Demo (display: flex)

@media all and (max-width: 1679px) {
    div { 
        display: flex;
        justify-content: center;
        width: 100% !important; /* to override any inline style */

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