Cropping an image with Jcrop in laravel

Image editing and manipulation can sometimes be a difficult thing to implement in our
application. Using Laravel and the Jcrop JavaScript library, we can make the task much simpler.

Getting ready

We need to download the Jcrop library from
Download.html and unzip it. Put the file jquery.Jcrop.min.js into our public/js
directory, and the jquery.Jcrop.min.css and Jcrop.gif files into our public/css
directory. We’ll use the Google CDN version of jQuery. We also need to make sure we have the
GD library installed on our server, so we can do image manipulation. In our public directory,
we’ll need an images folder to store the images, and should have the permission set for it to
be writable.

what to do..

Follow these steps to finish this recipe:
1. Let’s create a route in our routes.php file to hold our form:
Route::get(‘imageform’, function()
return View::make(‘imageform’);
2. Create the form for uploading an image, in app/views with the filename
<h1>Laravel and Jcrop</h1>
<?= Form::open(array(‘files’ => true)) ?>
<?= Form::label(‘image’, ‘My Image’) ?>
<?= Form::file(‘image’) ?>
<?= Form::submit(‘Upload!’) ?>
<?= Form::close() ?>
3. Make a route to handle the image upload and validation:
Route::post(‘imageform’, function()
$rules = array(
‘image’ => ‘required|mimes:jpeg,jpg|max:10000’

$validation = Validator::make(Input::all(), $rules);
if ($validation->fails())
return Redirect::to(‘imageform’)->withErrors

$file = Input::file(‘image’);
$file_name = $file->getClientOriginalName();
if ($file->move(‘images’, $file_name))
return Redirect::to(‘jcrop’)->with(‘image’,
return “Error uploading file”;

4. Create a route for our Jcrop form:
Route::get(‘jcrop’, function()
return View::make(‘jcrop’)->with(‘image’, ‘images/’
. Session::get(‘image’));
5. Make a form, where we can crop the image, in our app/views directory with the
filename jcrop.php:
<title>Laravel and Jcrop</title>
<meta charset=”utf-8″>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”css/
jquery.Jcrop.min.css” />
<script src=”//
<script src=”js/jquery.Jcrop.min.js”></script>
<h2>Image Cropping with Laravel and Jcrop</h2>
<img src=”<?php echo $image ?>” id=”cropimage”>
<?= Form::open() ?>
<?= Form::hidden(‘image’, $image) ?>
<?= Form::hidden(‘x’, ”, array(‘id’ => ‘x’)) ?>
<?= Form::hidden(‘y’, ”, array(‘id’ => ‘y’)) ?>
<?= Form::hidden(‘w’, ”, array(‘id’ => ‘w’)) ?>
<?= Form::hidden(‘h’, ”, array(‘id’ => ‘h’)) ?>
<?= Form::submit(‘Crop it!’) ?>

<?= Form::close() ?>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
$(function() {
onSelect: updateCoords
function updateCoords(c) {

6. Create a route that will process the image and display it:
Route::post(‘jcrop’, function()
$quality = 90;
$src = Input::get(‘image’);
$img = imagecreatefromjpeg($src);
$dest = ImageCreateTrueColor(Input::get(‘w’),
imagecopyresampled($dest, $img, 0, 0, Input::get(‘x’),
Input::get(‘y’), Input::get(‘w’), Input::get(‘h’),
Input::get(‘w’), Input::get(‘h’));
imagejpeg($dest, $src, $quality);
return “<img src='” . $src . “‘>”;

How it works…

We start with a basic file upload; to make it easier, we’ll only be using .jpg files. We use
the validation to check for the image type as well as making sure the file size is under 10,000
kilobytes. After the file is uploaded, we send the path to our Jcrop route.
In the HTML for the Jcrop route, we create a form with hidden fields that will hold the
dimensions of the cropping. The JavaScript function updateCoords takes the cropping
dimensions and updates the values of those hidden fields.


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