jQuery was simply not designed to handle the high end performance requirements in animation and CSS 3 seems to offer solutions to all the short-comings of jQuery. Most of the developers were quick to catch the CSS bandwagon abandoning good old jQuery. Without proceeding much further, people started to discover major problems with CSS animation also. Those who have written obituaries for jQuery understood the importance of it in animation. The sound of death knell for jQuery is not heard at least for now. It is the appropriate selection of either CSS 3 or jQuery that presently matters in the world of website projects. A combination of both can also be used. Requirement, the project characteristics and target audience are the major factors that decide the choice between jQuery and CSS animation.
While there are some premium solutions and plugins available for a price, there is a host of these solutions available for free that will serve your purpose. We have compiled a list of free and amazing jQuery and CSS 3 image hover effects for you that can be applied in a variety of projects.