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Zoom into an Image

Small widget that simulates a magnifying glass, for my articles on pixel art scaling (parts one and two).

Zoomable image
Try dragging and dropping your own image file in here.

There are a few jQuery plugins that do this, but I didn’t want to add external dependencies, and this was a good excuse to play with the canvas element.

I tried using drawImage to upscale part of the image, but browsers seemed to apply bilinear or bicubic interpolation by default, which resulted in a blurry mess. Not all browsers supported the imageSmoothingEnabled property at the time of writing, so I ended up implementing nearest-neighbor interpolation by hand.


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