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I want to attach an image gallery to a node, showing the images in a carousel view so that only a few thumbnails are shown and clicking on them opens a ColorBox overlay.

I have a gallery content type that contains all images in a field, and in an article the gallery is referenced using an entity reference field.

I found the Gallery Formatter module which does nearly want I want. But I don't want to display the large image on the page, only the carousel showing thumbnails. To get the full size image one should click on one of the thumbnails.

So I need a field formatter that can display the contents of an image field as a carousel. Any ideas on how I can achieve this?

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Check out Adding a jQuery Image Carousel to your Node View.

Though the above article is for Drupal 6, you can follow this like below:

  • As the gallery is referenced in the "Article" content type, you can modify the template file for that content type, and fetch the gallery images.
  • After that, you can display that in carousel.

The other way is using a theme preprocess function.

function YOURTHEME_preprocess_node(&$variables) {
  // Your code.
}
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I had the same problem recently, the best solution i think is to use this module Field Slideshow. Read about it, what you need is to install this module, then u need to create two image styles for thumbnails and for image. In your content type in Manage Display settings u can configure your carousel. Also u need to install this modules

Libraries API,
Jquery Cycle plugin, JCarousel

you can read about this module here

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You can achieve this with the Lightbox2 module. Check out the Grouped images example.

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