I am a webshop owner, not a developer but I’ld like to find some possibilities myself.
I’m looking for a solution to place a picture in the option of a product, this without it being visible as thums on the page. The picture should only be visible when the user selects that particular option.
Its not different simple products linked.
Add a image to a option atribut on page level. So there will be no problem with duplicate content.
What you've described seems to be covered with one of our extensions "Image Switcher for Custom Options": http://orange35.com/store/magento-image-switcher-for-custom-options
It works with custom options, so you can create e.g. Color option with values e.g. brown, black, red, etc. and upload variation images for your "T-shirt" product and then with the help of our extension you can combine a certain option valu with one or more product images, so that a specific image is showing in product image container upon certain option selection on the user end.
You can check how it works on our demo websites:
Magento 1.8 demo.orange35.com/magento/polarized-smoke-lenses-in-the-custom-shop.html
Magento 1.9 http://demo.orange35.com/magento-rwd/accessories/eyewear/polarized-smoke-lenses-in-the-custom-shop.h... (on this demo it's showcased along with our color swatch extension, which comes with a discount if purchased together with Image Switcher).
Anyway, all the details are available on the product page and feel free to contact us in case of any uqestions.
>>> I’m looking for a solution to place a picture in the option of a product, this without it being visible as thums on the page. The picture should only be visible when the user selects that particular option.
Check this extension: http://www.mageworx.com/advanced-product-options-magento-extension.html
It does exactly what you need.
Is there a particular reason you couldn't use configurable products (make the varations liked simple products) and then take advantage of the native (built-in) Magento swatches feature? The built in swatches feature can switch out images like you've asked.
The documentation for the built-in swatches feature can be found here: http://merch.docs.magento.com/ee/user_guide/Magento_Enterprise_Edition_User_Guide.html#catalog/produ...
If you are looking extesnions which wil lchange configurable product base image based on simple product there is extension which called Configurable Image Switcher . The Extension changes configurable product main image to associated simple product image when option selected.