Best Collection of CSS3 Tutorials and Techniques
The latest revolutionary technology in web-designing, CSS3 is at the disposal of a web-designer to improve the working-flow and create exciting web pages. The new advanced features make the designing much easier, leaving the time consuming process of complex effects recreations in the past. Actually, CSS3 made classic CSS techniques easier to implement, thus providing greater flexibility and making the overall process much faster and much more effective.
When implementing CSS3 techniques, take into account that only the most up-to-date browsers can support them. However, CSS3 is worth trying as the new features and effects will help to create stunning web pages. Many web designers have already taken the advantage of new drop down menus, image hover effects, multiple background images, multiple columns and many more other awesome CSS3 techniques.
In today’s post we have collected several CSS3 tutorials as well as the reviews of most interesting CSS3 techniques which are worth putting into practice.
CSS3 Tutorials, Tips, Tricks and Techniques
In this tutorial, we’ll create inset type, a popular text treatment, using CSS.
The letterpress effect is becoming hugely popular in web design, and with a couple of modern browsers now showing support for the text-shadow CSS3 property it’s now simple and easy to create the effect with pure CSS. No Photoshop trickery here!
Create CSS3 Pricing Tables
With no clear purpose or plan, I’ve resolved to experiment with CSS3 on a regular basis. Some of these note-posts may be more useful and practical than others, but the only way to know for sure is to learn by doing. That being said, here is another experiment with background-clip: text and @font-face via Typekit. When I finished Volume 2 in my Quoting Lebowski series the first thing that came to mind was that I bet I could CSS this. Here is the webkit happy code for this live example, sparing you all the structural bits from style.css.
I had a lot of fun dabbling in CSS3 on a recent post, but had to hold back a bit to keep things looking presentable in most browsers. To carry out the DIN typeface I chose into the header, I used a transparent png with the letters knocked out to achieve that subtle yellow to blue fade animation.
In our example the title of the message, the message body, and the warning icon are all created by using a single <p> tag with some CSS wizardry. The warning icon is its background, and the title is a regular bold tag contained inside the paragraph.
The Circlicious poster art makes use of plenty of circular geometric shapes and features lots of transparency to add multiple levels to the design, giving the design that bright and crisp feel of typical vector artworks. Being a design that makes use of CSS3 properties, it’s only suited to the modern browsers of Firefox, Safari and Chrome.
It’s a simple button made possible by a transparent PNG overlay (for the gradient), border, border-radius, box-shadow, and text-shadow.
RickyH – Fun with CSS3 and mootools Fun with CSS3 and mootools These examples came about when experimenting with the extend property in MooTools. By extending the styles class I could add CSS3 properties into the Core MooTools framework and do CSS3 animations.
The buttons are scalable based on the font-size. The button size can be easily adjusted by changing the padding and font-size values. The best part about this method is it can be applied to any HTML element such as div, span, p, a, button, input, etc.
I had previously created the Cadmus “post” button in Photoshop and it was essentially three images for the different states. I wanted to use this style for all our buttons, but doing it with single images is not a good idea. So I set about creating the same style of the buttons with CSS3.
The Objective of this tutorial is to create a set of button styles that are cross browser compliant, can degrade gracefully for non CSS3 compliant browsers and are are entirely scaleable, meaning that you can make it a variety of sizes and colours with ease.
Using CSS animations in Safari, you’re able to turn an otherwise ordinary button into a glowing, radioactive mess of awesome. To make it work, you first have to specify all your button styles and then you add the shadows. Now, in the animation, you switch from a that matches the background color to the color of the button to give it the glowing effect – And then you add in some animation.
Hover to see what they look like without CSS gradients.
Here I am presenting a cool overlapped pure CSS menu created using CSS sprites. This is an initial draft version, so far I have checked it only in Firefox 3.5, IE 7, Chrome 3.0 & Opera 9.02 and it looks fine. If anyone of you finds any issues in any other browsers, please lemme know. Cool sprites is a pack of four different versions of the same menu. The photoshop source is also available for download, so that you can customize it as per your need. Since this menu is largely dependent on the background image, you need to customize the image to alter the link label, color, size etc.
CSS3 Navigation and Menu
Making something practical – a simple CSS3 animated navigation menu, which degrades gracefully in older browsers and is future-proofed to work with the next generation of browsers.
Making a CSS3 & jQuery halftone-style navigation menu, which will allow you to display animated halftone-style shapes in accordance with the navigation links, and will provide a simple editor for creating additional shapes as well.
CSS3-Only Horizontal Drop Line Tab Menu
CSS3 Image Galleries
In this tutorial we are going to create an awesome image gallery which leverages the latest CSS3 and jQuery techniques. The script will be able to scan a folder of images on your web server and build a complete drag and drop lighbox gallery around it.
Tutorialzine is a nice blog but I think sometimes it should should re-dimension chosen titles. I have discovered only yesterday and thanks to my good old favorite Web related italian blog, a nice (or if you prefer another) jQuery lightbox style experiment.
The post is complete with examples and explanation over PHP, CSS, jQuery, and finally jQuery UI. So what is the problem? The title: An Awesome CSS3 Lightbox Gallery With jQuery. At the end of the day, the total size of the demo is massive, compared with what it offers, plus the only piece of CSS3 in the stylesheet is a box-shadow and a rotation via -webkit-transform.
perspective property is what we need to create the 3d effect. Using
transition, we can create 3d animation using pure CSS3.
Yesterday, Jon and I were going back and forth about what to blog about next. Love of CSS and doing something cool with it is kind of our thing and we quickly jumped on a brand new idea: polaroid style images with just CSS.
Tutorialzine is a nice blog but I think sometimes it should should re-dimension chosen titles. I have discovered only yesterday and thanks to my good old favorite Web related italian blog, a nice (or if you prefer another) jQuery lightbox style experiment.The post is complete with examples and explanation over PHP, CSS, jQuery, and finally jQuery UI. So what is the problem? The title: An Awesome CSS3 Lightbox Gallery With jQuery. At the end of the day, the total size of the demo is massive, compared with what it offers, plus the only piece of CSS3 in the stylesheet is a box-shadow and a rotation via -webkit-transform.
In this tutorial we are going to create a nice and fresh image gallery. The idea is to show the albums as a slider, and when an album is chosen, we show the images of that album as a beautiful photo stack. In the photo stack view, we can browse through the images by putting the top most image behind all the stack with a slick animation.
Create an elegant accordion for content. The idea is to have some vertical accordion tabs that slide out when hovering. We will add some CSS3 properties to enhance the looks.
In the past, to create a block hover state that had rounded corners, we had no choice but to create an image to appear on the element’s background. And if the size of the box changed at any point, we’d have to re-slice and re-export the image to the correct size.
Rating systems are used a lot on websites, for example to rate how good a certain product, article or comment is. I slightly wanted to improve this idea, by making it more visually attractive.
It’s time to introduce CSS3 features into our projects and not be afraid to gradually incorporate CSS3 properties and selectors in our style sheets. Making our clients aware of the advantages of CSS3 (and letting older deprecated browsers fade away) is in our power, and we should act on it, especially if it means making websites more flexible and reducing development and maintenance costs.
In this article, we’ll look at the advantages of CSS3 and some examples of how Web designers are already using it. By the end, we’ll know a bit of what to expect from CSS3 and how we can use its new features in our projects.
Today I’ll show you how to create a very nifty looking dynamic shadow with a few teaspoons of jQuery, a pinch of CSS and some transparent PNG’s as Base. I’ll explain every line of used code, so you can easily follow along and create your own awesome looking dynamic shadow powered by jQuery.
These overlays use a number of new CSS properties, some of which are simple like border-radius and using RGBa colors. The trick with these overlays is the gradient border, going form a lighter to darker orange as you go from top to bottom. To create that effect we used to the border-image property, which is a tricky little addition to CSS.
We take a standard album cover, a little HTML, and some CSS3 transitions and transforms to create a sliding vinyl effect for showing off the music you love.
These features include CSS styling rules that are being released with the upcoming CSS3 specification. Realistically, you won’t be able to use these on your everyday client projects for another few years, but for design blogs and websites aimed at the Web design community, these features can help you push the boundaries of modern Web design today, adding that extra spice to your design and helping the industry move forward.
One of the CSS3 properties designers have been longing the most for is undoubtedly the border-radius property. With CSS3 border-radius property it’s possible to create the so popular rectangles with rounded corners exclusively via CSS – no images needed.
This is a widespread trends in recent web design: creating a 3D perception in a website and simulating a “world” in three dimensions are two great ways for the designers to play with their skills.
One thing you’ll notice is the big ‘Notify me’ button. One of the great things about this button is that it isn’t a graphic. It’s simply styled using CSS.
Border-radius: web designer’s sweetheart and (sadly) the one that IE8 forgot, destroying many a web designer’s dreams. In this post I’m going to explain how it works, what are some of the cross-browser alternatives, and showcase some websites that took a step ahead and implemented it.
Today I am experimenting with CSS3. I decide to recreate some of the social media icons using only CSS and HTML markup. Nothing is new here actually, except I’m having fun in doing the icons. And I will share to you the result.
Today, I want to add another addition to the bokeh “hype”, by creating a pure CSS3 bokeh effect. With some help from jQuery, we can add some randomness in colour, size and position for the effect.
The first wave of Christmas holidays passed and we are looking forward to New Year’s Eve for a fresh start at all those things we failed to do the last 12 months. And in the mood of the upcoming holiday, this week we are going to make a colorful jQuery & CSS clock, which will help you keep track of those precious last seconds of the year. This is also the first tutorial that features our first very own jQuery plug-in – tzineClock (soon to be released officially in a post of its own).
Definitely one of the most popular options. All the effects are fully customizable and you can choose from all the popular CSS3 properties.
Another really popular option, this one allows you to edit the code just like you’d see it in a code editor. The changes are reflected on a graphic in the upper right.
Not very customizable (just click to see the code) but probably the most thorough on the list as far as number of effects covered.
An excellent little button maker from Internet wiz Chris Coyier. Just use the sliders to change the properties.
One of the more elegant options for setting a border radius. Just type in a single number and it does the rest.
This is by far my favorite tool on the list. Upload a font and this will spit out everything you need to embed it into a website including HTML, CSS and multiple font file formats. You’ll definitely want to bookmark this one!
This one is actually a full-fledged downloadable application for creating complex CSS3 menus with rounded corners, gradients, and more.
One of the few column generators I could find (CSS3 Generator also does columns). This one isn’t in English but is still easy enough to figure out and the code it spits out is of course fully readable.
Westciv has a number of useful CSS3 generators that are both free and easy to use. Check them out below.
Use a few simple dropdowns and a slider help create complex gradients.
Widgetpad CSS3 Generator
Another one with several properties and effects to choose from.
This one currently handles gradients and rounded corners and promises more options on the way soon.
Super slick and easy to use, this one handles quite a few CSS tricks.
Yet another basic rounded corner generator.
One last CSS gradients generator, just in case the 10 or so above don’t satisfy your gradient craving.
Border-image is a rather complicated new CSS3 feature. Figure out how it all works using this tool.
An awesome button generator with a ton of options.