20+ Amazing CSS3 Text Effect Tutorials and Experiments

OK, so you’ve designed that nice web page of yours, picked the right backgrounds and colors for it to set the adequate tone and atmosphere for your visitors or clients, decided on the appropriate icon sets to make the browsing even more accessible, exciting and interesting, but how about the text? You still haven’t thought about it? If not, don’t despair, because we’re here to help!

There is always Photoshop you can create some nice fonts and insert text with, but there is also CSS3 – a very nice style sheet language that can make the browsing experience and thus your website design aspect even better!

CSS stands for cascading style sheets and is a great way you can improve the accessibility of the content, provide an enhanced flexibility and control over web elements such as fonts, text and colors. Moreover, there is no need to use flash elements or javascript codes.

You can create some pretty nice text effects and many more nice stuff with CSS3. Here are 20+ amazing CSS3 text effects tutorials and experiments you can look through and use in your web design. Hope to have inspired you some more today… Good Luck in your creative quest for inspiration!

CSS3 Text Effect Tutorials and Experiments

Glass Text Effect (refractive index) with CSS3

The author utilizes two background images that are placed one under each other and CSS properties such as background-clip and text-stroke. There is also a small animation that is switched on on hover. Copy this code snippet and paste it into your project if you need to make titles look refined and visually-interesting.

Fun With CSS Text-Shadow

The artist boasts of using almost one hundred shadows to make the lettering look so bold and weighty. Of course, it is not a lightweight solution, and it can crash in old browsers; however, it is an unusual experiment that one day may become a viable method. The more so, you still avoid using images, so that it is quite nifty and promising.

Create a Cool Anaglyphic Text Effect with CSS

The effect is quite trendy, especially in the era of 3D movies. Iggy tries to mimic anaglyph stereoscopic text effect by manipulating with transparency of overlay property and beautiful color scheme. He also avoids repeated markup and provides clean and neat code structure along with a detailed tutorial.

Create Beautiful CSS3 Typography

Matt Ward explains some general concepts and techniques that are usually applied in order to transform a simple and boring content flow into an engaging, visually appealing and properly formatted layout. The developer has skillfully manipulated with typography and its styles. CSS3 plays here a vital role, providing all the necessary instruments.

The Neon Lights Text Effect

The Neon Lights Text Effect has an urban vibe and nighttime mood, so that if you have a project with such type of atmosphere this effect will help to finish off the design. Alfonse Surigao leverages several layers of text-shadow, blur-radius and light green tone to achieve the desired result. What’s more, the article also includes two alternative methods to make the title look outstanding.

Tilt-Shift Effect on Text using CSS3

The artist goes for a modern tilt-shift effect that is largely used in photography and the 3D effect that is a proven way to direct the attention towards the message. The trick is based on such CSS properties as text shadow, blur radius, rotate and skew transformations. Moreover, with CSS filters it can be applied to any DOM element.


Not only does the artist create a fantastic text manipulation spruced up with some light effects, but he also adds pleasant and smooth animation. The only drawback is that the solution is not universal, and tablet users, as well as those of you who have old browser versions, are unable to appreciate the whole action. CSS3 properties, especially those that handle transformations, do all the heavy lifting.

Create a Vibrant Digital Poster Design with CSS3

Beauty of a project lies in a vibrant bokeh effect and skillfully imitated vector artwork. The artist pays attention to both background and typography, adding to the latter more visual weight. The tutorial is broken into several main parts, covering HTML markup, CSS styling and even sketching the concept in Illustrator.

CSS 3 Transform Experiment

Eric Hansel takes an advantage of CSS3 possibilities to enhance regular title with some flavor and give the copy s beautiful unbalanced look. Unfortunately, the trick goes badly with tablet and cell phones as well as old browser versions especially Internet Explorer 8 and lower. 

CSS3 Background-Clip & @Font-Face

The author conducts some experiments with CSS3 thereby resulting in creating this massive, eye-catching and impressive typography design that can serve as a splendid online poster. The technique works only in browsers that support Webkit such as Chrome or Safari. The markup is quite clean, and styling is tidy so that you can quickly grasp the idea without thorough explanations.

CSS3 Trans­forms & @font-face Experiment

Alex Giron has created an online version of the poster that is a symbiosis of conventional print media design and markup and styling languages. He utilizes both traditional and new features of CSS3, exploits font-face potential to carefully mix and match various styles of fonts and improves the final result with some nifty 3D effects. He also presents a quick overview of a technique with code snippets to clarify the idea. The trick is supported by the majority of browsers, of course, except for IE.

Free Overlapped CSS Menu Using CSS Sprites

Sprites and CSS 3 are a quite powerful combination that is able to impress viewers. Deepu Balan creates a regular streamlined menu with the help of this tandem. He offers several color options to make the navigation look original and juicy. The solution works well in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Download HTML, CSS, and PSD files to make necessary adjustments.

iPhone “slide to unlock” Text in WebKit/CSS3

iPhone “slide to unlock” Text in WebKit/CSS3 is a skeuomorphic-inspired design in our collection that is a professionally faked by Chris Coyer. He plays with gradients and some other CSS 3 properties such as animations and background positions. As bonus, the solution is reinforced by jQuery script that lets smoothly unlock the screen. Although the button is an image, yet the key point lies in a mechanism.

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