20+ Amazing CSS3 Text Effect Tutorials and Experiments

Create a Letterpress Effect with CSS Text-Shadow

This is a small tutorial with a brief overview of the basic technique broken into three main parts. The artist has successfully imitated a popular print method that adds a subtle sense of depth and sophistication to the design. Everything is constructed with the help of CSS3. You can easily alter the text without destroying aesthetics. The trick is supported by Safari and Firefox.

CSS textured text

This is a pure CSS-driven solution that works in all popular browsers even in IE 6 thanks to a fallback based on PNG version. The skillfully crafted gradient effect makes the title look interesting and offbeat. The article unleashes the technique and lets you download the source to dive deeply into code and main structure.

CSS3 Text Masking Effect

CSS3 Text Masking Effect is a simple yet effective way to prettify a heading and engage users. The method gently demands interaction. Deriving benefits from common yet powerful text-shadow property, the author is managed to add playfulness to the boring copy. There is also an improved version that comprises generation of a radial spotlight, instead of static and weighty PNG variant.

CSS Gradient Text Effect

CSS Gradient Text Effect is another solution by WebDesignerWall that utilizes gradient property to the fullest extent. This metallic shine effect that is inherent to iOS UI designs is super lightweight and fast. It was tested on the majority of browsers, including IE6 (the latter needs a little PNG hack) It saves bandwidths and is easy to customize through HTML and CSS files. Note, you should carefully change patterns/textures or gradient since the canvas should have the exact size of the title.


LETTERING.JS is a small yet professional and feature-rich jQuery plugin that will treat and control content like never before. It transforms central heading into an attention-grabbing element or typographical masterpieces. It lets you bring into life various ideas. The official website has a short tutorial, documentation, some helpful examples to get started and even a gallery for inspiration.

Neon Text Effect With jQuery & CSS

Although this is not a neon effect enriched with light that looks highly realistic and vibrant like example number five; however, Martin Angelov demonstrates another way of achieving solid and bright typeface with an urban feel. The tutorial uncovers realization of an idea step by step, starting with prototyping in Photoshop and ending with writing a code snippet with a use of XHTML, CSS and jQuery to make it suitable for numerous online projects.

Text with Moving Backgrounds

Text with Moving Backgrounds looks engaging, unique and dynamic. Gaya Kessler shows how to get the most out of negative space and masking. The trick utilizes PNG file that should be rendered in Photoshop. The rest of the solution is realized with HTML, CSS, and jQuery, where the latter adds some fun and motion.

CSS Poster: Three Laws of Robotics

Kevin Potts teaches you how to craft a real illustration employing standard instruments of a web developer. The poster implies manipulations with geometric shapes, typography, background and other essential things. Font-face, box-shadow, transformations, RGBa and others took part in this madness. Since this is only an experiment, it was tested in Firefox 3.6+. Nevertheless, you can always add WebKit properties and make it suited to Chrome and Safari.


Get rid of PNGs or Gifs and open up enormous potential of CSS3. The listed above tutorials, articles, and code snippets are aimed to push you forward in this direction thereby offering lightweight, fast and innovative solutions for improving and enriching typography. Although they primarily focus on typography treatment, however, there are tricks and techniques that can be easily applied and adapted to other elements of composition. So that you can use some original findings to break new ground and enhance user experience.

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