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8 CSS3 techniques you should learn now

10.14.2011
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CSS3 is taking web development and web design to a higher level. In this article, I have compiled examples of amazing CSS3 techniques that will probably become very popular when CSS3 will be fully supported by most browsers.

Color animate any shape with CSS3 and a PNG


Let’s start this compilation with an interesting effect created using only CSS3: A png image with a changing background. The background is using CSS3 transitions. Not the kind of effect you’ll put on your website, but definitely an interesting demo of what CSS3 can do.
View source: http://jsfiddle.net/chriscoyier/vhKhT/

Create adaptable layout using CSS3 media queries


CSS3 media queries allow you to adapt a web layout to the browser width. Which means that you can easily create an adaptable layout that fits both big displays and mobile devices. You probably already checked my article on that subject, so I’ve picked another informative tutorial written by webdesigner Nick La. A technique any web developer should know!
View tutorial: http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/adaptive-mobile-design-with-css3-media-queries

Dim entire page when certain link is rolled over, css way


Very cool for web apps: Once a particular link is rolled over, the rest of the page is dimmed. This technique may also be a starting point for other great experiments.
View source: http://jsfiddle.net/chriscoyier/pVsKe/1/

Clipping text with CSS3 text-overflow


text-overflow is a new CSS3 property which allows you to define how to handle a text which is bigger than its container. This example will show you anything you need to know about this property. Unfortunely, as I’m writing this post text-overflow is only supported by Opera and IE9.
View source: http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/201105/clipping_text_with_css3_text-overflow/

Full Browser Width Bars


Another goldie from Chris Coyier: In this tutorial, he’ll teach you how to create full browser width bars easily.
View source: http://css-tricks.com/examples/FullBrowserWidthBars/

CSS Mask-Image & Text


A great text effect using CSS3 and mask images. Unfortunately, the effect is not supported by some browsers, but it degrades gracefully. This effect will probably be very popular when CSS3 will be fully supported by all major browsers.
View source: http://trentwalton.com/2011/05/19/mask-image-text/

Image slider with CSS3 transitions


Who’s never heard of JavaScript sliders, such as NivoSlider? That kind of effect is very popular for the past two or three years. With the new CSS3 animations, it is now possible to enhance transitions between images. This tool, called Flux Slider, supports either jQuery or Zepto.js. It works on any browser supporting CSS3 transitions.
View source: http://blog.joelambert.co.uk/2011/05/05/flux-slider-css3-animation-based-image-transitions/

Flared Borders with CSS


Remember that time when you had to create images just to display a box with rounded corners? Thanks to the border-radius, this painful process is no longer needed. This very cool tutorial will show you how to create an element that flares into another using only CSS. The whole code degrades gracefully in older browsers.
View source: http://orderedlist.com/blog/articles/flared-borders-with-css/

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Nabeel Manara replied on Fri, 2012/01/27 - 10:32am

There are some really cool effects here. I’ve been trying to keep to grips with all the CSS3 things that are starting to be used, but there’s some here that I didn’t even know about. Thanks very much… now just the eternal wait for full browser support!

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