CSS Shadow Effects

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CSS Shadow Effects

With CSS you can add shadow to text and to elements. In these chapters you will learn about the following properties:
  • text-shadow
  • box-shadow

CSS Text Shadow

The CSS text-shadow property applies shadow to text. In its simplest use, you only specify the horizontal shadow (2px) and the vertical shadow (2px):

Example

h1 {
  text-shadow: 2px 2px;
}

Result

Text shadow effect!

Next, add a color to the shadow:

Example

h1 {
  text-shadow: 2px 2px red;
}

Result

Text shadow effect!

Then, add a blur effect to the shadow:

Example

h1 {
  text-shadow: 2px 2px 5px red;
}

Result

Text shadow effect!

The following example shows a white text with black shadow:

Example

h1 {
  color: white;
  text-shadow: 2px 2px 4px #000000;
}

Result

Text shadow effect!

The following example shows a red neon glow shadow:

Example

h1 {
  text-shadow: 0 0 3px #FF0000;
}

Result

Text shadow effect!


Multiple Shadows

To add more than one shadow to the text, you can add a comma-separated list of shadows. The following example shows a red and blue neon glow shadow:

Example

h1 {
  text-shadow: 0 0 3px #FF0000, 0 0 5px #0000FF;
}

Result

Text shadow effect!

The following example shows a white text with black, blue, and darkblue shadow:

Example

h1 {
  color: white;
  text-shadow: 1px 1px 2px black, 0 0 25px blue, 0 0 5px darkblue;
}

Result

Text shadow effect!

You can also use the text-shadow property to create a plain border around some text (without shadows):

Example

h1 {
  color: yellow;
  text-shadow: -1px 0 black, 0 1px black, 1px 0 black, 0 -1px black;
}

Result

Border around text!

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