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CSS Shadows

With CSS you can add shadow to text and to elements. CSS Shadows can make the text more readable, or add to image borders more contrast.

CSS shadows
*to see how to create the CSS long shadow effect above click here.

You can add shadow to text using the text-shadow property, or to the element using box-shadow property.

CSS text-shadow property

The CSS text-shadow property applies the shadow effect to the text:

Example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style>
h1 {
  text-shadow: 2px 2px;
  color: #2a9d8f;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>Text-shadow</h1>

</body>
</html>

Output:

Text-shadow

Example2 – Add color to the shadow:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style>
h1 {
  text-shadow: 2px 2px black;
  color: #2a9d8f;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>Text-shadow</h1>

</body>
</html>

Output:

Text-shadow

Example3 – add a blur effect to the shadow:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style>
h1 {
  text-shadow: 2px 2px 5px black;
  color: #2a9d8f;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>Text-shadow</h1>

</body>
</html>

Output:

Text-shadow

Example4 – You can also use the text-shadow property to create a plain border around some text (without shadows):

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style>
h1 {
  color: #2a9d8f;
  text-shadow: -1px 0 black, 0 1px black, 1px 0 black, 0 -1px black;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>Border around text!</h1>

</body>
</html>

Output:

Border around text!

CSS box-shadow property

The CSS box-shadow property applies the shadow effect to elements:

Example1:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style> 
div {
  width: 250px;
  height: 100px;
  padding: 15px;
  background-color: #e9c46a;
  box-shadow: 10px 10px;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<div>This is a div element with a box-shadow.</div>

</body>
</html>

Output:

This is a div element with a box-shadow.


Example2 – Add color to the shadow:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style> 
div {
  width: 250px;
  height: 100px;
  padding: 15px;
  background-color: #e9c46a;
  box-shadow: 10px 10px #2a9d8f;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<div>This is a div element with a box-shadow.</div>

</body>
</html>

Output:

This is a div element with a box-shadow.


Example3 – add a blur effect to the shadow:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style> 
div {
  width: 250px;
  height: 100px;
  padding: 15px;
  background-color: #e9c46a;
  box-shadow: 10px 10px 10px #2a9d8f;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<div>This is a div element with a box-shadow.</div>

</body>
</html>

Output:

This is a div element with a box-shadow.


Example4 – an example of using the box-shadow property to create like calendar cards:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<style>
.card {
  width: 300px;
  background: #e76f51;
  box-shadow: 0 4px 8px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2), 0 6px 20px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.19);
  text-align: center;
}

.header {
  background-color: #2a9d8f;
  color: white;
  padding: 10px;
  font-size: 40px;
}

.calendar-container{
  padding: 10px;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<div class="card">
  <div class="header">
    <h1>13</h1>
    <p>Friday</p>
  </div>

  <div class="calendar-container">
    <p>May 13, 2022</p>
  </div>
</div>

</body>
</html>

Output:

13

Friday

May 13, 2022


Example5 – add shadow to the image:

<style>
.shadows {
  width: 250px;
  box-shadow: 0 4px 8px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2), 0 6px 20px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.19);
  text-align: center;
}

.container {
  padding: 10px;
}
</style>
</head>

<body>

<div class="shadows">
  <img src="https://lenadesign.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/css-shadows.jpg" alt="CSS Shadows" style="width:100%">
  <div class="container">
    <p>CSS Shadows</p>
  </div>
</div>
</body>
</html>

Output:


CSS Shadows

CSS Shadows


Enjoy coding!