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Using CSS Text-Shadow to Create Cool Text Effects

Using CSS Text-Shadow to Create Cool Text Effects
The CSS3 text-shadow property has been around for some time now and is commonly used to recreate Photoshop’s Drop Shadow type shading to add subtle shadows which help add depth, dimension and to lift an element from the page. This isn’t all the text-shadow property is capable of though, by getting creative and playing around with the colours, offset and blurring we can create some clever and pretty cool text effects! Check out the six text effects of vintage/retro, inset, anaglyphic, fire and board game in the demo, then copy the code snippets below to use the effects in your own designs. Needless to say you’ll need a text-shadow supporting browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox) to see them in all their glory. View the demo The text shadow CSS property is used to add shading to any text related HTML element. text-shadow: 5px 5px 0px #eee, 7px 7px 0px #707070; How it works: View the demo The neon text effect is made up of 8 levels of shading. View the demo text-shadow: 0px 2px 3px #666; Related:  CSSBookmark 8

Reinventing a Drop Down with CSS and jQuery For me, standard HTML Select element is pretty much annoying. It's ugly. It can't be styled properly in Internet Explorer. And it can't contain nothing but simple text. View demo Download source code There is an update at the end of this tutorial and the second demo that shows the results of this updated code. Simple structure Let me explain HTML structure that will be used here. <dl class="dropdown"><dt><a href="#"><span>Please select the country</span></a></dt><dd><ul><li><a href="#">Brazil</a></li><li><a href="#">France</a></li><li><a href="#">Germany</a></li><li><a href="#">India</a></li><li><a href="#">Japan</a></li><li><a href="#">Serbia</a></li><li><a href="#">United Kingdom</a></li><li><a href="#">United States</a></li></ul></dd></dl> In order to make Drop Down functional we have to add several important CSS styles. After adding some colors, borders and hover effects (check out source code on demo page), the result so far will be something that really looks like Drop Down.

Spritebox - Create CSS from Sprite Images 8 Useful CSS Tools Writing better CSS is something all web designers and developers should strive for, and thankfully there are some useful tools out there to help do just that. For this post, we’ve rounded up a collection of new tools to help you with your CSS. From learning new CSS3 properties, to making your code more efficient, there’s bound to be a few tools here you will find useful. CSS3 Patterns Gallery CSS3 Patterns Gallery lets you browse various CSS3 patterns as thumbnails or fullscreen and grab the code so you can use them on your own site. PrefixMyCSS PrefixMyCSS helps you save time by letting you write your properties one way. Layer Styles Layer Styles is a HTML5 app for creating CSS3 in a intuitive way. Sencha Animator Sencha Animator is a desktop app to create CSS3 animations for WebKit browsers and touchscreen mobile devices. The Web Font Combinator The Web Font Combinator was created in order to preview web font combinations. CSS Pivot CSS Lint CSS Prism

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Weekly Inspiration for Designers #28 Weekly Inspiration for Designers #28 via Muzli design inspiration Monday Morning Personal Tracking App Here is an app that would allow a user to create dashboards for expenses that are worth keeping track of in regard to frequency of purchases, budgets, allotments and time frame. Craiglist redesign 3/3 Craiglist redesign, while trying to keep its spirit. Barni UI Kit Music App Let me present you my new shot devoted to guess what? Observatory Here is a concept of an Observatory for a game which is also concept for now. 27 Club project Family Animated [gif] Email receipt — concept Molecular Cookbook Molecular Cookbook is a small and really fun project I started working on recently. Slash Dribbble Some timeline character fun. Like saves lives Have started a new project fot mobile app. Wallpaper For Your Phone — Free Download Daily UI #16 — Weather App 2 CAD — 50 years — Full project

21 Excellent Dreamweaver Extensions for CSS Productivity and Standards-Speckyboy Design Magazine | Speckyboy Design Magazine 21 Excellent Dreamweaver Extensions for CSS Productivity and W3C Standards. 15 of these extensions are freeware, the further 6 were that good I had to include them. They are worth the price. CSS Sculptor for Dreamweaver Description: CSS Sculptor helps you create the custom Web standards compliant, CSS-based layout you want and flatten the CSS learning curve. You can choose from any of the 41 included layouts. CSS Menu Writer for Dreamweaver Description: Master the challenge of creating Web standards compliant, CSS-based site navigation with CSS Menu Writer. Complete CSS Menu Description: Complete CSS Menu is an extension which implements a menu system using CSS only. Create CSS Files From Style Tags (freeware) Description: Remove’s all Style tags from the current document and create’s a new CSS file with the removed CSS Style’s in. Coffee CSS Template (freeware) Description: The extension adds a new CSS Page Design called Coffee to the existing CSS Page Designs. Link Fader v1.0.8 (freeware)

50 New Useful CSS Techniques, Tutorials and Tools Advertisement These are great times for front-end developers. After months of exaggerated excitement about HTML5 and CSS3, the web design community now starts coming up with CSS techniques that actually put newly available technologies to practical use instead of abusing them for pure aesthetic purposes. We see fewer “pure CSS images” and more advanced, clever CSS techniques that can actually improve the Web browsing experience of users. In this post we present recently released CSS techniques, tutorials and tools for you to use and enhance your workflow, thus improving your skills. CSS Techniques Now Playing: transitions and animations with CSSTim Van Damme showcases a fairly simple CSS design that uses transitions, animations and subtle hover-effects to produce an engaging user experience. CSS3 range slider, checkbox + radio buttonA demo of HTML input elements made with CSS3. CSS3 Media QueriesCSS2 allows you to specify stylesheet for specific media type such as screen or print.

Going Nuts with CSS Transitions I’m going to show you how CSS 3 transforms and WebKit transitions can add zing to the way you present images on your site. Laying the foundations First we are going to make our images look like mini polaroids with captions. Here’s the markup: <div class="polaroid pull-right"><img src=".. You’ll notice we’re using a somewhat presentational class of pull-right here. The actual polaroid effect itself is simply applied using padding, a border and a background colour. The box-shadow property takes four values: three lengths and a colour. The colour value can be given in any format recognised by CSS. Rotation For browsers that understand it (currently our old favourites WebKit and FF3.5+) we can add some visual flair by rotating the image, using the transform CSS 3 property. -webkit-transform: rotate(9deg); -moz-transform: rotate(9deg); transform: rotate(9deg); Rotations can be specified in degrees, radians (rads) or grads). Animation Let’s go nuts. Here’s our new markup: Throwing polaroids at a table

Very Useful HTML5 Tutorials, Techniques and Examples for Web Developers — tripwire magazine HTML5 examples can be really good inspiration for anyone starting a new web project, after all it is the future of web page markup and we all need to prepare for it. HTML5 is being developed as the next major revision of HTML (HyperText Markup Language). The major market and Internet leaders are already switching to the HTML 5 platform. With Apple and Google both pushing the standards in order to facilitate more advanced web development, we now see HTML 5 implementations popping up all over the place as more companies get on board with the advanced features. With the constant drop of Flash usage in web and Internet applications, HTML5 is opening new doors to web designers and developers. Keep in mind that besides coding your own web site from ground up you can also kick start your project using a WordPress theme. Advertisement Let check out some HTML5 Examples HTML 5 Demos and Examples This site have HTML5 examples all over the place and good ones too. HTML5 Web Applications

Jim Mehsling on Finding Your Illustration Style Illustrator Jim Mehsling has drawn so many comic book covers that he’s lost count of how many he’s done. But in this line of work, it’s less about quantity and, as Mehsling suggests in an interview, more about the rewards that come with the job. What advice would you give somebody hoping to break into comic books? Are there things they should be doing? Or not be doing? commission art, Batman Joker for a “Sketch Dailies” theme How would you define artist for hire and independent artist? Star Wars prints for conventions When it comes to the business side of it, are you an artist for hire or an independent artist? Star Wars Sketch Cover featuring Yoda How helpful are conventions when it comes to getting your name out there, promoting yourself, and networking with publishers and people in the industry? Sketch covers and sketch cover variants according to Mehsling, are the full comic book, “But the cover is white except for the logo and credits. What’s your take on Kickstarter?