30 Useful CSS3 Tutorials for Web Designers and Developers

by ronalea on June 15, 2012

CSS3 has been making a buzz around the web community apparently because it does not only control the styling of the web page, but also the behavioral aspects of the design. This technology makes it easy to add animations and transitions straight into the standard stylesheet.

While considered as a technology that can perform the role of web developers Swiss army knife, CSS3 however is not yet a W3C standard. While it is easier to use and far more powerful than it’s predecessor, not all of its features are supported by all browsers unlike JavaScript libraries. This is one of the reasons why developers still rely on the latter to do the heavy lifting on their web pages. After some more tweaking, it is expected however that CSS3 will eventually mature, and when that happens it will surely spell wonders to the web. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile know this latest version of CSS and experience firsthand how it works. Check these CSS3 tutorials and be sharp on how to get the most out of CSS3. Enjoy!

Circle Navigation Effect with CSS3

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This tutorial will show you how to create a beautiful hover effect for an image navigation using CSS3. The idea is to expand a circular navigation with an arrow and make a bubble with a thumbnail appear. In the example it shows the thumbnail of the next and previous slider image on hovering the arrows. The effect is done with CSS3 transitions.

Create a Unique Contact Form with CSS3 Transitions

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Learn how to make an attractive contact form that slides out from an envelope in this tutorial.

Page Transitions with CSS3

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This tutorial will teach you how to make an attractive, smooth transitioning one-page website that uses CSS transitions instead of JavaScript.

CSS3 ordered list styles

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In this article you’ll learn how to add some CSS3 fine tuning to your ordered lists, using a semantic approach.

Filter Functionality with CSS3

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In this tutorial you will be exploring those CSS3 properties by creating a experimental portfolio filter that will toggle the states of items of a specific type.

Pure CSS3 Cycling Slideshow

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This tutorials will get you through the techniques involve on how to create an infinitely looping slider of images using only CSS3 animation.

Creating a Marble Style CSS3 Navigation Menu

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It this tutorial you will create a new horizontal dropdown CSS3 menu. This menu will be suitable for black and for white websites.

Enhancing your Image Thumb Galleries using CSS3 Transitions and Transforms (Responsive)

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Enhance user experience across browsers with the technique explained in this tutorial. Here you will learn to make in an image gallery which is not intended to be lightbox alternatives or have anywhere near the same capabilities, but which provides some middle ground by subtly enhancing our image thumb galleries, much like the way Google Images provides a further taster by slightly enlarging their images when they’re hovered over. All these using CSS3.

CSS3 breadcrumbs

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A breadcrumb navigation allow users to know where they are in a hierarchical structure and navigate back to higher-level pages in the hierarchy. Also, the breadcrumbs can reduce the number of actions a user need to perform in order to navigate back. You will learn how to create that in this CSS tutorial.

How to Create a CSS3 Dropdown Menu

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In this tutorial we will code in pure CSS3 the Navigation Menu that you can find in Impressionist UI by Vladimir Kudinov.

Accordion with CSS3

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Learn how to create an accordion that will animate the content areas on opening and closing.

Quickly Build a Swish Teaser Page With CSS3

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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to build a teaser page using just CSS, no images or even a Photoshop design. Many websites and upcoming apps gain great publicity from teaser pages, so this is a useful concept to add to your toolkit. Use it for any app or website that’s getting ready to launch.

CSS3 pricing table

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In this article you’ll learn how to build an awesome CSS3 pricing table, with no images and minimal HTML markup.

How to create some cool CSS3 buttons

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Whether you’re designing a website or a web application, you’ll need buttons for it. Now, with CSS3′s help, it was never easier to create nice looking buttons. In this article you’ll learn how to create some cool CSS3 buttons in just a few steps.

CSS3 signup form

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If you’re about to launch a new web product or you just need to improve the user experience for an existing web form, then this tutorial is for you. In this article you’ll find out how to design a clean and attractive CSS3 signup form.

How to Make an Awesome Cufonized Fly-out Menu with jQuery and CSS3

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In this tutorial you will create a full page cufonized menu that has two nice features: when hovering over the menu items it will move a hover-state item that adapts to the width of the current item, and it will slide out a description bar from the left side of the page, reaching towards the current menu item.

Orman Clark’s Vertical Navigation Menu: The CSS3 Version

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Learn how to make this awesome Vertical Navigation Menu that slides down to reveal additional content when clicked. You will make using CSS3 and jQuery while using the minimal amount of images possible.

Pure CSS3 LavaLamp Menu

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Learn how to create a beautiful LavaLamp menu. This time nit with JQuery but with CSS3. It uses CSS3 transitions in the menu to animate elements.

Apple-like Login Form with CSS 3D Transforms

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In this tutorial we will see how to use flip elements in 3D space with CSS3 to create an interesting flipping effect on an Apple-inspired form.

Tutorial: CTA button without images using CSS3 and Entypo

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This tutorials will teach you how to make buttons with any image. It is made from 100% CSS and uses Entypo for the white arrow symbol. Buttons without images are more flexible, require less data to be downloaded and are easily changed and updated. CTA button made in CSS fit perfectly in a Adaptive web design strategy.

Original Hover Effects with CSS3

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This tutorial will show you how to take advantage of the enormous power of CSS3. Here, you will be creating some thumbnail hover effects with CSS3 transitions. On hover over a thumbnail, the descriptions of the thumbnail is revealed, using a different style in each example.

Making an Impressive Product Showcase with CSS3

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Create a stylish product showcase using CSS3 in this tutorial.

Stylish CSS3 progress bars

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Learn how to create stylish and animated progress bars using CSS3. Whether you’re building a desktop or a web application, at a certain point, you may need to use this UI element.

CSS3 Hover Effects

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This tutorial will show you how to make five different hover effects using different CSS properties.

Beautiful Photo Stack Gallery with jQuery and CSS3

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In this tutorial you are going to create a nice and fresh image gallery. The idea is to show the albums as a slider, and when an album is chosen, the images of that album will be shown as a beautiful photo stack. In the photo stack view, you can browse through the images by putting the top most image behind all the stack with a slick animation.

Animated Buttons with CSS3

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Learn how to create some animated link elements with different styles, hover effects and active states in this tutorial.

Responsive Content Navigator with CSS3

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This tutorial will show you how to create a content navigator with CSS only. The idea is to have several slides or content layers that we’ll show or hide using the :target pseudo-class. With CSS transitions we can make the slides appear in a fancy way. You will also make the whole thing responsive.

Create Your Portfolio Using HTML5 Canvas and CSS3 Transitions

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In this tutorial you will build a photo gallery and enhance it with html5 canvas and css3 transitions. See the demo and try the hover effect. The grayscale “copies” of the images are created with canvas and we use pure css3 for the smooth changes.

Direction-Aware Hover Effect with CSS3 and jQuery

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In This tutorial will show you how to create a direction-aware hover effect using some CSS3 goodness and jQuery. The idea is to have a little overlay slide in on top of some thumbnails from the direction that we are coming from with the mouse. When you “leave” the element, the overlay will slide out to that direction, following our mouse. This will create an interesting-looking effect.

Animated Content Tabs with CSS3

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In this tutorial you are going to implement some simple CSS3 content tabs using radio buttons together with the :checked pseudo-class and sibling combinators.

About Ronalea Talaboc Talaboc
Rona is just a simple girl often lost in her daydreams in the days past. Now, she has found herself and discovered that she loves social media, gadgets, graphic design and anything creative. During her free time, you can find her taking pictures of cats and some surreal landscapes.

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