CSS Box Shadow

I am sure that most of you have already heard about CSS3 and its magical capabilities. Well, today I am going to talk about box-shadow, a really interesting feature which has made the life of web designers a whole lot easier. I remember how annoying it was to try and cast shadow off an element like div, where earlier designers had to use background images to do so. Now, with this new CSS3 feature, casting off shadow became as easy as creating a div element, and I am going to show you how.

box-shadow, is used  for casting shadows off block-level elements such as  divs.

.shadow {
  -moz-box-shadow: 5px 5px 5px #ccc;
  -webkit-box-shadow: 5px 5px 5px #ccc;
  box-shadow: 5px 5px 5px #ccc;

[box type=”info”] For the moment, as with many other ‘experimental’ CSS3 properties, you’ll need to use the prefixes -moz and -webkit to support Mozilla and Webkit.[/box]

So now there are 4 parameters for the box-shadow attribute

  1. The horizontal offset of the shadow, a positive value means the shadow will be on the right of box, negative offset puts a shadow on the left of box.
  2. The vertical offset of the shadow, a positive value means the shadow will be on the bottom of box, negative offset puts a shadow on the top of box.
  3. The blur radius, if set to 0 the shadow will be sharp, the higher the number, the more blurred it will be.
  4. The color for the shadow


Inner Shadow

.shadow {
  -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 0 10px #ccc;
  -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 0 10px #ccc;
  box-shadow: inset 0 0 10px #ccc;

Take note of the use of the inset value.


This concludes our CSS Box Shadow tutorial.

If you have any questions or would like me to discuss a certain topic please send me a message or simply just leave a comment below!

CSS Box Shadow
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Husamaldin Tayeh

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  • Doaa

    Thank you, really helpful tutorial. I am going to use this on my website

  • Esam

    good one 🙂

    • Husamaldin

      Thanks guys

  • Mike

    Thanks very much for this helpful tutorial Husamaldin, keep it up 🙂

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    • http://www.codersmount.com/ Husamaldin Tayeh

      Thank you Gunjesh for the great tool, I will definitely keep the link so visitors can see it. CSS3 generation tools are good for speeding up the design process. However this blog post was aimed at beginners who are trying to understand how the box-shadow property works.