CSS3 with all of it’s possibilities, is a revolution in web development. The new CSS3 properties gives web designers a wonderful opportunity to enhance their designs in a way that’s quick and easy, yet visually impressive.

What’s more, almost all of the major browsers now support most CSS3 features so that’s another reason for mastering these new techniques. One of the spheres CSS3 has changed dramatically is web typography. Creative text styling can now be achieved without using any Javascript or images!

1. How to Create Inset Text Style With CSS3


In this tutorial you are going to use the text-shadow property that is currently supported by most of the major browsers to create the appearance of inset text. Inset text being text that has been pushed into the background, almost like a reverse embossed effect.

2. 3D Text Effect Tutorial


This is an example of 3D text created merely with CSS3. Use multiple text-shadows to create 3D text on any HTML element.

No extra HTML, no extra headaches, just awesome-sauce.

3. Cool Text Effects Using CSS3 Text-Shadow


This tutorial shows you how to create some really cool and inspiring text effects using text shadows in CSS3.

4. Letterpress Text Effect with CSS Text-Shadow


The letterpress effect is becoming hugely popular in web design, and with a couple of modern browsers now showing support for the text-shadow CSS3 property it’s now simple and easy to create the effect with pure CSS.

5. Embossed CSS3 Text Effects Tutorial


Create this CSS3 embossed text effect using just text-shadow. If you know it’s super easy and quick to make this cool text effect.

6. 14 various CSS3 text effects


Pick between 13 different CSS3 text effects and easily view generated CSS to study it or just use in your own website design.

7. Subtle CSS3 Text Style that you’d Swear was Made in Photoshop


Learn to use CSS3 text shadows, outlines, transitions, and even text gradients to create cool typography that you’d swear had to be made with a program like Photoshop.

8. Date Display Technique with Sprites


9. How to Create a Cool Anaglyphic Text Effect with CSS


In this CSS3 text effects tutorial you’ll create a cool transparency overlay effect that closely resembles anaglyph stereoscopic 3D images. To use the effect in web designs you’ll of course build it with CSS, but the main consideration is to keep everything neat and true in our markup.

10. CSS3 Tutorial: How To Change Default Text Selection Colour


Whilst this CSS3 declaration might not be crucial to your project or design and is not supported by all browsers, it’s a fantastic effect that really takes your design one step further.

11. 8 CSS3 Text Shadow Effects


This post covers eight cool text effects you can achieve using CSS3 text-shadow property only.

12. Text Rotation with CSS Style


In this tutorial you’ll learn to rotate text without images using the transform property.

13. CSS3 Shining Text, CSS2 Flaming Text Style Effect


Create a fun flaming text effect simply by using some JavaScript and the good old CSS2 property text-shadow and shining text using CSS3 properties and animation.

14. Create Beautiful CSS3 Typography Style Effect


This tutorial will teach you how to take basic markup and transform it into an attractive and beautiful typographical design through pure CSS3. There are no images or other external resources, just pure CSS magic.

15. 7 Super Easy CSS Text Effects to Copy and Paste


In this tutorial you’ll find seven fun and attractive CSS tricks that you can grab and insert right into your own projects and customize at will. Keep in mind that since this stuff is still cutting edge, older browsers won’t support most of it.

16. 3D Text Hover Effect


Learn how to create multiple text shadows using CSS3 text shadow property.

17. Adding Stroke to Web Text Effect


Replace programs like Adobe Illustrator and learn how to add stroke to web texts using WebKit.

18. CSS3 Text-Shadow Effect – Can It Be Done in IE Without JavaScript?


IE9 does support the majority of the CSS3 properties, however it doesn’t support image-border and text-shadow properties. This article will deal with text-shadow: how it works in browsers that support it, and strategies developers can use today to emulate some of its functionality in IE.

19. Fun with CSS3 Blurred Text effect


Quick tutorial from CSS tricks to create this blur effect to text without using bunch of text-shadow properties.

20. How to Create Inset Style Typography with CSS3


In this tutorial, you’ll learn to create inset type, a popular text treatment, using only CSS.

21. Quick Tip: Pure CSS Text Gradients


In this short video tutorial you’ll learn how to apply gradients to texts using webkit.

22. CSS3 Background-Clip: Text Effect


Learn to apply CSS transition on a selectable text.

23. How to Use Text Shadow Effect with CSS3


CSS3 presents many new possibilities when it comes to text effects on websites. The text-shadow property is one of these awesome abilities. This article covers 5 great effects you can achieve using CSS3 text-shadow.

24. CSS3 Poster With No Images


An experiment showing the power of CSS3 techniques. This one uses lovely bits like box-shadow, border-radius, @font-face, transform, box-sizing, text-shadow, RGBa. You can check out the code to discover these impressive features.

25. Creating a True Inset Text Effect Using CSS3


This inset text tutorial differs from others because besides default text-shadow it also uses inner shadow property.

26. 3D CSS Shadow Text Tutorial


This easy CSS text shadow tutorial will show you step by step how to create 3D font with multiple css shadows by stacking multiple CSS3 text shadow properties, then go a step further and use the CSS text transform and CSS transition properties to make the 3D text pop out / zoom on hover.

27. How To Create 3D Text Using CSS3


Learn how we create 3D text using CSS3 text-shadow to heading and paragraph tags.

28. Font Sizing With Rem


CSS3 introduces a few new units in font sizing, including the rem unit, which stands for “root em”. Take a look at it’s features and learn how to create resizable text in all major browsers.

29. Create Attractive Web Typography with CSS3 and Lettering.js


In this tutorial, you’ll look at how to take basic markup and transform it into an attractive typographical design using only minimum images, pure CSS3 magic and we will spice things up with lettering.js – a jQuery plugin for radical web typography.

30. CSS Gradient Text Effect Tutorial


Another tutorial taking you through all the advantages CSS3 text-shadow can give.

31. CSS Text Gradients Effect

Yet another very similar tutorial about text gradients, but maybe you’ll like both variants trying to explain really how CSS text gradient effects work.


32. Add Grunge Effects to Text Using Simple CSS

The article is based on the same technique as CSS text gradients using it to add grunge type effect to your typo!


33. Two Simple Ways to Create CSS Font Embossing Effect


34. CSS Text Shadow Effect Exposed

Make cool and clever text effects with CSS text-shadow. A very detailed article teaching you a lot of hidden tips how to achieve text glowing, embossing, and shadowing with just few steps.


35. Background Gradients and CSS

Pretty cool CSS background effect, which can be applied on hover giving a lot of options use it in a creative way!


36. CSS Text Shadow Trick in Safari, Opera, Firefox and more


37. Text-overflow CSS Trick


38. How to Use Headings in HTML


39. Advanced Typography Text Tricks Using CSS


40. 10 Examples of Beautiful CSS Text effects and How They Did It…

Beautiful article explaining simple but very effective CSS tricks on how to achieve beautiful typography effects with just a few lines of code.


41. Typographic Contrast and Flow Text Tricks

Nick La teaches how to apply the right contrasts and flow in your web designs by explaining why and what works and how to achieve that effect.


42. The Elements of Typographic Style Applied in Webdesign


43. 5 Principles And Ideas Of Setting Text on the Web


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  1. Thanks, nice compilation, just trying in a test site ;)


  2. Hello Daniel :)

    Nice collection mate, I liked the gradient text effect which exactly looks like photoshopped.
    Thanks for sharing!


  3. Great post here, with some lovely techniques displayed. Some outdated but this blog post is quite old now none the less has given me some inspiration for my website! Thanks


  4. Saurav Chatterjee January 23, 2012 at 06:17

    Hey Thankx , That was wonderful piece of work.. I loved the EMBOSSED CSS effect.. planning to use it but the link is not opening :-(


  5. Nice effects, especially the more subtle ones that can degrade nicely. Can’t wait until css3 is usable in everyones browsers.


  6. Hey There. I discovered your blog the use of msn. This is an extremely neatly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read extra of your helpful info. Thanks for the post. I will definitely comeback.


  7. The inset tutorial #25 is amazing, too bad it’s only supported by Chrome and Safari. Great list to learn very useful css3 tricks, thanks !


  8. Nice List. thank you for your reference, this is very helpful for me


  9. James Ballard June 6, 2011 at 20:13

    A nice list, however, some of these CSS3 effects will be overdone (as always). I shutter as I think about the new crops of ridiculous website designs in the coming year. The nice CSS3 subtleties will be lost on the majority of sites unfortunately.


  10. These are really good tips and resources. Letterpress Text Effect Using Photoshop and CSS is my favorite!


  11. I have not had time to deal with html5, and has already entered CSS3. Life is not enough to explore it all. It is a pity that the article does not mention what features appear in the new version.


  12. Poul Harris May 21, 2011 at 14:44

    This is not working at my end? You put very good tips about CSS Web Typography. Can someone please help me how to fix it? I have tried bit I can’t.


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