7 Useful CSS Snippets for Developers

Published June 16, 2015 by CSS Newbies.

CSS is one of those languages that boost the zing of websites or webpages. It’s a pretty easy language to learn and apply and the various updates make it even handier. However, conjuring up some elements from the web to use with CSS may be tough at times which makes the use of snippets even more important. Here are some snippets that will help get the job done.

1. Vertical Align Anything

While working with CSS3, aligning text in a single vertical or horizontal line often proves to be challenging. Vertical Align Anything is a useful CSS3 snippet which helps in aligning boxes, lines and paragraphs. It also works smoothly with most of the well known browsers like Chrome, Safari, Opera and Firefox.


2. Applying Different Styles Based on File Format

While developing a website or a webpage, designers often like to add multiple links which lead viewers to various sites. It often helps if the various links are accompanied by colors or icons so that people can easily differentiate them. This snippet allows designers to differentiate the various links.


3. Animating A Gradient Background

One of the most tempting features of CSS is the fact that it allows designers to add animation to the sites they are developing. CSS allows designers to animate the background color along with changing the various shapes, sizes and opacity too. However it fails to change the gradient of the background. Here’s where this snippet comes in handy. It doesn’t actually change the gradient color but positions objects such that they appear changed.


4. Showing Box Shadow Only on One or Two Sides

For designers who want to apply shadow to a single side or suppose opposite sides of a box element, this CSS snippet will come particularly handy. This super easy to use snippet just requires users to define the height and width of the box and define a pseudo element along with it which a designer can keep changing in order to change the position of the shadow.


5. Using Blurry Text

Blurry text often adds a little zing to the web page or the website and helps developers define certain elements. This CSS snippet allows users to add shadow and change the color to make the text appear blurry.


6. Stretch an Element To Full Window Height

Designing or developing a page or a site sometimes may require a designer to cover the whole width of the screen. This often doesn’t occur because the elements do not fully stretch to the whole length. With this snippet designers can now completely stretch the screen with the elements.


7. Cross-Browser Image Grayscale

Grayscale is a minimalistic way of adding depth and class to a particular website or webpage. The snippet allows designers to add Grayscale to particular texts or images with ease.


These are some of the most useful CSS snippets that are bound to help with designing projects. They allow users to integrate many elements which otherwise would have been tough using just CSS coding.


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