24 Best CSS3 Animation Demos and Tutorials

Today we are showcasing a post on CSS3 Animation featuring some of the best and most awesome functions. CSS3 is full of amazing features that you can take advantage of that you may not know about. That’s why we are going to go over some of those CSS3 features that are less explored. One of its most amazing feature is CSS3 Animation, which is fun and gives off an excellent effect. All of these tutorials are very useful and some can even be used as Javascript alternatives. Check out these animation to get some inspiration for your own project. You are going to love what we have to show you!

Some of these CSS3 Animation effects you will find below may not be visible to you if you are using the Firefox browser. If that’s the case, you will have to download an alternative browser in order to view our list in its entirety. We personally suggest that you use Google Chrome, as it’s one of the best alternative to Firefox. Other than that, you could use Safari or even Internet Explorer. The choice is completely up to you. Find a browser that suits your preferences. That being said, we hope you enjoy our list of 24 Best CSS3 Animation Demos and Tutorials.

Display social icons in a beautiful way using CSS3

The example works with all -webkit based browsers (Safari and Chrome), but also in Firefox 4. Author’ve included a jQuery version as well, to be used as a form of “backward compatibility”. You can also see how the same effect can be achieved using CSS and jQuery.

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3d animation using pure CSS3

The perspective property is what we need to create the 3d effect. Using transform and transition, we can create 3d animation using pure CSS3.

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Colorful Clock

Make a colorful jQuery & CSS clock, which will help you keep track of those precious last seconds of the year.

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Colourful rating system with CSS3

We’re going to do a relatively simple jQuery tutorial. Rating systems are used a lot on websites, for example to rate how good a certain product, article or comment is. I slightly wanted to improve this idea, by making it more visually attractive.

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Dynamic PNG shadow position & opacity

When the light is turned on, the position and opacity of the logo shadow will change dynamically, depending on the position and distance of the light bulb. Don’t forget to drag the logo and/or the light bulb around!

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jQuery DJ Hero

By combining CSS3 and jQuery, I created two records that you can start spinning (faster and slower) and even scratching is enabled. In a future version, this could be used together with some real sound (this version has no sound).

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Bokeh effects with CSS3 and jQuery

This tutorial teaches you how to re-create the bokeh effect with CSS 3. With some help from jQuery, we can add some randomness in colour, size and position for the effect.

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Space is the final limit, right?

No matter how fast internet tubes or servers are, we’ll always need spinners to indicate something’s happening behind the scenes. Up until now, people would go to some site, pick one of the available templates, customize their foreground and background colors, and download a beautiful GIF image.

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How To Create A Sexy Vertical Sliding Panel Using jQuery And CSS3

So, what about a vertical sliding panel that would act as some sort of drawer instead of the usual top horizontal sliding panel that pushes everything else down when it opens? While thinking of alternatives to the usual horizontal panels, I thought it would be nice to create something that works in a similar way, but that is a bit more flexible.

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Frame-by-Frame Animation

The first demonstration reqires you to keep clicking the image to see the next frame, and it wraps around to the start when you reach the last frame.The second demonstration just needs you to keep the mouse moving over the image in MOST browsers. But the BIG drawback to this method is that the speed of movement of the mouse governs the speed of animation

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CSS3 Analogue Clock

Analogue clock created using webkit transition and transform CSS. JavaScript is only used to pull in the current time.

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Spotlight Cast Shadow

Move your cursor over the box to cast a shadow with the spotlight. This demo uses the CSS property text-shadow, supported in Safari, Firefox 3.5, Opera, and Chrome.

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Sliding Vinyl with CSS3

We take a standard album cover, a little HTML, and some CSS3 transitions and transforms to create a sliding vinyl effect for showing off the music you love.

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Amazing Image Hover Effects using Webkit and CSS

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Use CSS3 to Create a Dynamic Stack of Index Cards

We will create a dynamic stack of index cards solely with HTML and CSS3 and use such CSS3 features as transform and transition (for the dynamic effects) and @font-face, box-shadow and border-radius (for the styling).

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Awesome Overlays with CSS3

The trick with these overlays is the gradient border, going form a lighter to darker orange as you go from top to bottom. To create that effect we used to the border-image property, which is a tricky little addition to CSS.

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Going Nuts with CSS Transitions

Author is going to show you how CSS 3 transforms and WebKit transitions can add zing to the way you present images on your site.

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CSS3 animations and their jQuery equivalents

This tutorial/these examples will show the use of the same HTML, with different classes for CSS3 and jQuery. You can compare both the codes and see which one you like more. Don’t forget to check the demo/download the source code to view how everything is working under the hood.

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Snowy CSS3 Animation

It’s cold and snowy down here in Brighton, so to celebrate the falling white stuff (and of course the various festivities at this time of year) Clearleft’s very own Natbat has made a snowy CSS3 animation surprise for all you Safari and Chrome users out there.

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More on 3D CSS Transforms

Various 3D CSS Transforms in an overview.

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CSS3 Clock With jQuery

Old School Clock with CSS3 and jQuery.

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Recreating the OS X Dock

We take a basic list of links and turn them into an awesome OS X dock of icons.

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Coverflow effect featuring CSS transformations and jQuery UI

This proof-of-concept shows a coverflow effect using the new CSS transformation feature from Webkit (featured in Safari 3.1). Needless to say that it won’t run in other browsers at this point (however, adapting it to canvas should be quite easy, and even now, it won’t break in other browsers).

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Elastic Thumbnail Menu

In an ongoing attempt to offer alternative methods to spruce up menus, author’ve pieced together an elastic thumbnail menu.

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Those are some pretty cool effects, huh? I bet you had no idea that CSS3 was such a powerful programming language. Well, now you do! Now, with the helps of these tutorials, you can create your own animations in CSS3. You can follow these tutorials exactly until you have a grasp for the language and then you can begin working on your own unique animations.

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  • http://bowdenweb.com/ albert

    with a heavy heart i peck this comment; my thoughts are critical and yet that never helps webcomm….
    dude, css animations are not the same as transitions, :hover and/or text-shadow…but of course you knew that, duh! well mate, then why did you title this post as such? and same point, different technology
    JavaScript + CSS3 != CSS3, jQuery + CSS3 != CSS3
    u knew that too? oh, well let me make my point about your title fail again.
    this is yet another pseudo-post, where u actually don’t have 2 do anything but copy/paste/format……that in itself is fail, but when you can’t copy/paste/format correctly…….
    c’mon dude. you’re better than this.

    • Albert’s worse enemy

      shut the fuck up jeolous bitch

  • http://www.sareez.com/ Salwars

    Awesome post..love it..

  • Free Photoshop and Flash Tutorials

    nice sites……
    content is unique and informative.

  • WebCoder

    Great!
    I found some showcases aslo great in :
    http://html5example.net/category/HTML5%20Showcases/

  • http://www.topz10s.com Amrinder Singh

    Problem with CSS3 animation it is not working in all browsers. E3D effect is not working even in Firefox.

  • http://www.webexstudios.com/ Sumit Nagpal

    Wow nice Collection of CSS3 Animation.
    Also implement in my site.

    Thanks for Sharing :)

  • http://www.quantumcloud.com/ Anonymous

    Great compilation of CSS3 effects. Thanks for putting these together. I will use couple of these in my upcoming web site.

  • Rupinder Singh

    Great CSS3 collection.. Keep it up.. share your ideas..

  • Anonymous

    Nice Blog. Like it very much. Thanks for sharing it. Keep sharing such more posts.

  • http://www.inwebson.com Kenny
  • http://victoriapod.com Joseph

    CSS3 has so far proven that flash in webdesign would soon be a past although its not varnishing overnight. I love these demos and tuts.

  • Mark

    Awesome demos. I like using CSS with Javascript. Some of these gave me some great ideas. Thanks.

  • Dhafian

    whoooppss! I’ll bookmark this! :-D

    Nice collection!

  • http://www.k4kreativity.com Kamlesh Shrestha

    nice collection of tutorials. loved it.

  • http://www.geekandblogger.com Pavan Somu

    This is great! CSS3 is looking better every day, really need to update my knowledge in it though. The possibilities like this with CSS3 are endless though, no more slow down of our sites for simple transition effects.

  • Byron

    Awesome collection of css!
    Thanks for sharing to us:)

  • http://www.balajisridhar.com Webdev

    Great collection… Like it very much

  • Jai

    Cool collection. I’d like to master CSS and jQuery someday. This tutorials are just awesome. Thank you very much. ^^^

  • Patrick Lohmann

    Awesome collection. I like to play with CSS3. Thanks for sharing and greething from germany.
    ps: sorry for my lack of english.

  • http://www.satyathakur.com Satya Thakur

    The display social icons in a beautiful way using CSS3 is now being used by most of the websites. It looks cool and the hover effect adds animation to these icons. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  • Kamal

    Very useful collection of sites. Playing with CSS3 is always a nice and wonderful. And this collection helped me more for that.