Beginner’s Guide to CSS3

Ever since the announcement of in 2005, the development of the level 3 of Cascading Style Sheet or better known as CSS3 has been closely watched and monitored by many designers and developers. All of us excited to get our hands on the new features of CSS3 – the text shadows, borders with images, opacity, multiple backgrounds, etc, just to name a few.

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As of today, not all selectors of CSS3 are fully supported yet. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun testing new CSS3 stuff. This post is dedicated to all designers and developers who are already familiar with CSS 2.1 and want to get your hands dirty on CSS3.0.

It’s a compilation of useful CSS3 reads, sample codes, tips, tutorials, cheat-sheets and more. Feel free to use them in your projects, just make sure it falls gracefully on incompatible browsers.

Getting Started with CSS3

Introduction to CSS3An (roadmap) official introduction to CSS and CSS3. This document gives you an overall idea on the development of CSS3.

CSS3: Take design to next levelAdvantages of CSS3, with explanations and examples of CSS3 properties and selectors.

Several tricks with CSS3Webmonkey brings you through several basic tricks in CSS3, including rounded borders, borders, drop shadows, image tricks and more.

Interview: Six questions with Eric Meyer on CSS3Folks at Six Revision interviewed Eric Meyer with valuable insights and answers on CSS3.

CSS3: Progressive EnhancementHow you can use graceful (or, progressive) enhancement techniques to make use of CSS3 features in browsers that support them, while ensuring that your code will still provide a satisfactory user experience in older browsers that do not yet support those features.

CSS3: Background and Borders

Rounded borders (border-radius)A guide to creating rounded border with CSS3’s border-radius property.

Rounded borders with image (border-images)How to use images in borders with border-image property.

CSS3 borders, backgrounds and boxesDetail explanation with examples of new CSS3 properties like: background-clip, background-origin, background-attachment, box-shadow, box-decoration-break, border-radius and border-image.

CSS3: Text

Letterpress EffectCreate simple letterpress effect with CSS3.

Six text effects using text shadowText effects include: vintage/retro, neon, inset, anaglyphic, fire and board game.

Beautiful typographyHow to take basic markup and transform it into an attractive and beautiful typographical design through pure CSS3.

Text RotationUses an image sprite and a sprinkle of CSS to get things positioned right.

Outline TextHow to add an outline, or stroke, to your text using the CSS3 text-stroke property.

Text masking effectInteractive text masking effect using the text-shadow CSS property.

Link nudging (animation) with CSS3Ditch Javascript and create nudge effect entirely with CSS3.

CSS Selection StylingChange text selection styling with CSS3.

CSS3: Menu

Multiple-columns contentUsing CSS3 to create a set of columns on your website without having to assign individual layers and (or) paragraphs for each column.

Sexy Tooltips with Just CSSHow to use the evolving CSS standard can enhance some lovely cross-browser tooltips.

Sexy Tooltips

More tooltips:

CSS3 & jQuery Drop-Down Menu With Integrated FormsjQuery and CSS3 powered navigation menu that supports integrated forms.

CSS3 & jQuery Drop-Down Menu

Dropdown menuHow to create a alike multi-level dropdown menu using border-radius, box-shadow, and text-shadow.

CSS3-Only Tabbed AreaClick on a tab, hide all the panels, show the one corresponding to tab just clicked on – all with CSS.

CSS3-Only Tabbed Area

3D Ribbons with CSS3Create nice looking 3D ribbons with only CSS3.

CSS3: Drop shadow

Drop shadow in imageShowcase several techniques and some of the possible appearances for dropping shadows without using images.

Glow Tabs with Box ShadowHow to create intuitive and beautiful tabs in CSS3 with no image.

Glow Tabs with Box Shadow

CSS3 boxes without using images15 different styles of boxes without using images. Works in Chrome and Safari.

CSS3 boxes without using images

CSS3: Buttons

Tutorial: Pretty buttonsHow to create beautiful cross-browser compliant CSS3 buttons that degrade gracefully.

Tutorial: Dynamic buttonsHow to create nice looking, dynamic buttons that are fully scaleable using the new CSS3 properties border-radius, box-shadow and RGBa.

Speech BubblesVarious forms of speech bubble effect created with CSS 2.1 and enhanced with CSS3.

BonBon buttonsCSS buttons that are sexy looking, really flexible, but with the most minimalistic markup as possible.

BonBon buttons

Github alike buttonsCollection of buttons that show what is possible using CSS3 while also maintaining the simplest possible markup.

Github alike buttons

Spinning, Fading Icons with CSS3 and MooToolsHow to use CSS3 and MooTools to create dymanic, rotating elements.

Spinning, Fading Icons

CSS3: transparency and overlay

Opacity and transparencyCreate image transparency with CSS3.

Image overlayPractical application of the CSS3 border-image property.

CSS3-3-awesome overlays


Cheatsheets & References

CSS3 Cheat Sheet (PDF)Printable cheatsheet with complete list of all properties, selector types and allows values in the current CSS3 specification from the W3C.

CSS Support in Opera 9.5Complete list of the supported CSS selectors in Opera 0.5.

Fonts Available for @font-face EmbeddingComprehensive list of fonts currently licensed for @font-face embedding.

CSS 3 Selectors – ExplainedA guide and reference to CSS3 selectors and its patterns.

Cross-browser CSS3 Rule GeneratorCSS3 rules you can copy and paste onto your own stylesheet.

CSS3 Click ChartGet CSS3 styles like box sizing, border radius, text shadow, and more within a click.

CSS Content & Browser CompatibilityComplete list of selector tables of both CSS and CSS3 with declaration for browser-compatibility check.