CSS3 Tools, Tips and Tricks In Every Designers ToolBox

Get Up to Speed With These CSS3 Tools, Tips and Tricks

Transitioning to CSS3 isn’t that much different, however you should know that it so much more powerful and you can really create some awesome techniques for your web projects. It can deliver and make an impact on your designs, quicker page uploads and promises to be much more browser compatible than its predecessors. Not only that, you will get to understand how much more flexibility and learn new techniques such as animations, text shadows, reduce use of images, less reliance on third party plugins to name some of the different ways you can utilize CSS3.

CSS3 is backwards compatible with earlier versions of CSS and it’s also much more user friendly to developers where they can now use pure CSS to accomplish certain design elements which previously were relied on to the designer.

Let’s take a look at some tools, tips and tricks with CSS3 to make your designs have more impact, simple and efficient.

CSS3 Maker

A great app for developers. It makes use of sliders and even a live preview area to generate cross-browser markup.

CSS3 Maker

2. Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

Colorzilla has designed this very easy to use CSS3 gradient generator without the use of in image. It uses sliders and color pickers just like Photoshop and are highly recommended.


3. Speech Bubbles

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

Speech Bubbles

4. CSS3 Browser Support

CSS3 refers to a number of new in-browser design features available in many modern browsers such as rounded corners or the ability to animate
elements without the need for Flash or JavaScript.


5. CSS3 Animations

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.

css3 animations

6. CSS3 Trans­forms & @font-face Experiment

This is the first of what I hope are number of experiments I plan on working on over the next few months, all in an effort to get acquainted with
some of the new CSS3 features out in the wild that seem to be gaining some traction. by ALEX GIRÓN

Font Face Experiment

7. 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).

Index Cards

8. Pure CSS3 Smooth Drop-Down Menu

This menu is created only in CSS3 which is inspired from this post on Forrst! This consists of a nested ul structure to create the second level of the
menu which is initially hidden with its opacity set to 0. When the link is hovered, the respective ul shows up and slides down. This is achieved by
setting its opacity to 1 and changing its top offset when it’s hovered in conjunction with the CSS3 transitions to animate the process smoothly.

Drop Down Menu

9.CSS3 Sexy Tooltip

This CSS3 Tooltip Maker will generate pure CSS tooltip that is aesthetically enhanced using CSS3. It will still work on browsers that don’t support CSS3 ( such as IE ) – it just will not look as pretty and has no animation effect.

Tooltip Maker

10. Create forms With CSS3 and HTML5 Validation

Let’s look at how to create a functional form which validates users’ data, client-side. With that done, we’ll cover prettying it up using CSS,
including some CSS3!

CSS3 Forms