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Syed Mohsin Raza
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22 Useful CSS Tips and Tricks Every Developer Should Know

🚨🚨 Note: All the tips, tricks shared in this article are part of GitHub repository css tips tricks A handmade collection of pro css tips tricks for developers. Please checkout the repositiory and Give it a star if you find it useful 🌟

1. Docs Layout

Create a responsive documentation-styled layout with only two lines of CSS.

.parent{
  display: grid;
  grid-template-columns: minmax(150px, 25%) 1fr;
}
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layout

2. The Custom Cursors

Checkout the github repository css tips tricks to learn more about it.

html{
  cursor:url('no.png'), auto;
}
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image with custom cursor

3. Fill Text With Images

h1{
  background-image: url('images/flower.jpg');
  background-clip: text;
  color: transparent;
  background-color: white;
}
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Note: Always specify background-color when using this technique as this will be used as a fallback value in case the image does not load for some reason.

4. Adding Stroke to Text

Make text more legible and visible using text-stroke property it adds a stroke or outline to text.

/* 🎨 Apply a 5px wide crimson text stroke to h1 elements */

h1 {
  -webkit-text-stroke: 5px crimson;
  text-stroke: 5px crimson;
}
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5. Paused Pseudo Class

Use :paused selector to style media elements when in paused state likewise :paused we also have :playing.

/* πŸ“’ currently, only supported in Safari */

video:paused {
  opacity: 0.6;
}
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plam tree on river

6. Emphasing Text

Use text-emphasis property to apply emphasis marks to text elements.You can specify any string including emojis as its value.

h1 {
  text-emphasis: "⏰";
}
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Time is a healer

7. Style Drop Caps

Avoid unnecessary spans and use pseudo elements instead to style your content likewise first-letter pseudo-element we also have first-line pseudo-element.

 h1::first-letter{
  font-size: 2rem;
  color:#ff8A00;
}
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8. Fallback values for Variables

/* 🎨 crimson color will be applied as var(--black) is not defined */

:root {
  --orange: orange;
  --coral: coral;
}

h1 {
  color: var(--black, crimson);
}
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crimson colored text "Speak, You Matter"

9. Change Writing Mode

You can use writing mode property to specify how text should be laid out on your website i.e vertically or horizontally.

<h1>Cakes & Bakes</h1>
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/* πŸ’‘ specifies the text layout direction to sideways-lr  */

h1 {
  writing-mode: sideways-lr;
}
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10. Rainbow Animation

Creates a continuously looping color animation for elements to grab user attention. Give a read to css tips tricks repository to learn when to use prefer-reduced-motion media feature

button{
  animation: rainbow-animation 200ms linear infinite;
}

@keyframes rainbow-animation {
  to{
    filter: hue-rotate(0deg);
  }
 from{
    filter: hue-rotate(360deg);
  }
}
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shop now button changing its color contineously

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12. Zooming on Hover

/* πŸ“· Define the height and width of the image container & hide overflow */

.img-container {
  height: 250px; width: 250px; overflow: hidden;
 }

/* πŸ–ΌοΈ Make the image inside the container fill the container */

.img-container img {
  height: 100%; width: 100%; object-fit: cover; 
  transition: transform 200m ease-in;
 }

 img:hover{
  transform: scale(1.2);
 }
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crimson colored shopping bag laying on grey tiles

13. Attribute Selector

Select HTML elements based on attributes using the attribute selector.

<a href="">HTML</a>
<a>CSS</a>
<a href="">JavaScript</a>
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/* πŸ”— targets all a elements that have a href attribute */

a[href] {
  color: crimson;
}
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14. Clipping Elements

Use the clip-path property, to create interesting visual effects, such as clipping an element to a custom shape like a triangle or hexagon.

div {
  height: 150px;
  width: 150px;
  background-color: crimson;
  clip-path: polygon(50% 0%, 0% 100%, 100% 100%);
}
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triangle

15. Detect Properties Support

Use CSS @support rule to detect support for CSS features directly in your CSS. Checkout the css tips tricks repository to learn more about feature queries.


@supports (accent-color: #74992e) {
/* code that will run if the property is supported */
  blockquote {
    color: crimson;
  }

}
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Never break your promise.(Hazrat Ali A.S)

16. CSS Nesting

The CSS working group has been working on figuring out how to add nesting to CSS. With nesting, you'll be able to write CSS that is more intuitive, more organized, and more efficient.

<header class="header">
  <p class="text">Lorem ipsum, dolor</p>
</header>
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/* πŸŽ‰ You can try CSS nesting now in Safari Technology Preview*/

.header{

  background-color: salmon;

  .text{
    font-size: 18px;
  }

}
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17. The Clamp Function

Use the clamp()function for responsive and fluid typography.

/* Syntax: clamp(minimum, preferred, maximum) */
h1{
  font-size: clamp(2.25rem,6vw,4rem);
}
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gif font size changing based on screen size

18. Styling Optional Fields

You can style form fields like input, select and textarea that dose not have a required attribute on them using the :optional pseudo class.

/* Selects  all optional form fields on the page */

*:optional{
  background-color: green;
}
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19. Word Spacing Property

Use word-spacing property to specify length of white space between words.

p {
  word-spacing: 1.245rem;
}
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20. Create Gradient Shadows

This is how you can create gradient shadows for an exclusive user experience.

:root{
  --gradient: linear-gradient(to bottom right, crimson, coral);
}

div {
  height: 200px;
  width: 200px;
  background-image: var(--gradient);
  border-radius: 1rem;
  position: relative;
}

div::after {
  content: "";
  position: absolute;
  inset: 0;
  background-image: var(--gradient);
  border-radius: inherit;
  filter: blur(25px) brightness(1.5);
  transform: translateY(15%) scale(0.95);
  z-index: -1;
}
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box with gradient shadow

21. Change Caption Side

Use the caption-side property to place the table caption (table title) on a specified side of the table.

Changing the tables caption side from top to bottom

22. Creating Text Columns

Craft nice column layouts for text elements using column properties.

/* πŸ›οΈ divide the content of the "p" element into 3 columns  */

p{
  column-count: 3;
  column-gap: 4.45rem;          
  column-rule: 2px dotted crimson;
}
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Please checkout the GitHub repository css tips tricks to learn more professional css tips, tricks and don't forget to give the repository a star⭐ This will help other peoples find this repository.

You can show your support by following me on my GitHub account. Thanks and Happy coding ❀️

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Varshith V Hegde

Thanks, But you missed centering a div πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Syed Mohsin Raza • Edited

Thanks for pointing out πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚! Actually, I've already included five different ways to center a div in my GitHub repository css tips tricks

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Varshith V Hegde

sure

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Mohamed Ibrahim

I think that's need a whole article πŸ˜…

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Varshith V Hegde

Yeah ProbablyπŸ™ƒπŸ˜‚

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L O U I S

Good tips, I've been practicing CSS a little lately, I'll have these in mind πŸ‘

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Syed Mohsin Raza

Thanks, Louis! Please checkout the GitHub repository css tips tricks and consider giving it a star if you find it useful.

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L O U I S

Nice, I'll check it out!

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artydev • Edited

Great thank you very much

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huylong

thank you for share

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Tu Trinh

Very useful CSS tips. Thank you for this.

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Kyle Pollock

Thanks for sharing!

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goldknow0928 • Edited

Thanks for the useful information!!! Thank you❀

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Moruling James

Awesome post!

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Mo Bashir

great content thanks bro

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Jamie Baker

Great read! A few little gems I'd never heard of there

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Estriplet

Thanks for sharing. You make checking out the GitHub CSS tips tricks repository an interesting visit before the day is out.

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Rajeev Kumar

Amazing Tricks , Its very helpful and some of them are new for me.
I will definitely try these all in CodePen or somewhere in my projects.

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Lotfi Jebali

How to center a div ?

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Abdul Malik Yahya

Very useful

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joaomiguel22c

Obrigado, adorei

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