re: Four subtle Text-Effects to spice up your web-site VIEW POST


Hi @akhilarjun ,

I just added the third effect (3. Glowing Text) to my site as the idea works well with my current font (which is kind of Alien/Space inspired). My goodness, that looks great on a single letter but trying to apply it to a 30+ character string, Chrome turns really sluggish. I was quite surprised to see such bad performance on what seems a very simple effect.

Just wanted to say thank you anyway for the inspiration, I ended up just doing a single shadow (even with 2 shadows it's noticeably slower on hover even without the transition effect), I think it looks great still. I have pushed the changes already so it is live here: michaelfasani.com


Awesome! Am so glad it worked out for your website πŸ±β€πŸ‘€.
Now as a suggestion for the slowness detected it could be because of the huge transition we are applying. So why don't you try adding this will-change: text-shadow to the glow span selector. This will tell the browser to render the effect with the help of the GPU. Thereby reducing the load on browser thread.
I will try to write a small write-up for GPU forced rendering in CSS someday ✌
For now, read this awesome article in Smashing Magazine


I will give it a shot. Just checked caniuse.com it looks like it’s a no go for IE11 but I will see how performance is there and in other places with that prop and get back to you.

And by the way i checked out the site. It is dope πŸ˜πŸ‘Ύ

Hey, thanks, I tried will-change: text-shadow; but it did not seem to make a difference tbh.

I did, however, come up with the following with @keyframes which I think looks great, exactly the kind of thing I was trying to achieve.

.header a:hover {
    animation: glow 0.3s linear forwards;

@keyframes glow {
    0% {
        text-shadow: 0 0 0px #ffffff;
    50% {
        color: #ffffff;
        text-shadow: 0 0 10px #8be9fd;
    100% {
        text-shadow: 0 0 0px #8be9fd;
        color: #8be9fd;

I mapped the number of animation states (3) to the timing in ms (0.3) as this seemed to have better performance. If you have 4 states, I think 0.4 may be a better time choice and so on, but I can't verify that claim it is just my subjective opinion.

New demo: michaelfasani.com

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