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Create gradient text

phongduong profile image Phong Duong Originally published at phongduong.dev on ・2 min read

You can create text with a single color or combine multiple colors to create gradient text with CSS. In this tutorial, I will show you how to create gradient text using background-clip CSS property.

background-clip sets an element's background extends underneath its border box, padding box, content box or within the foreground text. You will use text value for this property in this tutorial.

You create a paragraph first.

p Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.
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The paragraph needs a background with a gradient color. You set the background-clip property to text value. It is the main point of this tutorial.

p {
  background-image: repeating-linear-gradient(#01fd69 2rem, tomato 3rem);
  background-clip: text;
}
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You won't see the color of the text changes because you only set the background and the paragraph is still using the default color. To change it, you set the color of the paragraph to transparent value.

p {
    background-image: repeating-linear-gradient(#01fd69 2rem, tomato 3rem);
    background-clip: text;
    color: transparent;
}
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Now you can see the text with two colors: green and tomato. There is an interesting thing that you can create gradient text for a specific element of the text like the first line or the first letter with CSS pseudo-element

To create gradient text for the first line of the text you change the CSS code above

p::first-line {

}
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For the first letter

p::first-letter {

}
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This is full code of the project. I create three paragraphs for three examples.

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