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Alicia Sykes
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Super Useful CSS Resources 🌈

A collection of 70 hand-picked, web-based tools which are actually useful.
Each will generate pure CSS without the need for JS or any external libraries.

Full credit goes to the authors behind each of these apps (where possible I've linked to their GH/ socials)

Contents

Property Generators

1. Neumorphism

Generate Soft-UI CSS styles using inset shadows, by @adamgiebl

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2. Shaddows Brumm

Make and preview beautifully smooth shadows, by @brumm

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3. Fancy Border Radius

Generate cool shaped objects with border-radius, by @9Elements. Similar to BlobMaker

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4. Glow Generator

Generate pure CSS, cross-browser glow effects

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5. Clothoid Corners

Generates clothoid rounded corners by CSS clip-path, by Takehiko Ono

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6. Glassmorphism

Build semi-transparent, blurred glass-like backgrounds. Similar to ui.glass/generator

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7. Clipy

Generate complex shaped objects using clip-path, by @bennettfeely

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8. CSS Filters

Generate and preview pure CSS Instagram-style photo filters, by @ghosh

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9. Base64 Image

Encode an image directly in your CSS in Base64

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10. Quantity Queries

Generate quantity-based CSS queries, by @drewminns

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Animations

11. Animista

CSS animation playground and generator, by Ana T

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12. Cubic-Bezier

Preview and generate advanced cubic bezier animations, by @LeaVerou

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13. Keyframes

Advanced keyframe animation maker, by @mitchas

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14. Wait Animate

Use animation-delay to simulate delays, by @will-stone

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15. Transition.Style

Copy-paste transition animations, by @argyleink

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Backgrounds

16. Hero Patterns

Find and customize simple pure-CSS patterned backgrounds, by @steveschoger

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17. Haikei

Generate unique organic SVG banners and backgrounds (similar to Shape Divider)

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18. Pattern Generator

Advanced pattern generator

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19. CSS Pattern

Collection of pre-made pure CSS patterned backgrounds, by @Afif13

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20. Patternizer

Build striped backgrounds, by @matthewlein

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21. Patternify

Build your own old-school pattern, by @SachaGreif

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22. Animated BG

Generate blurred animated pure CSS backgrounds, by @Vincenius

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23. Trianglify

Geometric background designer (note: only semmi-free), by @qrohlf

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24. Animated Backgrounds

Collection of pure CSS background animations

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25. Magic Pattern CSS Backgrounds

Collection of reusable SVG-based / pure CSS background patterns, with a visual explorer

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Colors

26. CSS Gradient

Advanced CSS gradient builder

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27. Parametric Mixer

Equaliser-based CSS color composer. by @dawidwoldu

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28. Palettte.

Develop and tweak color schemes

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29. Paletton

Palette builder using opposing or attracting colors

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30. Grabient

Sample gradients.
Similar to CoolHue, WebGradients.com, GradientHunt, GradientButtons and UI gradients

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31. Color Hunt

Yet another color palette designer

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32. Easing Gradients

Cubic-bezier style pure CSS gradients, by @larsenwork

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33. Flat UI Colors

Flat-style handpicked color palettes, by @ahmetsulek

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34. Color Tools

Mix, extract, convert and generate colors

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35. ColorPalettes.Earth

Natural color pallets from nature

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Typography

36. Font Joy

Discover and preview various font pairings, by @Jack000

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37. Type set With Me

Typography & legibility sandbox, by @tsmith512

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38. Type Scale

Generate heading/ body font sizes, by @jeremychurch

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39. Glyphter

Create icon fonts from SVG graphics

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40. Font-Library

Tagged library of Google Fonts, by @katydecorah

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41. Glitter

Export 90s-style Glitter text

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Loaders

42. Spin Kit

Selection of clean CSS loading animations

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43. Whirl

100+ CSS loading animations, for copy-paste

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44. Loader Generator

Pre-built and custom pure CSS loaders

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45. lukehaas - CSS-Loaders

Simple pure CSS loading animations

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46. CSSLoaders

Complex pure CSS loaders

47. loading.io/css

CSS implementations of common loaders


Layouts

48. CSS Grid Garden

Interactive game for learning CSS grid, by @thomaspark

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49. FlexboxFroggy

Interactive game for learning flexbox, by @thomaspark

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50. Flexplorer

Visual flexbox demo, by @bennettfeely

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51. Flexulator

An interactive CSS Flexbox space distribution calculator, by @telagraphic

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52. Grid Generator

Make grids using the CSS grid-template properties, by @sdras (similar to grid.layoutit.com)

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53. Layout Generator

A modern CSS layout maker

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54. Box Model Diagram

Just a visual box model demo

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Informative

55. CSS Timeline

A history of CSS

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56. Screen Size Map

View popular screen sizes for responsive design

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57. CSS Ruler

Preview various CSS units relative to each other

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58. bada55

List of very funny CSS hex color codes
See also, colors.lol for some overly-descriptive color pallets

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59. Who can use?

Checks accessibility grade of a given color combinations, similar to Colorable

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60. Can I use?

Browser compatibility check of various, CSS, JS, HTML and web features

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61. Can I email?

Similar to Can I use?, but checks if a given CSS property (or HTML elem) is compatible with email clients

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62. CSS Processing Tools

Convert to and from any other CSS language

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63. Unused CSS

Searches your site for unused CSS, and displays stats

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64. Component.Gallery

Global component search

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65. Design System Gallery

A collection of open design systems, for inspiration

66. Checklist.design

A collection of design best practices organised as checklists

67. Glyphs

A list of CSS glyph character codes (see also GlyphSearch for library icons)

68. CSS-Tricks.com

The best CSS blog out there

69. Curated Design Tools

A curated list of awesome design tools

70. Awesome-CSS-Frameworks

A list of open source CSS frameworks

71. CSS Reference

A visual guide to CSS properties (similar to htmlreference.io)

72. MDN CSS Docs

Excellent documentation of all available CSS properties

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Top comments (109)

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Stephen Whitmore

Holy crap I'm starting to think you're magic. Between this and the dev tools article I've got some good references!

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Alicia Sykes

Thanks Steve :) 💖

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Marcos Gomez

Ohhh... Thanks Alicia for this... its very usseful! :)

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Maria 🍦 Marshmallow

This is an amazing list, and I'm sure it will make life easier for many front-end developers.
Which of these resources do you use the most?
Looking forward to similar posts for other IT areas 🥰

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Elliot Brenya sarfo

Thanks for sharing Alicia

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Santhosh VR

Thanks for this useful resource and you saved a lot of time with this.. I am really love this page ❤

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Vincent Will

Great collection Alicia! Thanks for including my animated BG generator (#22)

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Alicia Sykes

It's cool tool you've built :)
I've updated the post to also include a link to your GitHub - sorry, not sure why I missed that before

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D7460N

This is a treasure trove! Thank you so much!

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Attila Béli

Top list, super easy to pick the right tool browsing the demo animations! Cheers!

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Manuel Heredia

Thank you very much for this contribution, it is very complete.

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Stevie G

Fantastic List you have compiled Alicia. Thanks so much for sharing

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svenniuwe

Thanks!!!

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Anja Petry

You're a godsend, thank you :) Love CSS, love your list!

I'd like to add some personal favourites here (my apologies if there are any duplicates):

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Alain D'Ettorre

This is fantastic, thank you

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Amir-cahyadi

Thanks for sharring 👍❤️

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weedshaker

Great Stuff!
I tried the CSS Grid Generator and even though my own grid layout implementation is not as beautiful, I guess you would certainly include this: weedshaker.github.io/cssGridLayout/ since it is far easier to use and the grid size is dynamic at drag and drop.