22 Advanced CSS Text Effects And Web Typography Tips

title-css-text-effects-typographyYou definitely should have seen those advanced CSS text effects for now already; they are rapidly getting popular as upcoming and current trends in good web design. The best thing about these effects is it can be achieved with pure CSS, no more image replacements and image heavy web designs. In this article I showcased all the best-explained CSS tutorials and typography tips I found and thought you definitely must read! Scroll through or definitely save this article to bookmarks so the next time you create a new design in Photoshop with letterpress, shadowed etc. effects, – you can create them just with pure code!

Typography takes also very important role in good web designs, so I strongly recommend reading articles I featured there as well! Enjoy and get inspired for your new, advanced web designs!

1. Create a Letterpress Effect with CSS Text-Shadow


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2. Text Rotation with CSS


3. Date Display Technique with Sprites


4. CSS Gradient Text Effect


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5. CSS Text Gradients

Yet another very similar tutorial about text gradients, but maybe you’ll like both variants trying to explain really how CSS text gradient effects work.


6. Add Grunge Effects to Text Using Simple CSS

The article is based on the same technique as CSS text gradients using it to add grunge type effect to your typo!


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7. Two Simple Ways to Create Text Embossing Effect


8. Text Embossing Technique With CSS

Example from AlexBuga homepage.


9. Codename Rainbows

Beautiful CSS & Javascript codes offered by DragonInteractive that teaches how to get two-color gradient text effects, shadows and highlights.


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10. CSS Drop Shadows


11. Text-Shadow Exposed

Make cool and clever text effects with CSS text-shadow. A very detailed article teaching you a lot of hidden tips how to achieve text glowing, embossing, and shadowing with just few steps.


12. Background Gradients and CSS

Pretty cool CSS background effect, which can be applied on hover giving a lot of options use it in a creative way!


13. CSS Text-Shadow in Safari, Opera, Firefox and more


14. Text-overflow


15. How To Implement sIFR3 Into Your Website


16. How To Use Any Font You Wish With FLIR


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For Further Reading – More Typography Tips In Sucessful Web Designs

17. How to Use Headings in HTML


18. Advanced Typography Techniques Using CSS


19. 10 Examples of Beautiful CSS Typography and How They Did It…

Beautiful article explaining simple but very effective CSS tricks on how to achieve beautiful typography effects with just a few lines of code.


20. Typographic Contrast and Flow

Nick La teaches how to apply the right contrasts and flow in your web designs by explaining why and what works and how to achieve that effect.


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21. The Elements of Typographic Style Applied in Webdesign


22. 5 Principles And Ideas Of Setting Type on the Web



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  1. Mike S says

    Just start to use the power of css, cant wait to play around with these examples.

  2. Aaron says

    Awesome! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get that letterpressed/engraved text effect with CSS. Thanks for all the helpful tips and tutorials.

  3. says

    Great collection of CSS effects. The text effects and tips are really amazing. What we had to depend on photoshop,now we can do it all by ourselves just by using codes.. :).. Really nice…

  4. Santhosh says

    These examples are almost like created using photoshop; This is awesome! Thanks for the enlightenment!

  5. George says

    This is incredible. I have really enjoyed css designs.

    Thank you very much for css text designs!

  6. says

    Thanks for this useful posting. I really enjoyed reading it very much. There are so many different types of text effects which can be done for web sites. All the types of text effects look good on the web page. After reading this posting, I am excited about text effects. I think the text effects on Groupon and its clone sites are good. I think they could have been done with the help of scripts.

  7. Aghnie says

    they are very inspiring, I’ve visited ‘em one by one, and they have a great design, thanks :)

  8. Anze Harej says

    excellent article, i will definitely use some of these text effects :)

  9. says

    Thanks for the list of techniques. Rotation is a new one that I never knew was possible, hope that comes in handy on one of my projects.

  10. Alastair says

    I’ve book marked this page for future reference. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

  11. Flinn Megal says

    typography is something that I am not good at ,but after reading this post ,I think that now i can make some nice looking text effects on my blog.

  12. Theresa Sheridan says

    I’m like a sponge, soaking up all this stuff! Can’t wait to go try it all out on my own. Thanks for the great resources!

  13. says

    I need to know about CSS Text Gradients, do you think that it is really necessary, I believe several types of font format are not comfortable and easily recognise if combining with gradient looks like color. Just let me know your opinion.

  14. Harvey Ramer says

    Thank you for taking the time to compile all these resources. I especially like the text rotation and the sprite example for dates. Very nice stuff.

  15. sean steezy says

    great job thank you very much, i need to get better at typography and this will sure help!

  16. Mile says

    I really like what sIFR has enabled us to do with our typography. It opens up myriad new possibilities.

  17. Pieter says

    Link number 21 was really useful (webtypography.net), I will read through it right away.

  18. says

    I thought [reynoldsftw.com] are using images. I didn’t know that you can do this using CSS :/
    Thanks for pointing these amazing CSS tips.

  19. Cody says

    Wow some of these are really good. I didn’t know you could some of these effects with CSS. -Thanks!