30 Examples Of CSS Text Shadows Out In The Wild

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CSS Text Shadows can create a variety of different effects on a website,like being able to create depth, dimension, contrast and so on just with the plain CSS code. Using images to show letterpress effects or text shadows are beginning to be a thing of the past in Web Design. This is new trend in Web design and if you are not using it or are not aware of it you definitely need to see those best examples and start to use these features in your own designs! In order to continue check out – 22 Advanced CSS Text Effects And Web Typography Tips.

Here is a showcase of beautiful websites using CSS to recreate what image editing programs can do.

1. atebits

2. NotePad Theme by N.Design Studio

3. Tapmates

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4. Made by Tinder

5. Adii Rockstar

6. Squarespace’s Blog

The blog at Squarespace uses text shadows in headlines to make them stand out from the rest of the page.

7. Abduzeedo

8. Tim Van Damme

9. Mint

10. Anderbose

11. Northstar Web Design

12. Bright Kite

13. CSS Bake

14. Mark Jardine

15. 280 North

16. Square Space

17. Neutron Creations

18. Fuel Brand Inc.

19. Ross Brown

20. Tapbots

21. Spaceship Collaborative

22. Melissa Ward

23. Tri Vuong

24. Ordered List

25. Anton Peck

26. Meta Lab Design

27. Suciu Vlad

28. Matt Pruitt

29. All Dev Jobs

30. Flyosity

Can you think of any more websites using CSS text shadows? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Nicole Dominguez is a self-taught teenage web designer, that founded SoDevious.Net, a resource for teenage bloggers and designers like herself. Check out her portfolio or follow her on Twitter, @sodevious.

24 Comments Best Comments First
  • Ricardo

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 19:24

    1

    text-shadows are one of the most abused CSS3 features. Please keep it away from your body text.

    0
  • sriganesh

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010 20:42

    8

    came to know some shadow effects :D i know only from adudeezoo

    0
  • John Phillips

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010 21:35

    9

    I used a bit of text shadowing on my new site: http://justpressrecord.com/

    0
  • Melody

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010 14:40

    10

    Shadows are so subtle, but sometimes so necessary!

    0
  • Alex C.

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 20:20

    7

    Great examples! I’ve used text-shadow on my website as well! It’s a really useful CSS3 effect! Too bad it doesn’t validate, yet!

    0
  • valiant

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 19:33

    6

    I’m blown away by how simple changes can transform a site. Tinder and Mark Jardine are my favorites on the list.

    I can see it already becoming a little overused. All over body copy in an entire blog, really? But that’s perhaps not stepping back from it–who didn’t think lens flares were SO AWESOME the first time they found Photoshop?

    0
  • Maris

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 13:11

    2

    Great read! I have also started to use CSS shadows recently – looks great in designs!

    0
  • Codesquid

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 16:19

    3

    These are some really nice effects! I have used text-shadow myself with some great results in a few sites.

    0
  • SJL Web Design

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 17:10

    4

    Some really nice examples of CSS text shadow, Such a nice little effect. My favourite from this collection is the tinder website.

    Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Jasmin Halkic

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 16:53

    12
    0
  • Fraser

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 16:31

    21

    Thanks for the inspiration it just goes to show how simple changes can transform a site.

    0
  • Reynolds

    Monday, June 27th, 2011 22:12

    22

    CSS text shadow is great fun, it can really make a site stand out so try to use it where possible. Thanks for the inspiration.

    0
  • Mark

    Monday, March 26th, 2012 22:40

    23

    Great list. I am always looking for web inspiration. Text styling is definitely one of my weaknesses. Thanks for the post.

    0
  • Ben

    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 08:03

    24

    Great article and I will be applying a few of the CSS style coding snippets – good post thanks.

    0
  • Porinterne

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 12:50

    20

    I am surprised by the possibilities of CSS. I love changes in the texts with shadow effects.

    0
  • ertan

    Friday, January 28th, 2011 23:09

    19

    very nice collection,
    css shadows are useful, sometimes very effective.
    thank you

    0
  • Hoxxy

    Monday, March 8th, 2010 16:18

    14

    Nice list, I’m slowly succombing to CSS3 and have recently added textshadow to a design im working on and with cufon aswell its great.

    Before I was just to worried about getting my designs to validate 100% but I guess with CSS3 its not going to break anything but only inhanse designs for those that use relevant browsers …:)

    0
  • Hoxxy

    Monday, March 8th, 2010 16:19

    15

    Great post with some great effects.

    0
  • Creare Design

    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 19:19

    16

    Thank’s for the inspiration, after seeing those we’ve just added CSS 3 Text Shadows to our homepage, take a look at the homepage navigation and the 4 coloured tabs under the flash. All the Headings have subtle shadows to help the text stand out.

    0
  • Lisa Thomason

    Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 19:14

    18

    Great, have got some good ideas from this. LT

    0
  • Phil

    Friday, August 27th, 2010 10:53

    17

    It’s amazing how big a difference such a subtle effect can have, some of these examples are excellent, although keep it away from the body text!

    0
  • Ben

    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 08:03

    24

    Great article and I will be applying a few of the CSS style coding snippets – good post thanks.

    0
  • Mark

    Monday, March 26th, 2012 22:40

    23

    Great list. I am always looking for web inspiration. Text styling is definitely one of my weaknesses. Thanks for the post.

    0
  • Reynolds

    Monday, June 27th, 2011 22:12

    22

    CSS text shadow is great fun, it can really make a site stand out so try to use it where possible. Thanks for the inspiration.

    0
  • Fraser

    Thursday, May 19th, 2011 16:31

    21

    Thanks for the inspiration it just goes to show how simple changes can transform a site.

    0
  • Porinterne

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 12:50

    20

    I am surprised by the possibilities of CSS. I love changes in the texts with shadow effects.

    0
  • ertan

    Friday, January 28th, 2011 23:09

    19

    very nice collection,
    css shadows are useful, sometimes very effective.
    thank you

    0
  • Lisa Thomason

    Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 19:14

    18

    Great, have got some good ideas from this. LT

    0
  • Phil

    Friday, August 27th, 2010 10:53

    17

    It’s amazing how big a difference such a subtle effect can have, some of these examples are excellent, although keep it away from the body text!

    0
  • Creare Design

    Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 19:19

    16

    Thank’s for the inspiration, after seeing those we’ve just added CSS 3 Text Shadows to our homepage, take a look at the homepage navigation and the 4 coloured tabs under the flash. All the Headings have subtle shadows to help the text stand out.

    0
  • Hoxxy

    Monday, March 8th, 2010 16:19

    15

    Great post with some great effects.

    0
  • Hoxxy

    Monday, March 8th, 2010 16:18

    14

    Nice list, I’m slowly succombing to CSS3 and have recently added textshadow to a design im working on and with cufon aswell its great.

    Before I was just to worried about getting my designs to validate 100% but I guess with CSS3 its not going to break anything but only inhanse designs for those that use relevant browsers …:)

    0
  • Jasmin Halkic

    Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 16:53

    12
    0
  • Melody

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010 14:40

    10

    Shadows are so subtle, but sometimes so necessary!

    0
  • John Phillips

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010 21:35

    9

    I used a bit of text shadowing on my new site: http://justpressrecord.com/

    0
  • sriganesh

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010 20:42

    8

    came to know some shadow effects :D i know only from adudeezoo

    0
  • Alex C.

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 20:20

    7

    Great examples! I’ve used text-shadow on my website as well! It’s a really useful CSS3 effect! Too bad it doesn’t validate, yet!

    0
  • valiant

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 19:33

    6

    I’m blown away by how simple changes can transform a site. Tinder and Mark Jardine are my favorites on the list.

    I can see it already becoming a little overused. All over body copy in an entire blog, really? But that’s perhaps not stepping back from it–who didn’t think lens flares were SO AWESOME the first time they found Photoshop?

    0
  • SJL Web Design

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 17:10

    4

    Some really nice examples of CSS text shadow, Such a nice little effect. My favourite from this collection is the tinder website.

    Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Codesquid

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 16:19

    3

    These are some really nice effects! I have used text-shadow myself with some great results in a few sites.

    0
  • Maris

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 13:11

    2

    Great read! I have also started to use CSS shadows recently – looks great in designs!

    0
  • Ricardo

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 19:24

    1

    text-shadows are one of the most abused CSS3 features. Please keep it away from your body text.

    0

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