Online tools for CSS3 transforms, gradients and other effects

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Here is a recommendation for those of you who are curious about what CSS3 can be used for, as well as for everyone who wants to get started with using CSS3 transforms in a really easy way:

John Allsopp, the main developer of the excellent visual CSS editor Style Master, has created a set of useful tools for playing around with (and thereby also learning) CSS3. Using a simple and easy-to-understand set of sliders and values, it is possible to experiment with some of the the different possibilities of CSS3, such as creating advanced multi-colored gradients, shadows and 2D/3D transform effects.

I love these kinds of tools (especially the fact that each change is reflected directly both visually and in the printed code output), so I recommend it and hope to see more tools added to the list in the future.

Update: John posted a Twitter comment mentioning that he has just uploaded a new version of his tools, which includes even more options. Highly recommended!

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Facundo GonzálezMay 28, 2012 at 05:49Reply

Time to play and learn!

Thanks for share it!

james doehringJuly 3, 2012 at 06:10Reply

Thanks for this post. I used the box shadow tool to play around with some values. So much faster than trying to tweak code and then refreshing a page. Now I have a custom button on my blog that sports a drop shadow upon hover!!