CSS animation examples: 10 simple examples and their source codes

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a style sheet language, commonly used with HTML and JavaScript. CSS helps with the display of HTML elements, influencing their colors, size, layout and more. Without CSS, this website will be bland and void of all its color/layout. Animation with CSS is a great way to elevate any website. There is more to CSS animations that hover effects on buttons. Using CSS and a sprinkle of JavaScript (in some cases), a website design becomes much more complex and professional. Below are 20 cool CSS animation examples, sourced from Codepen. These CSS animation examples come with source codes, perfect for you to apply to your website or web project. Enjoy!

1. Sliding text animation

There is nothing new about sliding text. It’s been used on several websites. Despite being used often, this CSS sliding text animation is one way to elevate a website’s typography. Plus, it is a brilliant way to display content.

See the Pen Text animation by Yoann (@yoannhel) on CodePen.default

2. CSS Parallax background animation

Why use a plain background, when you can animate a background of pixel stars using pure CSS?

See the Pen Parallax Star background in CSS by Saransh Sinha (@saransh) on CodePen.default

3. Animated CSS gradient background

CSS gradients look great when executed right. If you chose the right colors, a gradient background will shine. Switching from plain colors to gradients always adds more design depth to a website. An animated gradient background is even more brilliant.

See the Pen Pure CSS Gradient Background Animation by Manuel Pinto (@P1N2O) on CodePen.default

4. Curved background and elegant slider

This design is perfect for landing pages. Scroll sliding animations are nothing new, but here is a beautiful example of how it looks when properly done. Of course, the curved backgrounds make the design much better.

See the Pen Clean Slider With Curved Background by Ruslan Pivovarov (@mrspok407) on CodePen.default

5. Pure CSS bouncing scroll indicator

Scroll indicators tell website users that there’s more content below, which will be visible upon scrolling. Almost every website needs a scroll indicator. Scroll indicators make the user curious about what lies beneath. A bouncing scroll indicator garners a lot of attention, as though it is screaming “scroll here!”.

See the Pen CSS arrow down bouncing by dodozhang21 (@dodozhang21) on CodePen.default

Also read: CSS tutorial: 5 cool CSS button designs with hover effects

6. Custom animated dropdown with CSS and JS

Don’t stick with the conventional boring dropdown. Make your website more exciting and fun by using an animated and custom dropdown.

See the Pen Custom select by Nikolay Talanov (@suez) on CodePen.default

7. Another animated CSS scroll indicator

See the Pen CSS Site Scroll Micro Animation by Ryan Mulligan (@hexagoncircle) on CodePen.default

8. Floating image CSS animation

This is an example of a subtle animation with a big influence.

See the Pen Floating Animation – CSS by Mario Duarte (@MarioDesigns) on CodePen.default

9. Pure CSS typewriter animation

CSS is more powerful than you think. You can animate text to appear on the screen one at a time, producing an awesome typewriter effect. No JavaScript needed.

See the Pen Typewriter animation pure CSS by Thiago Teles Pereira (@thiagoteles) on CodePen.default

10. Animated border

See the Pen [PURE CSS] border animation without svg by Rplus (@Rplus) on CodePen.default


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