Ever since the announcement of in 2005, the development of the level 3 of Cascading Style Sheet or better known as CSS3 has been closely watched and monitored by many designers and developers. All of us excited to get our hands on the new features of CSS3 – the text shadows, borders with images, opacity, multiple backgrounds, etc, just to name a few.

css 3 guide Beginners Guide to CSS3

As of today, not all selectors of CSS3 are fully supported yet. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun testing new CSS3 stuff. This post is dedicated to all designers and developers who are already familiar with CSS 2.1 and want to get your hands dirty on CSS3.0.

It’s a compilation of useful CSS3 reads, sample codes, tips, tutorials, cheat-sheets and more. Feel free to use them in your projects, just make sure it falls gracefully on incompatible browsers.

Getting Started with CSS3

Introduction to CSS3
An (roadmap) official introduction to CSS and CSS3. This document gives you an overall idea on the development of CSS3.

css3 roadmap Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3: Take design to next level
Advantages of CSS3, with explanations and examples of CSS3 properties and selectors.

next level Beginners Guide to CSS3

Several tricks with CSS3
Webmonkey brings you through several basic tricks in CSS3, including rounded borders, borders, drop shadows, image tricks and more.

Several tricks with CSS3 Beginners Guide to CSS3

Interview: Six questions with Eric Meyer on CSS3
Folks at Six Revision interviewed Eric Meyer with valuable insights and answers on CSS3.

eric meyer Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3: Progressive Enhancement
How you can use graceful (or, progressive) enhancement techniques to make use of CSS3 features in browsers that support them, while ensuring that your code will still provide a satisfactory user experience in older browsers that do not yet support those features.

css3 progressive enhancement Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3: Background and Borders

Rounded borders (border-radius)
A guide to creating rounded border with CSS3′s border-radius property.

css rounded borders Beginners Guide to CSS3

Rounded borders with image (border-images)
How to use images in borders with border-image property.

css image border Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3 borders, backgrounds and boxes
Detail explanation with examples of new CSS3 properties like: background-clip, background-origin, background-attachment, box-shadow, box-decoration-break, border-radius and border-image.

CSS3 borders backgrounds and boxes Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3: Text

Letterpress Effect
Create simple letterpress effect with CSS3.

letterpress effect Beginners Guide to CSS3

Six text effects using text shadow
Text effects include: vintage/retro, neon, inset, anaglyphic, fire and board game.

css text effect Beginners Guide to CSS3

Text emboss
How to correctly add an embossed effect to any text depending on the colors used.

text emboss Beginners Guide to CSS3

Beautiful typography
How to take basic markup and transform it into an attractive and beautiful typographical design through pure CSS3.

Beautiful typography Beginners Guide to CSS3

Text Rotation
Uses an image sprite and a sprinkle of CSS to get things positioned right.

text rotation Beginners Guide to CSS3

Outline Text
How to add an outline, or stroke, to your text using the CSS3 text-stroke property.

text outline Beginners Guide to CSS3

Text masking effect
Interactive text masking effect using the text-shadow CSS property.

text shadow Beginners Guide to CSS3

Link nudging (animation) with CSS3
Ditch Javascript and create nudge effect entirely with CSS3.

text nudge Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS Selection Styling
Change text selection styling with CSS3.

text highlight Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3: Menu

Multiple-columns content
Using CSS3 to create a set of columns on your website without having to assign individual layers and (or) paragraphs for each column.

multiple columns Beginners Guide to CSS3

Sexy Tooltips with Just CSS
How to use the evolving CSS standard can enhance some lovely cross-browser tooltips.

Sexy Tooltips Beginners Guide to CSS3

More tooltips:

CSS3 & jQuery Drop-Down Menu With Integrated Forms
jQuery and CSS3 powered navigation menu that supports integrated forms.

CSS3 & jQuery Drop Down Menu Beginners Guide to CSS3

Dropdown menu
How to create a Apple.com alike multi-level dropdown menu using border-radius, box-shadow, and text-shadow.

dropdown menu Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3-Only Tabbed Area
Click on a tab, hide all the panels, show the one corresponding to tab just clicked on – all with CSS.

CSS3 Only Tabbed Area Beginners Guide to CSS3

3D Ribbons with CSS3
Create nice looking 3D ribbons with only CSS3.

3d ribbons Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3: Drop shadow

Drop shadow in image
Showcase several techniques and some of the possible appearances for dropping shadows without using images.

Drop shadow in image Beginners Guide to CSS3

Glow Tabs with Box Shadow
How to create intuitive and beautiful tabs in CSS3 with no image.

Glow Tabs with Box Shadow Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3 boxes without using images
15 different styles of boxes without using images. Works in Chrome and Safari.

CSS3 boxes without using images Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3: Buttons

Tutorial: Pretty buttons
How to create beautiful cross-browser compliant CSS3 buttons that degrade gracefully.

pretty css3 buttons Beginners Guide to CSS3

Tutorial: Dynamic buttons
How to create nice looking, dynamic buttons that are fully scaleable using the new CSS3 properties border-radius, box-shadow and RGBa.

dynamic css3 button Beginners Guide to CSS3

Speech Bubbles
Various forms of speech bubble effect created with CSS 2.1 and enhanced with CSS3.

speech bubble Beginners Guide to CSS3

BonBon buttons
CSS buttons that are sexy looking, really flexible, but with the most minimalistic markup as possible.

BonBon buttons Beginners Guide to CSS3

Github alike buttons
Collection of buttons that show what is possible using CSS3 while also maintaining the simplest possible markup.

Github alike buttons Beginners Guide to CSS3

Spinning, Fading Icons with CSS3 and MooTools
How to use CSS3 and MooTools to create dymanic, rotating elements.

Spinning, Fading Icons Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS3: transparency and overlay

Opacity and transparency
Create image transparency with CSS3.

css3 opacity Beginners Guide to CSS3

Image overlay
Practical application of the CSS3 border-image property.

CACTC3 awesome overlays Beginners Guide to CSS3

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Cheatsheets & References

CSS3 Cheat Sheet (PDF)
Printable cheatsheat with complete list of all properties, selector types and allows values in the current CSS3 specification from the W3C.

CACTC12 css 3 cheat sheet pdf Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS Support in Opera 9.5
Complete list of the supported CSS selectors in Opera 0.5.

opera 95 css Beginners Guide to CSS3

Fonts Available for @font-face Embedding
Comprehensive list of fonts currently licensed for @font-face embedding.

font face Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS 3 Selectors – Explained
A guide and reference to CSS3 selectors and its patterns.

css3 selectors Beginners Guide to CSS3

Cross-browser CSS3 Rule Generator
CSS3 rules you can copy and paste onto your own stylesheet.

CSS3 Click Chart
Get CSS3 styles like boz sizing, border radious, text shadow, and more within a click.

click chart Beginners Guide to CSS3

CSS Content & Browser Compatibility
Complete list of selector tables of both CSS and CSS3 with declaration for browser-compatibility check.

content browser compatibility Beginners Guide to CSS3

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