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Tip: Adding a Mask in CSS

Learn how to use masking with CSS to improve your page layout.


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Masking tells your browser which asset elements should be visible, and is very practical for creating attractive shapes and layouts. Masking can be realized in three ways: using SVG elements, a raster image or using CSS gradients.

The main aspect of SVG is that can be scaled or transformed without losing quality.

img {
  mask-image: url("mask_image.png") linear-gradient(-45deg,
                        rgba(255,0,0,0) 10%, rgba(255,0,0,1) 80%);
  mask-image: url(#masking); /*reference to the element generated and defined in SVG code*/
}

 

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Octavia Andreea Anghel is a senior PHP developer currently working as a primary trainer for programming teams that participate at national and international software-development contests. She consults on developing educational projects at a national level. She is a coauthor of the book "XML Technologies--XML in Java" (Albastra, ISBN 978-973-650-210-1), for which she wrote the XML portions. In addition to PHP and XML, she's interested in software architecture, web services, UML, and high-performance unit tests.
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