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Tip: Using the CSS Clip Property

Clipping is another powerful feature in the CSS arsenal. Learn more about how to use it.


CSS clipping is another powerful feature. The shape's edge is called the clip-path, and clipping shows what image area should be visible. Clipping is about hiding what normally would be drawn. Below are two examples of a clip-path: one is a polygon in the shape of star and one is a circle:

/* Star */
.polygon {
   clip-path: polygon(50% 0%, 61% 35%, 98% 35%, 68% 57%, 79% 91%, 50% 70%, 21% 91%, 32% 57%, 2% 35%, 39% 35%);

/* circle */
.circle {
   clip-path: circle(50%);


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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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