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CSS

Vertical Text Gradient?

Hello, I was just wondering if text with a vertical gradient is possible with css? I've read and seen some examples of gradients over the horizontal axis but didn't really see anything similar to the below image.

VerticalGradient

2 Answers

John Coffin
John Coffin
10,359 Points

As you probably already know, getting the text to use a gradient requires a trick: Set the background color to a gradient, set the text colour to transparent, and then clip the background to fit the text. As per CSS Tricks, Gradient Text is only available for webkit, so you might want to check out browser support.

As you mention, the default for linear graients is horizontal. However, it is really simple to change this to vertical by adding the browser specific direction specifier (i.e. "to right" for the standard syntax). Please see CSS3 Gradients for all the information you need.

EXAMPLE:

HTML

<body>
  <h1>Colourful Text</h1>
  <p>For this example I have included some colourful text</p>
</body>

CSS

h1 {
  font-size: 4em;
}

p {
  font-size: 3em;
  font-weight: 800;
  -webkit-background-clip: text;
  -webkit-text-fill-color: transparent;

  background: -webkit-linear-gradient(left, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, 
    violet, purple); /* For Safari 5.1 to 6.0 */
  background: -o-linear-gradient(right, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, 
    violet, purple); /* For Opera 11.1 to 12.0 */
  background: -moz-linear-gradient(right, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, 
    violet, purple); /* For Firefox 3.6 to 15 */
  background: linear-gradient(to right, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, 
    violet, purple); /* Standard syntax */
}
Camila N
Camila N
10,677 Points

This doesn't seem to work on firefox :(

Thanks John!