20 Latest Useful CSS Techniques, Tutorials and Tools

The front-end developers always search for new techniques to improve their experience.
We find out some more advanced CSS techniques with tutorials that can improve your skills and enhance your workflow.
Today we present some brand new released CSS techniques, tutorials and tools for you to use. Enjoy!

How to create a kick-ass CSS3 progress bar

New features introduced in CSS3 allow developers to create stunning visual effects. You can create a fancy progress bar using CSS3 and jQuery, but no Flash or even images.

Correcting Orphans with CSS Overflow

The overflow property in CSS can be used in various ways and comes in handy when correcting bugs. Below are some tutorials that demonstrate how to clear up some common issues using the overflow property.

CSS3 Rounded Image With jQuery

“The other day I was trying to style CSS3 border-radius to image element and I realized that Firefox doesn’t display border-radius on images. Then I figured a way to work around it — wrap a span tag around with the original image as a background-image.”

Popout Details on Hover with CSS

“I recently saw a hover over trick that caught my eye and I thought it was a pretty clever way of showing more details on an element. I decided to give it a try and the solution was quite simple.”

Proportional leading with CSS3 Media Queries

The first, its header navigation and branding feels right with its fixed-width layout. The second — the article content getting most the discussion, and the one redesigned for readability — cries out to be fluid.

CSS3 range slider, checkbox + radio button

There was a request, so I tried. The outcome: No JavaScript, no images and just minimal markup – but a ton of messy CSS3. And only Safari will render it properly. Chrome is close, but the 3D perspective doesn’t work. iOS has some issues with the icons and Firefox, Opera and IE.. well, I haven’t tried yet. No Safari? You can see a screenshot of the range slider, checkbox and radio button.

CSS3 Border-Radius & Rounded Avatars

Originally when I CSSed the round avatars on the DesignSwap comments area, I used the -webkit-mask-image property. I was really proud of how neat and effective this was until I realized you could apply border-radius to an image directly. To achieve a round avatar with a 2px beige border, I applied the following CSS to an avatar loading within a div class called avatar-frame.

The Simpler CSS Grid

Visual aesthetic might be a personal biased but, even so, there seems to be some fundamental CSS issues as well. Below is a sample case. To achieve the layout result I’ve designed here, with 960gs, you will be required to add extra CSS classes: alpha, omega, and clear. The alpha & omega class is required to get rid of the margin space on the left and right hand sides of the columns. A clear class is also required to clear the floats after each row of columns.

Apple-like Retina Effect With jQuery

What made me wonder is if it was possible to turn this static image into a fully functional “Retina effect” with only jQuery and CSS. This is exactly what we are doing today. So grab the demo files from the button above and read on.

Simple Tooltip with jQuery & CSS

There are a lot of tooltip plugins out there, but not many of them explain what exactly goes on in the logic of a tooltip. I would like to share how I’ve created mine today, and am also open to any critiques and suggestions for those jQuery ninjas out there. Lets take a look.

Animated wicked CSS3 3d bar chart

Create a beautiful 3d bar chart. Several bars placed under each other. When hovering, the animation shows and the bar will grow to the appropriate size.

Css Borders – Beveled, Pressed, & More!

In this you can see some simple border style tricks to get various effects for your next project.

ShineTime –New jQuery & CSS3 Gallery With Animated Shine Effects

The idea behind a Shine Effect is to give your graphics the appearances of being on a glossy surface that have just had a light beam pass over them. This can make them appear to be made of glass and can increase the visual experience your end users see.

The Mac Skype App menu with CSS3 and jQuery

Transfer the amazing slick Skype (for Mac) layout to your own webbrowser. Not the full layout: Only the menu where all your friends are listed. For the nifty layout we’re going to use CSS3 and for the extra functionality (ofcourse) jQuery.

How to Micro-Optimize Your CSS

The easiest way to minify your CSS is to run it through an online code minifier, which automatically eliminates extraneous characters to reduce file size.

Transparent Borders with background-clip

Have you ever seen an element on a page with transparent borders? I think Facebook originally popularized it giving birth to lightbox plugins like Facebox. I don’t think Facebook sports the look anymore, but it’s still rather neat.

The Square Grid

A simple CSS framework for designers and developers, based on 35 equal-width columns. It aims to cut down on development time and help you create beautiful-structured websites.

A new way of writing HTML and CSS code

Zen Coding is an editor plugin for high-speed HTML, XML, XSL (or any other structured code format) coding and editing. The core of this plugin is a powerful abbreviation engine which allows you to expand expressions—similar to CSS selectors—into HTML code.

CSS Reloader

CSS Reloader is a browser extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, that allows you to reload all the CSS of any site without you have to reload the page itself. The goal for this browser extension is to enable developers to become more productive.

Switch CSS

Switch is a full featured, production ready CSS preprocessor. It runs under Apache with mod_python, or as an environment-agnostic command line tool.

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