You no longer need Photoshop to create web graphics. We take a look at CSS3 images that were created with markup alone. The level of detail will amaze you...
The days when you needed an image editor such as Photoshop or Fireworks to create visuals to use on your web page are drawing to a close. It's now possible to create icons, logos and graphics entirely in CSS3 markup, as these inspirational experiments show.
Click through the links to find out more about how the designers created them - some have posted the markup they used and some tips and techniques on how to create similar images yourself.
And if you want to learn more about creating CSS3 images, make sure you check out these articles from our sister publication, .net magazine:
Breaking Bad Title Card
Tim Pietrusky's 'tribute to the best series in the world', is, let's face it, a pretty spectacular recreation of the show's title card. Believe it or not, this CSS3 image has been made entirely using markup and an SVG.
Made by: Tim Pietrusky
Doctor Who fanatic John Galantini has built this experimental TARDIS using CSS3 & HTML5. It's currently a work in progress and while it's a still image at the moment, there are plans to take it further by introducing interactive elements and animation.
Note: Some of the properties used in this CSS3 image aren't supported by any version of Internet Explorer. Also, Windows users may see rough fonts when vewing this site with Google Chrome.
Made by: John Galantini
Taufik Nurrohman has developed this old-time pure stream train as a CSS3 image. He's paid close attention to its many meticulous details, particularly where the wheels are concerned. Outstanding!
Made by: Taufik Nurrohman
Louis Harboe has amazed developers with these astounding replica iOS icons. Hard as it is to believe, he only used markup to create these bright, colourful and detailed CSS3 images.
Made by: Louis Harboe
NOTE: Viewed best in Safari 5 or Google Chrome.
Star Wars characters
Developer Kris Triplett set himself the challenge of creating the iconic Star Wars characters using only HTML and CSS markup. By the looks of these takes on Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, we reckon he's done a pretty fine job!
Made by: Kris Triplett
Internet Explorer logo
Made by: Andreas Jacob
NOTE: Best viewed with Firefox 4, Safari 5 & Chrome 13dev.
Back to the Future logo
Made by: Lucas Garron
NOTE: This CSS3 image is currently only designed to work in Safari, but "works okay in Chrome".
When Twitter unveiled its restyled logo recently, Stockholm-based web agency Upperdog celebrated the moment with this CSS3 image, which has been achieved using a variety of overlapping circles; illustrating the fundamentals behind its design.
Made by: Upperdog
If you were impressed by the iOS icons above, you ain't seen nothing yet. Vasiliy Zubach's interactive pure CSS iPhone 4 behaves as you would expect, complete with sound effects and features icons of its own to boot! Inspiring stuff!
Made by: Vasiliy Zubach
NOTE: This CSS3 image is viewed best with the latest versions of Safari and Chrome in Mac OS X.
- If you still fancy image editing, check out our Photoshop CS6 review.
Have you spied an impressive CSS3 image on the web? Let us know about it in the comments!